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There’s still time to vote for your Hidden Gem in the Scotsman Food and Drink Awards 2018

Scotland has many precious foodie jewels but we all need to know about them, so help decide which of the following should be our Hidden Gem

Published: August 1, 2018

To vote just head along to the Scotsman Food and Drink awards page and pick your favourite from the following list.

Our Hidden Gems (as nominated by you):

Aberdeenshire Larder

(Balmacassie Industrial Estate, Broomiesburn Road, Ellon)

Picture: Aberdeen Larder Facebook

The region’s top chefs and restaurants proudly serve produce from this speciality butcher and game supplier. It stocks local produce including beef, lamb and wild game from Buchan. A visit to the shop would not be complete without a taste of the Hot Thai Kitchen.

Aurora Modern Eatery

187 Great Junction Street, Edinburgh

Picture: TSPL

A cosy interior made entirely of reclaimed materials sets Aurora up with a Nordic, raw and modern atmosphere. It serves a monthly tasting menu and a seasonal dinner menu that changes every week.


1-2 Altrive Place, Holm Street, Moffat

Hidden Gem

Picture: Trip Advisor

This laid-back, contemporary eatery serves meals through the day, with a bistro-style menu that caters for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Favourites include the cauliflower risotto served with garlic and broad beans as well as the breast of Barbary duck, glazed in honey and cinnamon, served with wilted summer greens.

The Caddy Mann

Mounthooly, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders

Hidden Gem

Picture: Trip Advisor

This countryside restaurant is easy to miss with an understated exterior however, its meals created by Ross Horrocks, formerly of Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, creatively showcase the best produce from Scottish Borders farmers, game estates and independent suppliers.

Cavens Country House Hotel

Kirkbean, Dumfries

Hidden Gem

Picture: Trip Advisor

Set in an elegant country retreat that was built in 1752, Angus Fordyce’s team creates unpretentious dishes using ingredients such as salmon smoked by Barony County Foods, Galloway beef and cheese from Loch Arthur Creamery.

The Cluny Bank and Franklin’s Restaurant

69 St Leonard’s Road, Forres, Moray

Hidden Gem

Picture: Trip Advisor

Chef-patron Lloyd Kenny uses the best ingredients, such as meat from Macbeths Butchers, cheese from Connage Dairy and berries from Wester Hardmuir, to create innovative, hearty dishes at this impressive restaurant with rooms.

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12 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh

Hidden Gem

Picture: TSPL

This modern restaurant offers an intimate dining experience away from the crowds and overlooking Bruntsfield Links. Scottish Borders beef is a main feature with all steaks having been matured for at least 28 days and served at a minimum of 8oz.

North Harbour Bistro

North Harbour, Isle of Scalpay

Picture: Trip Advisor

This restaurant may be tiny but owner George Lavery’s passion for local produce such as Scalpay shellfish is huge. In an unpretentious building that also houses the community shop, Lavery serves up creative seafood and meat dishes.

The Steam Packet Inn

Harbour Row, Isle of Whithorn, Wigtownshire

Hidden Gem

Picture: Trip Advisor

The views from this family-run restaurant over the harbour are spectacular – and the food is just as impressive. Guests can watch the fishermen at work while eating the freshest seafood including lobster, sole and monkfish, bought straight from the boats.

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Stevenson Centre Café

Garthspool, Lerwick, Shetland

Picture: Trip Advisor

Situated in the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, the café offers a selection of homemade cakes, scones and biscuits alongside freshly ground coffee and teas. With views of the  North Sea, the café is ideal for spotting puffins and whales.

The Sun Dancer Bar & Restaurant

Harbour Street, Nairn

Picture: Trip Advisor

Lee Jack’s restaurant overlooks the Moray Firth and serves high quality produce, from Highland braised beef, lamb and game to fresh crab straight from the sea. After dinner, guests can stroll along the promenade and admire the stunning views.

The Tin Coo Farm Shop & Dairy

Devenick Dairy, Bishopston Farm, Banchory-Devenick, Aberdeen

Picture: Visit Aberdeenshire

With a window into the milking shed, the ingredients served at this café could not come any fresher. The Philly cheese steak sandwich, featuring the dairy’s Coos ‘R’ Oot cheese and the Mac and triple cheese, which includes Granite City, Reeds Aricht and Smoked Deesider cheeses are not to be missed.

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