8 quirky places to eat in Stirling
From steakhouses in converted Georgian buildings to coffee house gems, fine dining at budget prices, and traditional Scottish produce; there's a bit of everything to tingle your taste buds in Stirling.
So, if you haven't sampled Stirling's eclectic food scene yet, here are some quirky restaurants and eateries to get you started.
Fletcher's is an independent family run restaurant set inside an atmospheric Georgian building and just a 5-minute walk from Stirling city centre. Offering a warm welcome, an exciting array of dishes and taste-bud-tingling cocktails, it's a great foodie location for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Browse the menus, which are created using local produce from suppliers such as Skinners of Kippen Butchers, Wild Hearth Bakery and Eggilicious Eggs, to name just a few.
Rated in the "Top 10 Restaurants Worldwide" by TripAdvisor 2020 and winner of "Best Burger in Stirling" at the Restaurant Guru Awards 2020, Brea is something special. Showcasing fresh, locally sourced Scottish ingredients and turning them into delicious masterpieces, tuck into some of best dining delights that Scotland has to offer. Featuring seafood from the west coast and islands, home grown produce from local suppliers, and complete with a selection of Scottish spirits, ciders and craft beers, book a table here for the ultimate food lover's experience.
Head along to Friend of Mine with the family or some pals and tuck into some delicious brunch creations. Created by three friends who have a love for food, you're guaranteed a delectable eating experience, from fry ups and waffles, to tofu bao, fruit loaf, kale bowls and more to choose from. Offering healthy food, veggie and vegan options and a warming atmosphere, it's a great place for everyone to enjoy.
Who doesn't love some good, hearty pub food? Combine with a creative array of drinks and cocktails and you have the perfect setting. The Bird and the Bees is an award-winning modern bar and bistro set in a quaint converted farm steading just a stone's throw away from the iconic Wallace Monument. Relax by the roaring fire, enjoy a coffee in the lounge, or sip a refreshing glass of wine in the pretty garden terrace.
We all love coming across a wee hidden gem of a coffee spot, and Darnley Coffee House is just that. Tucked away on the cobbled streets of the old town below Stirling Castle, sip on a warming cup of your favourite coffee, grab a bite to eat from their delicious and varied menu, such as soups, cauliflower cheese, bangers and mash and amazing home baking too.
If you love fresh, locally sourced food that can be traced back to its root, award-winning The Inn at Kippen does just that. This warm and friendly traditional village inn prides itself on offering the best food that Scotland's natural larder produces, from veg to meat and more. It also boasts a dog friendly bar, cosy restaurant and rooms, all nestled in the beautiful Stirling countryside.
The smell and taste of freshly made bread is hard to beat. Mhor Bread is a quaint bakery, shop and tearoom in Callander that uses Scottish milled flour in their bread, which is made fresh on-site every day. Buy and take home tasty sourdough, giant meringues, stonking wee pies, and elegant patisseries. Or head through to the tearoom, take a seat and enjoy a slap-up breakfast, hearty lunch, or a great cup of Illy coffee and cake - they are all about simple, delicious, local food.
Another gem with a view, Venachar Lochside boasts a peaceful setting where you can hire boats for fishing, or head for a tranquil stroll. Indulge in a spot of contemporary dining with award-winning Scottish cuisine served up in a picturesque, idyllic setting. Browse the drinks menu where a wide selection of Scottish craft spirits and ales are on offer.
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