Top five places in Scotland for a St Andrew's Day meal

With St Andrews Day fast approaching, here's our pick of the best places to celebrate our patron saint

Published 13th Nov 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Malmaison Hotel

(278 West George St, Glasgow G2 4LL)

Treat yourself to a special St Andrews Day dinner, complete with our national drink at the Malmaison Glasgow's Douglas Laing Whisky Dinner.

On Thursday 30th, from 7pm-10pm, Rick Drysdale from Douglas Laing will host a three course Scottish themed meal and interactive whisky masterclass.

Guests can sample and learn about the different Douglas Laing whiskies, including the all time favourite ‘Timorous Beastie’, followed by a contemporary culinary celebration of Scotland.

A special bottled selection will be available for purchase on the night - ideal Christmas gifts for any whisky lover.


(93-95 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PU)

St Andrews
Picture: Cottiers Facebook

Glasgow foodies should check out Cottiers exclusive St Andrews dinner, which is taking place on Friday 1st December in the spectacular surroundings of Cottiers Theatre.

Diners can look forward to a dram of Auchentoshan three wood on arrival before tucking into a six course tasting menu that includes dishes such as smoked ham hock Scotch broth, haggis, neeps and tatties with a whisky and Arran mustard sauce and raspberry cranachan with tablet ice cream.

Wedgwood the Restaurant

(267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ)

This relaxed, fine dining restaurant is a favourite in the capital and a great place to celebrate St Andrews Day in.

The 'Wee Tour of Scotland' menu is ideal for anyone looking for a Scottish meal with a twist.

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Dishes include: Confit and scorched North Sea hake, braised fennel, saffron potato, clams and
Loin of Highland venison, cauliflower puree, West Calder black pudding, and apple bon bon with smoked paprika.

Loft Bar

( Teviot Row House, Edinburgh)

St Andrews
Picture: EdUni Students What's On Facebook

This cheap and cheerful meal looks like a great night out for anyone, not just students. Described on the event's Facebook page, all are welcome, from 7-11pm, to celebrate Scotland's patron saint.

"We have food, drink and dancing all lined up!

"You can try haggis/vegetarian haggis, neeps and tatties (haggis, turnips and potatoes) in the New Amphion, some wonderful whiskies in the Lounge Bar and then whisk yourself of to the ceilidh in the Debating Hall!

"A Ceilidh is a big traditional Scottish party, and you're going to love it!

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"Traditional dress - kilts and tons of tartan - is encouraged, but not essential."

Also on at Teviot, and requiring separate tickets, is a Whisky Cocktail Masterclass.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

(28 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JX)

St Andrews Day
Picture: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The newly renovated Queen Street premises of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society opened its new whisky bar to the public (it was previously member’s only) earlier this year.

This St Andrews Day, guests are welcome to come and celebrate with a tailored event - from 7-10pm - details of which are described by the society: "Our piper will welcome your arrival and we will start of the festivities with a three dram whisky tasting to break the ice.

"We will then serve a three course set menu featuring the best Scottish ingredients available to us this winter.

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"We will also provide some light entertainment and story telling for this evening that showcase the best of Scottish culture."


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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