Top Choice Seafood in Portpatrick


Fresh local seafood is the stock-in-trade of this unprepossessing local favourite, and it does it very well. Ask for whatever is good that day or choose one of the sharing platters and enjoy the flavour burst of loc…
Top Choice Scottish in Kirkcudbright

Auld Alliance

Overlooking the heart of town, this restaurant's cuisine is true to its name, which refers to the historic bond between Scotland and France. Local produce is given a Gallic and Mediterranean twist, with dishes like …
Top Choice Cafe in Castle Douglas & Around


This excellent cafe under a gallery and shop is the best spot in town for a coffee, with cosy wood fittings offset by a garden space out the back. There's a nice line in ciabatta and bruschetta options complemented …
Cafe in Dumfries


The best eating option in Dumfries is this cosy space upstairs at the Robert Burns Centre. For lunch there’s wraps, melts and ciabattas, but come dinner time it’s inventive angles and interesting cuts and combinatio…
British in Kirkcudbright

Castle Street Bistro

This bright and breezy spot opposite the picturesque castle offers a range of dishes like duck breast, cod or Scotch fillet in rich – sometimes too rich – sauces. The bistro makes an effort to source local produce. …
Cafe in Wigtown

ReadingLasses Bookshop Café

This bookshop is set around a brilliantly welcoming cafe serving decent coffee to prolong your reading time. It also offers a toothsome range of home cooking prepared with care, including several vegetarian/vegan op…
Pub Food in Dumfries

Cavens Arms

Engaging staff, 10 real ales on tap and a warm, contented buzz make this a legendary Dumfries pub. Generous portions of typical pub nosh backed up by a long list of more adventurous daily specials make it one of the…
British in Gretna & Gretna Green

Smith's Restaurant

The restaurant in Smith's hotel offers a wide variety, from wedding buffets to bar snacks and upmarket à la carte mains. The bar can get boisterous with celebrating parties.
Cafe in Dumfries


This buzzy cafe in the centre of town doubles as a bookshop. It does tasty fair-trade coffee, has big windows for observing Dumfries life passing by and serves toothsome sweet things, breakfasts and filled rolls.
Pub Food in Newton Stewart

Galloway Arms Hotel

This historic high street pub is distinctive and cosy, and has a fireplace. It does a wide range of uncomplicated good grub, with a nice line in burgers – try the pork and apple one. Sandwiches are good value, and t…