Where to Eat in Pitlochry: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 13, 2018 Brandee Mangan

Highland Perthshire places some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery within easy reach of both Glasgow and Edinburgh, and Pitlochry is the most geared-up base from which to enjoy it. It’s been a bustling mountain resort since the railways arrived in 1863, and these days manages to be both a cozy favorite for tourists who enjoy browsing in its woolen mills and taking in the repertory of plays at its famous Festival Theatre, and a magnet for adrenalin junkies in search of bungee jumping, canyoning, tubing and white water rafting adventures. Visitors of any age will be intrigued by the Pictish carvings on the huge Dunfallandy stone at nearby Ballinluig and, after a bracing mountain walk or visit to the famous salmon ladder, adults can enjoy a warming dram of malt whiskey after a tour at one of the two local distilleries, Edradour and Blair Athol.
Things to do in Pitlochry

1. The Old Mill Inn

Mill Lane, Pitlochry PH16 5BH, Scotland Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Bar, European, British, Pub, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +44 1796 474020
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Old Mill Inn

The Old Mill Inn offers a menu to delight every palate. We pride ourselves on serving the best fresh local produce and our dishes have been created to offer a wide choice, incorporating everything from old favourites such as golden whole tail scampi & golden chips through to a smorgasbord of delectable salmon on our popular Tay salmon platter - all with the Old Mill Inn&apos;s own twist, of course! We also have a daily specials board to choose from.<br><br>The Old Mill restaurant is open each day from 8am for breakfast and we serve delicious meals between 12pm - 9pm daily. From November to April the kitchen may be closed between 3-5pm.<br><br>We offer indoor and outdoor Seating - if the weather is nice, there&apos;s nothing better than enjoying a cold drink on the decking watching the world go by to the sound of the mill wheel.<br><br>If you have any dietary requirements please inform staff on arrival.<br><br>We are delighted to offer free WiFi access* throughout the Bar & Bistro.

Reviewed By ClementPierart - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Stopped on the way back to Edinburgh for a coffee and some rest in the sun (Yes... the Scottish Sun was out)
Nice location with outdoor Seating close to the waterwheel but away from the main road.
Really pleasant.

2. Victoria's Restaurant

45 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX, Scotland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$110 - HK$549 +44 1796 472670
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Victoria's Restaurant

A long established favourite with visitors to Pitlochry, Victoria&apos;s Restaurant offers a friendly, taste-filled experience that will leave you wanting more... Located on Pitlochry&apos;s main street and near to car parking, Victoria&apos;s Restaurant is family owned and offers some of the best service in the area. Discover a stylish blend of daytime speciality coffee house merging seamlessly into a chic evening eatery. Open from 10am until late and serving mouth-watering food from brunch through to dinner, menus include a wide choice of dishes from patisserie and pasta to steak, seafood & fajitas. Free WiFi available for diners.

Reviewed By Ian D - Elgin, United Kingdom

Fantastic food. Service superb and with a party of 8 the whole evening was just great. Will be back and cannot fault Victoria’s.Dear Ian D, Thank you for your excellent 5 star review. We are delighted we could be part of the special birthday celebrations. Your comments on fantastic food & superb service are greatly appreciated by us all. With our best wishes, Team Victoria’s

3. Restaurant at Knockendarroch

Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry PH16 5HT, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards British, Scottish, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Dinner HK$463 - HK$463 +44 1796 473473
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 133 reviews

Restaurant at Knockendarroch

The Restaurant at Knockendarroch has been awarded 2 Rosettes by the AA. The restaurant is open to non-residents for dinner from 5:30pm - 8:30pm seven days a week. Our 3-course menu changes daily and is £42.00 Per person including canapes. To avoid disappointment, please be sure to make a reservation by calling the hotel. Our welcoming and luxurious 4 Star hotel offers contemporary country house style in a quiet elevated position in central Pitlochry. Most of our 14 bedrooms benefit from stunning panoramic views of Pitlochry and the surrounding hills of Highland Perthshire. Log fires help to make our luxury guest lounges wonderfully relaxing spaces to enjoy your pre-dinner drinks and canapes before taking dinner in our two AA rosette restaurant. At Knockendarroch we pride ourselves on excellent food, comfortable rooms, scenic views and friendly service. Free Wi-Fi througout.

Reviewed By RicherTrips - Monterrey, Mexico

This small hotel houses a top restaurant. We were complaining about the size of our room and bed until we tried the kitchen.
You feel treated as a house guest, because the appetizers are served in a separate living room with several lounges. From there, the guests are escorted to the dinning room in a staggered way, to avoid overloading the kitchen work. Then you choose from 4 options of the 3 courses and get petit fours with coffee or tea, back in the lounge.
Every day, the chef prepares a different menu.
The next morning, we had breakfast in the dinning room. I don´t know what the Scottish hens eat, but the eggs here are delicious, with a deep yellow, almost orange yolk. And the bacon, oh, the bacon! It´s actually a ham steak with a bacon rim.

4. Fern Cottage Restaurant

Fern Cottage Ferry Road | Fern Cottage, Pitlochry PH16 5DD, Scotland Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +44 1796 473840
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Fern Cottage Restaurant

Fern Cottage Restaurant in the heart of Pitlochry is a firm favourite, both for local residents and visitors to Highland Perthshire. We are located as close as you can get to the heart of this picturesque Victorian town. Fern Cottage Restaurant offers a warm Highland welcome, truly tasty food and personal service for every customer. Our menus have an emphasis on flavour, the freshness of Scotlands&apos; larder and a taste of the Mediterranean. There is now more than ever on offer with different menus at lunch and dinner times. Retaining much of the original ethos of using Scottish, seasonal ingredients to create dishes with a Mediterranean twist, our food is cooked to order and guarantees a treat for your taste-buds, whether a classic or a contemporary dish. Fern Cottage is now on winter hours. We will be open for lunches from 12noon with last orders at 2.15pm. We will re-open for pre-theatre or a la carte in the evening all using seasonal produce - we offer you something special every time. Head Chef Rifat Aycan has created the new menus using an exciting new range of dishes packed with flavour and all beautifully presented. Whether front of house or &apos;behind the kitchen door, every member of our team is dedicated to ensuring you enjoy your visit, spread the word and come back for more!

Reviewed By janerrussell - Dunfermline, United Kingdom

I was at Fern Cottage today for Mother's Day and this did not disappoint. We had a lovely meal at lunch time, great menu. Lighter lunches if you choose or a 2 course set menu. Beautifully fresh cooked food and fantastic service. Mediterranean style in a lovely place.

5. The Auld Smiddy Inn

154 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AG, Scotland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1796 472356
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 774 reviews

The Auld Smiddy Inn

Reviewed By janeymac - Gibraltar

Lovely restaurant- nice & cosy on a bitter February night. Waiting staff were attentive & helpful. Nicely varied menu.
We ordered homemade scotch eggs to start; highly recommended.
I had the pie of the day (puff pastry crust in a pie dish). Steak & ale. Cooked to perfection. Delicious.
OH had the lambs liver with black pudding mash and was delighted to be offered the choice of pink (obviously!) or well done.
We treated ourselves to dessert; sticky toffee pud with butterscotch sauce. Outstanding. We also had some lovely ice cream.
Wholeheartedly recommend the Auld Smiddy. Don’t hesitate to go.

6. East Haugh House Restaurant

East Haugh House Hotel, Pitlochry PH16 5TE, Scotland Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1796 473121
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

East Haugh House Restaurant

Dinner is served 7 days a week from 5.30pm - 9pm. Lunch is served Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 14:00

Reviewed By SteveL_Canterbury - Canterbury

Staying with friends in Dunkeld and decided to try the East Haugh. We last ate there in 1990 and it was one of the best in the area then.
We were not disappointed as the food and service was just perfect.
I had the best lamb I’d had for years. All dishes were freshly cooked and superb. The salted caramel cheesecake was devine.

7. Logierait Inn

Logierait | Ballinluig, Pitlochry PH9 0LJ, Scotland Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch HK$165 - HK$275 +44 1796 482423
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 707 reviews

Logierait Inn

We are open for evening meals Friday from 5pm till 8pm (building shuts at 10pm), Saturday from 5pm till 8pm (building shuts at 10pm) Sunday all day from 12.30pm till 8.00pm (building shuts at 10pm) We do NOT have a public bar and only serve alcoholic drinks with full meals.

Reviewed By Theroaringfork - Scone, United Kingdom

Have Sunday dinner at this lovely restaurant. Very good and varied menu, something for all. All meals were served promptly and were very well presented, very good portions and all very tasty. The service team were really pleasant and attentive and met all our requirements with a smile. The interior of the restaurant is really nice and welcoming and is very comfortable. Will definitely return when in the area.

8. Hettie's Tearoom

93-95 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AB, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 1796 473991
Excellent
53%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Hettie's Tearoom

A quirky wee Tearoom, serving great Food, Teas, Coffees, Cold Drinks and Awesome Cakes! A Happy Experience in today&apos;s crazy world!

Reviewed By Finlay09 - Macduff, United Kingdom

Arrived with my wife and 7 month old looking for lunch and boy did we have a treat. Staff were great with our daughter, gave us a good table with space around to keep the pram out of the way and a high chair that is suitable for young ones. Both my wife and I had soup and cake combo, with me having a vanilla milk shake too, while she was the adult and had tea. The staff gave us some soup for our girl to have, which she did try, but it was a little peppery than we would have gave her normally, but she tried it. The cake was amazing, i recommend the lemon drizzle.. you can't go without having some.
On the whole, it's a good place with baby change facilities too. Probably the best coffee shop in pitlochery.

9. The Plaice to Be

Unit 4 8 West Moulin Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AD, Scotland Takeout Fast Food, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1796 473737
Excellent
69%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 361 reviews

The Plaice to Be

Reviewed By Blondemagnet - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Been here the last 2 nights during our short stay. Food absolutely excellent. Very friendly service, seem to do a lot of fundraising for the local community. We’ve tried their black pudding suppers and their fish suppers. Definitely on the larger portion size, would go back not a problem. One of the best chippies I’ve had.

10. Cargills Clubhouse

Golf Course Road, Pitlochry PH16 5QY, Scotland Takeout, Validated Parking, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Dining Bar, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$110 - HK$243 +44 1796 472334
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Cargills Clubhouse

Cargill&apos;s Clubhouse offers something for everybody. You don&apos;t have to be a golfer to love The Clubhouse! Socialise over drinks on the decking or relax over a long lunch or leisurely evening meal. Enjoy a great beer, traditional homemade fresh food and first class service in our relaxed and comfortable settings, with some of the best views in the highlands. new to this years clubhouse we are also doing pie nights on a Wednesday night, an extensive fish Friday menu, a Saturday sizzler menu from 5pm and traditional Sunday roast dinner served from 12-4pm and we know have BT sport afternoon teas are also available but bookings must be made for this.

Reviewed By Rabit_11 - London, United Kingdom

This Restaurant recommended my friend and I wasn't disappointed..
Fantastic food,good selection of beer and soft drinks for children with activity boxes ..
Another fantastic thing, there are dog friendly...
Also staff No.1 (thank you Ryan for making our night:) )
We will be 150% back and I will be recommending this to my friends s well.
Thank You

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