Food and Drink
Whether you are after exciting street food or a five star dining experience, there are plenty of options in and around Stirling.
Popular options in our Old Town include the Portcullis (next to Stirling Castle), a traditional pub and converted school dating from 1787, nearby is Hermann’s Restaurant serving a delicious mix of Austrian and Scottish dishes. Head down the hill for some of the best homemade soup in town as Darnley’s Coffee House. Nearby is The Smithy – a hidden gem for delicious homemade dishes.
As you head into the City Centre lookout for Cronies Bar & Restaurant at the Golden Lion Hotel on King Street, Robert Burns himself dined here with his Cronies in the summer of 1787. Other local favourites include Brea an award winning Scottish restaurant on Baker Street and the top rated Friars Wynd restaurant on Friar Street.
The Crannog Stirling is nestled on a loch side setting at the foot of historic Stirling Castle and based on the design of a traditional Scottish Crannog, this Scottish restaurant provides a stunning setting for lunch or dinner. Nearby the Gallery Restaurant at Forth Valley College provides the ‘wow’ factor as their catering students combines the art of affordable fine dining with breath-taking views of the Wallace Monument, the River Forth and the Ochils.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a luxury dining experience then why not try The Kailyard by Nick Nairn, where you can savour signature dishes by a Michelin star chef. This restaurant is located in the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Dunblane. Or For a special treat visit the Chez Roux restaurant at Cromlix hotel, overseen by the legendary French chef Albert Roux and run by award-winning executive head chef Darin Campbell.
Nearby, the relaxed and rustic Riverside Restaurant and Monterey Jacks are in the heart of Dunblane’s historic High Street. Or why not head to Bridge of Allan for the Allanwater café run by the 4th generation of the Bechelli family for the homemade fish and chips (eat in or takeaway). Across the road the Jam Jar Café is a local favourite for relaxed Scottish produce.
As you explore beyond Stirling, drop by the Poppies Hotel and Restaurant in Callander for fine food and great wine, not far from Callander make sure to visit Venachar Lochside, a hidden gem on the north shores of Loch Venachar in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park. Head north 13 miles and drop into Mhor 84 a modern roadside ‘motel’ which is a local food destination brimming with personality and a relaxed friendly atmosphere.