Glamis is only about 30 minutes from the coastline, so wherever you chose to eat, make sure you make the most of the local seafood on offer, likewise meat lovers will be delighted to find Aberdeen Angus steaks on pretty much every menu in every eatery in this part of Scotland.
If you’re planning on making a few cocktails during your weekend away then pay a visit to Ogilvy Farm and pick up a bottle of their Scottish potato vodka. You can also book a tour and tasting. They also sell artisan cocktail mixes, simply mix with vodka and serve, what could be easier?
If vodka isn’t your tipple, then Glamis also has a gin maker as well! The Gin Bothy sells several types of gin as well as a selection of gin liquors.
Enjoy a G&T but want to feel good about it? Then head to the Persie Distillery, just over 30 mins drive from Glamis, the distillery has teamed up with PADS (Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society) £1.00 from every bottle of their Labrador, spaniel or Dachshund gin goes to the charity.
Forfar is a short drive from Glamis, The Drovers Inn Bar and Restaurant offers an a la carte menu, light dish menu, bar menu and also a vegan menu.
Sinclairs Kitchen, also in Forfar, offers a bar menu and a la carte menu as well great Sunday roasts.
If you’re heading for a day along the coast, then stop off at Smithies cafe, deli and gin emporium. They have over 220 gins as well as 40 different cheeses. Not open on a Sunday.
16 Keptie St, Arboath, DD1 1RG
If you want to sample some innovative dishes made with the famous Arboroath Smokie then head to The Old Boatyard, they even make an Albroath Smokie Ice Cream!
Golf lovers may want to venture to Carnoustie, just a 30 minute drive from Glamis and famous for it’s golf course, home to the Open Championship since 1931. The Rookery Restaurant is well worth a visit if you want something a little bit special, not only for the fabulous food but the view over the golf course to the sea. Dishes on the dinner menu include Scottish favourites with a twist such as Haggis with pork belly and apple sauce, served on a crumpet or crispy squid with a Vietnamese dressing to start or Sea Bream with noodles, Pak Choi, Chillies, Coriander and Sesame Seeds or a more traditional Scottish Lamb Canon for main course.
Run by Yorkshire-born chef Stephen Collinson, Collinsons Restaurant is located just outside Dundee in Broughty Ferry. Using locally sourced ingredients, their restaurant has a set lunch and dinner menu. Expect to find dishes such as Seared Scottish scallops – butternut squash & ginger puree – balsamic & hazelnut oil dressing or Pan-fried fillet of beef – polenta & parmesan crouton – salsa verde – roast baby tomatoes – French beans – Madeira sauce.
For wine lovers a visit to The Wine Press Bar is a must. As well as wines by the glass and bottle they also have an enomatic wine machine. This allows you to try samples of various wines before you take the leap and buy a bottle. They also have a cocktail list and a food menu, which offers small plates including patron peppers, Spanish omelettes and meat and cheese boards, perfect if you don’t want a 3 course dinner. There is also outdoor seating for the summer months.
If you’ll looking for some great vegan comfort food then head over to The Underdog, 21 – 23 Old, Dundee DD1 5EU and try their vegan Haggis Bon Bons with mango & coriander chutney or gram a vegan ice cream.
If you’re looking for a really good place for brunch then head to Pacamara Food and Drink Here you’ll find traditional brunch dishes with a twist, such as Wild Garlic Pesto Eggs and Asparagus on Sourdough with Smoked Bacon and Avocado or if you’ve got a sweet tooth why not try the Roasted Strawberry French Toast with White Chocolate Mascarpone and Basil.
“Arrive as a guest, leave as a friend” is the tagline on the website for Brasserie Ecosse and with menu items such as Spring Garden Salad, Truffle Bean Puree, Malt Crumb
or Pan Cooked Sea Trout, Crushed Edamame, Sorrel, Pea Velouté we wish we had more friends like these! As well as a range of steaks they also include some interesting vegetarian options such as Courgette, Petit Pois, Haricot Blanc & Celeriac Lasagne, Salsa Verde or Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli, Walnut & Truffle Pistou so there is something for everyone on the menu. There instagram page highlights a great and innovative cocktail menu.
If you’ll looking for somewhere a bit hip and trendy then head to Daisy Taskers they have an all day menu offering breakfast through to afternoon tea and the A La Carte includes hand cut pasta dishes, steaks as well as Scottish favourites, Balmoral Chicken.
If you’ll looking for some great local produce to take back and enjoy one evening then The Cheesery is worth a visit, with over 40 cheese to chose from, as well as great selection of olives and other deli staples.