Restaurants, Scottish, Cafés

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Central Market

51 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1PA

It’s the hugely stylish interior that first beguiles customers in Central Market. With its dark floor, pristine white tiled walls, marble tabletops and the greenery that hangs from the mezzanine over an open kitchen and bar right in the heart of the…

The Vintage at Drygate

85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT

Edinburgh’s loss is Glasgow’s gain after the Vintage travelled west last year to conceive the menus at the new Drygate Brewery. The brewery itself is one of the most exciting advancements in Scottish brewing to happen in the last few years, and its vast…


122 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 5RB

Away from the bustle of city centre sister venues that include Vroni’s, Urban Bar & Brasserie and recently opened the Western Club, the renowned Glasgow restaurateur Alan Tomkins’ daughter Emma is the mastermind of this picturebook-pretty Southside…

Café Gandolfi

64 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY

A Glasgow institution beloved by city workers and weekend shoppers, Gandolfi very much sticks to the principle of 'if it ain't broke …' when it comes to both its décor and its menu. The heavy carved oak benches, chairs and tables around the cosy bar and…

Salt Café

54–56 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BZ

With its robust red walls and cosy atmosphere, this Morningside Road café-bistro has a pleasant street view through the window. Salt is a bit of a local secret – there's not even a website – but it doesn't stop a steady stream of customers filling the…

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The Tearooms @ The Butterfly and the Pig

151 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4SQ

Setting the standard for twee cool, the Tearooms deliver the plus-size portions that the associated bar-bistro beneath is known for. With classic films, floral crockery and wooden interiors, the atmosphere is that of an elegant coffee morning, but the…

Angels with Bagpipes

343 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PW

Despite its vanishingly small frontage, Angels strikes deep into the flank of the Royal Mile, broadening out into a low-ceilinged, intimate space overlooking Warriston Close. It’s a very professional operation, smoothly assured and quietly confident…

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant

94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR

Trends may come and go but for more than 50 years Hendersons has been a stalwart of vegetarian city-centre dining. The u-shaped room is homely and informal, its walls showcasing the work of the city’s artists (including iconic portraits of the firm’s…


443 Duke Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, G31 1RY

The East End isn’t quite the new West End but the mile or so of Duke Street east of High Street is certainly worth exploring, and setting the standard is Tibo. Open since 2006, the bistro has a café vibe, with colourful furnishings coming together in…

Victor & Carina Contini Cannonball

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

Nestled among the tartan tat and deep-fried Mars bars of the Royal Mile, Cannonball is something of a culinary oasis. The 17th-century building – so named after the cannonball embedded in an exterior wall – has previously served as a private home, a…

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Earthy Canonmills

1–6 Canonmills Bridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5LF

Purveyors of local, sustainable and organic produce, Earthy’s mission is simple: to feed people well, with the best ingredients. This they do from three ‘market stores’ in Portobello, Causewayside and Canonmills. Sourcing is not only local, but…

The Edwardian Kitchen Restaurant

Pollok House, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT

The old kitchen of this National Trust gem makes for an evocative dining experience, where images of Mrs Bridges sweating over a hot stove are easily conjured up. Breakfast is served from 10am and features Stornoway black pudding among the regular…

Loch Leven's Larder

Channel Farm, Milnathort, Kinross, Fife, KY13 9HD

A burgeoning farm shop, café and gift shop situated at Channel Farm, a working farm with inspiring views over Loch Leven. Good food using local produce and home cooking mark out the imaginative range of food available.

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…

The Pantry

1-2 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6ST

If you're looking for a sun trap in the months of spring, look no further than The Pantry. The sunny interior is thoughtfully decorated with kitchen-inspired décor; part of the venue also acts as a retail section, offering paintings, teas, and wool work…

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66 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PT

Beyond the stripped-back shabby shopfront is a modern buzzy cosmopolitan café bar. It’s a hubbub of activity and the neat L-shaped mezzanine affords a birds-eye view of proceedings. Nose-twitching aromas waft from the open kitchen whetting the appetite.

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

at Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, EH18 1AZ

This fantastic wildlife attraction just outside Gilmerton lets visitors experience butterfly talks, animal and fish feeding and offers the opportunity to handle tarantulas, snakes and millipedes – all whilst being surrounded by hundreds of exotic…

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.

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…

The Willow Tea Rooms

217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

Sauchiehall Street’s Willow Tearooms are very much a Glasgow institution, and a great spot for afternoon tea or lunch while in town. Designed by one of Glasgow’s most famous sons, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, many of the original features are still in…

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Art Lover's Café

House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow, G41 5BW

Cafés attached to arts venues are often little more than a necessary sideline to make the main attraction more attractive. The Art Lover’s Café, however, is a culinary destination. Yes it’s sited in a beautiful park in a beautiful house, but the food is…

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 Green Tearoom

Thornhill Golf Club, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway, DG3 5DW

The Lounge at Crieff

1–3 West High Street, Crieff, Perth and Kinross, PH7 4AU

This second venture in the town for Yannick and Shari Grospellier, after Yann's at Glenearn House, offers a more casual, but no less impressive spot for high-quality food throughout the day. Dark tones, ornate furnishings and soft lights give this…

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…