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North Ayrshire is renowned worldwide for the quality of its food and drink, from award winning single malt whisky to deluxe cheeses and fresh oysters. Producers benefit from the high quality raw materials available in the area and offer a diverse range of products that represent a true taste of Scotland.

The food and drink sector is central to the visitor experience in North Ayrshire, contributing to 16% of visitor spend. The area offers foodies a mouth-watering day out, with its award-winning farmers markets, contemporary cafes and one of Scotland’s sixteen Michelin-starred restaurants. To accompany its Michelin star, Braidwoods - located in Dalry - has won numerous accolades including Scottish Restaurant of the Year and multiple Macallan Taste of Scotland awards. At the heart of their philosophy is a devotion to using the finest ingredients, mostly sourced locally.

Lochranza, located on the northwest tip of Arran, is home to the purest drinking water in Scotland. The world class Isle of Arran Distillery located there produces 400,000 litres of pure alcohol per year and exports its award-winning single malt whisky to 35 countries worldwide. The Distillery is a member of the Taste of Arran, a partnership that brings together 10 premier local food and drink producers - including specialist cheese, crunchy Arran Oaties and delicious dairy ice creams - providing a single point of contact for sales, marketing and distribution for members.

If wine is more your drink, Alliance Wine go beyond boundaries to deliver fine wines to the UK On-Trade, Independent Retail, and Export Markets. Their two highly experienced and talented Masters of Wine combine a passion for making and importing wine to enable customers to maximise their business opportunities.

The full essence of the vast clear waters of the North Atlantic is captured in the exceptional quality and flavour of Cumbrae Oysters, whilst Creeler’s Restaurant and Smokehouse serve fresh fish and shellfish caught daily from the seas around Arran. Their traditional smoked products epitomise the natural approach to preservation, creating a demand for their high quality products throughout Europe. 

Last year tourists spent more than £133 million in the local area, with North Ayrshire’s growing reputation for quality food and drink outlets helping the area buck the national trend of decreasing tourist activity.  

To find out how North Ayrshire can support your food and drink business to grow contact us on 01294 449944.