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South Kintyre, Argyll & Bute, <20£
14/03/2017: A friend who lives locally introduced us to Muneroy.What a wonderfully friendly place and the cakes were terrific. Dont have the words to express just how awsome they were ... and we went back for more the next day!!
08/03/2017: The food here is excellent worth going the lovely drive to Southend for. Frances the owner is a very pleasant lady as is the young girl who helps her


Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles

Strathallan, Perth & Kinross
17/03/2017: *Spoiler alert*My standout dish on the degustation was the Roast Stone Bass. Too good !Slightly disappointed with the Roast Loin of Roe Deer. It was very pink and I thought it lacked flavour but I wasn't feeling very well at the time and normally I love venison.From memory, three of the seven paired wines were French. The most disappointing one was the Marsannay served with the venison. I thought it lacked the body needed for a game dish. The other wines were excellent - the Austrian Riesling and Californian Hildegard were both unusual (in a good way) but supported the dish brilliantly.My last comment is that when presenting the wines, the somelier waved the bottle about a lot, as if he were deliberately trying to prevent me from seeing the label. I want to hear about, taste and see the label of what I'm drinking so sorry for the spoilers everyone but overall the wine experience was interesting and memorable.
02/03/2017: thank you all at the Andrew Fairley it was a great evening we spent with you. We ate from the Al a carte menu which was stunning, the canapés were delicious and just disappeared followed by caramelised sweetbreads, wild mushroom truffle ravioli, stone bass, roast loin of lamb then we both had a quince and pear soufflé, having such diverse courses we went for excellent wines by the glass, our sommelier was most helpful and guided us to some excellent glasses! its very friendly and helpful service.See you again ...


Rannoch Station Tearoom

Highland, Perth & Kinross
17/03/2017: We discovered this place a decade ago but sadly it closed and fell into disrepair. We revisited in the hope that it had reopened and wow were we pleasantly surprised. Seemingly it got back on its feet a few years ago and from what we saw the present owners are doing a fantastic job. Great coffee, even greater home made cake and just wonderful surroundings. Exceptional value too. An absolute oasis for those who like tea shops, all the better for being in such a wonderfully remote location. Got to be one of the best we've ever visited.
10/03/2017: Summer in Scotland and a lot of nature, a great combination with this tearoom. Excellent home made pies (chocolate !!), large portion and very friendly staff.


The Waterfront Restaurant

Highland, Perth & Kinross
19/03/2017: Stayed at the club for five days and use the restaurant for a couple of lunches and also dinner for six of us. Everyone found the food excellent and the service was good and friendly
19/03/2017: During our recent stay at this hotel my wife and I dined several times for dinner here. Reservations are definitely a must as the restaurant is usually pretty full during dinner hours. They offer a nice selection of Scottish beers and ciders as well as scotch. The food is very well done and priced reasonably. I enjoyed the beef pie as well as their lasagna. Surprisingly the lasagna was very tasty and appeared to be home made with excellent local cheese. My wife had the venison which was superb and served with root vegetables which were also very fresh. Every Thursday night they have live entertainment. This week the gentleman was excellent and took requests from the audience throughout the evening. I would definitely recommend eating here at least once during your stay in the area.


Vine Leaf Restaurant

St. Andrews, Fife, <20£
15/03/2017: I've visited a number of restaurants in St Andrews and i'm always happy to try new ones, the Vine Leaf is number 2 in the area and number 1 in St Andrews proper, so i booked with high hopes whilst on a short break with my mother.The entrance to the restaurant is quite un-assuming, a little doorway leading to an alley which is decorated with fairy lights which is quite quaint.The restaurant decor is a cross between old fashioned and retro chique, quite difficult to work out, but it's pleasant enough.The maitre d, Ian i believe, is a charming fellow, very welcoming and happy to chat and offer advice about the town, the menu etc etc.The menu choices are large, its a set menu, two courses for £27.95 or three for £30, we went for the £30 option.All the food we ordered was OUTSTANDING, my mother doesn't have the biggest appetite but she demolished three courses no problem, the food was that good.Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive.Only minor complaint, and it is minor, is that there wasn't much of a selection of wines by the glass, the pinot grigio i had was fine though.Basically the restaurants place in the rankings is well deserved and i look forward to visiting again.
15/03/2017: I had the pigeon dish and its was a quite excellent display both of cooking skills and the delights of this bird eat. The atmosphere is warm, friendly, attentive without being overly so. It is always a joy to eat here, the food seems to get better and better!


The Grange at St Andrews

St. Andrews, Fife, 30-45£
19/03/2017: Had an excellent lunch today. We took my mum for her birthday and she said it was the best meal she has ever had.I too thought the food was excellent, perfectly presented, delicious and very reasonably priced. Cannot fault a thing. The service was excellent and the views are beautiful over St Andrews and the sea.Without prompting the waitress or manager guessed it was someone's birthday and arranged a lovely birthday dish of sweet things with our coffees. Very special for my mum and a big thank you to them.Highly recommend, will definately return.Should say, fine dining experience, but not prices.
10/03/2017: I'm not going to go into food detail here suffice to say it was a beautiful meal. The owners and staff are very friendly and attentive. If you're in the area this is a "must visit" restaurant.


Oban Seafood Hut

Oban South and the Isles, Argyll & Bute
16/03/2017: This place is just awesome! Seafood is fresh, staff nice and friendly, and it's located on the shore. You can grab your food to take away or just sit in on the bench and munch away!
16/03/2017: Lovely people and excellent food. You must visit the seafood hut if you are in Oban!! We visited twice in 2 days, and we will go once more before we leave!



East Neuk and Land Ward, Fife
18/03/2017: Yes, the Cellar is an old favourite that we visited many times over decades, even on our trips back from our years in Australia, as we loved the food and the people. At last we managed a trip back under the relatively new management and kitchen brigade - and I wish we had travelled through to Fife earlier.There are pleasant changes in decor with the bar area particularly welcoming in a comfy way. And there are fewer covers in the dining area.The welcome is as warm as ever with the restaurant manager, Patricia, friendly, patient and informative.The menu format at present is of seven courses with a choice of two dishes twice in the "mains" section (though, in truth, it is not conventionally divided like that) and also at dessert offering a yummy delight of a pudding melange or Scottish cheeses. At £60 that may seem steep. And neither my husband nor I would generally opt for the "Degustation" or "Chef's Selection" or whatever the current catch phrase is for such, but we loved it all, every dish, every flavour, every texture, every morsel - though we neither of us left hungry - and the plates and bowls that set it all of. It was worth it - and I hope that the East Neuk locals and its many visitors will agree with us but time will tell if the format will be popular. We hope that it does because the quality and variety of the ingredients and the perfect cooking make it a real treat and experience and good value. And the bread alone is worth a trip there.It was a delight too to meet Chef Patron, Billy Boyter. He is a local boy who has returned with a fine CV and pedigree and he has brought with him an excellent restaurant manager and only two younger chefs in his kitchen. I thought it was one of those younger chefs who brought out a couple of the early courses so we listened politely and intently in silence to the description of the dish. To my amazement when Chef appeared later it was him. Earlier I thought he did not look old enough to hold a Michelin star: he may be in his mid thirties but cooking to Michelin star standard has not aged him.This was one of the finest meals we have had and we will return. Next time I want to sample the wines which my husband raved about so I shan't drive.
15/03/2017: OUTSTANDING in every department.We were warmly made welcome and superbly served by Patricia Kirk the restaurant manager.She and Billy Boyter chef/owner ( and others in the kitchen, I think) came from The Balmoral hotel kitchen, "Number One".I did think that the £60 seven course dinner may not be quite what I wanted, but I was so wrong. Everything that evening was perfect.I thank Chefs Mother for the style in the room too.Due to one being the driver we drank little, but the two wines I took were excellent and so fairly priced. The Katz Riesling (Austria) @ £8 a joy.I am not going to describe any food, it was just thrilling! I plan to make many return visits, and not drive afterwards.The Anstruther location will make getting the crowds in challenging, please do it.


Room With a View

Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, Fife, 20-30£
17/03/2017: Aberdour is a lovely wee place we wandered around before heading for the Forth View Hotel for our lunch in the acclaimed Room With A View Restaurant. Didn't see any signs so had to stop and ask a local where exactly it was. Headed for the Silver Sands and eventually got a wee sign that pointed us in right direction. Very steep hill and decided to park alongside another couple of cars that were in an adhoc lay-bye just at a steep bend not knowing if this was where we were to park and if we had gone further would we get back up the hill again? Walked down steep hill and noticed that other cars were in the area at the bottom so could have taken the car right down? We were asked at reservation if we needed any help re the steep hill to walk down but declined. It's not a fancy place but homely and the staff were lovely. We were seated at a window and the view was great. The small restaurant was busy enough and the menu was interesting. We realised that due to all the food previously consumed at our overnight stay with lunch and dinner and breakfast at Airth Castle, we were not "crazy starving mad" so opted for 3 starters. My crab bisque was bit tart but once my taste buds settled it was delicious with the hot wee rolls served alongside. We shared the scallops but only 3 on the plate (bit expensive for this I thought as not large scallops) but delicious none the less. The hot smoked salmon my daughter ordered decided she would just take it home rather then leave it, which they were fine about it and bagged it for us. The main courses sounded great but it would have been too much for us to eat, so would go back when I will be more hungrier. It's a bit difficult to get to but well worth the visit and next time I will make sure I have plenty of time to have a wee walk out side and along the beautiful coast.
12/03/2017: You are never going to happen across this delightful fish restaurant as it is not on a road to anywhere. The menu is very focussed on marine offerings and very well prepared. It is however thus well worth the effort of hunting it out and making the effort to get there. It is possible to drive down the amazingly steep track and there is some space for parking at the bottom although limited. If you are in any doubt use the shuttle service or just walk down and up.


The Hawthorn Restaurant

Oban North and Lorn, Argyll & Bute, 20-30£
23/10/2016: Decided to try the Hawthorn restaurant whilst In the area and so glad we did. Lovely warm welcome in a beautiful setting. I know the chef and managed to get a wee chat with him which was nice. The food was outstanding and beautifully presented a must for people visiting the area. Will definitely return next time we are over :) Thank you all for a lovely evening
18/10/2016: Four of us went here as it was close to our B&B. The restaurant is quite small which lends a comfortable relaxed atmosphere and decor design includes stonework sympathetic to the cottage building. The service is excellent, friendly and efficient. The food was really very good without exception, with particular mention for the scallops and pork. Our visit didnt experience any issue with portion sizes as mentioned in other reviews. In fact the size of scallops and the overall pork dish were definitely substantial to say the least. Most importantly everything tasted very good and was presented beautifully.This really is a lovely restaurant for a very pleasant evening with excellent food and friendly, knowledgable service.


Brig o' Turk Tearoom

Trossachs and Teith, Stirling
13/03/2017: Came across this gem whilst walking, like the sign "we don't have wifi we like to talk. Food was excellent menu and specials where above average to say the least. Price, you would expect to pay more for this quality. Staff very welcoming. A must visit.
07/03/2017: No. 1 in the Trossachs and it did not disappoint!! We arrived at 1pm and were welcomed in to what appears from the outside to be a shed. Inside the tearoom is very cosy and the menu is fitting for any decent restaurant. We had the seafood chowder and curried parsnip soup, both were delicious, fresh and very good portion sizes. We then shared the chicken schnitzel and potato salad, followed by almond cake and lavender shortbread to take away. Everything was homemade and tasted delicious, very very very good. Make sure you take a drive round loch achray to find your way to this tearoom featured in the film the 39 steps, well worth a visit!!!!


Little's Restaurant

Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth & Kinross
15/03/2017: As usual fantastic choice and imaginative dishes. Staff very attentive and helpful with my dairy intolerance. Hope to get back soon
07/03/2017: We hadn't booked a table, but the owner suggested a drink nearby and then a table would be free - just a 20 minute wait. The menu was first class we were spoilt for choice. Both meals were excellent, accompanied by a well chilled bottle of good wine. The restaurant was a short walk by the river from the Rosebank House Hotel.


Peat Inn

East Neuk and Land Ward, Fife, 60-100£
18/03/2017: After writing in to the so-called manager of the restaurant about a lunch visit, we flown in from Singapore via London to Edinburgh and drove about an hour out to Cupar village in the middle of nowhere, only to be received by the most indifferent child manager who was not only non-British/ Scottish, but also just shrugged us off for our lunch appointment.The kitchen staff were chatting and chose to ignore us calling out to them for any form of service.The restaurant was open and completely empty except for a corner room of people which seemed like a group of retirees celebrating a birthday. It was clear that the awkward and lackadaisical child manager had ignored us and chose to attend to the small corner party.If this is the sort of service one expects from a Michelin star restaurant, then you can be assured that it no longer holds the same meaning as it used to be.Never again.
16/03/2017: I visited the Peat Inn last week with my wife for a meal on a Friday evening. The venue was generally nice, although location is the middle of nowhere.Positives - friendly staff, nice venue..Negatives - We were seated in an area which resembled a cupboard with four tables, with very little background music so could hear a pin drop and the other dinners conversations. On arrival the staff didn't ask if we would like our jackets hung up, we had 4 different servers, food was average after lots of good reviews locally, atmosphere was pretty poor and I wouldn't rush back to be honest.


The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar

St. Andrews, Fife
18/03/2017: This is our new favourite place for fish & chips in the area. I had battered haddock & chips which was so fresh tasting; husband had tacos which were special & worth a taste. Kids had scampi and loved it. Free refills of chips and kids eat free on a Sunday makes this a very reasonably priced Sunday lunch! The service is great, lovely environment & food second to none. Highly recommended!
17/03/2017: First time visit, but will definitely be back sometime. Great tasting fish & chips. Chips cooked in beef dripping which were lovely. Omg just like mum used to make. Great service by the girls.


The North Port Restaurant

Perth City Centre, Perth & Kinross
17/03/2017: We can't keep away from the Northport. The food, is out of this world (every time), the selection of wines is second to none and the service and hospitality is worldclass! You MUST go and experience it for yourselves. A different class!
16/03/2017: On a very cold winters evening this was perfect . Warm and friendly restaurant. The food was excellent. The lambs liver was perfectly cooked and very tasty. The chocolate dessert was to die for . Perfect evening with my parents.

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