5 Culinary Hidden Gems Across Scotland
A truly memorable part of a good holiday is often the food, whether it’s a casual stop at a takeaway one dusky evening or a gourmet dinner in a fancy restaurant. Scotland has plenty of culinary delights on offer but there’s nothing like discovering a place that is beloved by both well-researched tourists and the locals. That’s where these five culinary hidden gems come in, showcasing the best of Scottish fare under the radar.
Placed right on the seafront, this fish and chip shop creates delicious suppers from freshly caught seafood, all sustainably fished by local sources. The Bay Fish and Chips has also won numerous awards since opening in 2006 and they’re the perfect stop for an understated dinner. For the best experience, their carefully wrapped food is best enjoyed on the beach (just watch out for seagulls).
When it comes to a quaint pub food experience, The George in Inverary has all the charm and ambience you could need. Established for over 200 years, its interior has a old world charm and frequently hosts live music. As should be expected, the drink list is extensive, including 100 malt whiskies, and the food is locally sourced to create tasty, rich dishes. It’s definitely worth it a visit on a lengthy road trip.
For those who prefer more formal dining, this may not be for you, but for a truly rustic experience that dishes up fantastic fish at low prices, the Oban Seafood Hut is a real local favourite. Set up by fisherman John Ogdon, he’s translated his experience spent cooking freshly caught fish while at sea and brought that first hand experience to Oban. It’s all about getting stuck in with your fingers, with a classic street food style that is cooked deliciously to order every time.
If you’re looking for something a little more formal, the Vine Leaf in St Andrews is a popular choice in the historic town. Quite literally hidden away down a passageway, it’s a favourite of locals for its friendly atmosphere and varied, delicious menu. The comprehensive number of options also makes it also perfect for those picky eaters.
The Fig & Thistle is a new addition to Inverness, opened in 2015. The cosy bistro transforms throughout the day, from a relaxed ambience to a more intimate atmosphere later in the evening, making it ideal for a romantic dinner. The dishes on offer have Mediterranean and Scottish influences, with fresh local produce forming the ingredients. It’s well worth a try, although book ahead as you’ll be competing with locals for a table.