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Stirlingshire, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire restaurants and cafes

Across Stirlingshire, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas, there are some fantastic restaurants, gastropubs and cafes and here are some of the best places to dine. Among the best and most popular pasta places in Stirling are Italia Nostra and La Ciociara. Both have the fresh tastes of the Mediterranean. Fast becoming a must-visit haunt with discerning diners is The Orangery in Victoria Square. Initially opened in 2018 for light lunches and afternoon teas, 2019 has seen the introduction of a full fine dining evening menu. Local produce is to the fore with a regularly-changing menu blending traditional classics with modern innovation.

Beyond Stirling the long-established India Gate in Dunblane, La Cucina Italian restaurant in Bridge of Allan, Bar Aldo’s Italian restaurant and Dnisi (impressive choice of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options), both in Alloa, and Pierre’s with its British/French-inspired food in Falkirk, are all recommended. In fact, Falkirk offers an excellent choice of world cuisine restaurants including the Sumo Noodle Bar, the Lanna Thai restaurant, and the Sanam Tandoori and the Bukharah Indian restaurants.

Heading toward Loch Lomond lie the villages of Gargunnock, Kippen and Buchlyvie, all with excellent hostelries serving hearty, home-made pub grub. Gargunnock Inn regularly rates highly in the CAMRA Forth Valley Pub of the Year and features guest cask ales.

On the outskirts of Stirling nestles the multi award-winning Birds and Bees pub at Causewayhead. Converted from an old farm steading, this gem has been a favourite with locals in the know for many years and even offers pétanque for those who fancy an outdoor game of boules.

Our picks

The Acoustic Cafe

Melville Lane, Falkirk FK1 1HY

The Acoustic Cafe in Falkirk has been open since 2015 and has gained a huge following in the town for its mix of excellent cuisine and fantastic live music sessions. The cafe, which is in a prime spot just across the road from Grahamston train station, stands out as a beacon of style.

Saved from dereliction by owner Alan Bye, the building is now an ultra-chic coffee shop and music venue. Inside, the cafe is perfectly in tune with the music-loving clientele. There is exposed brickwork on one wall of the long, galley-style venue. On the other, a panoramic photo wall shows a tranquil black-and-white woodland. Dozens of vintage guitars – which are all for sale to customers – adorn both sides of the cafe. Visit website

Cook’s Bar and Kitchen

Grange Manor Hotel , Glensburgh, Grangemouth FK3 8XJ

Enjoy good times and great food at Cook’s Bar and Kitchen. Located in the grounds of the Grange Manor Hotel, this 19th-century coach house offers warm and stylish decor with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Whether it be a romantic table for two, a family gathering or a quick lunch, with traditional favourites like fish and chips, or steak pie to burgers, steaks and even a vegan menu, there is something to suit all occasions and tastes at Cook’s Bar and Kitchen. Visit website

Italia Nostra
Pasta dish

25 Baker St, Stirling FK8 1BJ

Italia Nostra is located on the hill up to the world famous Stirling Castle and offers what you would expect from an Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Expect a wide and varied menu of succulent steak, chicken, veal, seafood, pasta and pizza dishes as well as a mouth-watering selection of special dishes. Visit website

Benny T’s
Fish and chips

Mary St, Laurieston, Falkirk FK2 9PS

Treat yourself to Benny T’s fish and chips in Falkirk! Expect freshly-prepared fish and chips along with other traditional classics including burgers and stone-baked pizzas seven days a week. It is a family-run business built upon strong family values and have years of experience and knowledge of the catering industry.

Located just a five-minute drive from The Falkirk Stadium, the Helix and the Kelpies you can enjoy a meal in the large family friendly restaurant or take away. Benny T’s restaurant concept is refreshingly simple: freshly-made fish and chips served in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Described by food critic, Tam Cowan, as ‘home of arguably the best fish supper in Scotland’ (Scottish Daily Record), Benny T’s restaurant is the ideal venue for family gatherings or a more relaxed weekday treat. Visit website

The Shore
Fish dish

195 Carronshore Rd, Carron, Falkirk FK2 8ES

The Shore is a family-run local restaurant and lounge bar with a patio/beer garden to the side and rear. The restaurant offers quality home-cooked food at affordable prices in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Food is also served in the lounge bar which is a designated dog friendly area. Takeaway food also available. Visit website

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