Our Food Producers and Suppliers
Grimbister Farmhouse Cheese
Hilda Seator and her husband founded Grimbister Farmhouse cheese in the parish of Firth just outside Finstown on the Mainland of Orkney her daughter in law Anne now runs the company. Their flavoursome farmhouse cheese is made from local milk from Orkney dairy cows and has a firm soft texture with a creamy after taste. It is a unique small farm based business making a truly natural local product. They supply some very posh restaurants within Orkney and as far away as London and is only available in selected outlets throughout Scotland.
Orkney Fisherman's Society
A local Orkney Fishermen's Co-operative run by Stewart Crichton, who you see here is based in Stromness and operates two modern crab processing factories and exports live seafood, Lobsters, velvet and brown crab. They produce our crab meat and crab terrine for our Real Food Cafe.
Orkney Isles Preserves
Orkney Isles Preserves is a small family run business run by Glynis Leslie on the island of Shapinsay- a short 25 minute ferry trip from the Mainland of Orkney and the home of Balfour Castle. Glynis makes jams and chutneys using traditional methods and recipes that have been handed down over generations. There are no mysterious secret ingredients of methods - just the belief that if you start with the best quality raw materials you will always have a superior end product. Where possible all the raw materials are sourced locally by this small cottage industry Island based producer.
Browns of Westray is a small family bakery based on the Northern Island of Westray in Orkney. They make home baked products from oatcakes to sliced loaves, Caraway biscuits and the best ginger Parkins you'll ever taste! We have an exclusive Orkney fudge shortbread covered in chocolate especially made for us which we very nearly run out off every Christmas. They also bake a great rich fruit Christmas cake covered in thick icing with almond marzipan - it's just like my Mother still bakes for our Xmas!
Orkney Wine Company
The Orkney Wine Company is based just outside Kirkwall. It is the most Northerly winery in the UK and is a small family business run by Emile and Marjolein van Schayk. The family moved to Orkney in 1997 from Holland and Emile van Schayk started making wine as a hobby after getting his first recipe from a retired shepherdess, Sarah Lenaghan. The wines are made in a traditional way with berries, flowers and vegetables, many locally grown in Orkney's clean island air. The alcohol content is higher than from grape wines due to its natural fermentation. The majority of Orkney Wine is sulphur-free, alcohol is the preservative. So you do not have to worry about a hang over! All the wines are suitable for vegetarians.
The story of The Orkney Cheese company really began with the setting up of a new factory on July 1st, 1946 at a former RAF camp just outside of Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. At the end of World War II the need for milk supplies decreased sharply as the garrison was run down, resulting in a large liquid milk surplus, therefore Orkney Cheese was founded. Their main product is Orkney Cheddar - renowned throughout Scotland and further afield. It is matured for between 15 and 18 months and sold as Extra Mature Cheddar.
Argos Bakery is based in the small fishing town of Stromness in Orkney still a family owned business they make fantastic biscuits and bakery products. One of which is beremeal biscuits made with 'Orkney Beremeal' grown and ground by Barony Mill in Orkney, a truly unique product.
The famous 'Orkney Fudge' is hand made from the finest ingredients in the clean, fresh atmosphere of the beautiful Orkney islands. Originally called 'Robertsons Fudge' it has been made to a long held secret recipe strongly guarded by Mr Robertson himself. In the summer of 2009 Argos bakery purchased the company from Dennis Bichan who still owns The Orkney Creamery. The fudge is still made to the same recipe and Argos have already introduced a new product called Orkney tablet.
Stockan and Gardens Oatcakes and Biscuits
Based in the harbour town of Stromness, Stockans have been baking in Orkney for over 100 years. They are very proud of their Orkney heritage and their oatcakes are made with the finest ingredients, a combination that insures a superior tasting product with great texture and flavour.
Orkney Island Produce Chutneys
Orkney Island Produce is made exclusively for Judith Glue by Orkney Isles Preserves in Shapinsay - the Really Garlicky Chutney and Really Chilli Chutney taste just like they sound and are only available to buy through Judith by mail order, online or through her shops in Orkney and Inverness.
Donaldsons Smoked Salmon, Cheese and Meat
Brothers Erik and Ewan Donaldson run Orkney's award winning local butcher, established in 1955 by their father. Together, the brothers smoke local Orkney salmon, hot smoked salmon, cheese, smoked beef and ham and also a brand new product Hickory ham all in their premises in Kirkwall.
Highland Park Malt Whisky
Highland Park Whisky was founded by Magnus Eunson in 1798 when distillers operated outside the law in order to avoid paying heavy taxes. Magnus was a lay preacher by day and an illicit distiller by night and kept his contraband under his pulpit! Highland Park 12 year old has an amber glow and a distinctive taste of smokiness and honey with a hint of peat. You can visit the distillery and visitor centre in Orkney and learn how the whisky is made. My sister Jane also has a selection of original paintings on view at the distillery which she was commissioned to paint by Highland Park when she was in her teens!
Scapa Malt Whisky
Scapa Distillery was established in Orkney in 1885. Scapa produces a truly unique malt whisky with a silky smooth heather honey taste. It's a whisky which you just don't see everywhere and often many people prefer its smoother, silkier taste to the peatiness of Highland Park. In fact, we are lucky to still have some of the last remaining stock of the Scapa 14 year old. It is not possible to visit Scapa distillery which looks over Scapa Flow hence the name but it's a must to taste in or out of Orkney.
The Island Smokery
Calum MacInnes runs The Island Smokery in Stromness where he and his team smoke mature cheddar from the Orkney cheese company, in mild, dark or a smokey red, garlic is sold in packs of two bulbs and also made into a smoked garlic dip. Another brand new addition to the range is Orkney Butter packed in a neat paper roll.
They also produce an unusual range of confectionery called Orkney Puffin Poo collected from the cliffs of Orkney - We're only kidding! It's actually white chocolate with coconut. Or you may want to try their chocolate seagulls eggs and Orkney chocolate pebbles.
Westray Chutney are located on the beautiful island of Westray Over looking Pierowall Bay. The small Family business make all their chutneys by hand using traditional methods with the finest ingredients using local Fairtrade supplies where possible and home grown vegetables from their own garden. No artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives are used, just natural fresh ingredients.
Vera Russell Cheese
Vera makes her cheese in her home in Orkney. Her recipe was handed down to her from her mother and she makes what Orcadians call 'Squeaky Cheese' a mild white cheese with a squeaky moist texture. A truly unique product only produced by Vera in her kitchen.
Erlend Omands Honey
Erlend makes his honey part time at home as he also manages The Shore Hotel. As it's not always easy to get stocks this is a rare delicacy, but that's what makes his honey even more special. A pure Orkney product made by a very small producer.
The Barony Mill
The Barony Mill is unique as it grows, mills and sells it's own bere, the ancient form of barley used in baking or making malt for ale. Barony bere meal is used in our own bere bannocks which are served in the Real Food Cafe here in Orkney.
The fish is all filleted by hand, home smoked, salted and cured in their factory at Pierowall, Westray. Products include smoked flavoured mackerel and roll mop herring and all especially developed by owner Kevin Rendall.
We use Williamsons Butchers from Kirkwall ran by Ali who you can see here, for our meat in the Real Food Cafe. The range includes prime Orkney beef, North Ronaldsay Mutton, Sanday Pork and Orkney Lamb. All beef and lamb from Williamsons is raised under Orkney's Protected Designation of Origin Schemes.