Restaurants, Scottish, Cafés

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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…

Salt Café

54–56 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BZ

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…


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…

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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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…


122 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 5RB

The area around Nithsdale Road is becoming quite the dining locale these days, with several notable openings recently. The latest sees Alan Tomkins (Vroni’s, Blue Dog, Urban Bar & Brasserie) taking over the café that was Rhubarb. Tomkins and his…

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…

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 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…

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Victor & Carina Contini Cannonball

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

The latest project from Carina and Victor Contini is the establishment of a three-storey Italian-Scots food hub right at the entrance to the Castle Esplanade. Cannonball House, named for the cannonball embedded high on the wall of the old stone tenement…

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.

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…

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, a bowl of soup or Sunday roast. They've also made a feature out of surf and turf, listing the day's combination on their Facebook page - it…

The Orchard Cafe

Mayshade Garden Centre, Mayshade Park, Eskbank, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 3LA

The Orchard Cafe is situated within Mayshade Garden Centre in Eskbank, just south of Edinburgh. This year, The Orchard Café was awarded the 'Best place for lunch' in the Midlothian Food & Drink Awards 2012. This award reflects their commitment to…

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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…

The Puffer Bar & Restaurant

Easdale Island, By Oban, Argyll and Bute, PA34 4TB

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…

Big Red Barn

Edinburgh Road, Elsrickle, South Lanarkshire, ML12 6QZ

Converted from an old cow barn, the Big Red Barn offers a wide array of baked goods (from the Garvald Bakery in West Linton), hot beverages, as well as meals to sit in or take away. The land surrounding the property is perfect for an afternoon stroll…

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…

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Jam Jar Kitchens

Villafield, Main Street, Cardross, Argyll and Bute, G82 5PX

Mhor 84 Motel

Kingshouse, Balquhidder, Stirling, FK19 8NY

Situated off the A84 between Callander and Crianlarich, the team behind the venerable Mhor stable and Glagow favourites Deli/Cafezique have transformed this 18th century roadhouse into a simple, chic motel with seven reasonably-priced rooms. That…

Osso Restaurant

1 Innerleithen Road, Peebles, Scottish Borders, EH45 8BA

Peebles' smart, contemporary café-restaurant Osso (Italian for ‘bone’) won its three Michelin Bib Gourmands from 2011-13 in virtue of chef Ally McGrath’s skilled, thoughtful cooking of local, seasonal ingredients, pitched at reasonable, out-of-town…


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 Vintage at Drygate

85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT

After impressing Edinburghers, the Vintage has set up its second venture at Drygate, creating an impressive and expansive cathedral to all things beer along with mega-brewer Tennent’s and Scottish crafter Williams Bros. The thoughtful, nicely designed…