CLC Duchally Country Estate in Perthshire has achieved a healthyliving award, a scheme created to make it easier for people eating out to know where they can be served healthier food.

Set up to reward caterers in Scotland for menus that feature more fruit and vegetables, and less fat, sugar and salt, the healthyliving award criteria are based on the general principles of a healthy balanced diet.

It is managed and delivered by Consumer Focus Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government. The award website states: “Eating out plays an important and increasing part in people’s lives and what people are looking for is good healthier food.” The chefs at CLC Duchally Country Estate couldn’t agree more!

CLC Duchally Country Estate has several awards already, including a Silver ‘Eat Scotland’ from Visit Scotland, awarded this year for the fourth consecutive time with the inspector reporting: ‘extremely good cuisine created from carefully sourced quality ingredients’.

“We had to follow the guidelines to create dishes that lived up to CLC Duchally Country Estate’s reputation for delicious food but were at the same time healthier,” said Sandra Leslie, assistant manager at CLC Duchally Country Estate.

The team came up with unique recipes and healthier options now include, for example, camembert cheese and homemade oatcakes. “People are led to believe cheese is unhealthy, but when properly balanced in a meal and using a soft cheese that’s not the case,” said Sandra.

To attain the award, CLC Duchally Country Estate had to produce menus of at least 50% healthy food – but actually delivered more than 65% – and these healthier options are present on their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. “No matter what time you eat at CLC Duchally Country Estate, you can eat healthy,” said Sandra.