For generations people have argued about what is the perfect food to pair with vintage Champagne. For some it’s white truffles, one of the most expensive foods in the world. For others it’s seafood like fresh oysters, the finest caviar or lobster plucked from the sea that very day.
However, for a selection of Michelin starred chefs, it was Clootie McToot’s Clootie Dumplings they were recommending to their more discerning diners. This came about after Krug, one of the world’s best Champagne houses, invited us to an event they were hosting with some the UK’s greatest chefs.
It was heartening to hear what these grand masters of the kitchen thought of our Clootie Dumplings as we demonstrated how we select ingredients and prepare our traditional favourites. We pride ourselves on making our products the traditional way, without cutting any corners and this really resonated with the chefs. So the good news is not only can you enjoy a slice of Clootie Dumpling with a cup of tea or coffee, you now have approval to open the vintage Champagne too!
Speaking of tradition we are delighted to introduce our new range of shortbread. Like our Clootie Dumplings these are made following a family recipe passed down through the generations. It’s hard to beat a piece of traditional buttery Scottish shortbread, if you thought vintage Champagne was decadent wait until you try our shortbread. It’s delicious!
The even more exciting news is we’re currently working on making our traditional scones available for you to buy as well. We plan on having a choice of flavours and we’re hopeful you won’t have too long to wait, watch this space. If you can’t wait to buy our scones and shortbread online, you can try both in our café just now.
A trip to Abernethy is never a waste of time, not only is it a beautiful village in one of the most attractive parts of the country, but the Abernethy Museum is reopening again on the 7th of May, so you’ve no excuse for not visiting us now. As we move through the seasons we’ve been updating our menu, you can now enjoy a very more-ish sticky toffee pudding or a slice of freshly made carrot cake, as well as our usual array of sweet treats and cakes.
Our Rhubarb and Ginger Clootie Dumplings are currently on the menu too, after all it’s rhubarb season so enjoy them while you can. We’d love to see you and if you are planning on coming you can book a table in advance here. Be sure to say ‘hello’ when you arrive!
Lastly, you might have seen our founder, Michelle Maddox, on BBC1 recently. Michelle was taking part in Gordon Ramsay’s new TV programme called ‘Future Food Stars’. It was filmed last summer and we’ll bring you all the insider news in a future blog!