Best ways to celebrate Scottish food and drink during the festivities

  • The List
  • 16 November 2017
Best ways to celebrate Scottish food and drink during the festivities

Edinburgh Christmas Market / Fraser Cameron

Fred Berkmiller, Scott Smith, Paul Kitching and others share their tips on celebrating local produce

With such a rich larder right on our doorstep, Scotland's the perfect place to keep foodies happy over the festive period. From whisky to salmon, we asked nine chefs how they make the most of Scottish food and drink at Christmas.

Fred Berkmiller, l'escargot bleu and l'escargot blanc, Edinburgh
Lots of meat, lots of drink, lots of fish, all the freshest and the best quality and, of course, lots of great quality time at the table with best friends and family.

Andrew Thompson, Clark & Lake, Edinburgh
Buying as much local and Scottish produce for the holidays. And, as it's always been the one time of the year I actually get some time off, it's a good time to go out and try some new places.

Dale Mailley, Quay Commons, Edinburgh
Eat it! When people come to Quay Commons, we want them to feel as welcome in that space as they would if they were to come over and eat in our homes. Celebrating fantastic produce with friends and family is something we do all year round, but it takes on a real significance during December.

Scott Smith, Norn, Edinburgh
It's got to be enjoying the stalls at the Edinburgh Christmas Market. It's a great place to soak up the atmosphere and eat some great bites from local guys, and those from further afield. And always warm up with mulled cider or wine – it's important to carry a flask of your favourite Scottish whisky too!

Shahab Ali, Tuk Tuk, Edinburgh
Scotland is blessed when it comes to restaurants and highly talented chefs using local produce to its best potential. With so many to choose from, be sure to visit the ones hidden in the back streets too - we have put together am awesome menu this year at Tuk Tuk.

Paul Kitching, 21212, Edinburgh
Be here in Edinburgh, as a tartan Christmas for all.

Andrew McConnell, Chez Mal Brasserie, Malmaison Hotel, Edinburgh
You can't beat starting off the day with smoked Scottish salmon and perfectly cooked scrambled eggs.

Claudio Celino, Celino's, Glasgow
I'll be around a table with as many friends and family members in the comfort of your own home. That way you can eat and drink as much as you want and still be in charge of the TV remote.

A Chez Mal
Malmaison, 278 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 4LL
Smart-casual dining adds pan-Asian flavours to Mediterranean classics.
B Celino's
620–624 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 3BT
Traditional trattoria bringing beautifully cooked Italian favourites to Dennistoun, with the option to take home treats from the deli counter.
C L'Escargot Blanc Restaurant & Wine Bar
17 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW
The Auld Alliance is strong at this classic Edinburgh French restaurant marrying fine Scottish sourcing and French culinary philosophy.
D Tuk Tuk
1 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH
Modern, casual and lively restaurant, serving tapas-style Bombay street food with a top-notch BYOB policy.
E L'Escargot Bleu
56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
Delightful Broughton Street bistro with good sourcing and a skilful kitchen fine-tuning familiar classics.
F 21212
3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
Captivating fine dining in a luxurious Georgian townhouse setting.
G Quay Commons
92 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX
An intriguing development from the people behind the Gardener's cottage: part prep space, part wine shop, part café, part butchery, part bistro.