This is the vision which inspires and sustains the East Neuk Salt Co.
ENSC was founded in St Monans, a coastal village in the East Neuk, by Darren Peattie in 2019, producing its first salt harvest in 2021 after a long project build.
After 18 years, Darren returned, with his wife Mhairi and two daughters, to the village of St Monans, where he had grown up and generations of his family had lived for 400 years. The idea of a contemporary salt works came to Darren and Mhairi, a head chef, on their walks by the ruins of salt pans in St Monans. Together with a still standing windmill, nine salt pans dating from the 17th century were used to heat seawater for the extraction of salt in an industry which thrived for centuries until its decline in the 19th century.
Convinced that we sustain our future by preserving our past, Darren set out to create the East Neuk Salt Co. and return salt production to St.Monans.
Inspired by St.Monans’ rich heritage of salt production, the East Neuk Salt Co harnesses the power of nature and hand to craft some of the finest sea salt produced in the UK.
Using a combination of traditional and modern methods, ENSC creates 100% organically hand-harvested Scottish sea salt flakes using the finest Grade A waters sourced from the coast of the East Neuk in Fife.
This produces stunning crystal formations with a rich but subtle flavour which has received outstanding reviews from professional chefs, home cooks and foodies across the UK and globally.
It truly is the “white gold” of the East Neuk.