Catering in Scotland Excellence Chef of the Year Award 2013, a well deserved accolade and still going from strength to strength.
Stylish venue, immaculate city dining with imaginative dishes from one of Scotland's finest. The restaurant sits right on the banks of the Tay. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
Not only is Chef Patron Graeme Pallister highly skilled and talented in the kitchen but Graeme also works enthusiastically with local schools supporting the Slow Food Movement and devising ways to link future generations with how food is produced. He also has an interesting blog on his website and is passionate about Scottish artisan cheeses. His CHEESEBOARD is all Scottish artisan cheeses. Bravo Graeme! Member of Slow Food Chefs' Alliance.
Nestled in the arty array of buildings at Cairn O Mohr fruit wines is this lovely café bistro, home to Ali and Bob, passionate about local produce and Slow Food supporters. We had a beautiful meal here when they hosted the Slow Food Ark evening for the local SF Convivium. They have a sunny deck, a glazed verandah for windy days and a bonnie cafe with natural woods and beams.
Everything is cooked fresh daily from local suppliers, with eggs from the neighbour and even their coffee is roasted nearby in Dundee. They are well known for their daily soups such as sweet potato, black bean & ginger or tomato, red pepper & parmesan, served with local bloomer sandwiches and delicious home baking. Ali's gluten free cheesecakes and desserts are hugely popular and her scones delicious. No wonder they have been called 'a little bit of paradise in the middle of Perthshire' and won Thistle Award Best Informal Eating Experience for the region 2017. Also Winners of Scottish Baking Award 2015 & 2016.
Ballintaggart is an inspiring rural destination with stunning views over the Tay valley, a stone throw from Grandtully. Chris and Rachel's combined skills have created a refined venue for a memorable food experience.
Within the beautifully restored old farm buildings there is the light and spacious cookschool where Chris offers a range of excellent courses; a generous steading for events and gatherings; an intimate library, perfect for smaller groups, along with a gracious lounge with panoramic views and two stylish double rooms for overnight accommodation. Locally sourced produce is fundamental at Ballintaggart and their hens peck contentedly among the fruit orchard. Booking essential.
Located in a beautiful old coaching inn, with plenty exposed stone and timber as befits such a historic buidling. Barley Bree has won awards and is well known for its use of wonderful Perthshire produce. This enthusiastic couple have their roots in highland hospitality and the cooking of North West France - a combination of Scottish ingredients cooked with a sparkle of French imagination.
Fabrice combines his French sensibilities with Scotland’s seasonal produce in a menu that changes every day. Alison is from Raasay, Isle of Skye where she too honed her skills and knowledge of local food culture. As parents themselves they also welcome children to enjoy good food at Barley Bree. They can offer outside catering for weddings, host private functions and have several delightful bedrooms so you don't need to drive home. There is also a sunny terrace. A super place for a special celebration. Regional winners of the 2014 Best Restaurant Experience Scottish Thistle Awards.
The best of the hydros. The Crieff Hydro Brasserie is a very popular place for all the family. For some it will be their first visit. Other families have been coming here for generations to enjoy the lovely setting, great service, delicious food and something-for-everyone approach. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
Since taking over the restaurant “Let’s Eat” in October 2005, “Deans @ Let’s Eat” has become a real favourite and an institution in Perth. Its warm atmosphere along with Traditional Scottish food cooked in an exciting “Modern way” explains it all and it is quite the family enterprise now as their sons are part of the team. Delightful meal options and seasonal events. Click on their website for further details and to reserve your table.
There are also incredibly good value lunch options to enjoy when shopping in Perth, still with a beautiful attention to detail and absolutely delicious. We had scrumptious crispy battered sole with hand cut chips, excellent seafood stew and melt-in-mouth fudge pavlova.
This attractive family run country lodge on outskirts of town has been extensively and lovingly refurbished and is absolutely beautiful. Chef patron Neil McGowan and his family are justly proud of its status as Fishing Hotel of the Year, a pastime close to his heart. Indeed any guests can be assured their catch will be skillfully conjured into their dinner if desired.
'Two Sisters at East Haugh House' restaurant is recommended in the UK's Michelin Guide 2017. Game and local seafood are regulars on the menu and shooting and stalking can be arranged for you. The atmosphere in their beautifully appointed dining room is really lovely, with its fishing memorabilia and old photographs of local heritage. This is my superb slow cooked lamb dish. Photo inset (right) credit East Haugh - check out their "Kitchen Secrets' on their website.
A perfect place to break the journey on the A9 - or just a great place for a day trip. House of Bruar has developed from an excellent foodie stop with some well chosen ladies and gents' clothing, into a very substantial retail outlet - delicatessan, kitchenware, clothing, home and garden.
The restaurant has local butchers' sausages and haggis, gourmet seafood counter and tasty buffet options. Breakfast options, soups, light dishes and substantial feasts. All self service.
The Food Hall is superb including a Q Guild Butchery department and massive CHEESE COUNTER. Remember to take your chill bag to bring home the cheeses and meats! By the way there are also the beautiful Falls of Bruar so you can walk off that chocolate cake afterwards!
Award winning restaurant within this stunning country house hotel in the heart of Perthshire. Great for a relaxing holiday, or a tranquil pause en route to the Highlands. With 10 individually decorated rooms, a stylish whisky bar and superb food served in their dining room and bar conservatory, this country house has bags of charm and personal service. Set in its own wooded grounds this whitewashed 19th Century dower house is a perfect place to experience the best of Scotland.
Catering in Scotland Excellence Finalist Independent Hotel of the Year 2016. Good Hotel Guide’s César for Scottish Hotel of the Year in 2011, one of only 10 such awards given annually. Holder of 3 coveted Red*** from the AA since 2011.
Parklands is a gracious period residence overlooking the pretty links on the edge of Perth and perfectly located for road and rail links. An easy stroll to city centre it has its own 63@Parklands restaurant for fine dining at its best under the dedicated eye of Graeme Pallister, with traditional and new dishes.
For a more informal experience No. 1 The Bank Bistro has a seasonal range of dishes with views of the garden and the surrounding parkland...with alfresco options for summer dining. Both restaurants reflect the ingredients available from the local Perthshire countryside. Please click through to their website to contact.
This ingenious concept is a firm favourite with hikers and tourers, locals and tourists. You may be forgiven for thinking this is a fish & chip shop but whilst it's on the menu, in its most sustainable form, this is so much more...buzzing and lively, super baking and fabulous location!
All meats for their sausages and burgers are sourced from 2 local butchers, their Glasgow-sourced coffee is Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic, and 3 tons of fresh local potatoes arrive every week! Haddock and Cod comes from MSC certified and managed stocks in Area 28 in the North East Arctic, and all their ingredients are sourced meticulously and mentioned by name on their menus. Their disposable plates and cutlery are all from the ethical Vegware - all in all well worth a visit!
The Real Food Cafe has been extended with a lovely new build and justly has a great reputation. It now has a food-to-go Kiosk too. Perfect to break the journey, whether touring in a car or hiking in the hills on the West Highland Way!
This entry is in the Trossachs section too as it is by the border!
Cheery friendly atmosphere in this former coaching inn in the charming historic small town of Dunkeld, also famous for its cathedral - and actually an excellent kitchen shop too!
Good home cooked food and warm hospitality. Weddings and events also catered for. Independently owned with some excellent offers on their website. Here is their delicious game pie.
French in style but most definitely local in produce, now also with their own kitchen garden. The menu is brimming with fine produce and their network of suppliers is strong and sustainable.
Typical dishes include Orkney crab cakes, winter salad, lime & tarragon mayonnaise; Twice-baked Anster cheese soufflé, dressed baby leeks; followed by Stem ginger & honeycomb cheesecake, poached pear, caramel ice-cream. This lovely place is a hidden gem.
Tim and Anna also have wonderful special themed evenings such as Tuscan and Nordic. A winning team and a delightful dining experience.
2017 Winner Fife Retail Business Awards 'Best Eatery Award.' A fine cafe bistro in the heart of the pretty award-winning village of Aberdour in the old cooperative building, transformed into an elegant eatery. A very popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Walkers and cyclists have discovered it too as the perfect place to pause.
You will find home baking and regional produce on offer - even beef from less than a mile away - and delicious bites to eat in or take away. The dainty meat pies and carrot cake are scrumptious. The menu offers light pitstops and excellent lattes right through to a more substantial main course, and baked potato options to takeaway. They also have several 'pop up' dining nights monthly - check out their link for forthcoming events.
Free parking by the station (a moment away) - or better still arrive by train and see the award-winning station too! On the beautiful Fife Coastal Path it already has many devotees. Photo with bikes from Dougal Barrie's book, "Team Aberdour.'
Wendy’s Food Studio in Fife, for sustainable cooking courses, meetings, projects and bespoke events. Arrange your own date or see forthcoming events - a perfect gift.
This coastal venue is home to Wendy’s range of food related activities including courses on sustainable produce, log-fired cooking and food tourism; showcasing regional artisan produce, food styling and photography. Home of Be A Cheese Champion and other unique bespoke courses...
For details and forthcoming 1 Day Courses at Scottish Food Studio...Click on link below for details...
Biodiversity and rare breed expert Bosse Dahlgren covers sustainable farming and food production aspects of these courses.
Visit Fife's only farmhouse cheesemakers. The glass wall allows you to watch the action and Jane's unpasteurised cheeses from their own herd of cows are a delicious asset to this lovely region.
Her well stocked cheese counter is the perfect place to buy her excellent hand crafted award-winning cheeses including Anster, Red Anster with Chives and St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar. Two of Jane's cheeses are on Slow Food Ark of Taste.
Tarry a while at their beautiful coffee shop with home baking par excellence! The wonderful home mades soups are served with her absolutely delicious freshly baked cheese scones. The elevated views from the cafe are over open countryside and the sea beyond making it a delightful place to visit. There is also a great range of cheese related foodie gifts in the shop.
Aberdour Hotel is a delightful family run coaching inn located in the heart of the bonnie conservation village of Aberdour. This seaside village gets regular mentions for its Village in Bloom and the award-winning railway station, where trains run regularly to Edinburgh, only half an hour away.
Whilst retaining elements of the historic building they have created excellent bedrooms in the stable block around the courtyard and very good, smaller bedrooms in the main building. The bar and restaurant are couthy, warm and friendly and very popular with locals for their freshly cooked local fare and good range of beers. In a prime position for visiting the tourist attractions and golf courses of Fife and beyond, or perhaps you just wish to enjoy village life for a while. Menus have seasonal flair, seafood, steak pie and traditional favourites, plus daily specials and the ever popular steak nights on Fridays. Excellent value for money and delightful staff. A lovely place to stay and dine.
Whether it be an elegant breakfast, a light lunch or afternoon tea with cake, there is something for everyone at this lovely bistro cafe within the Scottish Antique and Arts Centre. It has a graceful ambience of a period parlour and the menu reflects the local produce - cured hams and smoked salmon, home made bakes, Scottish beef and seasonal fruits. Staff are very friendly and efficient. A great place for a wee trip there is so much to see - it has also been featured on the BBC antiques programmes! Please telephone as no e mail at present.
Top notch dining in luxurious surroundings.With many awards to his name, Andrew is the only chef in Scotland to achieve 2 Michelin stars. His menus have impeccable provenance with a classical French influence: Hand Dived Scallops and Home Smoked Scottish Lobster; Loin of HIghland Roe Deer and Game Bon Bons.
Chef Proprietor, Adam Newth opened The Tayberry Restaurant in November 2015 and has already won the Young Chef of the Year Award at the Catering In Scotland Excellence Awards 2016. With a nod to the tayberry's hues, this contemporary restaurant uses the wonderful local produce as much as possible, and has beautiful views over the silvery Tay. The tayberry was first cultivated in the Dundee area in 1979 and named after the river.
photo credit: Tayberry website. Adam will be presenting some of his dishes at Royal Highland Show 2017
A delightful coffee shop with a spacious farm shop adjacent and lots to entertain the children too with an adventure play area. The shop has their own free range eggs, meat from Puddledub, their own vegetables on 10 acres of crop land, and a good range of artisan produce. They also have a lovely range of children's books, gifts and cards.
Select a home made treat, with a latte or tea and snuggle up on a sofa in front of a roaring fire. The views are beautiful. This is successful diversification on a lovely family fruit farm.
This artistically converted iconic railway station won awards for its design (based on Dundee’s old Magdalen Green Railway Station) on the esplanade by the silvery Tay with splendid views across the water and pretty impressive food to match! Head Chef Rory Lovie is a Member of Slow Food Chefs' Alliance.
With local produce and regular menu changes, this bistro style eatery is on the go all day, whether you are looking for a great breakfast, coffee break, a lovely lunch platter or innovative dinner, all singing the praises of his suppliers - great to see on menus.
After major refurbishment in 2015, this village inn has emerged as quite the gastro pub, popular with Elie residents and from farther afield in Fife. With deep easy chairs, superb sea views and open fires, no wonder folk flock here for freshly caught seafood and other mouth watering menu suggestions. I had this tasty Cullen Skink. There is also accommodation available upstairs should the whisky flow! Graham & Rachel also own the Bridge Inn at Ratho that has a great reputation for food too.
Attached to Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier is his imaginative café plus gift shop and chocolate exhibition - a perfect stop for a wee trip out of the city to a chocolaty destination! It has certainly put Grandtully on the map. Freshly brewed coffee, loose leaf specialty teas and award winning hot chocolate are on offer with sumptuous chocolate cake, scones and muffins. Reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland tea party this chocolate heaven has colour, character and theatre, as well as great chocolate! See also under chocolate entry.
Large sunny café is ideal to enjoy a day out. Their farm shop has local beef, organic pork, Scottish cheeses, honey and jam. A large selection of fruit and vegetables, gifts, wines and kitchenware too.
They offer a Scottish Cheese Wheel in their café: A taster of 5 Scottish Cheeses presented on a Peter’s Yard Crispbread - Blue Murder & Gruth Dhu Black Crowdie, Tain, Connage Clava Brie, from the shores of the Moray Firth, Isle of Mull Cheddar, Anster Farmhouse Cheese, made in St Andrews (please note cheeses vary every now and then)
Jamie Scott, BBC Masterchef Professional Winner has opened this modern Scottish restaurant overlooking the silvery Tay. This is a dream come true for the chef whose Mum worked at the Calley and whose Dad was in the Black Watch. He is passionate about Scotland's produce and has created a light bright space with sensational views to match his food on offer. The BBC judges spoke very highly of him and we wish him every success.
A charming eatery in this pretty village, just under the iconic Rail Bridge. A wee place with a big reputation so best to book. Locally sourced top notch seafood, game and fine beef.
A very popular haunt for Fife foodies and only just over the bridge makes it a quick hop for Edinburgh folk. Chef Proprietor Craig Wood, pictured is justly awarded Catering in Scotland Scottish Chef of the Year 2015
Turreted fairytale architecture with fine food and relaxing ambience best describes this gracious hideaway by Perth. Guests at Ballathie are usually lucky enough to see some of the many red squirrels that live here on the estate. With its glorious riverside location a stay here is memorable. Members of the Scotch Beef Club. 2014 Winner of Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards, Independent Hotel of the Year and Winner of Best Cheeseboard in Scotland at the British Cheese Awards 2013.
Fine dining with an excellent wine list is the order of the day at the Allen's delightful country house. Berries from the Carse of Gowrie, local game and fish; herbs and vegetables from their garden, all form the basis of the creative dishes served in their restaurant.
Hettie's teas are innovative, tasty and fun. There is something for everyone with an amazing and imaginative range - Little Miss Spice Girl, Afternoon Chatter and Hettie in the Heather. These delightful infusions are great for creative cooking and refreshing drinking. The tearoom is a haven of home baking and charm.
Opposite the Old Course Hotel, this splendid addition to Scotland's food scene is a farm shop, butchery and cafe. You can buy fresh vegetables alongside their highland beef and a great selection of local produce.
There is also a super selection of foodie related items - chopping boards, antlers, cookbooks, ceramics, all very tempting and high quality, and an excellent cheese counter.
The cafe offers an enticing selection of home made goodies and an excellent blackboard menu of local produce.
Serious luxury is on the menu here! This exceptional resort hotel stands proud in the heart of ' The' Golf Course here in St Andrews. I may not be a golfer but I certainly appreciate the finer things in life and here you have a variety of dining options all served with the highest quality of service. On this occasion we dined at the Road Hole Bar whilst gazing out at the stunning views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Currenty undergoing major refurbishment - Dukes and Jiggers Inn are still operational for dining but accommodation is closed until April 2017. Watch this space.
Founded in 2012 the restaurant is in a building that played a key role in the history of St Andrews, originally home to the Adamson family in the early 1800s whose eldest son was a physician and pioneer photographer, then later it became the post office. Now home to this award-winning restaurant presenting brasserie styled food with a contemporary twist that I am sure that photographer would have loved to record! Sourcing island shellfish and East Neuk crab, locally sourced meats and a range of salads this is an asset to this historic university town.
photo credit: The Adamson
2015 celebrates 20 years of the Doll's House. In their words, they serve “good mood food” and have a refreshing and interesting range of dishes using local produce on their menu including nice little touches like their “Eden Brewery Beer Battered Fish.” On Sundays they do a roast that I can personally vouch for - and we were lucky to get a table as students with visiting parents piled in! No e mail address at present so please telephone.