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  • Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
    Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
  • The Sutor Creek Cafe at Cromarty
    The Sutor Creek Cafe at Cromarty
  • The Cross, Kingussie
    The Cross, Kingussie
  • Lunch at the Kitchen, Inverness
    Lunch at the Kitchen, Inverness
  • Three Chimneys Restaurant, Skye
    Three Chimneys Restaurant, Skye

After a day exploring the Highlands' many attractions, indulge in a real foodie experience by enjoying the unique and mouth-watering flavours in the region’s excellent eateries. From idyllic rural restaurants and country house hotels, there are plenty opportunities to enjoy the regional flavours. Wherever you are in the Highlands, don’t miss out on the fantastic range of produce on offer.

From hotels and restaurants with award-winning chefs to traditional country inns, cafés and tearooms, you are sure to find outstanding menus on offer in the Highlands, all using quality local produce.

Experience memorable meals in stunning locations overlooking the sea, by the lochside or with mountain views, or why not take a break in one of the art cafés that offer a great choice of teas, coffees and homebaking? You can also enjoy an evening in a traditional pub or inn and sit by a cosy fire while relaxing with live music, local conversation and a dram or beer.

During your Highland break, enjoy a culinary experience you’ll never forget on the Isle of Skye at the Michelin-starred Three Chimneys restaurant. Dine in the 100-year-old crofting cottage and soak up the intimate atmosphere as you savour delicious Skye produce, cooked with flair and expertise.

Another Skye favourite and Michelin-star holder is Kinloch Lodge, at Sleat, which offers exceptional fine dining with a distinctly traditional Scottish twist. Two other fine restaurants in the Highlands have also been honoured with the coveted award, namely Boath House at Auldearn, Nairn, and The Albannach at Lochinver in Sutherland, Britain’s most northerly Michelin-starred restaurant.

The award-winning Applecross Inn focuses on fresh seafood with much of it fished from the bay. On any given day you could be feasting on prawns, lobster, crab, scallops, mussels or oysters. Meanwhile, the remote Old Forge Inn at Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula is praised for its seafood, venison and real ales.

Further north in Lochinver, dine in the Chez Rouz Restuarant at the Inver Lodge Hotel. The menus are devised by the legendary Albert Roux whose aim is to offer hearty country cooking using the best local produce, such as organic salmon and seabass.

Sample some fine local produce at the Rothiemurchus Centre including venison, beef, trout, heather honey and locally brewed beer. Take a look around the farm shop or sit down to a warming meal of local produce at the Druie Restaurant Café.

While in Inverness, see the finest Highlands and Scottish ingredients turned into unique and original dishes at Café 1, or sample delicious food in a converted church, with period features and modern finishes, at the Mustard Seed.

Head east to the Classroom in Nairn where Cullen Skink, Highland venison and Kildrummie beef are all on the menu, and look out for succulent cooked meat and lovely cakes in the Olive Tree Café in an idyllic location near Forres.

If you're looking to indulge your sweet tooth, the Clootie Dumpling Restaurant in Grantown on Spey serves the traditional Scottish pudding in 21 different ways. Sit outside or keep warm by the wood burning stove in the restaurant.

Have you heard about Taste Our Best, a new award which recognises establishments which put quality and Scottish ingredients at the forefront of everything they do? Search through accredited Taste Our Best restaurants and cafés in the Highlands.

Browse the listings to discover the best food and drink in the Highlands.

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  1. The Royal Hotel Restaurant, Portree

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    Bistros & Brasseries

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    Portree

    Our MacNab's Inn offers live local bands and a place to enjoy our exclusive 'MacNab's Ale'.

  2. The Anderson

    Type

    Bar and Pub Food

    Gradings

    Fortrose

    Authentic international cuisine may be enjoyed in the elegant restaurant or cosy Whisky Bar, where more than 230 whiskies may be found, alongside more than 100 Belgian beers, real ale & cider and a wine list of over 100 bottles.

  3. Applecross Smokehouse

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    Smokeries & Smokehouses

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    Applecross

    Welcome to Applecross Smokehouse - producers of gourmet smoked fish, shellfish and cheeses.

  4. Old Station Restaurant

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    Restaurants

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    Spean Bridge

    'Dine on the Line' at the Old Station Restaurant & Bar. Serving fantastic food at reasonable prices. Our public Bar serves local real ale and a good selection of whisky.

  5. No 1 Bistro

    Type

    Bistros & Brasseries

    Gradings

    Wick

    Using only the best in local produce and fish straight from the boats at Scrabster, No 1 Bistro is one of Caithness's tastiest choices for lunch and dinner. Our guests and local residents find the atmosphere friendly, lively and welcoming.

  6. Rosemarkie Beach Cafe and Exhibition

    Type

    Food & Drink Visitor Attraction

    Gradings

    Fortrose

    Welcome to Rosemarkie Beach Cafe and Exhibition

  7. The Coffee House

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Muir of Ord

    Welcome to The Coffee House

  8. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Dunvegan

    One of Scotland's most iconic Restaurants, flying the flag for fresh, Scottish food, high standards of cooking and excellent service.

  9. Lochside Crafts & Tea Room

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Dunvegan

    The Lochside Crafts & Tea Room has a welcoming environment with seating of boasting some of the best views Skye has to offer with the panoramic settings of MaCleod's Tables and Loch Dunvegan

  10. Ullinish Country Lodge

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Struan

    Welcome to Ullinish Country Lodge - a luxury 5* Restaurant with Rooms tucked away on the west coast of Skye. We offer some of Skye's finest produce with fantastic views.

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