The Essential Food Tour of Scotland 2020

Fish and chips
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We don’t know about you, but we have a long list of favourite cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars that we just can’t wait to visit again when it’s safe to get back out on the open road.

Until then, we have created the Essential Food Tour of Scotland 2020, packed full of all your favourite Scottish food stops to show some appreciation for our much loved hospitality venues.

We love the range of eateries in this guide, from high end food experiences to warm and welcoming pubs and cafes. You all do an amazing job and we can’t wait to come back. We’re hungry already!

The Boatshed, Stornoway

“The best fish of your life – hands down.”

The Boatshed at The Royal Hotel is famed for its incredible seafood. Its traditional Scottish dishes take influence from around the world, including eastern continents and Oceania. The restaurant’s fish and shellfish are from Hebridean waters and landed within sight of the hotel. 

The Castle Restaurant, Inverness

“The home of comfort food. The mac and cheese is so good you’ll want to take it home.”

This treasured Highland eatery closed its doors temporarily in 2019 after 60 years in business, only to reopen a few months later (much to the joy and relief of its countless loyal patrons). It is loved for its affordable, family-friendly comfort food and generous portions.

River Ness, Inverness
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The Clachaig Inn, Ballachulish

“Excellent Glencoe pub food, within walking distance of the Red Squirrel campsite.”

This relaxed and informal setting, with open fires, stone walls and log piles, is exactly where you want to relax and unwind after a day exploring Glencoe. Choose from its extensive menu of fresh local produce before enjoying a night cap in the cosy snug bar. 

The Grange Restaurant and Steakhouse, North Berwick

“Excellent burgers, steaks, hot dogs and wings served in a great atmosphere.”

We never need an excuse to visit North Berwick, but if we did, eating at The Grange Restaurant and Steakhouse would be it. After a walk on the beach, tuck into a delicious burger, hot dog or steak. If you have room for dessert, the ice cream sundaes are out of this world. 

Bass Rock, North Berwick
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Hawksmoor, Edinburgh

“One of the best Sunday roasts in Edinburgh – excellent food and very friendly staff.”

Hawksmoor Edinburgh showcases Scotland’s amazing produce, from Scottish seafood to beef produced by grass-fed native breed cattle from both sides of the border. Hawksmoor serves some of the best steak in Edinburgh, as well as lighter bites at its decadent cocktail bar.

Kanpai Sushi, Edinburgh

“Authentic Japanese cuisine prepared in front of you – a feast for the senses.”

The modern, metropolitan dining experience offered at Kanpai is complete with a contemporary atmosphere and richly decadent menu. It offers a dining experience where, upon crossing the threshold, you truly vacate the outside world (even if just for a while).

Kinloch Lodge, Skye

“Escape from it all with stunning cuisine in the most sumptuous surroundings.”

Chef Director Marcello Tully and his team never fail to astound and delight with their haute cuisine. From multi-course breakfasts to artisanal scones, it is little wonder these culinary masters have been awarded 3 AA rosettes and a Michelin Star.

Skye Bridge, Skye
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The Pier, Lairg

“Exceptional food enjoyed in comfort, with scenic views and welcoming service.”

Boasting panoramic views of Loch Shin, The Pier is the perfect place for lunch, dinner or a freshly ground coffee and exceptional home baking. Get cosy next to the log burner with a hot chocolate in winter and dine al fresco by the loch through the summer. A warm welcome awaits!

Platform 1864, Tain

“Great pub classics cooked using fresh, local produce, served by the friendliest team.”

One of the Highlands’ friendliest pubs has to be Platform 1864. Its culinary team is renowned locally for transforming exceptional fresh produce into delicious pub food. Every pub classic you could ever want is found on their menu, making your return trip an absolute certainty.

Porto & Fi, Newhaven

“One of Edinburgh’s best stops for brunch, with excellent veggie and vegan options.”

This family run café-deli-bistro boasts stunning views of The Firth of Forth. Its friendly and relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place to enjoy a coffee with the daily papers or dine with family and friends. Enjoy delicious gourmet breakfasts until noon and all day on Sunday.

Newhaven Harbour, Newhaven
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Sutor Creek, Cromarty

“Some of the UK’s best pizza and seafood served on the coast – a true gem.”

Cromarty is a very special village, bustling with independent shops and community spirit. One of the jewels in its crown, Sutor Creek, is widely considered one of the UK’s best hidden gem eateries. What better way to finish your meal than with a stroll along the Cromarty Firth. 

The Torridon Inn, Torridon

“Incredible pub food and exceptional gin and whisky bar on the banks of Loch Torridon.”

The Torridon is famed with locals and those visiting the area alike. Choose from a la carte and tasting menus at the 1887 Restaurant (with produce harvested from its own kitchen garden), or opt for The Inn, with classic pub food and one of the best whisky and gin bars on the west coast.

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