Shop local, eat local

THERE has never been a better time to shop local and to eat local.

You just can’t beat the personal service on offer from local shops and restaurants.

In the Forfar and Kirriemuir area there is a wealth of shops and businesses offering a professional service.

These include Alpha Dogs professional dog grooming at Orchardbank Industrial Estate and the well-established M & S Richardsons in West High Street which allows you to get your newspapers and magazines delivered direct to your door.

Another well-established business is the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar, which is now under new management.

It has a brand new menu for Monday to Saturday, or why not try the Sunday Carvery?

The tavern always uses quality, local produce when available.

The Glen Clova Hotel is also well worth a visit. Set in the heart of the Angus glens, Glen Clova Hotel dates back to the Drovers Inn of the 1850s and is the perfect place for a romantic get away or family holiday. The restaurant offers a wide range of fresh homemade food. The beef and lamb are all produced from their own Angus reared livestock and the venison from the hills that surround the hotel.

The hotel also prides itself in using and promoting Rooster potatoes which are grown on the owner’s farm in Angus.

The restaurant provides an exceptional venue for dinner with friends, family or colleagues, coach parties, private parties and small wedding receptions. The hotel can be a popular place at the weekends - so reservations are advisable.

Families with children and less able guests are welcome for whom good facilities are available.

In Angus we are spoiled for choice with the abundance of locally grown or locally reared food.

Fresh vegetables, summer fruit, locally reared beef and lamb as well as venison is readily available, depending on the season.

Confidence in shopping local has grown in recent weeks in the wake of the horse-meat scandal - great news for our high street butchers.

You just can’t beat the local knowledge and confidence gained from shopping local - you can rest assured that you are buying the best.

Away for food production there is also a thriving local arts and crafts scene where local work is readily available through local galleries and exhibitions.

For those with a sweet tooth there are outlets selling home made sweets, tablets and chocolates.

There really has never been a better time to shop local and to eat local.