Inver Restaurant & Rooms
Sitting on the banks of Loch Fyne, INVER in Strachur, Argyll and Bute was built in a former crofter’s cottage, offering a “contemporary and progressive take on traditional Scottish food”. Taken over by chef Pamela Brunton and her husband in 2015, the cosy space utilises the best of the local larder, including wild and locally farmed ingredients, to create new takes on historic Scottish dishes. Though not currently a Michelin star holder, INVER was awarded a Michelin Green Star, which recognises sustainability efforts in the gastronomic arts.
Moving down to Edinburgh, Ondine was last year’s winner of Best Restaurant in Scotland, as well as in 2018 and 2019. The flagship restaurant for chef Roy Brett, its Old Town location is an institution in the city. It has expanded its menu to balance its meatier fare with the fishing history of the capital, and sits at number 84 on the list for its celebration of seafood.
The Little Chartroom
Coming in at number 90 on the list is The Little Chartroom, a jewel of a French bistro that intertwines a little Edinburgh magic in its dishes. Featured in the Michelin Guide, this cosy Leith spot, which only has 18 covers, is manned by a team of experienced chefs, including Roberta Hall-McCarron, who cut her teeth at the Michelin-starred The Kitchin. The menus are simple, but the tasting experience is anything but.
In the 92nd spot is Aizle, the fine-dining home of chef Stuart Ralston. Taking its name from the Gaelic meaning ‘burning coal’, this restaurant is perhaps one of a handful that can proudly say everything on the menu – from the hand-churned butter to the kombucha in the cocktails – is made in-house. Based in the stunning Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Aizle’s menu of seasonal dishes shouldn’t be missed.
Last, but by no means least, is The Palmerston, sneaking in at number 97 on the list. Taking the vibe of a Parisian bistro and transplanting it to the West End, this restaurant was built inside a former Royal Bank of Scotland branch and feels like a classical, fine dining room. The air is thick with a French influence, from the wallet-friendly prices to the mountains of butter poured into each delicious dish. The menu also changes daily, so fans can expect something different with each visit.