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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 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. Inver Lodge Hotel




    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best


    Inver Lodge provides very good quality fresh food cooked and served in generous portions with imagination, flair and enthusiasm

  2. Ben Wyvis Hotel Restaurant


    Bistros & Brasseries



    You will be spoilt for choice at our Scottish Highland restaurant.

  3. Mallard


    Bar and Pub Food


    Dingwall Area

    Welcome to Mallard

  4. Gradings

    Fort William

    Dinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savour in any of our three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway.

  5. Gradings


    The best Fish & Chips on Skye . The Bacon rolls are pretty good too if you need something tasty before a long day on the hills.

  6. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best


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

  7. Gradings

    Inverness City Centre

    A unique dining experience, we offer a varied collection of courses using only the best of local produce. The hand-selected produce creates menus that bring together traditional French and Scottish cuisine with modernity and flair.

  8. The Overscaig House Hotel




    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best


    The Overscaig has operated as a hotel for over 150 years. Previously a drovers' inn and coach stop it became a shooting and fishing lodge in the 1850s. Today it caters those wishing to relax in one of Europe's last great wilderness areas.

  9. Eddrachilles Hotel





    The restaurant is housed in a 200-year-old building, and has retained its original flagstone floor and stone walls.

  10. Applecross Inn


    Bar and Pub Food


    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best


    The Applecross Inn aims to provide you with friendly service, fabulous food (locally caught seafood is our speciality) and a great selection of drinks in our bar/dining area or outside, when the weather permits!


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