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Region: Aberdeen & Grampian Members



DESS

Aberdeen & Grampian Members
AB34 5BD
Tel:01339 883536
Comments
Renowned for his prize Aberdeen Angus Beef herd on the farm, this family run enterprise also has an excellent farm shop and light airy café. The café serves great home farm beef burgers, wholesome soups and tasty bakes and is a lovely couthy venue. The building sits alongside their activity park with kart racing, quad biking, fishing, shooting, orienteering, children's activities and corporate events - a busy place and always popular with locals and tourists alike. See farm shop entry under Cairnton Beef for farm shop.


Udny Green
ELLON

Aberdeen & Grampian Members
AB41 7RS
Tel:01651 842337
Comments
Contemporary restaurant oozing with charm by this picturesque village green. Craig creatively uses Aberdeenshire ingredients and has gained many plaudits. He has successfully transformed a small village pub into an award-winning restaurant and made quite a name for himself in his 'tartan trews.' He has done a great deal to support the local community and is a highly gifted chef. Eat on the Green is a very special place: beautiful food in beautiful surroundings in the heart of Aberdeenshire. The dining room has a warm and personal ambience and there are other options too: private dining, Tasting Room and even the Chef’s Table complete with its huge flat screen live feed to the kitchen…a real winner. Opened summer 2013 is their inspired and prestigious Laurent Perrier Champagne Garden Room, the first of its kind. Craig's entertaining cookery demonstrations at the Royal Highland Show are always warmly received too. Members of the top class Scotch Beef Club.


Region: Banffshire Members



Boyndie
by Banff

Banffshire Members
AB45 2JT
Tel:01261 843249
Comments

A charming place to visit, featuring beautiful landscaped gardens, an excellent range of crafts and a lovely coffee shop brimming with Banff produce. This light airy venue has home baking, their famous cullen skink plus daily specials, hot dishes and light bites. Already a great place to visit there has been much refurbishment underway so lots to see. Call to check opening times.



PENNAN
BANFFSHIRE

Banffshire Members
AB43 6JB
Tel:01346 561201
Comments
What an amazing location! For those of you familiar with the hit film Local Hero this is the home of the red phone box and the delightful row of white cottages by the stunning harbour and cliff. Peter and Nikki now own the inn and have carried out major refurbishments creating three lovely bedrooms and an inviting menu with locally landed seafood and also Thai dishes reflecting their heritage from both Scotland and Thailand, using the local butcher's produce and interesting vegetarian options too. The diningroom is light and contemporary; the cosy bar with its log stove has many photographs with the film stars and crew at work. Limited seasonal opening over winter so PLEASE call to check opening times. Click on website for more details.


Region: Aberdeenshire



Beautiful Mountain
11-13 Belmont Street
Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire
AB10 1JR
Tel:01224 645353
Beautiful Mountain
Comments
Cafe and sandwich deli specialising in organic, fair trade and vegan options. They are firm believers in local produce and do take aways and catering for your own events too. Light tapas are among the evening options and the mood is informal and casual.


Bistro Verde
The Green
Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire
AB11 6NY
Tel:01224 586180
Bistro Verde
Comments
Informal bistro in the heart of the city. Bustling and appealing with a mouth watering selection of seafood, their speciality. Enjoy local langoustines, lemon sole, mackerel, crab and many more sustainable goodies from the depths.


Cafe 52
52 The Green
Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire
AB11 6PE
Tel:01224 590094
Cafe 52
Comments
Zany and energetic - a buzzing bistro with very innovative food. They mix their support of local produce with zany Mediterranean ideas and it is very successful. Their menus have a quirky and sustainable feel to them.


Silver Darlings
Pocra Quay
North Pier
Footdee
Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire
AB11 5DQ
Tel:01224 576229
Silver Darlings
Comments

Silver Darlings is named after the herrings given the same name. Established acclaimed seafood restaurant in amazing location - almost out at sea by Aberdeen! Stylish and nautical with an abundance of Scottish seafood within a highly French influenced menu. Well worth a visit. I love the glass tiled wall and the breathtaking views.



Region: Alford



Kildrummy Castle
Kildrummy

Alford
AB33 8RA
Tel:01975 571288
Kildrummy Castle
Comments
Quintessential country mansion set in acres of gardens with fine food to match. It is a wonderful setting for weddings and other special days, and a famous whisky bar.


Region: Ballater



Crannach
Cambus O'May

Ballater
AB35 5SD
Tel:01339 755126
Crannach
Comments
Refreshing contemporary eating place - complete with a small but high quality selection local crafts - a lovely find. Doug Cookson has a passion for Slow Food and creates many fine artisan breads available on sale in his shop. It has a small but light and airy cafe within that is the perfect place to break your Deeside journey for his superb home made bakes and light dishes and an excellent coffee.


Darroch Learg
Braemar Road

Ballater
AB35 5UX
Tel:013397 55443
Darroch Learg
Comments

Its old Gaelic name translates as 'the oak wood on the sunny hillside. ' 

Darroch Learg had a serious fire that happened on February 2015. Thankfully there were no injuries to guests, staff or workmen but the damage to the first and second floors of the main building was extensive. They are in the process of restoring Darroch Learg to its former glory and re opening for business as soon as they can. 

Will keep you posted.



Glen Lui Hotel
Invercauld Road

Ballater
AB35 5RP
Tel:01339 755402
Glen Lui Hotel
Comments
Originally a private summer residence built in 1896 this lovely residence is an ideal place for an enjoyable break. Sunny diningroom with fine views and delicious seasonal fare. The balanced menus comprise of local Deeside lamb, game and seafood and menus reflect the family's support of local producers.


Region: Balmedie



Cock & Bull
Ellon Road

Balmedie
AB23 8XY
Tel:01358 743249
Cock & Bull
Comments
Scottish Gastro Pub of the Year 2012. A wonderfully eclectic inn, vibrant and bustling with excellent fresh menus - essential prerequisites of the gastro pub ...all prepared on the premises using local produce as much as possible to create award-winning dishes. They use Marine Stewardship Council approved fresh white fish and shellfish landed in Peterhead, Beef and Pork from Buchan and Kincardineshire, highlands game and seasonal vegetables.


Region: Banffshire



Beggars Belief
10B Shorehead
Portsoy

Banffshire
AB45 2PB
Tel:01261 843803
Beggars Belief
Comments
What can I say! This quirky wee place right at Portsoy harbour is an eclectic mix of bric a brac, gifts and crafts alongside a good range of fair trade coffee and teas. The piratical haven is steeped in history and has been a labour of love for its owners to restore. With seriously constrained kitchen facilities they can only offer soup with local oatcakes, Duncans of Deeside shortbread, muffins and ice cream both made in Portsoy. I have included this venue because of the warmth of their welcome, the unique decor, the waterfront location, and a good cuppa with a local biscuit!


Castle Hotel Huntly
Huntly

Banffshire
AB54 4SH
Tel:01466 792696
Castle Hotel Huntly
Comments
This historic home is now a lovely hotel with great character. Log fires, a warm welcome and a gracious staircase all await you and the dinner menu is brimming with local seasonal produce such as the pigeon dish pictured.


Delgatie Castle
Delgatie
Turriff

Banffshire
AB53 5TD
Tel:01888 563479
Delgatie Castle
Comments
Clan Hay Centre, this stunning and imaginative venue has riveting history and romantic gardens. Ideal for weddings but equally enjoyable for a light lunch or tasty slice of home made cake in the laird's kitchen. The castle tearoom has rightly won an award for its scones and baking and I for one am delighted for such a lovely place.


Duff House
Banff

Banffshire
AB45 3SX
Tel:01261 813004
Duff House
Comments
Duff House is a massive and stunning William Adam designed dwelling built between 1735 and 1740 for William Duff, The 1st Earl of Fife. From stately home to its current extensive restoration it has been a hotel, sanitarium, prisoner of war camp and billet for Polish and Norwegian soldiers!! It is now run by Historic Scotland and houses a permanent collection of fine works of art on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland. It has a lovely gift shop and last, but not least, a vibrant newly refurbished cafe with soups, light dishes and home baking. With much to see indoors and extensive grounds for walks this is a great place go. Open all year although opening times shorter during winter so call to check. Clearly signposted on the edge of Banff. No e mail at present.


Norwood Guest House
11 Seafield Place
Cullen

Banffshire
AB56 4TE
Tel:01542 840314
Norwood Guest House
Comments
Delightful 19th century Georgian villa, handy for the town centre yet on a peaceful avenue. Your charming hosts will ensure you have a relaxing stay - the bedrooms are lovely and the freshly prepared breakfasts and dinners are brimming with local produce. The house is absolutely charming and the wee historic coastal town of Cullen a beautiful place to tarry.


Rockpool Cafe and Restaurant
10 The Square
Cullen

Banffshire
AB56 4RR
Tel:01542 841397
Rockpool Cafe and Restaurant
Comments
A lovely new addition to to the pretty town of Cullen. This light and airy bistro on the corner of the Square has been very attractively laid out with natural woods and a split level design. Chef proprietor Stephen has created a lovely menu with home bakes and local produce - the hog roast was delicious.


Region: Braemar



Taste
Airlie House
Auchendryne Square

Braemar
AB35 5WS
Tel:01339 741425
Taste
Comments

Stylish contemporary surroundings make this the perfect place for a coffee and home baking or light lunches showcasing and supporting many local producers. No evening meals at present. This light and airy well designed setting is ideal for stopping off on these famous Scottish byways. It has recently been completely refurbished and is a real asset to Braemar.



Region: Elgin



Mansion House Hotel
The Haugh

Elgin
IV30 1AW
Tel:01343 548811
Mansion House Hotel
Comments
Gracious country house hotel with many beatiful original features. The Still Room is available for private dining parties and the main dining room also has great charm. An ideal place to stay whilst 'researching' all the wonderful whiskies and enjoying excellent food. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Pines Guest House
East Road

Elgin
IV30 1XG
Tel:01343 552495
Pines Guest House
Comments
Victorian mansion prettily situated in it's own grounds in the historic East end of Elgin. An excellent B&B that I happened upon by chance. A fine breakfast a speciality.


Region: Ellon



The Store @ The Pottery Barn
Newburgh


Ellon
AB41 6AY
Tel:01358 788083
The Store @ The Pottery Barn
Comments
An incredible cornucopia of local produce: home grown meats - home produced Aberdeen Angus beef and grass fed lamb - vegetables, home cooking, local cheeses, delicacies and much more. No longer in the small bothy, The Store at Foveran as popular as ever and relocated across the yard in the Pottery Barn complete with coffee shop. As they say 'our farm; our passion; your lifestyle.'


Region: Forres



Brodie Countryfare
Brodie

Forres
IV36 2TD
Tel:01309 641555
Brodie Countryfare
Comments
Brodie is easy to spot by the road en route to Inverness in the wee hamlet of Brodie near Forres. It is a popular place to stop and tarry awhile for shopping and food. There is a great range of gifts, interiors and clothes; fabulous delicatessen supporting many many local producers, plus a lovely light and airy 'Family Restaurant' for coffee and scones right through to full meal service during the day. All baking is home made as are the jams, the meats are local and the dishes seasonal. The counter service is friendly and informal.


Knockomie Hotel
Grantown Road
FORRES
Moray

Forres
IV36 2SG
Tel:01309 673146
Knockomie Hotel
Comments
Knockomie is a really beautiful residence with many fine architectural features and just a wonderful relaxing atmosphere where you can be sure of a great meal with fine Scotch Beef largely featured. Congratulations to Gavin on his justly deserved Silver Thistle Award. The Ellis family not only have a great hotel here but also do a great deal for Scottish tourism. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Uralla
Sanquhar Road

Forres
IV36 1DG
Tel:01309 672082
Uralla
Comments
This is a charming bed and breakfast on a quiet avenue near the centre of Forres. The beautiful Victorian house retains many of its original features and has a delightful atmosphere. You will receive a warm welcome and a lovely breakfast. Within walking distance of Benromach Distillery! Very handy!


Region: Inverurie



Mitchells
Market Place

Inverurie
AB51 3XN
Tel:01467 621389
Mitchells
Comments
This bustling tearoom has a lovely couthie warmth in a modern setting in the heart of this bonnie market town. It is very popular with locals and tourists - quite the meeting place in Inverurie! Adjacent is their excellent grocers with a great range of deli produce, fresh and local.


Region: Keith



Boogie Woogie
2 Regent Square

Keith
AB55 5DX
Tel:01542 888077
Boogie Woogie
Comments
Eclectic gift shop with crafts and clothes plus an exuberant cafe with light dishes and lots of home baking. Daily changing warming soups with home made bread and delicious gateaux to tempt you too. Very relaxed, bright and quirky.


Region: Stonehaven



Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant
Old Pier

Stonehaven
AB39 2JU
Tel:01659 762287
Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant
Comments
Fine restaurant in beautiful setting right by the harbour. Contemporary and stylish, light and airy decor within ancient walls. Their wonderful menu is mouth watering and has justly won many plaudits. They are highly dedicated to local produce and it shows throughout the menus. No e mail at present so please telephone to book.


Region: Tomintoul



Clockhouse Restaurant
The Square

Tomintoul
AB37 9EX
Tel:01807 580378
Clockhouse Restaurant
Comments
A charming bistro with freshly cooked seasonal produce served to you in a friendly relaxed manner. Tomintoul is famous for being on one of the most scenic routes in Scotland - equally stunning in high summer and snowscapes so if you haven't yet driven there I thoroughly recommend it to you. The Clockhouse is easy to find by the main square in this little village and you will not be disappointed with their fine highland cuisine.