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Glasgow’s Ubiquitous Chip – 12 Ashton Lane, West End, Glasgow.
Located in the funky and fashionable Ashton Lane in Glasgow’s West End, this is one of the best restaurants in the country. Using local produce and giving an upmarket and modern twist to traditional favourites, this is a favourite spot for locals as well as events and functions. The restaurant has a casual brasserie as well as a fine dining section and tacked on next door is the ‘wee chip’ – a small smoky pub that specialises in fine whisky and bar food. One of my favourite places to eat in, well, anywhere! It’s quite pricey so make this a special occasion if you are eating in the restaurant, or frequent the wee chip as often as you like!
Arisaig Restaurant – Merchant Square, Glasgow.
Arisaig Restaurant is a smartly presented, traditional yet modern Scottish bar & restaurant, located within the stunning courtyard of the historic Merchant Square. The owners and chef got their inspiration for this place during childhood holidays to the West Coast Village of the same name. Arisaig offers the best of Scottish cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly service. Enjoy a relaxed meal in our downstairs restaurant or 'people watch' with a glass of wine on our cobbled terrace. As with all good restaurants, the menus offer the finest locally sourced produce.
Scotts– Troon, Ayreshire
Both Scotts in Troon (walking distance from the Royal Troon golf course) and its sister restaurant Elliots in Prestwick not far from the airport, are great places to dine out. They’ve stepped up the regional cuisine to allow a modern and sophisticated ‘wine bar’ type atmosphere in suburbs that are much more famous for pubs and ‘chippies’. My favourite at both these restaurants is the sizzling fajitas – not Scottish I know, but they do also offer a lovely modern Haggis on a whisky sauce with beautiful mashed potatoes – worth a try!
The Grain Store – 30 Victoria Street, Edinburgh
When eating out in Edinburgh it's not unreasonable to expect the very best Scottish meat and fish. The Grain Store consistently delivers, with its venison, beef and lamb being fresh and cooked beautifully. The upstairs setting sums up all that is great about Edinburgh: stone fireplace, an intimate dining room, moody lighting, bare-brick walls and views of picture-perfect Victoria Street. The prices are pretty good value (about 15quid for a lunch) and, unlike some of the more modern restaurants – you still feel like you are very much in Scotland – just a lovely upmarket version!
Port Na Craig Restaurant – Pitlochery
Port Na Craig Inn and Restaurant in its dramatic and tranquil setting will really knock your socks off. This is Scotland at its finest – both in the setting as well as the gorgeous food. The restaurant, together with its conservatory offers an intimate place to dine. In summer you can enjoy outside seating set on the banks of the river, when al fresco dining is idyllic. Port Na Craig offers warm and friendly service.
All dishes are freshly prepared and cooked to order using fresh Scottish and local produce and their local home grown herbs rhubarb and apples – yum!
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