Scotland's Best Farm Cafés and Restaurants
From cosy cafés and havens of home baking, to stunning restaurants, this is some of the best in farm to fork dining. A chance to taste sensational food from the fields nearby, home baking fresh from the farm house kitchen and support sustainable, local dining.
Please note some of these cafés and restaurants have seasonal opening hours so please check before you visit.
Castleton Farm Shop, Aberdeenshire
Ross and Anna Mitchell’s farm is between Dundee and Aberdeen: and this is berry country. Fields of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries abound but there is also an orchard of cherry trees - one of the most northerly in the country.
The farm shop and café showcases a range of local delicacies alongside the farm fruits, and the menu features hearty family meals with berries a stand out in the baking and puddings. There’s plenty seating indoors and outdoors and a play park to keep younger visitors entertained.
Finzean Estate, Aberdeenshire
These beautifully repurposed farm steadings near Banchory are now a showcase of local food and drink. And with plenty walking and cycling routes around the estate, there’s no excuse not to build up an appetite. The restaurant’s menu features unmissable meat and fish platters alongside sandwiches, salads and home baking - all served up with magical views across the Feugh Valley. Beef and venison from the estate are particular specialities.
Peel Farm, Angus
Situated in the enchanting Angus Glens, this pioneering farm coffee shop opened more than 30 years ago and continues to serve popular café dishes with as few food miles as possible. Alongside a menu that includes everything from breakfasts, seasonal soups and home baking, there’s an afternoon tea option. The farm shop features crafts alongside beef and lamb from the farm, and cottages and glamping pods are available to stay. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the nature trail along the River Isla.
Drift, East Lothian
Just a short walk or cycle ride from North Berwick, this café is made from recycled shipping containers and has heart-stopping views over the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock. With an all day menu, there’s an emphasis on East Lothian produce with breakfasts, brunches, great coffee and home baking, their speciality. Takeaway is available or you can relax at the outdoor seating and take in those remarkable views.
Cairnie Fruit Farm and Mega Maze, Fife
This Fife berry farm has long been a destination for families who come to let off steam in the outdoor Funyard or find their way around the seasonal maze. Alongside the pick your own in the summer months (currants, berries and cherries), there’s a farm shop selling gifts and local food and a bustling café. There’s a good range of family favourites here including lunch box options, daily specials and an outstanding selection of home baking with infamous strawberry tarts! Indoor and outdoor seating and tepees ensure this is a day out for all weathers.
The Heron Farm Shop and Kitchen, Lanarkshire
Good provenance, seasonality and freshness are the driving forces behind this captivating farm shop and café set on a 122-acre sheep farm. With an emphasis on produce from Lanarkshire and Ayrshire, the café serves breakfast, lunch and everything in between with a core seasonal menu and home-cooked specials. In addition to the oak-framed indoor area with views over the farm’s fields, there’s a covered outdoor seating area.
Comrie Croft, Perthshire
This sustainable café and shop is a favourite amongst cyclists with its own mountain bike tracks and bike repair and shop. There are loads of accommodation choices from eco-camping and kata tents to cottages and steadings with enchanting woodland areas to explore. The Tea Garden is open seasonally and features cakes, salads, soups, pies and plenty of free-from options, with vegetables and salads grown on the croft.
Errichel House and Cottages & Thyme Restaurant, Perthshire
With enchanting views towards Aberfeldy, Errichel is home to a series of cottages and a stunning restaurant with rooms. The menu showcases the meat and eggs produced on the farm and uses chef-owner, Paul Newman’s culinary experience from across the world to infuse international flavours in dishes likes venison tagine or African street food-inspired Perthshire Lamb, Tomato and Onion Curry. There’s also the option to buy produce direct from a small retail area by the entrance.
Loch Leven's Larder, Perthshire
This well-stocked and award-winning farm shop overlooks Loch Leven, with its popular walks and cycle routes. The Larder Café and Greenhouse Café offer a great range of dishes, particularly those that make use of the vegetables grown in the surrounding fields alongside mouth watering home baking. There’s a spacious indoor area, outdoor seating and even a small adventure playground. “The Pier” offers delicious takeaway food further round Loch Leven.
Craigies Farm, West Lothian
Just a short drive from Edinburgh, this farm shop is a popular escape from the city, offering sensational views towards the Firth of Forth and carefully sourced produce. You can Pick Your Own fruit and vegetables in the summer and autumn and there’s a specialist butchery counter too, featuring a range of local beef, lamb, pork and game. The café has a children’s play area and serves up a full menu from breakfast rolls, warming stovies and delicious burgers, to homemade soups and paninis.
Beinn An Tuirc Distillery Cafe, Argyll
Visit the beautiful distillery cafe at Beinn An Tuirc for delicious coffee, cakes, light lunches or something slightly stronger. The menu is simple but delicious – homemade soups, quiches, tasty sandwiches and amazing home baking for after.
There is plenty of outside space for sunny days and the cafe is licensed so you can enjoy your G&T with a view. The cafe caters for a range of dietary needs including a gluten free baking option. Dogs are welcome on the terrace or picnic bench area but not inside the cafe.
Isle of Mull Cheese, Tobermory
You can buy Isle of Mull Cheese online but during a trip to the island, you can sample some in the farms, Glass Barn Café and Shop, along with Island pork from the farm's pigs, home made jams and preserves and Island Bakery biscuits.
The beautiful Glass Barn is a recycled village hall from nearby Salen. The family at Sgriob-Ruadh Farm added wooden frames and plants 26 years ago, operating a cafe on and off for many years. Now they open more regularly in the summer months when the island is busier with tourists.
The family bakes all of their own cakes in the Glass Barn.
Gloagburn Coffee and Farm Shop, Perth
Gloagburn Coffee Shop is proud to make all dishes and desserts by hand onsite using the best local and seasonal ingredients. Not only that, all items on the Gloagburn’s extensive coffee shop menu can be altered to suit for allergies, children’s portions or dietary requirements.
The back bone of the shop centres around produce from the farm and kitchen: traditionally raised beef and pork, free range eggs, oatmeal, and homemade savouries, sweets and preserves. They also stock world renowned wild venison, organic lamb and chicken, Scottish beer and gin, stunning wine, smoked meats, natural yoghurts and divine puddings to name but a few.
Balgove Larder, Fife
Balgove Larder was conceived from a vision for real, honest, food from the land (and sea) around Strathtyrum Farm, Fife. The emphasis is truly on excellent quality and local, and what can’t be found in the Kingdom is sourced from Dundee and the rest of Scotland.
Housed in a beautifully converted farm building, Balgove Larder boasts an onsite butchery, florist, Steak Barn, gorgeous gift shop, takeaway pizzeria and of course the café, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or drinks.
Dalmore Farm Shop, Alness
Join the Wilson family on Dalmore Farm, where they have farmed for over 80 years, just off the A9 and North Coast 500 route and within walking distance of the Cromarty Firth. Enjoy home cooked food, delicious cakes and a speciality Dalmore roast coffee in the restaurant. The outdoor picnic benches are the perfect spot to savour the views over the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle. You’ll also find lots of local produce to take home from the farm shop, including eggs and pork from the farm. Kids will love the playpark and animal farm. It’s a great day out with family and friends.
Greenhall Country Cafe, Lanarkshire
Greenhall Country Cafe serves freshly prepared food straight from the family farm near Blantyre, including burgers, soup, toasties, main meals and more, using high quality local farm produce including Scottish Wagyu, Aberdeen Angus Beef and Scotch lamb.
Booking is recommended for this gem, winner of the Scottish SME Business Awards 2022, Family Run Business of the Year.