Scotland, United Kingdom Food Guide: 10 Scottish food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Nairn

June 30, 2020 Nobuko Falco

Find out what Scottish restaurants to try in Nairn. Thanks to its unique micro-climate, Nairn gets more hours of sunshine and less rainfall than other towns just a few miles away. Thankfully, this combination of abundant sun and no rain provide the perfect weather conditions for golf, as Nairn boasts two 18-hole championship courses. (And if you have time on your hands, there are 30 more courses within 60 miles.) Don't miss the town's jazz and film festivals, the latter of which was started by Nairn resident and actress Tilda Swinton (you'd know her if you saw her).
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10. Jackos bar diner

44 Harbour Street, Nairn IV12 4NU Scotland Bar, British, Pub, Scottish Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +44 1667 455422 http://www.facebook.com/Jackos-Bar-288193154856327/
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4 based on 167 reviews

Jackos bar diner

Welcome to Jackos The team and I, have worked hard since taking over in April 2018 to provide a friendly, relaxing bar and diner. We cater for all the family with a full and varied menu for all including a kids menu. Gluten free, vegetarian and nutritiona

Reviewed By keithpicken

Jacko's became our local while on our 2 week holiday's. The staff were all very friendly & welcoming & the owner Jason was always onhand with local information about Nairn & promoted other restaurants to visit, which was very helpful. The food in Jacko's is very tasty & very reasonably priced, which is why on some nights it gets quite busy. There is a good selection of ales & lagers on tap as well as the gins & malt whiskey. Jacko's is a great place for all, including your dogs.Thanks for your review and also for your custom, hopefully see you again.

9. The Havelock

Crescent Road, Nairn IV12 4NB Scotland Bar, Scottish, Healthy, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Dog Friendly [email protected]co.uk +44 1667 455500 http://www.havelocknairn.co.uk/
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4 based on 202 reviews

The Havelock

The Havelock restaurant has a warm and welcoming feel. The restaurant serves a la carte British dishes cooked to order using local seasonal produce. The addition of quality bar food - pizza baked in our stone based pizza oven, burgers, fajitas and steak s

Reviewed By Meridee C

We arrived in Nairn late in the evening, exhausted and hungry. Our hosts suggested the restaurant across the street. We were pleasantly surprised to discover the food was great and the service quick. We ended up eating there two nights! We had one of their hamburgers and fish and chips. The food was definitely Scottish and much to our liking!Thank you for your kind remarks. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

8. Cawdor Tavern

Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5XP Scotland Bar, British, Pub, Scottish Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +44 1667 404777 http://www.cawdortavern.co.uk
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4 based on 547 reviews

Cawdor Tavern

Traditional country pub and restaurant serving modern Scottish food with flair. Situated in the beautiful conservation village of Cawdor, close to the famous Cawdor Castle, Cawdor Tavern offers a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to enjoy a simple bowl of

Reviewed By toms428

We visited a couple of times during our recent holiday in August. An attractive and historic inn in a picturesque village, Menu was varied and specials were available each day to add to the choice.Food arrived well presented, well cooked and pleasantly served.Not a cheap inn for a family of 5 or 6, be prepared to spend around 15 pounds or more for a main course. Booking is essential in the Summer. Given the above, we would recommend this inn for an evening meal.

7. Boath House

Auldearn Nairn Auldearn, Nairn IV12 5TE Scotland British, Scottish, European Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi [email protected] +44 1667 454896 http://www.boath-house.com/
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4 based on 228 reviews

Boath House

Using quality locally sourced ingredients, some of which are grown in our own gardens, we provide a three or six course set menu. Michelin Star and 4 AA Rosettes. Dress code is casual smart and often ties are worn by staff only.

Reviewed By TighN1

Just had a lovely Sunday lunch; pink roast lamb, crispy roast potatoes, perfectly cooked green beans, cracking gravy & delicious mint jelly. All washed down with the best Rioja I've ever tasted.Sadly, last Sunday's lunch was very different at the Kale Yard. We arrived at the muddy car park. Navigated our way down the slippery, long grass festooned path to the restaurant. Found the door in, which was not the one indicated, and were greeted by a wall of head from the open kitchen. Ushered to a table beside said kitchen, which we declined. Were told that the previous chef, Stephano, had departed for home in Italy and they had a new chef 'trained by Gordon Ramsay'. What followed would have disappointed at Harry Ramsdens, never mind the 3 star in Chelsea. Sat for a while before we figured out that we should order from the menu on the wall (pictured). Noted that Bread was £2.50 extra - a pretty mean touch.Ordered as starters the "Halloumi Cheese Bites & Chilli Yoghurt" and the "Brie Crostini & Red Onion Marmalade'. Not liking chilli, I asked if I could have the yoghurt without the chilli. No this wasn't possible.Halloumi was very oily (and please don't tell me its always like this. We eat regularly at Eden Court, Inverness - tasty and unpretentious - where there's not a drop of extra grease) and the Brie Crostini was a disgrace - cheese on toast with far too much very sweet onion marmalade. All on a wobbly platter.For the main courses, we ordered Hake and Risotto. The hake was palatable, though devoid of broccoli. The "Beau Blanc" was in fact beurre blanc. The "Risotto" was not rice but the pasta Orzo. Extremey oily and, it turned out, indigestible.2 glasses of wine and the bill came to ~£50. Incidentally, another couple came in after us and were show to the same declined over warm table. They too asked for a different table. The problem is that with the kitchen in such close proximity to the diners, the french windows need to be open on anything but a cold day. They've sacrificed customer comfort for an extra table at these doors.Also, the walled garden used to be nice and interesting, but now needs a lot of TLC, the weeds beginning to get the better of everything else.All in all, 2 pretty dissatisfied customers who won't be back.

6. Househill Coffee Shop

Grantown Road, Nairn IV12 5RY Scotland British, Scottish, Cafe, Soups Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards +44 1667 451065
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4 based on 156 reviews

Househill Coffee Shop

We are a table service coffee shop that also has a extensive breakfast menu, lunch menu till four and fresh in house baking through out the day. We are licensed to sell alcohol and pride ourselves on our coffee. Our opening hours are 9:30am till 5pm daily

Reviewed By SAB5859

Stopped here lunch on the way to Inverness.We both had the same: Americano coffee and Mediterranean Vegetable Quiche served with salad, chips & coleslaw. Everything we had was just amazing the quiche was so tasty, homemade coleslaw and lovely hot chips - the coffee was good too.The restaurant and the toilets were very clean.The service was very good and efficient by pleasant staff.At £6.50 for the main course I thought it was really good value for money.There is seating outside and inside.

5. Bandstand Restaurant

Crescent Road Braeval Hotel, Nairn IV12 4NB Scotland Bar, European, British, Scottish, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +44 1667 452341 http://www.braevalhotel.co.uk
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4 based on 855 reviews

Bandstand Restaurant

The Bandstand Restaurant is a charming restaurant overlooking Nairn beach. The glass fronted restaurant has stunning sea views. Dishes are freshly prepared from locally sourced produce. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Sunday Carvery lunch is very popul

Reviewed By RogerB2506

Seven of us stopped in for dinner, walked through the bar area and were seated in the restaurant area with a view of the water. Mussels, burgers, haddock were very good and the wine and beer made for a good evening. Would eat here again.

4. Basil Harbour Cafe

134-136 Harbour Street, Nairn IV12 4PH Scotland Cafe, British, Scottish Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB [email protected] +44 1667 454774 http://www.facebook.com/awesomenairn/
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4 based on 358 reviews

Basil Harbour Cafe

Reviewed By 885gmc

Only had takeout ice creams, but flavours were good and the ice cream creamy. Breakfasts looked good and managed to use two chairs outside to eat as the ice cream was melting so fast. Small and compact inside and three tables outside. Would definitely go again for a meal.

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3. The Classroom

1 Cawdor Street, Nairn IV12 4QD Scotland European, British, Scottish Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +44 1667 455999 http://www.theclassroombistro.com
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4 based on 1333 reviews

The Classroom

Reviewed By RioVistaMomma

We had such good food and great service that we ate here three times in three days. The cocktails are wonderful, too. The first two visits were as a couple, no reservation. The third time was with a large group (14) - with a reservation. The service was just as good whether there was just the two of us or the group.We're delighted that all three of your visits to the Classroom were such a success! So much so that we expect you'll be back next time just to visit us!! Thanks for taking the time to post such a great review.

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2. Sun Dancer

Sun Dancer Harbour Street, Nairn IV12 4PH Scotland Steakhouse, Seafood, British, Scottish, Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table [email protected] +44 1667 370037 http://www.sun-dancer.co.uk
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4 based on 785 reviews

Sun Dancer

The SunDancer consists of a top storey restaurant with breath taking views and a lower level cafe with tasty treats.

Reviewed By inglenook10

My wife and I called in by the Sun Dancer, Nairn on our way home from Inverness. The restaurant is situated on the beach immediately next to the harbour. The restaurant is on the first floor with views over the area with a cafe on the ground floor. The staff were welcoming, showing us to a table and giving us the menus. The food choice was excellent and when it was served was very very good. The only downside of this restaurant and the reason why I cannot give it a higher rating is that the service is very slow- 2 hours to serve 2 courses is too long. The serving staff were very good and it may be a problem with the kitchen keeping up as the restaurant is a popular placeHiMany thanks for taking the time to review the Sun Dancer and we are glad that you enjoyed your time with us. We take on board what you have said about the service time and appreciate your feedback. Not an excuse - but due to the holidays we have been very busy and this is something we will address in future.Kind regards, Claire

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1. One One Two

112 High Street, Nairn IV12 4DE Scotland Wine Bar, European, British, Contemporary, Scottish Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi [email protected] +44 1667 457135 http://www.facebook.com/ONE-ONE-TWO-On-the-Brae-280611448941081/
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5 based on 160 reviews

One One Two

Café, Bar, Kitchen and Wine Shop. Serving Contempary Scottish Cuisine. Specialising in a Sharing Style (or Not!!) Dining. Over 250 Wines to choose from, all available to take away or to drink in at an added £5.00 Corkage fee.

Reviewed By davidmO6209UF

Up staying with my brother in law and his wife outside Inverness, my wife and I finally managed to go and visit our friend and my ex work colleague, Cathy who runs this amazing cafe/bistro in Nairn with one of her daughters and her son in law (chef)The place was packed and yet the service was friendly and controlled.We enjoyed Orkney Gins with fever tree tonic to start and my brother in law had a local beer that he really enjoyed.Three had fish - one hake, one sea bass and one scallops all delicious.I had Speyside Goat Massamun Curry - superb! Really tender and something I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.I had a lovely Romanian Pinot Noir that worked very well with the curry.3 desserts and 4 spoons later, we left a still full restaurant and I look forward to returning.

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