Our Suppliers - Mara Seaweed

To source the freshest ingredients used in our seafood menu we work with some of the best suppliers in the UK. It’s not just superb shellfish & seafood we pride ourselves on but also ingredients such as seaweed.

Mara Seaweed is harvested by hand in the pure, wild waters around Scotland & Ireland. Mara - Gaelic for ‘the sea’ with seaweed at the heart of what they do whilst having the utmost respect for the ocean. Before they leave for the beach, their highly skilled harvest manager studies the weather forecast tides & sea conditions to ensure the safety of their team. Tracking this information creates full traceability, down to the area of sea & who harvested when, important for guaranteeing quality seaweed. Mara has a license from the Crown Estate to harvest seaweed in Fife. The location was chosen for its exceptional water quality, ensuring nutritionally dense seaweed. A comprehensive understanding of seaweed species & their life cycles enables Mara to harvest seasonally & sustainably. Their expertise in the ocean is matched by the skill of their in-house technical team. Fully equipped with state-of-the-art gear, their team collects seaweed in all weathers. In a short time frame around low-tides, harvesters must quickly cut seaweed by hand from specific designated areas. Mara is committed to supporting coastal communities and the environment. Harvesters working in both Fife and with their partners in Ireland are trained to use techniques that allow seaweed to regrow healthily and vigorously. Mara Seaweed is picked & processed within 24 hours to lock in flavour, ensure quality & secure maximum nutritional benefits. Their mission is to ‘Nourish Body & Soul’ by harnessing goodness from the sea and bringing it direct to their customers which is great news for us as we aim to use the best & freshest ingredients in the dishes we serve our customers here on the Royal Mile Edinburgh. 

You can find Mara Seaweed in dishes including our chargrilled octopus salad & seaweed butter used for our freshly baked bread. With our menu soon to change to include more seafood sharing plates you can expect to find more quality Mara Seaweed available at White Horse Edinburgh. 

For more information on Mara Seaweed visit their website here.

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