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12 of the best places to eat in Pitlochry

This popular Perthshire town is a great place to visit, but where are the best places to stop for a bite to eat?

Published: October 21, 2019
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Picturesque Pitlochry is a hit with tourists and residents alike, and comes to life in the autumn thanks to the beautiful countryside setting with its riot of seasonal colours.

It’s also home to the popular Enchanted Forest experience, which runs from October to November. But no matter when you visit, these are some of the best places to eat in and around Pitlochry.

Restaurant at Knockendarroch

(Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry PH16 5HT)

Picture: Restaurant at Knockendarroch Facebook

This two AA rosettes restaurant offers a relaxed dining experience in the grand surroundings of this 4 star country house hotel.

Head chef, Nick Imrie, uses locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to create a menu of four starters, four mains and four desserts.

There are veggie options and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

TripAdvisor reviews have commented on the quality of food and accommodation, and the restaurant ranks highly for places to eat in the area.

Escape Route Cafe

(3 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5BX)

Picture: Escape Route Cafe

If you're in Pitlochry and looking for a good coffee then head to the Escape Route cafe. This independent cycling and outdoors retailer has been in business for over 21 years, and opened a cafe next door in 2016.

Serving breakfast, lunch and an array of cakes, including butternut squash cake with vanilla icing, coconut cake and caramel cake, Escape Route is an ideal daytime pit stop.

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East Haugh House Restaurant

(General Wade's, Military Road, Pitlochry PH16 5TE)

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Picture: East Haugh House Restaurant

Recommended in the 2018 Michelin Guide, the restaurant at East Haugh House serves locally sourced, seasonal produce created by owner and award-winning chef Neil McGown and sous-chef Steven Fleetham.

The restaurant has an extensive a la carte menu as well as a changing daily specials board. Dishes include seafood from the Western Isles and local game.

Open Seven days a week from 5.30pm - 9pm with lunch served Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 2pm. Sunday roast is also a highlight.

Steakhouse at the Acarsaid

(Acarsaid Hotel, Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5BX)

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Picture: The Acarsaid

Tuck into a Scottish steak at this steakhouse and grill, which also serves Scottish lamb, pork, chicken and seafood.

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Hearty breakfasts are also on the menu, as well as drinks picked to compliment the dinner menu. Dishes include a Highland Spring Roll of local haggis and veg; Scotch beef burger and Chateaubriand.

The restaurant also rates highly on TripAdvisor, with users commenting on the delicious food.

Craigvrack Restaurant

(W Moulin Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5EQ)

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Picture: Craigvrack Restaurant

Craigvrack’s restaurant celebrates Scottish ingredients and is a popular place for dinner in the heart of Pitlochry.

Head chef, Eric Toralba has created dishes such as: pan seared Scottish salmon, mixed spiced loin of venison fillet and vegetable moussaka.

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Open seven days a week, lunch is served from 12-3pm and dinner from 5-8.30pm.

Victoria's Restaurant

(45 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5BX)

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Picture: Victoria's Pitlochry

This family-owned all day bistro serves brunch, lunch and dinner from 10am, seven days a week.

The relaxed atmosphere is ideal for family dinners, and the menu consists of simple dishes made using produce from Scotland's larder.

Victoria's also has a winter garden (pictured), which is open from 3 October until 3 November, and offers a cosy (thanks to outdoor heaters) place for an alfresco drink.

Pine View Restaurant

(Golf Course Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5QY)

Picture: Pine View Restaurant

Open seven days a week from 8am, this golf club restaurant prides itself on its menu of locally soured ingredients.

Dishes include pub grub favourites such as fish and chips, pie of the day and burgers, served alongside more exotic choices such as teriyaki noodles and falafels.

The restaurant also has a great selection of sandwiches for a lunchtime stop, and is family and dog friendly.

Morton's Coffee Lounge

(122-124 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5AB)

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Another good pit stop for coffee and cake, Morton's is handily located on the main road in Pitlochry.

As well as popular home baking, Morton's also serves sandwiches, toasties, baked potatoes and soup, and outdoor seating is available for sunny days or for those wanting to watch the world go by.

The cafe is family and dog-friendly as well.

The Old Mill Inn

(Mill Ln, Pitlochry PH16 5BH)

The Old Mill Inn

A former winner of Inn of the Year and the Best Bar in Scotland at the National Pub & Bar Awards in 2017, this family-owned restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner.

The bistro bar serves locally sourced dishes such as: golden whole tail scampi and hand-cut chips, and a Tay salmon platter.

It is also the home of 4* accommodation with twin and double rooms.

Hettie's Tearoom

(95 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5AB)

Picture: Hettie's tearoom

This colourful cafe is hard to miss on the main street, and is a must visit for those with a sweet tooth.

Serving lunch, afternoon tea and eye-catching homebaking, Hettie's is also home to a wide range of teas and sells over 31 tea blends and infusions, which are available to buy in-store and online.

Opening hours are Monday - Friday: 10.30am - 4.30pm; Saturday: 10.30am - 5.30pm and Sunday: 10.30am - 5pm.

Fern Cottage Restaurant

(Ferry Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5DD)

Picture: Fern Cottage Restaurant

Bringing a small taste of the Mediterranean to Scottish food, Fern Cottage restaurant is a popular eatery which is open for lunch and dinner.

Overlooking the beautiful Memorial Gardens, Fern Cottage serves everything from soups and sandwiches to three course meals.

This charming restaurant often runs meal deals - such as a two course lunch menu for £14.95 served from 12-2.30pm.

An early bird dinner menu is also available and is ideal for those visiting for a theatre show

Fonab Castle Hotel Brasserie

(Foss Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5ND)

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Picture: Fonab Castle

Dine in grand surroundings at Fonab Castle's restaurants which include the Lounge Bar,  3 AA Rosette fine dining at Sandeman’s, and The Brasserie, which offers laid back cuisine with beautiful views.

The Brasserie has an outdoor terrace for summer days, but no matter what the time of year, the glass fronted restaurant offers views of  Loch Faskally and Ben Vrackie.

Billed as a Highland al fresco dining experience, the  menus include lunch dishes, dinner options and afternoon tea.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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