Dumfries and Galloway has an excellent reputation for high-quality restaurants and these are some of the best places to eat out. Carlo’s in Castle Douglas may be small but it is extremely popular, with Italian cuisine, seasonal produce and food fresh from the nearby seas is a speciality. Nikos Greek Restaurant is named after chef/owner Nikos Apostolakis, from Crete, who holidayed in Dumfries and Galloway, fell in love with the area and moved here in 2006. Scottish Pantry, another family-run cafe/restaurant, sources much of its produce locally.
Few eateries anywhere can be as spectacular in outlook as Gallie Craig Coffee House on the Mull of Galloway near Drummore – perched on an isolated rocky cliff headland, making it a visitor attraction, too. The restaurant prides itself on being children-friendly and can accommodate more than 90 people. Enjoy the spectacular views on a clear day to Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales and the Lake District.
The House o’ Hill, at Bargrennan, Newton Stewart, is the only restaurant situated within the Galloway Forest Park, which of course is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They serve home-made food in a relaxed atmosphere. The Clachan Inn is an award-winning pub on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, in the picturesque village of St John’s Town of Dalry, offering dining in the restaurant and bothy.
A76, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0XG
Comfortably cosy, the warm and welcoming ambiance mingles with five centuries of history stacked up within the walls at the Auldgirth Inn. Sit by the lounge bar inglenook and share a space once occupied by Rabbie Burns as he sheltered against winter’s icy blast. Enjoy a delicious meal in the spacious dining area where you can watch talented chefs as they busily prepare a wide range of mouth-watering dishes mainly from healthy local Scottish produce. The Auldgirth Inn offers the highest quality of cuisine that will tempt diners to return time after time. Visit website
Blackaddie Country House Hotel
Blackaddie Rd, Sanquhar DG4 6JJ
One of Scotland’s best romantic award-winning hotels, Blackaddie House Hotel is set in its own gardens. Positioned on the Banks of the River Nith, which is one of Scotland’s great salmon rivers, it has extensive views across Scotland’s Southern Upland Way. The outstanding menu reflects Scotland’s natural bounty, from both land and sea, and has won two rosettes for its food from the AA. Changing daily, its menu, created by a former Michelin-Star holder and Scottish Chef of the Year 2016, uses home-grown produce as well as ingredients from Scotland’s natural larder. Visit website
Del Amitri Restaurant
Links Ave, Powfoot, Annan DG12 5PN
Since opening in late 2007, the Del Amitri Restaurant has won recognition from leading food critics in Scotland. In 2016, the restaurant moved to The Powfoot Hotel with seating for up to 36 guests. This is a traditional style restaurant, with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Sit back and enjoy a dish or two from the Scottish and European influenced menu, created using the finest local ingredients by Head Chef Martin Avey and his team. Visit website
Old Colfin Creamery
Stranraer DG9 9BN
The Old Colfin Creamery restaurant is brought to you by Nick and Emma. The restaurant is passionate about fresh produce, supporting local businesses and bringing the kitchen to your table. Their aim is simply for you to have an ‘amoozing’ time dining time and time again. Offering a balance between old classics and modern dishes using seasonal local produce in a warm, welcome and a relaxed atmosphere. It also offers morning coffees and scones, a la carte menu, Sunday two or three course special roast menu, soup and sandwiches and afternoon teas (24hrs notice needed for afternoon tea bookings).
17 S Main St, Wigtown, Newton Stewart DG8 9EH
ReadingLasses boasts a quirky welcoming atmosphere for bookworms with a caffeine habit! There’s plenty of space to relax in comfy chairs and sofas, read a book, enjoy the wonderful coffee and home-baking or treat yourself to lunch in the slightly more formal cafe. The multi-award winning cafe always serves home-made soup and soda bread and wide range of sandwiches which include gluten-free and vegan options. ReadingLasses is also home of The Quirky Tiffin Company and was voted Community Café of the Year 2017 by the Scottish Food Awards.
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