6 Great Restaurants in Banchory, Scotland

Woodend Barn, Banchory
Woodend Barn, Banchory | © Shetland Arts/Flickr

The gateway to Royal Deeside, the wee town of Banchory is a popular stopping place for those exploring Aberdeenshire in Scotland. There are many things to entice the visitor, from exploring nearby castles to playing golf. As all this is liable to make you hungry, it’s a good job there are several excellent places to eat in the area.

1. The Cowshed

Restaurant, European, British

View from The Cowshed
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The Cowshed staff are attentive, professional and friendly. The view is fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxing. These are all good things — even before the food is mentioned! With an emphasis on locally-sourced, in-season ingredients, including complete beef traceability and a menu that focuses on the very best of modern Scottish cuisine, a meal at the award-winning Cowshed, whether lunch or dinner is definitely to be savoured. And just look at that view.

2. Scott Skinner's

Restaurant, Bar, British, Pub Grub

Named after a locally-born historical figure, the family-run traditional pub Scott Skinner’s has been in operation for nearly 20 years. The menu features generous helpings of the best of Scottish ingredients and dishes, with the locally sourced Aberdeen Angus steaks deserving a special mention. The opening hours listed here are the times when food is served, but the bar is open longer. If you are in a rush, you can also order most dishes as a takeout or call ahead to have your dinner ready.

(James Scott Skinner was a composer, and dance and fiddle master, who once taught callisthenics and danced at Queen Victoria’s royal household at Balmoral among other accolades).

3. Falls of Feugh

Restaurant, British

With an impressive list of awards, including the 2015 and 2016 North East Scotland Restaurant of the Year award, The Falls of Feugh is a destination in itself. There are stunning views of the River Feugh and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, making this a great place to stop for a quiet meal, whether lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea. The food is sourced locally where possible and also includes locally-foraged ingredients. In addition, the wine list is extensive and excellent. If you have any dietary restrictions the staff are happy to help. Booking ahead is advisable, as it can get busy.

4. Milton Brasserie

Brasserie, European, British

A short distance east of Banchory is Milton Brasserie, close to the iconic Crathes Castle and with views over the beautiful River Dee. This is a top choice for lunch or afternoon tea. With classic Scottish dishes, such as Cullen Skink or venison, platters to share, sandwiches, soups, mains and a range of desserts, there is bound to be something to tempt you.

5. Buchanan's Bistro

Restaurant, British, European

Located in the community-driven multi-arts venue The Barn, Buchanan’s Bistro brings an organic, ethical and green ethos to their delicious menu. The opening hours listed are for what Buchanan’s refer to as ‘small plates, boards and platefuls’ — as an added bonus they are also open from 9am, every day of the week for cakes, drinks and their new brunch menu. With careful emphasis on local suppliers, traditional Scottish methods and fresh and wonderful ingredients, a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also available. A visit here will leave you wanting to return for another.

6. Mamma Mia

Restaurant, Italian

A family owned and run restaurant, Mamma Mia specialises in authentic Italian dishes, especially pizza and pasta. The chef has decades worth of experience, sources his ingredients from local suppliers and takes great pride in his work, often checking personally whether a diner is enjoying their meal. The Italian wines are hand-picked to complement the food and the pizzas can also be ordered to take away. The menu alters on a week-by-week basis, depending on what is available and in season.

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