Are you a seafood enthusiast? Then why not try out some of these culinary delights from across the country
After spending a year at home due to quarantine, it is not hard to see why so many of us are keen to get back out there and give a staycation a go.
The most exciting element of a holiday is the chance to experience new things, and what better way to do so than by treating your tastebuds to some local cuisine. Why not give these seafood eateries a go, recommended by our friends at Love Seafood
White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar, Edinburgh
Why not kick things off at the oldest inn on the Royal Mile, in the heart of Scotland’s capital. This seafood restaurant brings equal parts flair and imagination to its quality menu, which is only further enhanced by the teams desire to use the best Scottish produce available.Small plates include hand dived scallops with pickled girolle, furikake and roasted mushroom while their selection of seafood platters are a sight to behold. Perfectly positioned near the castle and other popular attractions, the White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar is the perfect end to a day spent exploring Edinburgh.
Address: White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar, The Royal Mile, 266 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AA
Glasgow is home to many a great bar and restaurant and is a city renowned for its hospitality and the warm welcome given to visitors. Gamba, which opened in 1998, is very much an institution. Tucked away in a city centre basement, this Michelin recommended eatery is a cosy venue serving up some real seafood treasures. You’ll find some of the best seabream, lemon sole and halibut you have ever tasted on the menu and be blown away by the dining experience.
Address: Gamba, 225A West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2ND
Stirling isn’t just home to its iconic castle and the Wallace Monument, it also plays host to one of Scotland’s greatest restaurants – Brea. Utilizing locally sourced ingredients to create outstanding dishes, Brea has won numerous awards and is ranked among the best in Scotland. Fresh seafood from the West Coast and Islands of Scotland features prominently on the menu, alongside wine pairing advice for each dish. Brea also offers a Vegan and Children’s menu. The staff are also renowned for their service and love taking the time to introduce new flavours and dishes to customers.
Address: Brea, 5 Baker St, Stirling, FK8 1BJ
The Crannog, Fort William
The Crannog in Fort William is far from your average venue. Loved for its seafood and fresh fish, it sits within a quirky little building at the end of the pier on the shores of Loch Linnhe. And in the dock alongside, is the Souter’s Lass – the restaurant’s boat cruises – which takes tours of the sea loch and neighbouring waters. The Crannog only serves the freshest shellfish and seasonal Scottish fish. You’ll find classics, like a warming bowl of Cullen Skink as well as modern twists, such as the Fisherman’s Feast – a selection of fish and shellfish in a tomato and seafood broth with a rouille crouton. It’s a ‘must-visit’ in this thriving Highland town.
Address: The Crannog, Town Centre Pier, Fort William PH33 6DB
Anstruther Fish Bar, Anstruther
‘The best fish and chips in the UK’ is a bold claim but the reviews of Anstruther Fish Bar and Restaurant speak for themselves, as does the lengthy queue that you should expect along the waterfront. People travel from all over Scotland to visit this fish and chip shop and it is a must-see for those travelling along the east coast. The restaurant has limited seating inside but if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to grab a table and settle down with a cup of tea and supper. But don’t fret if you cant, your meal will be just as enjoyable along the waterfront.
Address: Anstruther Fish Bar, 42 - 44 Shore St, Anstruther KY10 3AQ
River House, Inverness
Inverness is a town which has grown rapidly in recent years and this boom has seen numerous new ventures and eateries spring up. But an old favourite that has stood the test of time is River House. Chef Allan ‘Alfie’ Little, who is originally from Cornwall, is something of a local hero and over the past 18 years has taken River House to heady heights picking up numerous awards and excellent reviews. Alfie, one of the founders of the Highland Food Festival, makes use of the best locally sourced produce. He prides himself on the great rapport he has built up with local fisherman, fishmongers, butchers, farmers and fruit and veg producers. The result of using all this great produce is a shining jewel in the northern reaches of Scotland and a dining experience to savour.
Address: River House, 1 Greig St, Inverness IV3 5PT
The Lower Deck Seafood Restaurant, Portree, Isle of Skye
You’ll find the Lower Deck on the harbour-side of Portree, the Isle of Skye’s main village. Established in 2007, this family-run restaurant sources its produce from local fish merchants and the chefs put their heart and soul into every dish. The restaurant sits in a row of distinctive, painted houses on the harbour front, overlooking the water and the maritime influence is easy to spot in the décor. On the menu are Scottish favourites such as Isle of Skye mussels and smoked haddock and they don't skimp on the portions either - expect a generous amount of food on your plate when you arrive at this must-visit restaurant.
Address: The Lower Deck Seafood Restaurant, 1 Douglas Row, Portree IV51 9DD
The Seafood Shack, Ullapool
The little port and village of Ullapool is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Highlands, surrounded by incredible scenery and wildlife. It’s also something of a cultural hotbed, home to festivals and a thriving music and literary scene. The Seafood Shack is a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. Run by locals, Kirsty and Fenella, this little catering trailer is renowned for its food, much of which is caught and landed by Kirsty’s partner, who is a local fisherman. Their website lists their suppliers and tells the stories of the local boats and fishermen. One of the real delights here is that the menu is ever-changing. The team see what catch comes in each morning and shape their menu accordingly.
Address: Seafood Shack, West Argyle Street, Ullapool, IV262TY