Southern Scotland restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Troon

MacCallum's

Right at the end of the harbour road, where yachts have given way to fishing boats, this set-up has two parts, both worthwhile. The Oyster Bar offers excellent fresh seafood in a smart, uncluttered setting. Next doo…
Top Choice Bistro in Peebles

Coltman's

This main-street deli has numerous temptations, such as excellent cheeses and Italian smallgoods, as well as perhaps Scotland's tastiest sausage roll. Behind the shop, the good-looking dining area serves up confiden…
Top Choice Bistro in Kelso

Cobbles

This inn off the main square is so popular you will need to book a table at weekends. It's cheery, very welcoming and warm, and serves excellent upmarket pub food in generous portions. Pick and mix from bar menu, st…
Top Choice Italian in Lanark & New Lanark

La Vigna

This long-established local favourite is a great spot, seemingly plucked from some bygone age with its quietly efficient service and classy, welcoming ambience. The food is distinctly Italian, albeit using Scottish …
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

Designs

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 …
Top Choice Bistro in Hawick

Night Safe Bistro

Lively and attractive, this High St coffee stop and restaurant occupies the ground level of a handsome bank building. Morning coffees and light lunches give way to sturdier dinner mains based around well-sourced duc…
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 by a long list of more adventurous daily specials make it one of the to…
Seafood in Portpatrick

Campbell's

Fresh local seafood is the stock-in-trade of this unpretentious local favourite. With Melba toast, prawn cocktails and curious cutlery, it's got a retro vibe, and the old-fashioned portion sizes are impressive, too.…
Scottish in Jedburgh

Capon Tree

Attractively combining smart and casual, this welcoming bistro and bar does modern Scottish cuisine. Plates are beautifully, though not fussily, presented and ingredients are of high quality. The overall package is …