Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Aberdeenshire
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Aberdeenshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 58 restaurants in Aberdeenshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Aberdeenshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Douneside House Scottish restaurant in Tarland
“A great representation of modern Scottish cooking: when they say locally sourced ingredients they literally mean within yards of the building…”. This “scenic country house” sits on the MacRobert Estate in the Scottish Highland; its Library dining room (open weekends only) serves chef David Butler’s six-course tasting menu that’s “creative and full of flavour”. At other times (including afternoon tea) you can eat in their more brasserie-style conservatory, overlooking the gardens. (“The hotel overall is a charity and all the profits from it go back into the MacRobert Trusts”).
2. Silver Darling Fish & seafood restaurant in Aberdeen North Pier House, Pocra Quay - AB11
“Innovative seafood” coupled with “fantastic views from an upper floor over Aberdeen harbour watching the boats go by” are the key ingredients of what is often tipped as “the best restaurant in the city”. The dining room is a glass-encased roof-top addition to the old customs building – hence the sensational sea vistas.
3. The Clunie Dining Room, The Fife Arms Scottish restaurant in Braemar Mar Road - AB35
Named for the river running past this newly refurbished old coaching inn and hotel, The Clunie serves seasonal Scottish produce (much of it seafood and game) sourced from local suppliers, gamekeepers and farmers, and cooked over a wood fire. “The décor is wonderful” by all accounts, and early feedback (though limited) applauds the cuisine too. There’s also a public bar, The Flying Stag, with bar meals and a vast range of whiskies.
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