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These are the opening dates and booking info for 18 popular Scottish restaurants - from Three Chimneys to Aizle

It is almost time when we can legally get out and about for a meal, drink or holiday at home.

Published: April 21, 2021
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With this in mind, here are the opening dates and booking information for some of Scotland's most popular restaurants.

From Glasgow’s only Michelin starred restaurant and the capital’s popular eateries to an award-winning island restaurant and hotel fine dining, there's something for all - opening soon.

Aizle, Edinburgh

(38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ)

This popular restaurant relocated to the Kimpton Hotel on Charlotte Square last year, and will reopen on 19 May following a refurbishment.

Owned by Great British Menu 2021 participant Stuart Ralston, Aizle gained huge popularity as the first restaurant in Edinburgh to offer a surprise tasting menu.

Diners only see a list of local, seasonal ingredients which feature in their six-course dinner, and the restaurant regularly appears at the top of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for best fine dining restaurants across the UK.

Online bookings are open now

Noto, Edinburgh

(47a Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DY)

Stuart Ralston’s second venture, Noto was the only restaurant in Scotland to be awarded a Bib Gourmand at this year’s Michelin Awards - and it'll open on 28 April from 12-8pm (with no alcohol sales until 17 May).

Like the New York dining scene it has taken its inspiration from, the menu features an international repertoire, with a strong Asian influence, across its small and large dishes.

Online bookings are open now.

Wedgwood, Edinburgh

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

Edinburgh’s popular Wedgwood the Restaurant, located on the Royal Mile, will re-open to guests on 19 May for lunch and dinner.

Loved by locals and tourists alike for its innovative dishes and high-quality Scottish produce, the fine dining restaurant is now taking bookings.

The restaurant will still be offering its sell out ‘Wedgwood at Home’ takeaway and delivery service from Thursday – Sunday.

Spaces will be limited so advance booking is advised. Paul Wedgwood will also continue to take bookings for the successful Wedgwood Alfresco, his bespoke outdoor dining experience.

The Bridge Inn, Ratho

(27 Baird Rd, Ratho, Newbridge EH28 8RA)

Situated on the banks of the Union Canal, just seven miles west of Edinburgh city centre, The Bridge Inn will reopen on 26 April.

Customers can look forward to enjoying the brand-new canal-side beer garden.

In addition to the existing and revamped beer garden, which has had patio heaters and awnings added, the new extended garden features an outdoor bar and rustic food shack that will serve sourdough toasties and authentic bratwurst.

The Pub at the Bridge Inn at Ratho has garnered lots of awards for its food and drink - 2019 it was named Gastropub of the Year at the Edinburgh Restaurant Awards and featured in the AA Pub Guide 2020.

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Online bookings are now open and walk ins are welcome.

The Pierhouse, Port Appin

(Port Appin, Appin PA38 4DE)


This small hotel and renowned Scottish seafood restaurant is now listed in the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2021.

Those looking to visit and experience the tranquil surroundings and award-winning seafood can book now for reopening on 29 April.

Cail Bruich, Glasgow

(725 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX)

Glasgow’s only Michelin starred restaurant Cail Bruich will re-open on 20 May.

This will be the first time the restaurant will be open since being awarded a Michelin star in January this year, creating an exciting buzz for the city.

Head chef Lorna McNee creates elegant plates of food that make the most of Scotland’s seasonally changing ingredients prepared with a lightness of touch.

Lorna and the team have been perfecting the dishes for the new menu that will be launched in due course.

Guests are being encouraged to sign up to the restaurant newsletter to be the first to know when the bookings will open.

Epicures by Cail Bruich, Glasgow

(159 Hyndland Rd, Glasgow G12 9JA)

The laidback sister restaurant of Cail Bruich will re-open its doors on 26 April for brunch, lunch, dinner and outdoor dining and drinks.

Epicures by Cail Bruich, which is taking bookings now, serves brunch classics, seasonal mains and bakes fresh from its in-house bakery.

The Ship Inn, Elie

(The Toft, Elie, Leven KY9 1DT)

This popular East Neuk pub is opening both its indoor and outdoor seating area from 26 April.

The inn serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in its dining room, pub and beer garden, using seasonal Scottish dishes created by head chef Mateusz Majeur.

The team have recently added items to the popular BBQ menu including rotisserie chicken, best served with a cold drink.

The Ship Inn is the only pub in Britain to have its own cricket team with a beach pitch and has a schedule of fixtures throughout the summer with regular opposition from Scotland and touring teams from all over the world.

Online bookings are open now and walk ins are welcome.

Balgove Larder Steak Barn, St Andrews

(Strathtyrum Farm, Strathtyrum, St Andrews KY16 9SF)

St Andrews farm shop, Balgove Larder, will reopen its popular Steak Barn on Wednesday 28 April with indoor and outdoor seating for walk-in customers.

Balgove Larder is known for its range of meats - reared on the farm, hung and cut in-house by a team of award-winning butchers.

The Steak Barn menu includes a range of steak cuts, which are hung for at least 28 days and cooked to order on the wood-fired BBQ.

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Burgers and sausages, all made at Balgove Larder, are also available alongside the likes of twice fried chips and crispy beer battered onion rings.

The Steak Barn, which is housed in a repurposed sawmill with distinctive potato crate walls, will open weekly from Wednesday 12pm - Sunday 8pm for indoor dining and 12pm – 9pm with alcohol sales for outdoor diners.

Those sat indoors will have table service and menus, whilst outdoor diners will be able to use the QR code on each table to order from the menu using the Balgove app.

Visitors are advised to check the Balgove Larder website and social media for guidance on updated service information prior to visiting.

Moonfish Cafe, Aberdeen

(9 Correction Wynd, Aberdeen AB10 1HP)

This Michelin recognised restaurant will reopen from 7 May, and bookings are being taken now.

Moonfish is neither a dedicated seafood restaurant or a cafe but instead a cosy restaurant, located in Aberdeen's merchant quarter with views of the 12th century Kirk of St Nicholas.

Its paired back interior gives the restaurant a contemporary vibe and the intriguing menus of locally sourced produce are devised and cooked by Masterchef's Brian McLeish.

The Real Food Café, Tyndrum

(Tyndrum, Crianlarich FK20 8RY)

The award-winning Real Food Café re-opened its click and collect service on 1 April and will re-open for indoor and outdoor seating area from 26 April.

It is located in Tyndrum on the A82 and at approximately halfway along the West Highland Way within The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

It has become a bustling hotspot for locals, tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and dog walkers looking to refuel and serves up home-baked treats and hearty, award-winning fish and chips, as well as a range of gluten-free options.

To ensure staff and customer safety a contactless service has been implemented along with plastic screens fitted at service points, non-contact bins for waste collection and a new outdoor handwashing station for customers has been installed.

Bookings aren't take in, so it's walk-ins only.

The Ivy, Glasgow and Edinburgh

(106 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2NB/ 6 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD)

The Ivy Buchanan Street, Glasgow and The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh will be reopening on the 26 April.

Both will be serving breakfast from 9am, lunch and dinner indoors with the last reservation at 6.15pm for guests to depart by 8pm.

The terraces will also be open and serving alcohol until 10pm, and these areas will not be bookable and will be operating on a first come first serve basis.

111 by Modou, Glasgow

(111 Cleveden Rd, Kelvinside, Glasgow G12 0JU)

Modou Diagne will reopen his award-winning Glasgow restaurant on Wednesday 28 April.

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111 by Modou, the Glasgow-based chef's debut restaurant, will reopen at 111 Cleveden Road in Glasgow's West End with a five-course tasting menu.

Every Wednesday through Sunday, the 46-seat restaurant will serve a seasonal tasting menu for £35 per person with a matching wine flight for £25 per person (available from 17 May).

Bookings are being taken now.

The Three Chimneys, Skye

(Colbost, Dunvegan, Colbost, Isle of Skye IV55 8ZT)

three chimneys reopening

Serving the best of the Isle of Skye, land and sea, The Three Chimneys at Colbost has established itself as a multi-award-winning destination dining experience for more than thirty years.

Those missing the food and hospitality can book now for reopening on 26 April.

Opened in 1835, the restaurant with rooms, situated in a classic crofter’s cottage, and has six rooms available at the House Over-by.

The Torridon, Wester Ross

(Annat, By Achnasheen, Wester Ross IV22 2EY)

Located at the head of Loch Torridon on the iconic North Coast 500 touring route and with a backdrop of mountains and forest.

Reopening on 26 April, The Torridon is a 58-acre estate with a five AA Red Star Hotel, contemporary ‘Stables’ rooms, fine dining created by new head chef Paul Green in the newly designed 1887, and casual dining in Bo & Muc.

The Whisky Bar offers 365 whiskies and 120 gins, while the Beinn Bar has a homely pub feel. 

The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

(352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF)

Customers can look forward to theatrical dining in this famous Edinburgh restaurant from 26 April.

Now in its fifth decade, the stunning décor, the food, location and award-winning wine list have ensured The Witchery has become a much-loved Edinburgh institution.

Customers can dine in the rich baroque surroundings of the original oak-panelled Witchery or in the Secret Garden.

Gleneagles, Perthshire

(Auchterarder PH3 1NF)

Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire will be reopening from Monday 26 April, with a calendar of food and drink events for visitors and guests.

Following the Scottish Government’s recent announcement about the reopening of hospitality, Gleneagles is now gearing up for reopening with a summer of 'fun and frivolity'.

Guests are being invited to toast to new adventures and enjoy the luxurious hotel and 850-acres of green space in which the famous building sits.

Dubbed Scotland’s very own ‘Riviera in the Highlands’ the events planned for reopening include alfresco food, whisky loch-down and a month-long series of festivities for ‘Jubilant June’.

Mackays Hotel, Wick

(Union St, Wick KW1 5ED)

This independently-owned, family-run hotel in Wick will reopen on 26 April.

The in-house restaurant, No 1 Bistro, offers fresh and local dishes for lunch and dinner to give guests a taste of the Highlands.

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.

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