Thanks to its lush rolling hills, fertile soil, fresh mountain waters and varied weather, Scotland boasts some of the finest food in Europe. From Aberdeen Angus beef and Stornoway Black Pudding to Shetland salmon and freshly-baked shortbread, the country is a culinary heaven for foodies.
Here, Caledonian Sleeper, which offers a direct link between London and Scotland, dishes up the very best of the country’s food and drink outlets. Loosen your belt and enjoy Scotland’s food scene.
Forgan’s, St Andrews
For a taste of some of Scotland’s best produce, head to Forgan’s in St Andrews.
Accessible by departing at nearby Leuchar’s railway station which is supported by a transfer service into the town, the restaurant provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a vast Scottish gin collection and a menu offering everything from steamed mussels and pan-seared North Sea scallops to Isle of Arran ice cream and Scottish cheeses.
The Gardener’s Cottage
Located at the foot of Calton Hill in Edinburgh, The Gardener’s Cottage is home to seasonal cooking, long communal tables and only the best local produce.
Originally built in 1836, the cottage has been transformed into a restaurant much-loved for its social dining and interesting dishes. Try out the seven course set menu which offers an inventive taste of the local area or relax at the weekend whilst enjoying the tempting brunch menu.
If you fancy mixing traditional Scottish drinks with different flavours and live music then look no further than Musa in Aberdeen.
Conveniently located close to Aberdeen railway station, the restaurant, which is housed in an old church, boasts a menu of warming dishes each suggesting an accompanying drink. Enjoy a warming bowl of Cullen skink whilst sipping on a Punk IPA and taking in the sights of the building which is now creatively decorated with art.
The Mountain Café, Aviemore
Known to visitors and locals alike as an institution, The Mountain Café in Aviemore is a favourite thanks to its fantastic food, friendly atmosphere and incredible views of the Cairngorm Mountains.
The perfect place to enjoy an indulgent hot chocolate or a slice of freshly baked cake, the café is open daily from 8:30am. The outlet now also sells its own homemade produce including granola, house seasoning and coffee syrups as well as a recipe book helping you to create your own Mountain Café inspired dishes at home.
Aunt Betty’s, Stonehaven
Aunt Betty’s abundance of ice cream and sweet treats is worth the wait in the queue outside the quaint shop located on the shore of Stonehaven beach.
Whether you fancy a bag of pick and mix sweets, a gobstopper or a three-scoop cone of ice cream, the list of possibilities is endless in this old-fashioned store. And if you’re travelling with your furry friends then there’s even something for them with the addition of dog-friendly ice cream.
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