15 Scottish restaurants named as best in the country in national awards

A range of Scottish restaurants have made the 2023 Good Food Guide Best Local Restaurants list.

Published 19th Jul 2023
Updated 19 th Jul 2023

The Good Food Guide has announced Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants with over 37,000 public nominations, and 15 are in Scotland.

All of the restaurants in the list have been inspected by Good Food Guide inspectors, travelling the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, to compile the final list.

The complete list includes city centre locations , as well as suburban and rural offerings.

Typically, Best Local Restaurants have been geographically located in classic ‘neighbourhood’ locations, but The Good Food Guide’s team of inspectors found that connection to the community is far more important than the restaurant’s address.

Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants will provide a huge boost to the hospitality industry across the country, highlighting those who often miss the spotlight whilst providing an excellent and vital service to their community.

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Eusebi Deli was named in the 2023 list

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality said of the awards; “Local restaurants are so often the heartbeat of communities; providing jobs, generating economic growth and, most importantly, providing fantastic food.

"It’s brilliant to see such huge support from the public for their local restaurants and is deserved recognition of their hard work.

"This sort of support is invaluable as venues face ever-rising costs and is essential in keeping valued businesses viable.”

Tallow, a neighbourhood restaurant in Southborough, Royal Tunbridge Wells was named the overall Best Local Restaurant by The Good Food Guide, topping a list of 100 local favourites across the country.

In Scotland the overall regional winner was the Kinneuchar Inn in Fife.

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The full list of Scottish restaurants named in the guide

  • The Kinneuchar Inn, Fife (overall regional winner)
  • The Loveable Rogue, Strathclyde
  • Celentanos, Strathclyde
  • Bar Brett, Strathclyde
  • Eighty Eight, Strathclyde
  • The Palmerston, Lothians
  • L'Escargot Bleu, Lothians
  • Ga Ga Kitchen & Bar, Strathclyde
  • Gloriosa, Strathclyde
  • Eusebi Deli, Strathclyde
  • The Oystercatcher, Argyll & Bute
  • The Dory Bistro, Fife
  • The Galleon Bistro, Highlands & Islands
  • KORA by Tom Kitchin, Lothians
  • The Bothy, Moray

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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