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Shetland's natural larder is bursting with delicious natural flavours which are sourced from land and sea. From an impressive range of seafood including smoked salmon and lobster to succulent beef, lamb and mutton, the islands' menus are packed full of mouth-watering local delicacies.

Discover the unique taste of Shetland in waterfront restaurants from Unst to Lerwick, or take a break from exploring the islands to indulge in home baking in cafes and tearooms. You can also find many cosy traditional pubs where you can enjoy great food and beers, wines and spirits, not forgetting Shetland-produced ales from the Valhalla Brewery.

Foodie lovers will be spoilt for choice with so many distinct flavours on offer, so come and experience great food and drink and the true taste of Shetland.

  • A salmon main meal, Unst
    A salmon main meal, Unst
  • Fish hanging at the Croft House Museum, Dunrossness
    Fish hanging at the Croft House Museum, Dunrossness
Scallops served at the Baltasound Hotel, Unst

Restaurants and places to eat

Find information on the many restaurants across Shetland where you can enjoy delicious food and drink.

Folk musicians in the Lounge Bar, Lerwick

Bars and pubs

Discover the best bars and pubs throughout Shetland where you can experience the region’s fantastic range of food and drink.

A plate of freshly caught Shetland lobster

Local produce

Get a taste for Shetland and sample the delicious local produce on offer.

Valhalla Brewery, Unst

Drink attractions

Sample Shetland’s distinctive ales at the island’s two breweries, one of which is the most northerly brewery in the UK.