The Apron Stage
For unabashed charm there is little to beat the Apron Stage in the Perthshire village of Stanley. The tables are formally set with white tablecloths, but there is no stuffiness in the menu or the service. For starters, crab risotto is fragrant with dill and delicately cheesy. For fish-lovers, a ‘bouillabaisse’-style casserole contrasts the differing textures and flavours of turbot, plaice and hake, piled on a scallop and king prawn, all in a rich broth. The pecan and maple pie is sweet and crumbly while the cheeses include a melting dolcelatte and an exemplary brie.
Tiny, decorated in fresh pastels, with the kitchen open to view, this charming wee restaurant exudes serenity. The half-dozen tables are formally set with white table-cloths, but there is no stuffiness in the simple blackboard menu. There might just be a couple of choices at each course, but the cooking is both imaginative and sincere, with dishes such as sweet potato and pancetta ravioli with a sage butter sauce, or guinea fowl with twice-cooked spiced pork belly, gratin potatoes and a cider jus.
- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Jazz standards
- Capacity: 18
- Largest group: 18
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £15 per bottle