Mostly Wine: good wine
A local independent wine merchant.
I've been using it regularly since the licensing laws changed in September 09, and I couldn't buy wine in the supermarket until 10am. How silly is that? Anyway, Tesco's loss...
Stuart & Kim have a huge selection and take pride in showcasing smaller producers. For example, they stock a Lebanese red which is one of my favourites.
They put on events, such as a recent "ticket only" tasting of Millton wines from New Zealand. The vineyard owner was there to talk us through his best offerings. Excellent evening.
What to buy: Good quality wine!
What to pay: It's more expensive than the supermarket, but worth it!
- Wine Tasting
various: Farmers' Market
Like many Scottish towns, Kirkcaldy has a farmers' market. It is not the kind of huge event you will find in France (for example), but a welcome respite from the bland homgeneity of the supermarkets.
It is held on the last Saturday of the month, and is located in the square in front of the Town House.
Easy access from the bus (50m away) and train (250m away) stations.
What to buy: A wide variety of food is available at the stalls.
The last time I was there I found local pork, venison, water buffalo, boar, eggs, vegetables, smoked haddock...
The smoked fish stall (Spinks from Arbroath) actually smokes its products right there. Can't get fresher than that!
What to pay: Well, if you take the pork it is a bit cheaper than the supermarket but not a huge amount. However, the difference in quality is huge.
Plus you know it is local and has not travelled the length and breadth of the country between abattoir, distribution centre, supermarket etc.
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