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The best restaurants in Central Scotland

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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.


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 ...


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.


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!


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.


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!!!!


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 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.


Wee Blether Tea Room

Forth and Endrick, Stirling
16/03/2017: The cakes here are incredible... the staff are lovely and the bakers seem to just love what they do! Always busy when we go so often need to sit outside - a definite stop to take on some calories if cycling!
25/01/2017: Visited end of May 2016 while staying at Macdonald forest hills just a few minutes away. Excellent place to enjoy a tea or coffee with a nice bit of cake. Very friend staff that give a warm welcome and the view looking out over Loch Ard is great. Will definitely be back at some point!


Starfish Restaurant

Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll & Bute
06/03/2017: went with 3 friends who all love seaffod, they were very impressed with the food.i thought that the restaurant had a lively vibe, service was good despite being very busy on a saturday night. even took som seafood too. if in Tarbert a must go.
13/02/2017: If you want to eat seafood in a fishing village they has unchanged since the beginning of time, then this is the place. A quite magnificent experience ; well worth it.


Mae-Ping Thai Dining

Perth City Centre, Perth & Kinross
19/03/2017: Ordered two pad thai,the food was really good and the service was excellent,our server was very friendly and polite.
15/03/2017: The best Thai restaurant in Perth and well worth a visit. Friendly staff where nothing is to much trouble, just along the road from Tabla, 2 great places in one street.


Am Birlinn

Oban South and the Isles, Argyll & Bute, >100£
14/03/2017: good personal service friendly well presented.Lovely atmosphere clean and welcoming good choice of menu.
01/02/2017: Lovely fresh food with all of it sourced locally and as close to the restaurant as possible. Friendly and efficient waiting staff who take time (where possible) to talk and answer questions about the island and what to see etc. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.


The Post Box Restaurant

Perth City Centre, Perth & Kinross, 20-30£
18/03/2017: Had a lovely pre-theatre meal in the Post Box. The pre-theatre menu is smaller than the main menu but still had a good choice. We both chose the daily specials of mushroom soup and baked cod. The mushroom soup is probably the nicest I've ever tasted and came with a lovely selection of breads. The fish was beautifully cooked and presented well too. Only had room to share a dessert but can recommend the homemade cheesecake - wonderful
18/03/2017: Great food and service here.Beautiful cod with sweet poatato purée and small cubed roasted potatoes.Dessert was a gorgeous cheesecake slice,with chocolate ice cream and berries.In was also nice and cold,which is important for me!


Coast Restaurant

Oban North and Lorn, Argyll & Bute
17/03/2017: Lovely restaurant nice atmosphere and the staff were very friendly. Food was excellent and they had a great wine list, would definitely recommend a visit.
13/03/2017: Visiting Oban for the weekend and read about this place on Trip advisor. On Friday made a booking for the Saturday night and the waitress remembered our name and request for not a window seat! Chose t h e two course menu at £14.50. Excellent value and several choices for each course. Unrushed service with polite,friendly staff. Would highly recommend and hope to visit again.

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