If you want fine dining in Scotland, then Restaurant Andrew Fairlie is what you are looking for. Andrew was awarded the first Roux Scholarship and after working in kitchens in Paris returned to Scotland in 2001 and established his restaurant inside The Gleneagles Hotel.
In 2006 Andrew Fairlie was awarded his second michelin star, one of only a handful of two Michelin star restaurants in the UK. It is widely accepted as the best restaurant in Scotland.
Gleneagles is an hour’s drive from Edinburgh. If you’re planning to dine at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie then it’s well worth making a night of it as we did (booking is essential for Restaurant Andrew Fairlie), the spa and facilities are worth the extra.
We sat down to dinner at 7pm after a cocktail in the bar.
A series of amuse bouches started arriving.
Haggis bon bon with a homemade brown sauce. The national Scottish dish never tasted so good, and the brown sauce was the perfect sweet and spicy accompaniment.
Pea soup with tomato and goats curd. My favourite of the amuse bouches.
Foie gras with wild strawberries. This was served with miniature brioche slices and breadcrumbed foie gras.
I requested to switch a fish dish for the secret garden vegetables with tomato fondue. Andrew has a kitchen garden at Gleneagles where a lot of the vegetable produce is sourced from.
Wild mushroom and truffle ravioli with potato velouté. One of my favourite dishes, I wish I was able to make a whole bowl of this at home on a rainy day.
Home smoked Scottish lobster with warm lime and herb butter. I’m not usually a big seafood fan but this was delicious, and a real highlight of the meal.
Lamb with nasturtium garnish. Tender lamb and more vegetables from that fantastic kitchen garden.
Whipped crowdie with blossom honey and raspberries. Crowdie is a Scottish cream cheese, and I have to admit this was my first taste. We both loved it, a nice twist on a cheese course.
We visited Restaurant Andrew Fairlie in the height of summer so dessert was a plate of wonderful strawberry things.
Finally, coffee and petit fours.
Four hours of world class dining that I highly recommend. If you are a food lover visiting Edinburgh this experience is not to be missed.
On offer are an A La Carte and Degustation menu. The Degustation menu is best value. We counted 14 courses in all and some of the finest Scottish produce, we felt that despite the high price it was great value and well worth the experience.
Restaurant Andrew Fairlie Website
Price: Dinner, cocktails and service £330
Bestinburgh: Best Tasting Menu