Top 10 Foodie Experiences in Perthshire
1) 63 Tay Street
Description: Situated in a picturesque, city centre location looking out onto the River Tay – 63 Tay Street is quite rightly regarded as one of Perth’s best restaurants. With views towards the wooded Kinnoull Hill and an endless list of prestigious awards and accolades, you can expect a fantastic dining experience from the moment you walk through the doors.
Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile
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63 Tay Street has been an award-winning restaurant for many years and is popular with locals and tourists alike. Perthshire-born chef, Graeme Pallister, has put together a small but passionate team delivering first-class service and mouth-watering dishes. Graeme uses the best in local produce wherever possible, with the highest attention to detail going into each and every plate that leaves his kitchen.
The restaurant has held two rosettes since 2007 and won the national and regional award in the Best Restaurant category at the Scottish Food Academy Awards in 2017. Graeme was also crowned Chef of the Year at the Catering in Scotland Awards back in 2013. These awards among all the other fantastic accolades 63 Tay Street has received over the years demonstrate the superb experience waiting for you at this city centre restaurant.
They cater for parties, private functions and even weddings, with an elegantly designed room that can easily hold 40 people. The restaurant offers delicious lunch and dinner menus, with an extensive wine list and with a pre-theatre menu available too, you can enjoy a fantastic meal before a cultured evening at Perth Concert Hall or Perth Theatre.
Graeme trained at the Kinloch House Hotel before working down in Jersey and Sussex. He returned to Perthshire to work at Andrew Fairlie’s at Gleneagles and then Let’s Eat Perth before opening 63 Tay Street.
For a tremendous dining experience in one of Perthshire’s most prestigious restaurants, 63 Tay Street is a fantastic place to explore some of the best local produce used in fantastic dishes, Award-winning chef Graeme Pallister and his team welcome locals and tourists with open arms to their city centre restaurant looking out towards the River Tay.
2) Andrew Fairlie’s
Description: Scotland’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars – Andrew Fairlie’s is hidden away behind a discreet private entrance at Gleneagles Hotel. Enjoy the beautiful and relaxing environment, where the attention to detail and impeccable customer service are ranked just as highly as the mouth-watering food.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 18 miles
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The restaurant opened its doors in 2001 and is regarded by many as the finest in Scotland. Andrew’s twenty-three-strong team includes his head chef, Stephen McLaughlin, who he has worked with since 1995 and runs the kitchen to perfection.
As Scotland’s only two Michelin star restaurant, guests receive impeccable service when they arrive at Andrew Fairlie’s. Dedicated to serving world-class dishes, six nights a week, this beautiful and luxurious restaurant is tucked away behind a discreet and private entrance at the heart of the five-star Gleneagles Hotel near Auchterarder.
The dishes are influenced by Scotland’s season and the ingredients used are local wherever possible. In the autumn, most dishes are game while in the winter, you’ll mostly find shellfish which according to Andrew, are at their absolute best during the colder months. In the spring and summer months, Andrew’s very own Victorian walled garden was his source of inspiration.
The whole experience is incredible from start to finish and everything has a personal touch – something that Andrew felt strongly about. Combining the very best in Scottish and French cooking, your taste buds will be left tingling from the delicious flavours in every bite. The restaurants signature dish is their smoked lobster – its intense smokiness coming from a five-hour infusion over whisky barrel chips.
Andrew Fairlie is one of Scotland’s most celebrated chefs and has received an array of prestigious accolades during his illustrious career. He was awarded the first Roux Scholarship aged just twenty and worked under French chef Michel Guerard before holding a number of high-profile positions which led to him returning to Scotland and opening his very own restaurant. Since then, Andrew Fairlie’s at Gleneagles has won many awards and offer up a dining experience like no other in the country.
For an incredible experience in the country’s most prestigious restaurant, make sure you enjoy a fine evening at Andrew Fairlie’s Restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel.
Description: Brush up on your cooking skills with a masterclass, enjoy one of their fun feast nights or simply relax and sit down to a delicious meal – Ballintaggart Farm is a fantastic foodie experience based in picturesque Highland Perthshire.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 24 miles
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Ballintaggart’s Saturday Masterclasses are designed to help you master basic skills and develop your confidence in the kitchen. With everything from brushing up on your knife skills to creating the perfect seasonal suppers or salads, there’s bound to be a masterclass to suit you. The Ballintaggart team will provide you with everything you need – aprons, equipment, recipes and ingredients – as well as serving up a light lunch.
You’ll leave Ballintaggart with a host of new skills, confidence, top tips and inspiration so you’ll be able to show off to your friends and family when you invite them round for dinner. The kitchen also host talks and garden tours as well as the cookery masterclasses. These are suitable for individuals or groups up to eight and children and families are welcome to join in too!
The feast nights are always special and are held throughout the year. The kitchen uses only the best seasonal produce and put together flavoursome menus. Ballintaggart’s feasts feature social dining and communal tables, so you can get chatting and meet new people while you enjoy the chef’s delicious dishes. The nights are ticketed and are informal events.
The Ballintaggart team champion local, artisan producers and Scottish flavours guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. They can provide a private venue to hold a dinner party with a bespoke menu created and tailored to suit you and your budget.
Providing a fantastic place to learn new skills, indulge in a feast or host your own private dinner party, Ballintaggart Farm is the perfect destination to celebrate all things food and to pick up some skills that will leave your dinner guests in awe.
4) Ballathie House Hotel
Description: Ballathie House Hotel is a special, tranquil, countryside venue which is perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s private dining for a special celebration, an afternoon tea with a view, a luxurious lunch or a simply stunning evening meal, Ballathie has you covered!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 13 miles
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Situated in a picturesque rural setting on the country roads between Stanley and Blairgowrie, Ballathie is a hit with both locals and tourists, and when it comes to food – they offer up something sublime. Using local produce where possible, they will provide the ultimate in fine dining experiences leaving you wanting to come back time and time again.
Ballathie can offer private dining facilities for larger parties as well as smaller private lunches and dinners in their Morning or Terrace Room. Although enjoying the privacy of your own room, you still receive the highest standards and exceptional service like all Ballathie visitors. Seasonal menus are offered, with choice menus and set menus available too. And if you’d prefer to choose your own menu to suit your event then the team will be more than happy to accommodate this for you.
One thing that Ballathie is renowned for is its fantastic afternoon teas and this tradition is one of the most popular foodie experiences that the venue offers. Booking is absolutely essential for this! If afternoon teas aren’t you thing, then enjoy lunch made using local produce produced by award-winning head chef, Scott Scorer.
And on the day of rest do just that – relax and let Ballathie provide you with the ultimate Sunday lunch! Succulent beef, fresh spring lamb, comforting seasonal desserts and more, it’s the perfect place to end your weekend. There is also a food menu offered from the restaurant bar, if you prefer a more laid back approach to your dining.
And finally, why not enjoy a delicious evening meal overlooking the iconic River Tay? Whether it is venison from the hills, game from the carefully tended woodland or prime beef from the lust pasturelands, your food will be served with the best in seasonal produce along with fresh fruit and veg.
If you’re looking for a first-class dining experience, look no further than Ballathie House Hotel!
5) Indian Cook School by Praveen Kumar
Description: A truly unique experience – award-winning chef and restauranteur Praveen Kumar will teach you how to prepare authentic, Indian cuisine to enjoy with your family or guests. Praveen will guide you throughout, teaching you about the dishes, spices and telling stories from his home in South India.
Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile
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Learn how to cook the delicious curries that you order from your favourite takeaways so you can impress friends and family. This cook school is a hands-on and fun experience for all, and you’ll leave having gained incredible knowledge of Indian cuisine from the incredible restauranteur and chef, Praveen Kumar.
Praveen’s Tabla Restaurant is Perth’s only rosette standard Indian eatery and is a popular choice for locals and visitors alike. It was one of the first restaurants to receive Visit Scotland’s Taste Our Best Award and is consistently ranked in the top five Perth restaurants on Trip Advisor.
A passionate cook who loves the dishes he puts together, Praveen will pass on his vast knowledge and authentic methods, teaching you how to embrace the very simple act of preparing and eating delicious Indian cuisine. This unique cooking experience based just a short distance from the city centre is ideal for anyone who loves being in the kitchen and creating dishes using fresh ingredients.
The spices used by Praveen in both his Tabla Restaurant and the cook school are sourced from his own family farm in South India and while you learn, he will regale you with stories from his homeland about the different dishes and spices and how they came to be used in each incredible dish he serves.
People of all cooking abilities are welcome, from the relatively experienced to the complete novices and you’re guaranteed to come away with a new knowledge and appreciation of Indian food. Praveen accommodates private bookings as well as pre-arranged cook school events and will tailor programmes to suit your own individual or group requirements.
For a truly unique cooking experience with an award-winning Indian chef, make sure you go back to class with Praveen Kumar’s Indian Cook School in Perth!
6) Max & Ben’s Bistro
Description: Max & Ben’s Bistro has established itself as one of the top eateries in the Strathearn area, situated on the Main Street of the “Lang Toon” – Auchterarder. Serving lunches and evening meals, there’s something for everyone at Max and Ben’s Bistro!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 14 miles
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Mixing traditional and modern cuisines and serving high quality fresh food, Max & Ben’s Bistro is famed for its relaxed atmosphere making it perfect for any occasion. Their menu combines simplicity and speed with choices from succulent chargrilled steaks and burgers, to fresh Scottish haddock or Chicken Maryland.
The friendly and attentive staff will cater for your every need and if you have any dietary requirements, they can ensure you can enjoy something from their varied and ever adapting menu. Max & Ben’s is within walking distance of Auchterarder Golf Club and Gleneagles Hotel so there is plenty of opportunity to walk off your delicious meal.
They also cater for parties and offer gift vouchers if you are looking to spoil someone with a perfect gift for their special day.
So, for top quality food with a friendly welcome, visit Max & Ben’s Bistro in Auchterarder!
7) The Highland Chocolatier, Iain Burnett
Description: Known as The Highland Chocolatier, Iain Burnett is an award–winning chocolatier and truffle specialist. Iain creates his specially designed chocolate in the picturesque village of Grandtully. Take a self-guided audio tour, explore the chocolate shop and relax in the lounge where you can sample the Best Truffle in The World. Paradise for the chocoholic and a great day out!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 26 miles
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Based in Highland Perthshire in a picturesque setting, The Highland Chocolatier offers tours of the Scotland Chocolate Centre’s multimedia exhibition, with tasting tours available too. The four-star visitor attraction is a firm favourite with tourists and chocolate lovers alike.
The fantastic Chocolate Lounge provides guests with a unique and relaxing atmosphere offering a delicious menu which celebrates chocolate! Trained baristas will welcome you, serving up award-winning hot chocolate and/or a selection of warm or cold beverages to your table. With tempting savouries and cakes available, including treats for those with allergies, there really is something for everyone’s taste buds!
Iain Burnett was trained under Master Chocolatiers of the Belgian, Swiss and French schools before setting up his base in the village of Grandtully in Highland Perthshire where he creates his internationally renowned range of chocolates. His unique truffles took over three years to create using only natural and fresh ingredients, blended together to create the now famous Velvet Truffle.
The Highland Chocolatier has won both national and international awards and supplies some of the biggest hotels and Michelin star restaurants across the UK. All of the products are available to order online or at the Scottish Chocolate Centre in Grandtully.
To see how delicious award-winning chocolate is made by some of the world’s finest chocolatiers, pay a visit to the Highland Chocolatier, Iain Burnett, and his fantastic Scottish Chocolate Centre and Chocolate Lounge while you’re in Perthshire.
8) Taste Perthshire
Description: The ethos at Taste Perthshire is simple. They aim to bring the very best in local produce together for your enjoyment – whether that’s a meal at their restaurant, or purchasing something from the gift shop. Based in Bankfoot on the A9 north of Perth City Centre, Taste Perthshire has so much for you to discover so what are you waiting for?
Distance from Perth City Centre: 8 miles
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Marcello originates from the south of Italy and has decades of experience working in the hospitality industry. Fully trained in the kitchen, these days he is mostly front-of-house with his wife, Clare, and their dedicated team.
The Italian Corner menu changes regularly to keep fresh and offer daily specials depending on what’s seasonal. They have a passion for good food and a dedication to excellent service so often found in Perth’s independently owned family-run businesses. Based in the centre of Perth, the Italian Corner is renowned for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and authentic Italian menu created by Marcello himself.
As well as great food, they have an extensive list of fantastic wines, beers and spirits, as well as rich Italian coffee. Marcello and his team welcome large groups so whether it’s a birthday party, Christmas meal or other special occasion – the Italian Corner are always delighted to accommodate your needs. They can also cater for any special dietary requirements if informed in advance.
If you wish to enjoy their fine food from the comfort of your own home, there is a takeaway menu too which includes pizzas, pastas and other authentic Italian dishes. Takeaways can be picked up directly from the restaurant or through the Deliveroo delivery service which is brand new to Perth in 2017.
A family-run restaurant which has been at the heart of the local community for over 30 years – pay a visit to Marcello, Clare and the team during your visit to Perthshire!
9) Loch Leven’s Larder
Description: An award-winning, family-run farm near Kinross, Loch Leven’s Larder is one of Perthshire’s favourite foodie experiences. The restaurant, deli and retail shop are all open seven days a week and the range includes both Scottish and Scandinavian influence with some items that cannot be purchased anywhere else in the UK.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 18 miles
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Loch Leven’s Larder first opened its doors in 2005 and since then it has become a foodie’s paradise. Using local produce wherever possible, the family-run farm offer high quality food with an ever changing and fresh menu reflecting what is seasonal on each day. The family have adopted a field to fork concept which is at the centre of everything they do and they’ve grown Loch Leven’s Larder into a multi award-winning dining and retail destination for local and visiting foodies.
The farm is situated in one of Perthshire’s most scenic locations – overlooking the stunning Loch Leven and surrounded by beautiful Scottish countryside. The café at Loch Leven’s Larder is perfectly situated on the farm to provide the best views of the Loch all while sampling the delicious food created by the larder’s highly trained chefs.
One of the main draws is the deli and it’s packed with a wide range of meats, fish and cheeses. They have their own range of products with the Loch Leven’s Larder label and also offer freshly baked goods from the larder’s kitchen.
They offer breakfast, brunch and lunch menus every day and also provide afternoon tea choices too, so there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy. There are farmer breakfasts, big sandwich offerings and hearty main courses too, with the option of crunchy salads and delightful desserts as well. The boards change daily with new offerings based on what is seasonal and fresh on the day and it’s no surprise that it attracts so many visitors keen to try whatever is on offer every time they visit. Most of the food on offer on the menu can be purchased from Loch Leven’s Larder’s deli – as well as their beautiful freshly-baked bread.
For a unique foodie experience with stunning Loch side views, then Loch Leven’s Larder is the ideal place to visit while in Perthshire. A fantastic menu offering a wide variety of dishes with locally sourced ingredients as well as a jam-packed deli with mouth-watering meat, fish and cheeses, you’ll be so impressed you’ll want to go back again and again!
10) Provender Brown
Description: Offering up some goodies from the country’s best artisan suppliers right from the city centre, Provender Brown is an absolute haven for foodies. The delicatessen is quite rightly regarded as one of Perth’s favourite food and drink retailers, serving mouth-watering grub, takeaway lunches and freshly prepared meals on the premises.
Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile
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The passionate and knowledgeable staff are led by Provender Brown’s owner and food-lover extraordinaire, Diane Brown. Over the past decade, she has gained a superb reputation for providing locals and tourists with the very best of produce from Perthshire, Scotland, Britain and the rest of the world.
The gourmet food shop which is situated on George Street in the city centre has been recognised with many accolades and awards since it opened its doors, including Best Deli Attitude in the UK, Scottish Regional Winner and Top 5 UK Finalist in the Deli of the Year, and Finalist in the BBC Good Food Magazine Reader Award for Best UK Food Shop.
With a fantastic selection of food and drink on offer, Provender Brown is the perfect place to go to stock up for a picnic, get the supplies in for the festive period or just to sample some of the finest produce from home and abroad. Indulge in their delicious selection of cheeses or try one of their recommended wines, ports or gins – there’s just so much on offer you’ll want to try them all!
There are regular events held in the deli including gin tasting, cheese and wine nights and more so there’s always something happening for the foodies of Perth at Provender Brown. Diane and her team are always keen to see new people come to the shop, whether they’re tourists or locals, and they will pass on their vast knowledge of all things food and drink.
For a fantastic foodie experience in the heart of Perth’s bustling city centre, then make sure you pay a visit to Provender Brown on George Street. You’re guaranteed to find some tasty treats perfect for any occasion.
Over to you!
Now you know where our favourite foodie experiences in Perthshire are, it’s time to get out and explore! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all the foodie experiences mentioned above.