Best eats in Stirling
Stirling may be known for its history, beautiful landscapes and Gothic streets, but it is also a city that boasts some seriously good food. Whether you’re on a flying visit, spending a long weekend or using the area as a stop gap to the Highlands, there’s no end of treats for every palate.
For those on the hunt for amazing pizzas, sumptuous meat platters and incredible pasta dishes, you can’t get better than L’Angolino in Doune. This intimate little bistro serves genuine home-made Italian food with incredible flavours and a brilliant wine list to boot. Drop in for a quick lunch of Orkney crab linguine or settle into a relaxing evening over spring lamb skewers and a cherry and ricotta tart.
If you’re looking for a modern take on Scottish cuisine, check out the food at The Gallery Restaurant on Stirling University campus. Not only does it boast incredible views of the Wallace Monument, its kitchen is creating simple but creative dishes with a Scottish twist. And they’re not afraid to use Scottish spirits in their desserts. With over 150 positive reviews it is definitely Stirling’s favourite fine-dining destination.
If cafes are more your style then you can’t get better than The Smithy in Stirling city centre. Just a stone’s throw from the castle, this cafe is cosier than your nan’s sitting room. Their cakes have been described as “to die for” and their lunch menu ranges from poached eggs and haggis to savoury tarts, fish and chips and the best sandwiches in town. What’s more, their fireplace is the perfect place to spend a chilly afternoon with a single malt whisky or three.
For a little family-friendly decadence during your visit to Stirling you really must spend an hour at the Bluebell Tea Room. Forgetting for a moment their enormous range of teas and delicious roasted coffee, their food offerings include American style pancakes, classic Ploughman’s lunches and a gorgeous afternoon tea service. They also offer an impressive gluten-free selection of sweet treats – definitely worth the very short walk out of the city centre.
And finally, when it comes to pub grub there’s really only one place to go – The Gargunnock Inn located on the main street of Gargunnock. They will tick off all your pub favourites like steak pies, scampi and chips and juicy burgers while treating you to venison haunch and whole sea bass. They have a beautiful outdoor seating area for those sunny Stirling days, dogs are always welcome and their real ale selection is nothing to be sniffed at. An absolute must for pub enthusiasts everywhere.