Darroch Learg Hotel
Well known in the Aberdeenshire area for its consistently high standard of food and its wonderful setting, this family-run hotel has three AA rosettes to recommend it. The food is classic yet modern, using local game and meat at the heart of their menu. Scottish wood pigeon, fois gras and shallot pie or the scallops with black pudding are typical starters with loin of Deeside venison with goats cheese gnocchi or roast monkfish with chorizo among the mains. There is also a fine selection of desserts led by sticky toffee pudding. Alternatively, there is a taster menu which offers a range of smaller dishes such as ravioli of smoked haddock and fillet of Aberdeen Angus beef. They also have an extensive and reasonably priced wine list. Sister restaurant The Station in Ballater is also a popular choice.