Be Inspired Perthshire: Farm Shops, Delis and Food Halls

One of our favourite ways to spend an afternoon – or morning or whole weekend – the farm shops and delis of Perthshire are as varied as they are plentiful.  Perth was home to the very first farmers' market in Scotland, in April 1999, and from this small co-operative of local farmers, a region brimming with artisan producers, farm shops, delis and food halls emerged.

As you’d expect, the farm shops on our list are all situated on working farms and many started as a way to sell their own produce direct to the consumer. From here, they grew to stock other farms’ produce and eventually, extras such as cafes and butcher shops became the norm for many. 

With its rich agricultural land, Perthshire itself is home to hundreds of award-winning food and drink producers.  From traditional produce such as Scotch beef and lamb, to seasonal favourites such as berries and asparagus, it is easy to see why we are known as Scotland’s larder.

Other local favourites include cheese, honey, rapeseed oils, bread, eggs, beers and more. Of course, the explosion in gin worked a treat in a county awash with distilleries and many of Scotland’s favourite tipples are made and sold right here.

This ethos of sourcing directly from the producer extends out and into the wider world when it comes to our delis and food halls. Speciality ingredients from across the globe can be found sitting alongside our Perth gin and cheese from Crieff. The promise is the same; made with love and sold with care to all who choose to look further than the supermarket shelves.

Reasons for Choosing a Farm Shop or Speciality Deli

  • It cuts down on food miles.  Would you rather eat a strawberry from 20 miles down the road or 2000 miles across the planet? Not only is this good for the environment, cutting down on Co2 emissions and fuel, but it also ensures freshness and quality, with shorter time from field to fork.
  • It offers provenance to consumers.  All good farm shops and delis will be able to tell you exactly where the food you’re buying comes from. Some will know the farmer's name – some may even know the hen who laid the egg! In a world where fake food is finding a way through, isn’t it reassuring to know this choice exists?
  • It broadens the food chain. If we allow only the large, multinationals to feed our families, we become wholly dependent on mass produced, factory food.   By offering an outlet to small artisan producers, homebakers, creative cooks and local farmers we can ensure more choice for all.
  • It ensures a fair price for the farmers and producers. Although we all want to be able to purchase food at reasonable prices, we must also ensure that farmers, growers and producers are paid a fair price for their products.  
  • Good for the local economy. From the staff employed directly in the shop to the people working on the farms, in the kitchens and as primary producers elsewhere, farm shops and delis support many local businesses and jobs by stocking their produce.

Provender Brown Delicatessen


Provender Brown is an award-winning, independent delicatessen and cheesemonger located in the heart of Perth. Owned and run by Diane Brown and her trusty team of experienced foodies, you will find passion, enthusiasm and knowledge flowing like the fine wines they sell. 

Their beautiful shop on George Street is a food-lover's dream, brimming with the very best in Scottish, British and International produce and now, you can buy all of it on their online deli shop.  Their cheese counter alone is a thing of wonder and they are the go-to expert stockist of over 100 Scottish gins.  You'll also find everything from Italian olive oil to Scottish strawberry jam, decadent Champagne truffles to authentic pasta sauces.

  • Nearest Town: Perth
  • Opening Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday

Gloagburn Farm Shop


Twenty minutes from Perth, just beyond the village of Tibbermore, third-generation farmers Ian and Alison Niven own and manage Gloagburn Farm Shop.  With shelves packed full of fresh, Scottish foodstuffs, the backbone of the shop is the produce from Gloagburn’s own farm and kitchen: its traditionally raised beef and pork, free-range eggs, oatmeal, homebaking and preserves.

Try the award-winning Gloagburn oatcakes, baked in-house using oats grown on the farm.  Or handmade smoked haddock, leek and cheddar tart.  You could take home a chicken, cider and gammon pie or a beef lasagne to heat for your evening meal, an indulgent afternoon tea box, or a whole freshly made raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake. 

The deli counter showcases delicious Scottish and continental cheeses, pâtés, and freshly prepared salads.  The butchery stocks Gloagburn steak mince, organic chicken and hand-linked pork sausages; wild venison, Stornoway black pudding and pigs in blankets.  Fruit and vegetables come from Gloagburn’s fields and other local producers, with food miles minimised.  And don’t forget the well-stocked drinks cabinet where you can find French rosé, Persie citrus gin hand-crafted in Perthshire, or freshly squeezed fruit juice, to name but a few.

Food and drink can be bought in the shop, or simply order online.

  • Nearest town: Perth
  • Opening hours: 8.30am-5pm, every day

Thyme Deli at Errichel


A working hill farm situated just outside Aberfeldy, Errichel is passionate about great food, great service, conserving the environment and raising rare-breed native animals.  In Errichel’s oak-beamed farmhouse kitchen, the ‘Thyme Deli’ has become a favourite foodie haunt with a fabulous range of homemade, local and Scottish produce.

The animals at Errichel live free-range in a non-intensive farming environment.  Across 200 acres, there are Shetland cattle for top quality beef, Shetland sheep for their beautiful fleece and lamb meat, large black pigs for pork, ham and sausages, and poultry providing duck, hen and goose eggs.

The Thyme Deli stocks a variety of cheeses, tempting deli meats and a selection of luxury hand-made frozen ready meals.  Try a sample from the cheese counter offering hidden gems such as ‘Wee Comrie’ from Strathearn Dairy and St Andrews mature cheddar.  The deli counter will brighten your day with Kalamata olives, stuffed Pequino peppers and Errichel’s own homemade hummus and baba ganoush.  Pre-prepared meals include traditional, oriental and Mediterranean dishes, all made using the very best ingredients and no artificial additives.

In addition, the farm can boast an award-winning array of homemade jams and preserves including its fragrant blackberry jam, made with Blairgowrie blackberries picked at the height of the season for maximum flavour and sweetness, and a kumquat and chilli chutney with lovely fresh citrus notes, made in small batches on site.

You can shop at Errichel’s Thyme Deli in person or online, and don’t miss their hamper service for a special occasion or gift (is it too soon to whisper …. Christmas?)

  • Nearest town: Aberfeldy
  • Opening hours: 10am-3pm Tuesday to Sunday; 12-3pm on Monday

The Scottish Deli


This award-winning deli situated on Dunkeld’s busiest thoroughfare is a destination food retailer of speciality, quality produce.  Frequented by local residents and visitors to Highland Perthshire, The Scottish Deli stocks a huge variety of Scottish food and drink as well as tempting delicacies sourced from around the world.

Here you find store cupboard essentials alongside fabulous treats: fresh fruit and veg, dried pasta and jarred sauces, smoked and cooked meats, pâté, olives and jam.  Visit the vast cheese counter for Scottish and international choices.  How about salmon smoked in traditional brick kilns from John Ross in Aberdeen? Or a slice of traditional, freshly cooked Spanish tortilla? 

Bread comes from Casella and Polegato – there is sourdough, rustic white or a wholemeal 5-seeded loaf.  Praveen Kumar authentic Indian meals are ready to take home and heat for your evening meal, and why not indulge in some Stewart Tower ice cream for dessert. 

The Scottish Deli wine room is filled with fine wines, Scottish gins and local craft beers and ciders.  Less potent options are also available, such as Cairn o’Mohr low alcohol 100% Scottish apple cider or Braes of Gowrie alcohol-free sparkling elderflower fizz.  Your caffeine hit comes from Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters in Aberfeldy, where flavourful, ethically sourced beans are prepared in small batches.  

During the day, the deli serves delicious gourmet sandwiches to take away, as well as salads, soups and home baking.  Return at 6pm to find it transformed into a relaxed and welcoming tapas restaurant and wine bar.  Sláinte!

  • Nearest town: Dunkeld
  • Opening hours: 9am-5pm and 6-10.30pm Mon to Sat; 10am-5pm and 6-10.30pm Sunday

LÒN and Aran Bakery


Fans of The Great British Bake Off will remember Flora Shedden, a semi-finalist in 2015 at the age of only 19, who became known in series six for her innovative flavours and technical skill.  After leaving the tent, Flora returned to her home town of Dunkeld and opened her own artisan bakery, Aran, on Atholl Street.  Hugely popular with locals and visitors, Aran serves freshly baked bread, cakes, patisserie and lunches to take away.  Everything is prepared onsite in Aran’s open-plan kitchen. 

Just around the corner from Aran, its sister business – LÒN – opened its doors in 2020, retailing speciality foodstuffs with a keen eye on local produce and seasonality.  Located on Dunkeld’s High Street, LÒN stocks a wide range of pantry staples and delicacies, including fresh fruit and vegetables, free-range eggs, Townsend Farm and Chegworth Valley farm pressed juices, Obadiah coffee, Perelló olives, and Scottish cut flowers.

LÒN offers UK-wide delivery for a range of its products or shop online for in-store collection the following day.  If you are craving a particular treat, LÒN will do its best to source specific items on request.

  • Nearest town: Dunkeld
  • Opening hours: 9.30am-3.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday

Taste Perthshire


Just outside the village of Bankfoot, five minutes' drive north of Perth, Taste Perthshire allows you to do just as it claims – taste the produce of local food and drink suppliers, sampling the very best of Perthshire and the rest of Scotland.  A gift shop, clothing store, all-day restaurant, food larder and delicatessen, this multi-faceted shopping & dining venue has earned a Visit Scotland four-star ‘Taste our Best’ accreditation.  This means quality ingredients of Scottish provenance, fresh seasonal produce, and well-informed staff in the know about the food they offer you.

The Taste Perthshire food larder and deli are well-stocked with tempting goodies.  Choose from chilled smoked meat and seafood; fresh bread, cakes and biscuits; an extensive cheese counter featuring Scottish and international cheeses; filled pies and soups; oils and dressings; jams and preserves; and locally sourced fruit and veg.  Fresh butchery meats come from Yorkes of Dundee Ltd.  There is also a wide range of Scottish gins and whisky, liqueurs, beers and cider.  Special promotions and tastings allow you to try before you buy.  

Serving food every day from 8am till 8pm, the Taste Perthshire restaurant will fix you up with breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Download their app to pre-order takeaway for collection (avaliable on the app store & google play, just search for Taste Perthshire) – optiona include all hot & cold favourite dishes from steak pies & fish & chips, to burgers, toasted ciabatta, salads and desserts. Their munch boxes are very popular and are freshly made to order.

Visit Taste Perthshire in person (say hello to the Hielan coos in their adjacent field!) or shop online, with free delivery for orders of £60 or more.  Here you’ll find a lovely range of hand-packed hampers for the perfect gift, including a Gluten-Free Hamper, Rewind Retro Sweets Hamper, For The Connoisseur Hamper, Gin Lovers Hamper and A Child’s Delight Hamper. 

  • Nearest town: Bankfoot
  • Opening hours: 8am-8pm, every day

House of Bruar

Blair Atholl

By the edge of the Cairngorms, ten miles north of Pitlochry, the House of Bruar has made its name as a destination shopping experience offering premium country fashion, sporting accessories, homeware, food and drink.   

The House of Bruar food hall boasts a butchery, delicatessen, cheese counter, drinks cabinet, confectionery aisle, and bakery.  The butchery presents top quality cuts of 100% Scottish beef, Highland wild venison, Aberdeenshire pork and tender Scottish lamb.  You can also find award-winning sausages, handmade burgers, homemade pies and generous butchery hampers.  

The delicatessen displays a wide range of mouthwatering charcuterie, smoked fish and pâtés, as well as pies, quiches, olives, oils and savoury snacks.  The cheese multideck displays international classics and Scottish gems such as Orkney caramelised onion smoked cheddar, and an Isle of Arran chilli truckle.  

Pick up accompanying crackers and crispbreads from the bakery, and ogle the sweet biscuits and cakes sourced from Campbell’s Bakery in Crieff, the iconic Scottish bakery Walkers, and Gardiners of Scotland.  To drink, treat yourself to a bottle of local artisanal gin, or a warming fruit liqueur, or stick to the quotidian essentials: teas and coffee.

Shopping at House of Bruar is a pleasure in person, or go online, where you can browse at your leisure and relax with home delivery.

  • Nearest town: Blair Atholl
  • Opening hours: 9.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday, 9.30am-6pm Friday to Sunday

Loch Leven’s Larder


Loch Leven’s Larder, situated at the heart of its own family-run vegetable farm a few minutes from Kinross, is in a prime position to offer the very best fresh, local produce with minimal food miles.  The shelves of its large food hall are laden with enticing treats and kitchen staples, many originating from suppliers nearby.

Follow your nose to the deli, where pungent cheese and fragrant savoury bakes lure you closer.  Rich sausage rolls, Scotch eggs, pies, quiches and pâtés are all made in the Loch Leven kitchen by its classically-trained chefs.  The pastry chef is on hand for fresh bread, cakes and patisserie.  And the cheese counter doesn’t disappoint with its range of twenty or thirty cheeses, including artisanal Scottish cheese as well as English and continental favourites.
Select a fine wine to go with your cheese, or mix things up with a Scottish craft beer or cider, a local gin, or that national institution – a bottle of whisky.  And don’t forget to pick up your 5-a-day here too – seasonal fruit and veg direct from the surrounding fields and other farms in the area.  Shopping at Loch Leven’s Larder supports local food heroes, champions sustainable farming practices, and rewards customers with top-quality produce. 

  • Nearest town: Kinross
  • Opening hours: 9am-5pm, every day

The Long Spoon Larder


This family-run larder on the High Street of Kinross stocks its online shop and real-life shelves with a wide range of fresh produce, store cupboard essentials, natural toiletries, household products, luxury hampers and gifts.  The founders of The Long Spoon Larder, Donna and Penny, have scoured the local area to source the absolute best quality and ethically produced products.  This includes choosing eco-friendly merchandise with biodegradable or recyclable packaging.  

Organic beef and lamb, tender pork and chicken, and game including mallard duck, partridge and venison are balanced with meat-free alternatives such as MacSween veggie haggis and fish-free fillets.  Duck and hens’ eggs from Fife; almond, coconut and oat milks; organic salted or vegan butter; confectionary, preserves and dried goods – they’re all here.  Order your fig and walnut artisan sourdough or the seriously fruit and sesame loaf in advance, and look out for weekly veg boxes, coming soon.

The personal care and household products sold by The Long Spoon are kind to the environment, many being vegan, organic and free from palm oil.  Opt for refillable surface cleaners, bamboo loo paper, soapnut shells, deodorant creams and lush shampoo bars.  “We have a passion for good products and better business practices, that means really caring about the communities we operate within and the people we affect”.

  • Nearest town: Kinross
  • Opening hours: 7am-6pm Tuesday to Saturday, 8am-6pm Sunday and Monday

Lochend Farm Shop


Lochend Farm Shop and Coffee Shop is owned by father and son team Mike and Martin Silvera. They built the shop themselves, and now open for 15 years, it boasts a cosy, homely environment, with great views of both the Lomond Hills, and the farm fields, in which you can often see the men hard at work!  The nearby Scottish Gliding School also means you can often watch gliders soaring through the sky.

They grow a wide variety of vegetables on the farm, which are available to buy seasonally from the shop. The vegetables are cut fresh daily – there are literally no food miles! they also stock a large range of products in our shop, from locally sourced Lamb, Chicken, Beef, Pork and Buffalo, to jams and chutneys, flour and baking products, local eggs,  scottish cheeses, biscuits, cakes and sweet treats. They also stock a wide range of vegan and gluten free products, and have recently started making their own frozen range of home cooked ready made meals and soups. They like to support small local businesses, and sell a variety of foods, crafts, greeting cards, plants and flowers (seasonally) from these local trades.

The coffee shop menu changes daily and serves traditional, hearty, wholesome food, such as homemade soups, baked potatoes, hot filled rolls, sandwiches and flan, along with tasty treats such as scones, cakes, crumble and traybakes, and of course some great coffee! We also offer afternoon teas (advance booking required) and outside catering.

  • Nearest town: Kinross
  • Opening hours: 9am-5pm, every day (hot food until 4pm, café closes 4.30pm)

The Farm Shop at Comrie Croft


On a farmstead four miles west of Crieff, Comrie Croft offers guest accommodation, a tea garden serving homemade soups, salads, pies and cakes, and a farm shop selling tasty local and organic produce.  

Comrie Croft’s seasonal fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers are sourced just down the road (food miles less than one!) at Tomnah’a Market Garden.  This abundant garden is tended by growers and volunteers, working in harmony with the seasons, to achieve freshness, seasonality, sustainability and variety.  

Local artisan business Wild Hearth Bakery supplies wood-fired sourdough bread and pastries to Comrie Croft, and Scottish Blackface heather lamb comes from Carroglen hill farm just a few miles away.  The shop also has a lovely selection of gift items including hand carved wooden bowls and spoons, traditional children’s toys, miscellaneous knitwear, handcrafted jewellery and much more.  

In addition, Comrie Croft is the NeighbourFood hub for Comrie, the online farmers’ market.  Every week, quality produce from local farmers, growers, bakers and makers is listed on its market page for you to browse.  Make your order by midnight on Wednesday and collect your goods on a Friday afternoon. 

  • Nearest town: Crieff
  • Opening hours: 9am-11am Mon to Thurs, 9am-6pm Fridays, 9am-5pm Sat and Sun

The Crieff Food Co.


It’s been a good year for The Crieff Food Co., crowned as a commended Scottish Retailer at the 2021 Farm Shop & Deli Awards.  This food hall, café and gift shop on Crieff High Street has made its mark with exceptional products from more than 100 local suppliers – no wonder its mantra is “Let’s go local!”

From everyday shopping to one-off treats, online clicks or in-store browsing, The Crieff Food Co. covers all bases.  Pick up your essentials: bread and rolls, canned and fresh goods, home baking and other sundries.  Or give yourself a night off with a deluxe ready meal from the irresistible Nae Bother Suppers range, or one of Praveen Kumar’s authentic Indian dishes.  You can also bulk buy a food pack, such as a freezer pack, barbecue pack or veg pack.  

An exciting new addition to The Crieff Food Co. is its UnpackagedAT range – a zero-waste, no packaging, low plastic, bulk refill option for dry goods.  Bring your own tubs or jars to the store, fill them up at the dispensers, weigh your selection, and pay at the till.  The current list of 24 products is set to grow, but starts off with long grain rice, Scottish porridge oats, red split lentils, yoghurt coated raisins, and many more.  Help yourself to milk chocolate buttons, and you’re helping the planet too – what’s not to love about that!

  • Nearest town: Crieff
  • Opening hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday; 10am-4pm on Sunday

McNee's of Crieff Delicatessen


McNee’s of Crieff opened its doors more than 20 years ago, offering a cosmopolitan mix of Scottish, Italian and Spanish foods, all of superb quality, flavour and value for money.  This Mediterranean mashup places continental olive oil and antipasto, soft and hard cheeses, tapas and Belgian chocolates next to Scottish confectionery, hand-cut shortbread and jams cooked up in McNee’s own kitchen, giving you the absolute best of both worlds.

McNee’s Scottish sweeties are its long-standing specialty, with an enormous range destined to satisfy the sweetest tooth, including hand-broken luxury tablet and fudge made with butter and full cream condensed milk – so decadent it must be illegal! Try a roll of DIY cookies – simply slice and bake at home, with a choice of cherry, marshmallow, double chocolate chip, and more.  Jams are made seasonally with fruit, sugar and nothing else … among the range, you’ll find gooseberry, rhubarb and ginger, mango, and Victoria plum, alongside tangy and spicy chutneys.

McNee’s also prepares convenient fresh meals every day for you to collect piping hot or take home to reheat.  Its daily-changing menu is the definition of weeknight comfort food, listing classics such as macaroni cheese, stovies, chicken pie, and meatballs, to be followed with apple crumble, sticky toffee pudding or chocolate pudding with chocolate fudge sauce.

New foods and flavours regularly arrive in store so if you’re after something in particular, just ask, and don’t miss McNee’s indulgent gift hampers and gift vouchers – perfect for a special occasion. 

  • Nearest town: Crieff
  • Opening hours: 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday; 11am-4pm on Sunday

Broadslap Fruit Farm


A long-standing family favourite, a trip to Broadslap Fruit Farm, near Dunning, is a popular outing for all ages.  It’s hard to beat the simple pleasure of hand-picking your own delicious soft fruit before sitting down to drinks and fresh homebaking in the cosy café … and now you can let the kids run riot in Broadslap’s super-cool new playbarn.  

While they’re safely bouncing around, the Broadslap farm and gift shop is a lovely spot to take a moment, pick up some essentials, and perhaps treat yourself to a few non-essentials too.  

The wide range of locally grown veggies sold at Broadslap varies with the seasons, including fresh cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, courgettes, cabbage, and – come autumn – you can pick your own pumpkins.  Pick the farm’s luscious strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and brambles, or let someone else do the work and simply buy a punnet or two.

The shop sells beautiful gift items crafted by Scottish artists and artisans.  Discover the hand-finished products of Robertson’s of Scotland: deluxe clothing, bags and accessories, all with the distinctive Robertson’s pop of tartan and 100% made in Scotland.  Fairtrade handbags, purses, scarves and accessories come from award-winning Earth Squared in North Berwick, and candles and diffusers are handmade by JoJo Co. in Burntisland.  

In addition, there are gorgeous Wraptious cushions, Little Weaver Arts fine bone china, Abraham Moon woollen fabrics, as well as soft toys, baby gifts, artwork and jewellery.

  • Nearest town: Dunning
  • Opening hours: 9.30am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday

Glendoick Garden Centre Foodhall


Handily located on the A90 between Perth and Dundee, award-winning Glendoick is the perfect “Ooh slow down, let’s stop here!” destination for gardening supplies, chic homeware, thoughtful gifts, a range of stylish clothing, and scrumptious food and drink.  The foodhall and farm shop have recently been revamped with local and seasonal in mind and its fresh fruit and veg stall will ensure you get your 5-a-day.

Third-generation butchers, Scott Brothers in Dundee, are supplying its top-quality meat to Glendoick.  There is a fridge stacked full of Scottish and European cheeses and pick up your accompanying oatcakes and biscuits from the Glendoick larder shelves, along with essentials such as pasta, rice, cereals, tea, coffee, jam and chutney.

Hot off the press – Stephanie’s Fresh Fish are coming to Glendoick every Friday.  This small fish business based in Anstruther will bring beautiful fresh fish to you direct from the East Neuk of Fife.  Hand-filleted haddock, salmon, cod and lemon sole feature alongside scallops, and hot smoked salmon from St Monans.

The Glendoick kitchen bakes bread, rolls and croissants every day, not to mention its irresistible sausage rolls – get them warm from the oven.  Five deep freezers hold fabulous home-cooked ready meals and you can purchase freshly simmered soup to take away and reheat at home.

Keep your spirits up with Glendoick’s stash of Scottish gins and whisky, as well as classic wines and fizz.  Ogilvy vodka (Scotland’s first potato vodka), Strathearn gin, and Eden gin from St Andrews beautifully balance the fruit wines and cider from Cairn o’Mohr.  

  • Nearest town: Perth
  • Opening hours: 9am-5pm every day

Home to the award-winning Perth Farmers' Market, which was the first of its kind in Scotland, Perth proudly boasts five fantastic markets in various locations across the region. 

And is it any wonder? The area is renowned for its rich agricultural land, long history of distilling, and award-winning producers.  From the mighty berry fields of Blair to honey from hillside hives, crystal clear gin from copper stills and beef fit for a king, here in the land of Scotland's larder it is all made possible.  

As with all good, authentic Farmers' Markets, behind the stalls you'll find the producers themselves - and they all love to chat about their wares!  Ask about their processes, their attention to tiny details, where they farm and even the name of the cow your rib eye steak came from and they'll happily tell you.   

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