The ten-mile trip from Aberdeen up the A92 to Newburgh is well worth it if your destination is the Udny Arms. A friendly, traditional hotel, its restaurant is a local institution. Overlooking the river Ythan, the split-level restaurant has a genteel sense of timeless class. Seafood is a speciality with salmon fillets on a bed of sautéed leeks a favourite. The Udny Arms is one of the places which claim to have invented sticky toffee pudding. Don’t mention any of the pretenders to Nancy Stott who invented the Udny STP in the 1960s and is still making it 40 years later.