St Andrews Day 2019: 6 of the best food and drink events in Scotland

With St Andrews Day taking place on 30 November, here's our pick of the best places to celebrate our patron saint.

Published 5th Nov 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

From tasting menus to whisky dinners and even a meal on board a luxury steam train, here are our top picks for celebrating St Andrews Day 2019.

Bridge of Orchy Hotel tasting menu

(Bridge of Orchy PA36 4AD)

Price: £75 per person

St Andrews Day 2019

Picture: Bridge of Orchy

The Bridge of Orchy Hotel near Glen Coe in Argyll recently appointed award-winning chef David Hetherington - making it an ideal foodie destination in the Highlands.

Originally from Arrochar on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll, David is known for his eye-catching dishes with bold flavours created using locally sourced, seasonal produce.

This St Andrews Day (30 November), the hotel and David are offering guests a special six course tasting menu paired with selected wines from Wood Winters. The ticket price also includes a welcome drinks reception.

St Andrews Day dinner on the Northern Belle

(Departing Edinburgh Waverley, 6pm or Glasgow Central, 7.40pm)

Price: £275

St Andrews Day 2019

Picture: Northern Belle

Step back in time with this special dinner on board the luxurious Northern Belle steam train.

To start the journey, guest will be welcomed on board with a piper on the platform before tucking into a specially created meal.

The seven course menu showcases some of Scotland's finest ingredients, including: Pressed terrine of confit duck and duck breast;  Cullen Skink, Scottish beef, a selection of Scottish cheeses, and a butterscotch tart served with Highland cream.

As well as this, traditional music can be enjoyed thanks to a ceilidh band that will play halfway through the journey.

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A spokesman for the Northern Belle said: "Because it is St Andrew’s Day, our guests are being encouraged to celebrate by wearing something tartan.

“It promises to be a wonderful occasion from the moment they step over a red carpet and board our 1930s-style Pullman carriages – one of which used to be part of the Queen’s Royal Train.

"Then after being handed a glass of champagne, they will tuck into a delicious meal while travelling in the utmost luxury through the beautiful Scottish countryside."

If you're planning a Christmas outing, the Northern Belle will be back in Scotland on the 5 and 6 December for a Christmas lunch trip.

Starting out from Glasgow Central at 11.30 and picking up more passengers at Edinburgh Waverley at 12.30, guests can enjoy a champagne reception followed by a seven course lunch served with wine for £260.

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A night of Scottish storytelling at Stewart Brewing

( Bilston Glen Ind Estate, 26a Dryden Rd, Loanhead EH20 9LZ)

Price: £12

On 30 November Stewart Brewing are playing host to two of Scotland's leading storytellers - Beverly Bryant and Heather Yule to tell tales of Scotland's myths and mysteries.

From 7pm guest are invited to get comfortable and enjoy a mulled beer while listening to the stories,  which are accompanied by traditional live music.

The ticket price of £12 per person includes a schooner of beer.

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St Andrews Day party at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

(28 Queen Street Edinburgh EH21JX)

Price: £25 for non-members

Picture: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Facebook

From 12.30-8.30pm, both members and no-members are invited to celebrate St Andrews Day at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

The 'relaxed Saturday party' starts with a glass of fizz, after which whisky fans can enjoy two drams and a spread of cheese and meats.

Whisky dinner at the National Piping Centre

(30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 0HW)

Price: £39.95

Guest are invited to celebrate all things Scottish this St Andrews Day at the National Piping Centre.

From 7pm there will be a welcome from a piper before a tour of the newly re-displayed Museum of Piping and the chance to try the bagpipes, with the centre's expert piper on hand to offer expertise and tips.

Guests can then enjoy a three course meal, paired with a matched dram of whisky for each dish.

The team say: "This fantastic celebration of Scottish Traditions will be the perfect way to kick off the party season and let you raise a glass to the Patron Saint in style."

St Andrew’s Day Dinner, St Andrews

(Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, Old Station Rd, St Andrews KY16 9SP)

Price: £75

Picture: The Old Course Hotel/Savour St Andrews

The eighth annual St Andrew's Day dinner will be held this year as part of Savour St Andrews - where local chefs and food and drink businesses team up to showcase the seasonal flavours of the region.

The dinner - which will have a Scotch lamb main course, a nod to the Quality Meat Scotland campaign - will be held in the grand Ballroom at the Old Course Hotel and spa on Thursday 28 November from 7pm.

Guests can look forward to a welcome drinks reception followed by a six course meal with matched wines before ending with a whisky toast. The dinner will be supported by hospitality students from Fife College and SRUC Elmwood Campus and profits will be used towards student bursaries for both colleges.


Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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