The Aberdeenshire countryside, alongside the bustling city of Aberdeen, is a Scottish region that contains historical traditions and cultures. Aberdeenshire’s food and beverages experienced in this area reflects its historic past and present, with areas known as the ‘castle trail’ and ‘whiskey trail.’ The region consists of various international cuisines from the traditional Scottish dishes to menus from around the world. Aberdeenshire hosts wonderful eating establishments, that stem from small family owned bistros, cafes, tea shops, coffee shops and exclusive restaurants. These restaurants include British, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Hungarian, Turkish and Mediterranean style cooking from great international chefs. All foods are freshly prepared to order because Aberdeenshire restaurants offer something for everyone’s palate.
The Aberdeenshire country landscape includes farm lands, where its residents grow organic and fresh and seasonal produce. The climate of Scotland which includes the Aberdeenshire’s countryside, is very suited for growing the best in fruits, vegetables. The Aberdeenshire oceans and coastline offers the best in various seafoods and its farmlands, grow the best in Aberdeen-Angus cattle, sheep and other livestocks. Oats, barley and dairy products are the staple diets of this region, featuring foods like soups, stews and famous breakfast porridge. Dining at any Aberdeenshire’s restaurants or bed and breakfast establishments provides diners, food that is locally grown and in season.
The favorite beverages of Aberdeenshire County is tea, and rich single malt, fine wines and blended Scotch whiskies from the Highlands. Whiskey in Scotland dates from 1494 where whiskey was drunk by royalty, made in monasteries by monks who were the expert distillers. Pronounced distilleries that exist in Aberdeenshire are Glendronach which is situated within the castle trail; Knockdhu is an historic distillery, which distills its whiskey from two of its original pot stills; and Royal Lochnager whose history incudes its original owner, John Begg who received an invitation from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who tasted the malt whiskey and gave this malt whiskey their royal approval.
Tea rooms serve afternoon tea between 3pm and 5pm with a light meal that could consist of haggis, salmon steak, apple pie or rich creamy cheese with biscuits, all locally grown and prepared. The water for foods, beverages and other uses, comes from Aberdeenshire’s local mountain and hillside springs. The barley used in distilleries is grown on its local farms. Other alcohol and non-alcohol beverages to experience in Aberdeenshire, include microbrewery beers, countryside wines, cider makers and rich coffee.