• Eat on the Green

    Catering in Scotland (CiS) Excellence Award for Food Tourism 2018         Winner of Best Restaurant, Aberdeen City & Shire Tourism Awards 2017. Thistle Award Winner Best Eating Place in Scotland 2019. Contemporary restaurant oozing with charm by this picturesque village green. Craig creatively uses Aberdeenshire ingredients and has gained Read more [...]

  • Contini

    A vibrant, buzzy, award winning Italian family run restaurant in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful rooms. This former banking hall is modelled on a Florentine Palazzo and delivers everything you want from a fabulous, authentic contemporary Italian restaurant.  They source produce direct from the markets in Italy and change the Read more [...]

  • Henderson’s Vegan

    Winner The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards, Green Family Business of the Year 2018. A trailblazer since the 60’s Henderson’s has done it again and launched Henderson’s Vegan at what was formerly their Thistle Street Bistro. When Janet Henderson first opened, her recipe for success was farm surplus vegetables, a passion for healthy family eating Read more [...]

  • Burts Hotel

    Lovely hostelry with award winning fare in pretty border town with its famous abbey and beautiful gardens. The staff here – and at their sister venue the Townhouse across the square – are friendly and helpful and the food is carefully sourced and beautifully presented, whether you are dining in Read more [...]

  • Cringletie House Hotel

    This fairytale castellated country house is within a stone’s throw of Edinburgh – near enough to enjoy a pleasant trip for a romantic gourmet meal…yet just far enough to justify a night away if you feel like it! With new owners in residence (2019) Cringletie is entering a new chapter, Read more [...]

  • Crinan Hotel

    Lochgilphead Glorious location, loved by yachting fraternity and foodies across world. Frances and their son Ross are also renowned artists. Finalist of CiS Pub Excellence Award 2016

  • Royal Dunkeld

    Cheery friendly atmosphere in this former coaching inn in the charming historic small town of Dunkeld, famous for its cathedral. They have spacious parking to the rear. The Royal serves tasty home cooked food from a seasonal menu with blackboard specials in their Woodlands Bistro, all served up with a Read more [...]

  • Rhubarb at Prestonfield House

    Rhubarb the restaurant is at Prestonfield. This magnificient historic mansion has been creatively and sensitively restored to its former glory as a stunning mix of opulence and grandeur – the most glamorous hotel in town!  Set in grounds with peacocks and highland cattle the whole experience is unforgettable – it is Read more [...]

  • Gleddoch House Hotel

    This luxury hotel with Spa and Golf Club is but minutes from Glasgow yet set amidst tranquil countryside. The Vista Restaurant has panoramic views over coast and country to the Glasgow skyline with an impressive menu to match. Head Chef Andy Christie is passionate about his local produce, seeking out Read more [...]

  • Dunmuir Hotel

    This elegant red sandstone building with its grand oak staircase, ornate plasterwork and art nouveau fireplaces opened for business in 1902 as a Temperance Hotel. It has undergone a number of changes since then, not least the complete refurbishment carried out by its present owners. They have gone to great lengths Read more [...]

  • The Roost

    The Roost has re-opened with a completely new style of cooking, still carefully sourcing their ingredients. They now have an indoor wood-burning oven – an entirely natural way of cooking meats, fish and vegetables, with just a little seasoning, giving a full and unique flavour. Tim and his team are Read more [...]

  • The Lovat, Loch Ness

    A charming Victorian mansion by Loch Ness, proud holder of the Catering in Scotland Environment Award for its passion for all things eco. The menus are sustainable and delicious, local and inspired. Owned by the same family as The Torridon, this place is very special and well worth a visit. Read more [...]

  • Real Food Café

    Congratulations on winning Thistle Regional Award for Best Informal Eating Experience (November 2019)…then becoming Winner of the National Awards 2020 – Brilliant! 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 Read more [...]

  • Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe

    Britain’s most northerly Farm Shop & Café serving and selling their own beef, lamb, pork, vegetables and eggs; local crafts, gifts, stationery, toys, games and books. The Mackenzies have lived and farmed their 38-hectare croft for over 500 years and continue the traditions of their forebears rearing beef cattle, sheep, Read more [...]

  • Loch Arthur Creamery, Farm Shop and Cafe


  • Woodside Hotel

    The Woodside Hotel is a classic Victorian hotel. It was purchased Nov 2017 by the owners of the award-winning cafe in the village, McTaggarts, and now Lis and John are restoring the Woodside to its former glory, adding new innovations and live music venue that are proving very popular and Read more [...]

  • Sarti, Wellington St

    This charming place was the first Sarti to open and has now been a Glasgow institution these past 25 years and still going strong with a dedicated following for their authentic north Italian food. Sarti has also become a popular place to shop for your festive goodies and hampers. It feels Read more [...]

  • Ubiquitous Chip

    I first dined here in the 80’s – I remember sitting at the next table to Denis Waterman who had a number one at the time so that dates the year and the week!! I still think it is a wonderful place. A fine family business, founder Ronnie Clydesdale is Read more [...]

  • Dunlop Dairy

    CHEESEMAKER PASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN AYRSHIRE COWS OWN GOATS’ MILK CHEESES TOO VEGETARIAN RENNET ON FARM RETAIL & CAFE PGI STATUS SLOW FOOD ARK OF TASTE FOR DUNLOP, FARMHOUSE & CROWDIE CHEESES Dunlop Dairy is a Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop cheesemaker based near Stewarton Ayrshire, with a range of farmhouse cheese Read more [...]

  • Kinloch Lodge

    Winner of Most Hospitable Hotel, Thistle Awards 2017  Claire and Godfrey, Lord Macdonald, for many years ran Kinloch and now it is in the expert hands of their daughter Isabella, with Chef Marcello Tully responsible for earning them 3AA Rosettes and a Michelin Star. Marcello is supported by his wife, Read more [...]

  • Ardlui Hotel

    A charming traditional hunting lodge at the head of the Loch with The Lomond Bar, a traditional inn with local musicians, a fine range of whiskies and resident whisky connoisseur. Indeed the Ardlui is now known as an official Whisky Ambassador. This family hotel will give you tasty local produce, Read more [...]

  • Ballintaggart Farm

    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. It is now even more of a family business with Chris’ brother Andrew joining team Rowley. Within Read more [...]

  • Lodge on Loch Lomond

    Imaginative creation of the Colquhoun family right on the shore with terrific food and a warm friendly welcome. The menus are absolutely delicious and brimming with local produce. Great for romantic dinners, family get togethers and wedding belles or just a great day trip for lunch. The open plan dining and Read more [...]

  • Knipoch Hotel

    Charming family run country house hotel serving delicious local produce in their gracious dining rooms – their home smoked Loch Creran salmon is cured and marinated in juniper, rowan, Barbados sugar, herbs and whisky before they smoke it over oak for a succulent result. There are interlinking charming dining rooms Read more [...]

  • Captains Galley & Seafood Bar

    Catering in Scotland Excellence Award for Sustainable Business 2016, this fabulous seafood restaurant in the renovated old Scabster Ice House and salmon bothy right by the pier has certainly put Scrabster on the map. Scrabster Harbour is the most common launch point for the Orkney Isles:  where fishing boats still land Read more [...]

  • Stein Inn

    The oldest inn on Skye dating from 1790. The Stein Inn is steeped in character and an excellent place from which to check out the local walks, mountains, birdlife, whiskies and brews – a cheery couthie place to dine and stay. Idyllic setting by the shore with stunning waterfront views Read more [...]

  • Eusebi Restaurant & Deli

    Eusebi’s is a wonderful place to eat and deli, recognised most recently as Scotsman Food & Drink Winner this autumn 2018. Established in 1954 by Giovanna’s family who wished to bring their passion for good food and a taste of Italian artisan produce to the heart of Glasgow and more Read more [...]

  • Mhor 84 Motel

    Tom Lewis’ latest venture and what a great concept. He bought a tired inn and created the ideal stopping, eating place! The perfect roadside inn to rest awhile in among their delightful upcycled props and furnishinngs. Very welcoming, a touch rustic and Nordic Celt, it opens from 8am when they serve Read more [...]

  • Killiecrankie Hotel

    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 Read more [...]

  • The Lynnfield Hotel & Restaurant

    Just returned for an incredible trip to Orkney – this entry will be updated asap An exceptional hotel with lots of character on the outskirts of Kirkwall adjacent to Highland Park Distillery. This family owned hotel offers graceful bedrooms furnished with beautiful antiques, complete with books on local history and Read more [...]

  • Mason Belles Kitchen

    Overlooking the famous Dunblane Cathedral this lovely first floor restaurant, within the Old Churches Hotel, opened in November 2019 following the successful launch last year of Mason Belles Kitchen off the High Street in Linlithgow. Chef Proprietor Linsey Scott has used her extensive experience in high end hospitality and her Read more [...]

  • Connage Highland Dairy

    CHEESEMAKER PASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN, NORWEGIAN REDS, JERSEY & JERSEY CROSS COWS VEGETARIAN RENNET CERTIFIED ORGANIC BY SOPA CHEESE PANTRY SHOP & CAFE Home of the Cheese Pantry and Café at Connage where they make a range of fine cheeses on their family farm. You can visit their beautiful Read more [...]

  • The Inn on Loch Lomond

    This charming Inn has been radically restored into a superb contemporary dining venue. Sister establishment to Lodge on Loch Lomond where the standards are always exceptionally high, here is an additional option for you to enjoy. Sitting on the bank overlooking the loch it is a relaxed venue with great Read more [...]

  • Stravaigin

    Winner of Best Informal Restaurant in West Region Thistle Awards 2017. Another real favourite – this venue has character, attitude, and great food. There is a vibrant bar upstairs and warm buzzing bistro downstairs. Menus are quite international in style using finest Scottish produce and often with a bit of humour Read more [...]

  • McTaggarts

    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 Read more [...]

  • l’escargot blanc & bar à vin

    Congratulations on winning Thistle Regional Award for Best Restaurant Experience (November 2019) and going on to be The Thistle Winner  2020. Fantastic. This bistro has the delightful tagline ‘French Twist Using The Best of Scotland’ and it truly does. Both these delightful bistros are totally French in style yet proud of Read more [...]

  • Deans at Lets Eat

    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 Read more [...]

  • House of Bruar

    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 – delicatessen, kitchenware, clothing, home and Read more [...]

  • The Townhouse

    Just across the square from Burts and equally delightful in its own individual way, The Townhouse is also owned by the Henderson family, who have deservedly won many accolades for their fine food and hospitality. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club, you have the choice of relaxed eating in the Read more [...]

  • Culdearn House Hotel

    They call themselves the small hotel with the big personality and I agree. Formerly the Country Home of the Earl of Seafield’s family, this charming Victorian residence has many original features and has been lovingly restored to its former glory by your resident hosts. It is perfectly located to explore Read more [...]

  • Monachyle Mhor

    Congratulations on winning Thistle Regional Award for Best Restaurant Experience (November 2019) Memorable elevated lochside location with exceptional food and a roaring log fire. The ‘mother ship’ of Mhor! Well worth seeking out. Mhor is renowned across Europe and beyond for its award-winning restaurant with chef proprietor Tom Lewis, appointed Read more [...]

  • Parklands Hotel

    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 Read more [...]

  • Sheila Fleet Kirk Gallery & Café

    Sheila Fleet is one of Scotland’s leading designer makers of silver with enamel and gold jewellery. Sheila has recently renovated a former Church into an amazing Café and Jewellery Gallery. Their food is focused on local produce catering for a wide range of dietary requirements served on bespoke crockery by Highland Read more [...]

  • Allarburn Farm Shop

    Originally a dairy farm business, Hilary and her father Dean Anderson are now famous for their Allarburn eggs, vegetables and tatties. At first it was a surprise, although very handy, to find a farm shop in the middle of Elgin! It all makes perfect sense when you realise this was Read more [...]

  • Henderson’s of Edinburgh

    Winner The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards, Green Family Business of the Year 2018. Scotland’s original for top veggie dining. 50 years young in 2013 and still owned by the Henderson family, now in its 3rd generation. Look out for their cookbooks full of healthy eating tips. From breakfast onwards, counter service Read more [...]

  • The Torridon Inn

    At the Torridon Inn you’ll find great traditional pub food, prepared with passion from quality local ingredients. Try the local fish, sourced from the west coast and cooked in a crispy beer batter. Or the Torridon burger, acclaimed by one Scottish food writer as “the best burger in Scotland”. The meat-free Read more [...]

  • Whitmuir The Organic Place

    Whitmuir is an organic working farm growing seasonal produce and rearing Tamworth pigs, Shorthorn cattle and lamb. They have also planted an “edible and boozy hedge” – sounds like years of interesting tasting ahead! They have a wonderful organic food hall with an incredible range in stock. This is so Read more [...]

  • 63 Tay Street

    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 Read more [...]

  • Glenegedale House

    Congratulations on winning Highlands & Islands Tourism Award for Most Hospitable B&B Guesthouse (November 2019)…and then they did it – they are Winners of the National Thistle Awards for most Hospitable Guest House 2020 and very worthy winners they are too! Islay is famed for its whiskies but also home Read more [...]

  • Ardardan Farm Shop

    Situated 10 miles west of Glasgow on the shores of the Clyde, this beautifully situated Nursery & Farm shop is on the A814 between Cardross & Helensburgh. The family run estate is owned by the Montgomery family, where friendly welcoming staff assist in running the estate.

  • Ostara Café

    Independent café bistro near the shore in Leith. Inspired by the Slow Food Movement to enjoy the passion of preparing and serving local produce sustainably grown and ethically sourced, they believe the best food is simple, to be shared with friends and using the best ingredients. Menus frequently change to Read more [...]

  • Sarti, Renfield St

    Sarti has been a Glasgow institution these past 25 years and still going strong with a dedicated following for their authentic north Italian food. This particular one is, the newest of the three,  in a converted bank from the 1890’s complete with Murano chandeliers from Venice. At Sarti Renfield Street there are Read more [...]

  • Lodge at Carfraemill

    Travelling northwards or southwards – or just having a pleasant drive out from Edinburgh, this family run hotel is perfect for a lovely lunch or dinner. Family friendly with a lovely range of options for all. Great informal atmosphere and quite a landmark in the region. The meals are all Read more [...]

  • AliBob @ Cairn O’Mohr

    Winner of Coffee Shop of the Year at The Menu Awards. Nestled in the arty array of buildings at Cairn O Mohr fruit wines (see separate entry) is this lovely café bistro, home to Ali and Bob, passionate about local produce and Slow Food supporters. We had a beautiful meal here Read more [...]

  • Buccleuch Arms

    Welcome to Buccleuch Arms, home to the Blue Coo Bistrot. Such a vibrant addition to Scottish Food Guide. Passionate about local produce, knowledgable and skilled. After a superb breakfast – they are open to non residents from early morn – we could have talked all day about artisan producers and their Read more [...]

  • Sarti, Bath Street

    Sarti Bath Street, described as “Not an Italian restaurant, but a restaurant in Italy” by the London Times. Sarti has been a Glasgow institution these past 25 years and still going strong with a dedicated following for their authentic north Italian food. It feels like stepping into a café in Torino Read more [...]

  • St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Co

    CHEESEMAKER UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM THEIR OWN HOME BRED HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN COWS TRADITIONAL RENNET ON FARM RETAIL Winner ‘Best British Territorial Cheese’ at the Melton Mowbray Awards 2018 Winner Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards for St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar in Dairy category and as joint runner up in the Best Product Award Read more [...]

  • The Dunstane Houses

    Congratulations on winning Thistle Regional Award for Best Hotel Experience (November 2019)…and going on to be The Winner Best Hotel Experience 2020. A pair of romantic luxury boutique hotels ideally located on the approach to Edinburgh city centre 5 minutes walk from Haymarket Station at the desirable residences of Wester Read more [...]

  • Galloway Lodge Preserves

    Enticing array of preserves, chutneys and jellies traditionally made and delicious to taste. They are very inventive with local ingredients creating for example beetroot chutney and Bramley apple with cider. A Winner of 2010 Great Taste Awards and been winning awards ever since. Their wholegrain mustard is an absolute winner Read more [...]

  • Firebrick Brasserie

    Only a hop from Edinburgh, chef proprietors David Haetzman and Amanda Jordan opened this lovely brasserie in 2015 and were Catering in Scotland Excellence Finalist Newcomer of the Year 2016 and CiS Winners in 2017. In 2018, Thistle Regional Winner for Best Eating Experience. They are both superb chefs in their Read more [...]

  • Argyll Hotel

    Small independent hotel on the historic Isle of Iona where they have their own beautiful generously-proportioned walled organic garden that supplies them with as many herbs, salads and veg as possible. They are only a short walk from where the ferry lands so you can watch it come in from Read more [...]

  • The Old Mill Inn

    This rustic restaurant was originally a weaving mill and now a modern pub and restaurant, filled with life and colour. The couthy 18th Century steading, complete with open fire is perfect for hygge and their frequently changing dishes use fresh local produce. The Old Mill took part in September’s Foraging Read more [...]

  • Soutra Coffee House

    A delightful addition to the Carfaemill family enterprise is this super coffee shop 4 miles along the road from the hotel. Light and airy restaurant with home bakes, meals and edible gifts too – tablet, jams…. Food to go too if you are in a hurry so a very handy Read more [...]

  • The Torridon

    The Torridon, a former hunting lodge enjoys one of the most impressive coastal positions in the Scottish Highlands and boasts awards including the Cateys Independent Hotel of The Year 2018 award. When visiting The Torridon, the luxury atmosphere allows guests to escape and really experience the remote location. The Torridon’s Read more [...]

  • Café St Honore

    Tucked away snugly down a back lane in the New Town off Hanover Street, this stylish French inspired bistro is oozing atmosphere, locally sourced produce and a certain je ne sais quoi. Thistle Award Winners for Lothian & Borders 2018/19 Café St Honore for Caledonian MacBrayne Best Eating Experience Member of Read more [...]

  • Isle of Mull Cheese

    CHEESEMAKER UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN BROWN SWISS, FRIESIAN, SWEDISH RED, NORWEGIAN RED & MEUSE RHINE ISSEL COWS TRADITIONAL RENNET FARM SHOP CAFE This family of farmhouse artisan cheesemakers use their own dairy herds and traditional methods to produce award-winning unpasteurized Traditional Isle of Mull, and Hebridean Blue cheeses, along with Cloth Read more [...]

  • Knockinaam Lodge

    Open daily for Morning Coffee & Scones / Shortbread and Seasonal Produce Bar Lunches, but need reservations for Restaurant Lunches (2,3,or 4 courses), Full Afternoon Teas and their 5-course set dinner menu. Our lunch comprised of smooth velvety wild mushroom soup, grilled fillet of John Dory cooked to perfection, succulent Read more [...]

  • The Royal Oak, Cullen

    Cullen is a fascinating village with stunning geography, a famous soup and an awesome viaduct! It is a village of two halves with the original fishing village down on the shore, where The Royal Oak is situated, then the ‘new town’ (1820’s) built away from the fishing harbour half a Read more [...]

  • Edinbane Lodge

    Winner of Catering in Scotland Excellence Award 2019 Restaurant Newcomer of the Year  Re-opened and sensitively restored, Edinbane Lodge is Calum & Eilidh Montgomery’s creation and gaining a fine reputation with folk travelling from far and wide to dine here. Callum is accomplishing great things on Skye using the best local Read more [...]

  • The Sisters, Kelvingrove

    Jacqueline is the classic ambassador for Scottish produce as she cooks expertly in the kitchens whilst ‘wee sis’ is greeter par excellence. Jak has also competed superbly on The Great British Menu Series two years running and often demonstrates for Quality Meat Scotland. She is a popular face these days on TV Read more [...]

  • l’escargot bleu

    This bistro has the delightful tagline ‘French Twist Using The Best of Scotland’ and it truly does. These delightful bistros are French in style yet proud of their use of Scottish produce. Meats, usually named by breed, are often slow cooked for full flavour; fish and shellfish are skilfully cooked Read more [...]

  • Ducks Inn

    Malcolm Duck took over this well known Aberlady landmark in 2004 and since then has not only been bestowing upon it much tender loving care but also attracted accolades for its food and wines. There are menu options all day from informal tasty dishes to tempt you after a bracing Read more [...]

  • Witchery by the Castle

    Lavishly unique and steeped in history. Right next to Edinburgh castle and elegantly styled it is always a gastronomic delight to dine here. Now over 30 years young, this was James Thomson’s first restaurant venture in Edinburgh and still winning accolades today. Now also with incredible residential suites above, within Read more [...]

  • Mason Belles Kitchen

    On Linlithgow’s historic main street, a stone’s throw from the Palace you will find Mason Belles Kitchen clearly signposted down a characterful arched vennel. Opened in autumn 2018 Chef Proprietor Linsey Scott has used her extensive experience in high end hospitality and her knowledge of what customers are looking for Read more [...]