Scotland

Restaurants in Scotland

Scotland isn't known for its cuisine, but that may be changing. A foodie wave is sweeping across the country, revolutionizing the way Scottish people eat. Many Scotland restaurants now offer cuisines from across the globe. Representative of the trend is Boath House, a luxury Scottish hotel/restaurant in Nairn that is frequently cited as one of the best restaurants in Scotland. The chefs at Boath House work tirelessly to allow both hotel residents and restaurant guests to have new and exciting things to eat—the menu often changes daily.

But don't overlook the local food, either. Scottish cuisine is folksy and utilitarian: brothy soups made of neeps and tatties (turnip and potato); rumbledethumps, a traditional dish made of potato, cabbage and onion; and haggis, Scotland's national dish, is served at many Scottish restaurants. Haggis is comprised of offal or leftover meat, stuffed into a sheep or pig's stomach, and then boiled. Many restaurants in Scotland are putting a modern, creative spin on the country's traditional foods, as well. If you’re in the mood to try some famous Scottish bread desserts, visit Sugar & Spice in Auchterarder. They serve everything from sandwiches to their world-famous Scotch pies.

Located beside St. Andrew’s Square, this café and wine bar is an offshoot of Valvona & Crolla, the city’s oldest operating deli. Inside, the two-story restaurant is designed in a modern European style with marble floors, dark walnut paneling, and glass counters lined with fresh pastries.

Tony Borthwick relocated his Michelin-starred restaurant from the tiny village of Crossmichael to this 38-seat dining room, which opened in December 2006. With inspired dishes (organic pork loin with smoked paprika), he's nipping at the heels of the city's more established chefs.

Lunch on roasted breast of pheasant and Ayrshire bacon.

Order briny Loch Harport oysters on the half shell.

Located in an 18th-century Georgian townhouse, this upscale restaurant is the only public component of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society headquarters.

Edinburgh foodies have been coming to this unpretentious second floor space for 17 years. Seasonal ingredients star in seared Scotch salmon with spring chive velouté, and partridge with chicory.

The 25-table restaurant set in a former church, serves up dishes like pan-seared fillet of salmon with soy-infused noodles.