Restaurants, Scottish, Cafés

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Café Gandolfi

64 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY

It's the waiter that’s been working there for thirty years, affectionate portraits of Glasgow’s great cafés lining the walls and the quirky wooden chairs that sum up Gandolfi. A celebration of enduring tradition and a hint of faded grandeur. Seasonal…

Victor & Carina Contini Caffè

Cannonball House, 356 Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

In July 2014 Victor and Carina Contini will open up their third venue in Edinburgh with a restaurant bar and café spread over the three floors of sixteenth-century Cannonball House, set right at the top of the Royal Mile beside the esplanade of…

The Scottish Café and Restaurant

National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Stopping for lunch here gives almost as much insight into Scotland’s food culture as the adjoining galleries give into its fine art. Awarded a rare three stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, this focus shines through the menu: a typical…

The Gateway Restaurant

John Hope Gateway Centre, Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

The Gateway Restaurant makes the most of its location at the Royal Botanic Gardens in terms of its outlook as well as its use of home-grown produce, as dishes are enlivened by freshly picked salads, herbs and vegetables from the grounds and polytunnels.

Loch Leven's Larder

Channel Farm, Milnathort, Kinross, Fife, KY13 9HD

A burgeoning farm shop, café and gift shop situated at Channel Farm, a working farm with inspiring views over Loch Leven. Good food using local produce and home cooking mark out the imaginative range of food available.

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The Scottish Café

National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

In keeping with its art gallery location, even light bites like the chicken liver and Black Ball Stout pate or homemade butteries are plated with a picturesque finesse at the Scottish Cafe. Functioning as both a restaurant and cafe, the atmosphere…

The Tearooms @ The Butterfly and the Pig

151 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4SQ

If vintage chic is your choice for a cuppa, look no further than the Butterfly and the Pig's Tearooms. As well as church pews, mismatched flowery china on piles of doilies, and old films showing on the TV, they also offer some of the best cake in…

Angels with Bagpipes

343 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PW

Given its location in tourism central it is surprising to find Angels with Bagpipes offering such a good-looking menu that avoids the usual tourist clichés. Each dish focuses on a quality central ingredient from Scotland’s bountiful larder, combining it…

The Doocot Café and Bar

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

If the dizzying view of Glasgow rooftops found at the top of the Lighthouse leaves you in need of an (effortlessly stylish) seat, this café/bar is worth a try. Twin strips of windows stretching the length of the high ceiling give the space an airy feel…

Earthy Canonmills

1–6 Canonmills Bridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5LF

This one-stop organic, local, ethical and seasonal sourcing champion has added to its daytime line in breakfast, brunch, lunch and takeaway fare. In the cosy, unassuming barn that is Earthy, their new caring, sharing evening experience offers bites and…

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The Edwardian Kitchen Restaurant

Pollok House, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT

Despite being tucked away in the servants’ quarters of Pollok House, the food here is definitely fit for the gaze of the oil paintings in the formal dining room upstairs. Reading the menu inspires anticipation; starters include baked camembert with red…

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant

94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR

Established over half a century ago and now in its third generation of family ownership, Henderson’s is an Edinburgh institution. Tucked away down a small flight of stairs, its spacious, basement rooms are popular with ladies who lunch and those looking…

The Lodge

Strichen Community Park, Strichen, Aberdeenshire, AB43 6TN

The Lodge opened in 2011 and the ethos behind it is to cook from scratch using the best ingredients available. With that in mind, their suppliers and the provenance of ingredients is always mentioned on the menus, from Ugie flaked salmon to Sandend…

The Lounge at Crieff

1–3 West High Street, Crieff, Perth and Kinross, PH7 4AU

This second venture in the town for Yannick and Shari Grospellier, after Yann's at Glenearn House, offers a more casual, but no less impressive spot for high-quality food throughout the day. Dark tones, ornate furnishings and soft lights give this…

The Pantry

1-2 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6ST

The Pantry pretty much epitomises relaxed neighbourhood dining. With whitewashed and mosaic-tiled walls, wooden tables and eclectic art, it’s all clean lines and laid-back cool. From breakfast fry-ups or leisurely lunches to coffee and cake or a…

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443 Duke Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, G31 1RY

There’s much more of this informal cosy bistro than appears from its large windows on a corner in Duke Street. Arranged over two levels divided by a lush bar, the back area is overlooked by a plethora of colourful oil paintings while the lower level…

The Willow Tea Rooms

217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

Feel like a tourist at home by dining at The Willow Tea Rooms. The building, designed inside and out by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the early 1900s, forms an integral part of architectural history and is a great insight into his work. But the eatery’s…

Art Lover's Café

House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow, G41 5BW

A kind of effortless elegance informs both the CR Mackintosh-designed building and the bistro it houses. Stylish without being stuffy, this is – from start to finish – an experience to be savoured. Starters arrive looking almost too good to eat: the…

Balmakewan Farm Shop & Tea Room

Balmakewan House, Northwater Bridge, Nr Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, AB30 1QX

With its opulent oak interiors, Balmakewan is a delightful venue for a cup of good coffee and home-baked cake. Their home-made soups are well regarded, and Sunday roasts are substantial and beautifully presented. They've also made a feature out of surf…

Brechin Castle Garden Centre Coffee Shop

Haughmuir, Brechin, Angus, DD9 6RL

Easily accessed just off the A90, this light and spacious café in the garden centre benefits from lovely views of a lake. It is useful for families with young children thanks to a small indoor play corner and a large outdoor play area. It’s an ideal…

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Café Source

1 St Andrew's Square, Glasgow, G1 5PP

There aren't many grander approaches to a restaurant in Glasgow, with the majesty of St Andrew’s church looming as you approach this modern venue. Despite low ceilings it feels open and modern, like a chic cavern equally accommodating of large groups…


66 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PT

With its scuffed shop front, Cafezique has the feel of a casual eatery (or indeed an old dairy, as the reclaimed shop sign announces), but beyond the large windows awaits a welcoming modern interior with open kitchen, trendy bar and stripped stone…

Central Market

51 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1PA

The food at Central Market appears to be almost effortlessly accomplished. The bistro’s impressive oyster and champagne bar takes centre stage in the cleverly designed, two-tier space – with airier ground floor looking out through huge windows on to a…

Coltman's Delicatessen & Kitchen

71-73 High Street, Peebles, Scottish Borders, EH45 8AN

If you can, grab a window seat at Coltman’s to make the most of its picturesque views over the River Tweed. If not then console yourself with the fact that the food here is also worth admiring. Kenny Coltman opened in Peebles High Street two years ago…

The Druie Restaurant Café

Rothiemurchus Centre, By Aviemore, Highland, PH22 1QH

Named after the burn flowing past nearby and set within the same building as the Rothiemurchus Estate's excellent farm shop and deli, it's all too easy to be lured into this cosy café and restaurant after being tempted by the delights in the shop.