Scotland is a food lover’s heaven. From deep fried mars bars to freshly caught Orkney scallops in the North Sea. Scotland is more than just haggis, neeps and tatties with so many additional delicacies to offer. This post will highlight some of the best restaurants and cafes throughout Scotland from budget meals when times are tough to fine Scottish dining when you fancy the champagne lifestyle.
Whilst it’s mainly the beer people come for, it’s the cheap but tasty food which will bring them back to this beer hall again and again. People are raving about Bier Halle and it’s no surprise when they offer a free bratwurst hot dog or Bavarian pretzel with every jug of beer. As well as this they also do two-for-one on their tasty pizzas, seven days a week.
The Cali Bruich (meaning ‘eat well’) is a fine dining restaurant in Glasgow which offers an exciting menu changing from season to season, using only the freshest Scottish ingredients. The four course menu offers an array of dishes including vegetarian options. A sample menu includes scallops, squid, smoked roe and celeriac to start, stone bass langoustine, sea kale and mushroom as a main and for dessert they offer a stunning cheese board for an extra £3.
The Inversnecky café is in an amazing location beside the beach in Aberdeen. It offers outdoor seating in the summer if you are brave enough to endure the seagulls who have their eye on every bite you take! The menu offers an extensive breakfast and lunch menu and a large selection of hot drinks at a reasonable price. The café has a ‘specials’ board outside more regularly used as a pun board, which they update every day and the customers are raving about it. Inversnecky is quirky and provides views of the beautiful beach from the window.
The Silver Darling is a seafood restaurant situated at the mouth of Aberdeen harbour. With views of the North Sea, Silver Darling has been operating and serving freshly caught seafood daily for over 30 years. Main courses start at £22 with all ingredients locally picked out and cooked to the best quality. The famous Aberdeen Bay lobster comes from one of the last lobster fishing boats that exists in Aberdeen. Silver Darling is exceptional and a seafood lover’s dream.
This little gem of a café is situated in-between Perth and Dundee at the side of the A90. The Horn was originally a tartan shed before it opened as a stop by café which is famous for its bacon rolls. The bacon roll offers an astonishing 16 rashers of bacon packed into a large morning roll for just £4. It’s a great place to stop if you are heading off on a long journey or simply just fancy a bite to eat before work in the morning.
The Castlehill Restaurant is a stone’s throw away from the newly rejuvenated water front in Dundee. The high class menu offers Shetland scallops to Perth-shire beef with a three course menu available at £35 per person. If you are feeling less peckish they offer a lunch menu with the choice of Scottish crab in a jasmine tea consommé!
Oink was opened in 2008 and delivers a high quality fast food alternative in Edinburgh’s Victoria Street that people absolutely love. Oink is straight to the point and honest food. They offer three sizes of hog roast rolls, The Piglet – for the smaller eater at £2.95, The Oink – Classic hog roast roll £3.95 and The Grunter – for the larger appetite £4.95. This place is great if you are on your lunch break or if you are on holiday and fancy a bite to eat without breaking the bank.
The Dome, which is located on the popular George Street in Edinburgh is highly recognisable especially during the festive season when the pillars are lit up with magnificent Christmas lights. The Dome is considered a first choice venue to meet family, friends and colleagues for Coffee, Cocktails, Tea, Lunch and Dinner. The Dome is famous for its afternoon teas that include delicate finger sandwiches, scones and sweet pastries for £23.50 per person. The menu is fine dining at its best and is definitely worth the price!
The Castle Street restaurant is a family favourite for many people in the highlands and surrounding areas. With no pretensions to fine dining or anything too fancy, the Castle Restaurant targets a customer looking for no-nonsense meals with decent portions sizes at cheap prices. The famous macaroni cheese at the Castle Restaurant is one of the best to grace the planet. It comes with freshly made crinkle-cut chips with the options of beans on the side for only £6.80. The food arrives minutes after being ordered and is always outstanding.
Links House is a five star hotel situated in one of the most beautiful towns in the Scottish Highlands, Dornoch. Links House only opened in 2013 but it has already put Dornoch on the map with being one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Kingdom. As well as their stunning rooms, they have a fine dining restaurant which is open to everybody, with booking in advance being essential. Head chef JP Saint is dedicated to using fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Links House also offers an Afternoon Tea at £20 per person and £29 if you wish to have a glass of champagne too.