Where to Eat in Stranraer: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 5, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Stranraer (UK: /strænˈrɑːr/ stran-RAR; Scottish Gaelic: An t-Sròn Reamhar, pronounced [ən̪ˠ t̪ʰɾɔːn ɾãũ.əɾ]) is a town in Inch, Dumfries and Galloway, southwest Scotland. It lies on the shores of Loch Ryan, on the northern side of the isthmus joining the Rhins of Galloway to the mainland. Stranraer is Dumfries and Galloway's second-largest town, with a population including the surrounding area of nearly 13,000.
Things to do in Stranraer

1. Sun Kai

13 Queen Street, Stranraer DG9 7LQ, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Full Bar Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +44 1776 703196
Excellent
60%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

Sun Kai

Reviewed By Judyh26 - East Maitland, Australia

Friendly staff, reasonable prices and specials available also vegetarian options. Meal served promptly but not rushed. Food kept hot on warmers. Dishes very tasty and reasonable serves. We had the three course £12.50 special. It had plenty of choices available.

2. Alexandra Coffee Shop

62 George Street | Stranraer, Stranraer DG9 7JS, Scotland Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Scottish, Soups Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$8 +44 1776 705252
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Alexandra Coffee Shop

Reviewed By Sanjay G - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

We visited this small coffee shop during the start of December and were very happy with the service and food.
The waitresses were very friendly and knowledgable and ensured our visit was good.
The food options were varied and they had a few vegetarian dishes which we opted for.
I chose the Minestrone soup with bread rolls and was very happy with the taste.
Overall we would most likely be visiting this place again in the future.

3. Regency Dining Room at the North West Castle Hotel

North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer DG9 8EH, Scotland Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards British, Scottish Breakfast, Dinner HK$8 +44 1776 704413
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Regency Dining Room at the North West Castle Hotel

The Regency Dining Room at North West Castle offers a 3 course dinner menu which changes daily. In addition to this there is our a la carte menu offering lighter bites. During the winter months our Alpine Restaurant with viewing over the curling rink is open daily for lunches and dinner.

Reviewed By emmathfc - Herne Bay, United Kingdom

Came here for a Mothers day surprise afternoon tea hoping to be sat overlooking the sea, however we were shoved in a back room which looked like an old fashioned pub in desperate need of a face-lift. When making the booking I stated we were both vegetarian, however this message clearly didnt get passed to the kitchen staff as when we reminded the Waitress on arrival, you could tell she had no idea. Although not expecting loads of choice, it was quite disappointing and unimaginative when we just had a plate full of cheese and egg sandwiches.
The cakes were nice but didnt taste home made.
Very basic. Wouldnt come back again.

4. Hong Kong City Restaurant

46 Hanover Street, Stranraer DG9 7RP, Scotland Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner
Excellent
56%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Hong Kong City Restaurant

Reviewed By spodski - Chesterfield, United Kingdom

Restaurant was empty but very busy with take away trade. Meals were hot and nicely presented. Beef in black bean was tasty, sweet and sour chicken balls obviously freshly cooked. The sweet and sour sauce came in a very small dish and was insufficient for the meal so I asked for more. We were provided with a small sauce boat of additional sauce. When the bill arrived we had been charged an additional £2 for the sauce. We have recently moved to the area and investigating local restaurants. There are several Chinese restaurants in the area so we willl see how they compare with this one. They also charge taxi fares for Delivery!

5. Dnisi

62-64 Charlotte Street, Stranraer DG9 7EF, Scotland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations Cafe, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$86 +44 1776 702123
Excellent
47%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
9%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

Dnisi

Reviewed By TartanPimpernel2014 - Scotland, United Kingdom

Welcomed by smiling staff and aroma of coffee. Clean tidy decor warm and inviting. Too warm for our liking so we opted to sit outside.
Ordered fruit scone and cheese scone coffee and tea. Paid and settled outside.
We got our scones and began to butter them. I fear that they could have been yesterdays bake. My cheese scone was sweet and not savoury. the cheese was around the scone but not through it. Disappointing.
There were other interesting sweet and savoury things on the menu but i will not be back for a scone.
Toilets were up steep stairs. Clean and tidy

6. Clashwhannon Public house

Drummore | Stranraer, Stranraer DG9 9QE, Scotland (Formerly Clashwhannon Caravan Park Pub) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$220 +44 1776 840632
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Clashwhannon Public house

Reviewed By MaltesePhil - Mellieha, Malta

The restaurant is easy to find, just off the main road to Drummore. Very pleasant atmosphere with a nice country pub feel. They have a good selection of beers available. There is a great selection on the menu. I had the Haggis burger which I can definitely recommend, the rest of the family all enjoyed their meals too

7. Fig & Olive

99 George Street, Stranraer DG9 7JP, Scotland (Formerly Stir it) Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Fusion, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$102 +44 1776 700099
Excellent
85%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Fig & Olive

The Fig & Olive is a contemporary cafe, offering modern cafe style cuisine, and a selection of hot beverages. the F&O is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet early morning coffee, bustling brunch with friends, or cozy lunch of favourites, old and new. Seating 36 guests, with views down King Street to Loch Ryan. A selection of dishes, salads, soups and a broad choice of sweet treats, all prepared and cooked on-site daily. Special requests catered for, with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan dishes also on offer. Open six days a week, and never closing before 5pm.

Reviewed By goldenbaygirl

I have visited Fig and Olive on several occasions and know that their food and coffee are excellent. Today’s lunch was just superb. Great service, music playing quietly and lovely display of books and other goodies added to a perfect experience. Our lunch today was one of the specials, quinoa crusted sweet potato and courgette burger served on a brioche bun with eggplant and capsicum relish, onions and side salad. Absolutely delicious. We will certainly be back, yet again.

8. Woodlea Tea Room

Woodlea Main Street | Sandhead, Stranraer DG9 9JG, Scotland Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, British Lunch
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Woodlea Tea Room

Reviewed By Alan S - Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

Very nice for either breakfast or afternoon tea. Unfortunately not open Monday or Tuesday and only from 10 am other days. Food, accommodation and service excellent. Strangely no marmalade at breakfast !

9. Henrys Bay House Restaurant

Cairnryan Road, Stranraer DG9 8AT, Scotland Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Scottish, Seafood, British, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1776 707388
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 366 reviews

Henrys Bay House Restaurant

Nestled in the West Coast town of Stranraer overlooking the picturesque Loch Ryan where you can watch the Ferries going to and from Northern Ireland and Cairnryan Port. Henrys Bay House Restaurant boasts the finest sun Terrace for alfresco dining and views to be inspired by. The menu features locally sourced fish and meat prepared and cooked freshly to order by local chef/restauranteur John Henry. The comfortable and stylish restaurant and bar are managed by his wife Jane and her team of attentive, welcoming staff.

Reviewed By 72Mary - Newcastle, United Kingdom

I ate here with my partner early evening when staying nearby to catch an early morning Ferry.
Both The restaurant and bar area were clean with a nice ambience, lovely decor and the place feels welcoming as soon as you enter.
We both took advantage of the early bird special and had 2 excellent courses.
I opted for garlic mushroom starter and my partner chose the goats cheese, both were very tasty and well presented.
We both followed with slow cooked sirloin which was tender and succulent and served with a good array of new potatoes, hand cut chips and a good selection of fresh veg.
Service was excellent and waiting staff were lovely.
Thank you for a very enjoyable dining experience.
If I find myself in the area again I will not hesitate to return.

10. Mount Stewart Hotel

South Crescent | Portpatrick, Stranraer, Scotland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1776 810291
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Mount Stewart Hotel

Reviewed By CRose8 - Surrey, England

We stayed at the hotel for two nights and ate in the restaurant both nights, because the food was so good on the first night and there was a good selection on the menu to have something different on the second night.
Friendly staff good service, you can either eat in the conservatory, dining area, bar or on the patio. As it was blowing a gale, we ate in the conservatory both nights and enjoyed the views while dining.
It was busy both nights, so best to book, both locals, passersby and hotel guests use the hotel.
As guests we also ate breakfast, excellent standard - cooked to order

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