Perth, Scotland’s Food Town
In 2018 Perth was voted Food Town of the Year at the prestigious Scottish Food Awards. This award recognised the significant contribution of our city’s chefs, food producers, cafés and restaurants to the thriving Scottish food scene, and as a city we were very proud to receive it.
Want to know why Perth won? Check out our video for a “flavour” of our popular and award-winning eateries and find out more about them below!
“Winners of the Best Coffee Served in Scotland 2018 at The Scottish Café Awards”
Reid’s Café welcomes diners from its prime spot at the foot of Perth’s High Street, offering a wide range of breakfasts, tasty lunches including home-made soups and hearty sandwiches, light meze-style plates and delicious dinners – oh, and the best coffee in Scotland!
“Serving the finest local produce in a friendly and welcoming environment”
The Post Box serves beautifully presented, locally sourced food, in their light-filled restaurant beside Perth Museum & Art Gallery. Proprietors David & Katriona Will always ensure a warm welcome to the comfortable surroundings of the dining room or the cosy Cellar Bar downstairs. The Post Box is also Michelin Guide-recommended.
“Chef of the Year 2018 at the Scottish Food Awards”
Tabla is a firm favourite on Perth’s eating scene, serving a mouth-watering range of Indian food, from Street Dishes to North and South Indian specialities, in its popular and welcoming restaurant. Chef-patron Praveen Kumar won World Cuisine Chef of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Food Awards and Tabla also won Outstanding Curry of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Curry Awards. Praveen and his wife Swarna run Perth’s Indian Cook School as well as the restaurant.
“Perth Chef of the Year 2018” & “Restaurant of the Year 2017”
63 Tay Street is the signature restaurant of Perthshire-born award-winning chef Graeme Pallister. Offering beautifully presented, imaginative and delicious dishes under the banner “Local, Honest, Simple,” Graeme, who won Perth Chef of the Year at the Scottish Food Awards 2018, and his team are passionate about using the best-quality ingredients from local suppliers with the greatest care and attention going into every dish prepared. This is why the restaurant was voted Scottish Restaurant of the Year 2017.
Throughout the year 63 Tay Street also offers gourmet dinners and special menus (see their Events page), including Steak Saturdays, special Mother’s Day Sunday openings and multi-course tasting dinners which are thoughtfully paired with an outstanding selection of wines.
“Freshly cooked, high-quality food, excellent value and outstanding service”
Everest Inn is a comfortable and friendly restaurant which has an excellent reputation for serving delicious Indian and Nepalese food. With a great selection of popular, authentic dishes, Everest offers unique flavours cooked with special Nepalese spices and fresh herbs. The restaurant was also a finalist in the Scottish Curry Awards 2018.
“Ten years Michelin-recommended and our very own Masterchef of Great Britain”
Deans is a well-loved restaurant on the Perth scene, its menu featuring the best from Scotland’s larder: fresh local vegetables and dairy produce, prime Scotch beef, fresh fish and seafood. Jamie Deans recently took on the mantle of head chef from his father Willie, having worked in Gleneagles at the Strathearn Restaurant and with double-Michelin-starred chef Andrew Fairlie in his acclaimed restaurant. Deans, which is Michelin-recommended, is just as well-known for the drinks on offer; Deans’ sommelier has a wealth of experience and is on hand to offer recommended food pairings or aid the choice of tipple. Deans’ bar has also gained a bit of local cult following for its cocktails!
“Masterchef of Great Britain 2015”
Café Tabou has been owned by Marek and Magda Michalak who fell in love with the restaurant after Marek joined the team there in 2004. They aim to provide a taste of France to Perth by offering a selection of menus inspired by French bistro dining, with an emphasis on traditional recipes combined with the use of local Perthshire produce.
Marek has been working in the industry for over 15 years, during which time he has been inducted to the Master Chef Association of Poland and gained his Master Chef Qualification and also a Master Butcher qualification with merit.
“Using the best of Scottish produce, wild and cultivated”
Andrew and Karen Moss are delighted to have opened North Port Restaurant, a fantastic new addition to Perth’s vibrant eating out scene, as a family business.
Andrew heads up the kitchen and Karen takes care of the front of house operations and marketing. Ingredients have been carefully selected and are supplied by small, local growers, breeders, suppliers and foragers. This was one of the reasons why North Port won Best Traditional Restaurant at the Scottish Food Awards.
And, talking of foraging, North Port has collaborated with popular Perthshire distillery Persie to make Foragin, a botanical gin crafted from herbs and plants lovingly foraged from beside the River Tay.
“Providing the people of Perth with their favourite meeting place for breakfast, lunch or that mid-afternoon coffee”
Willows has been a favourite among Perth’s shoppers, office workers and visitors since it opened in 1992. This bustling, family-friendly coffee shop, which looks onto the historic St John’s Kirk, offers home-cooked meals from breakfast onwards, as well as snacks and afternoon teas. Willows uses locally sourced produce, such as eggs from Gloagburn, as much as possible, and has an enviable range of teas and coffees. There’s spacious indoor and outdoor seating, as well as takeaways and home deliveries. Visit Willows website
And much more..
That’s a snapshot of just some of Perth’s wonderful eateries. To explore our many other restaurants, cafés, bistros and bars, head to our full list of where to eat in Perthshire. Why you want to stay in touch, why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up to our email newsletter? You’ll get news, events and loads of other information about what’s happening in Perth and Perthshire.
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