Most meals are also enhanced if they’re served amidst stunning scenery, and since few places in the world can compete with Scotland’s majestic mountains, gorgeous glens, legendary lochs and sophisticated cities, it’s the perfect place for a culinary staycation.
Here are a few tips on where to tuck into some scrumptious Scottish grub – with neither a haggis nor deep-fried Mars bar in sight!
Scott Bar & Restaurant, South Queensferry
Scotts is a reasonably new restaurant in a beautiful setting in Port Edgar, South Queensferry and when you dine here you’re looking across the River Forth at three stunning symbols of Scottish engineering ̶ the Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing.
Tip: Be sure to try dishes like the Yassi Niko coconut curry with tenderstem broccoli, squash, spinach, tofu, chilli and lime oil.
Address: Port Edgar Marina, Shore Rd, Queensferry EH30 9SQ
Anstruther Fish Bar, Fife
Fish and chips is a Great British staple and it doesn’t get much fresher than the fare at Anstruther Fish bar in Fife’s picturesque East Neuk, which is set on the harbour front where you can see local fishermen bringing home their catch.
This world-class chippy has been named the best in Scotland several times and won the UK title once. There’s lots on the menu but we can’t see past the battered haddock and chips ̶ it tastes sensational. Pitch up here on a sunny day and you may have to queue to get in, but it’s well worth the wait.
Tip: Rent a vehicle online from car hire firm Enjoy and explore Fife and beyond.
Address: 42 – 44 Shore St, Anstruther KY10 3AQ
The Bach, Dundee
With two universities, countless trendy watering holes and a spanking new V&A design museum, Dundee is one of the coolest cities in the world right now, and this cosmopolitan outlook is exemplified by Kiwi eatery The Bach.
There’s lots to choose from, but the Kiwi burger with succulent beef patty, beetroot, fried egg, smoked cheddar and signature barbecue sauce will fill your stomach and put a smile on your face.
Tip: If you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss the sublime chocolate stout and before you leave you can stock up on antipodean delights to take away from the in-house tuck shop.
Address: 31 Meadowside, Dundee DD1 1DJ
These three sumptuous Scottish hotspots for foodies are merely the tip of the Caledonian cuisine iceberg, but they should whet your appetite nonetheless – the next time you’re north of the border, why not try them all out for size?
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