Food & Drink
Delicious is how you’ll describe South West Scotland whether you wander the Food Town of Castle Douglas, shop in our delis, butchers for local meats or enjoy the delights of local produce in our top quality restaurants across the region.
The local land is the source of what’s on offer and the source of our inspirational foods, dishes and drinks. You’ll have plenty of chance to get creative if you stay in any of our self-catering accommodation but if you prefer to be waited upon there are plenty of top quality restaurants.
Why not get the best of both worlds and enjoy the creative freshness from our chefs and take our mouth-watering local produce back home.
Restaurants and other eateries
Whether you are looking for wholesome fare or new age alternatives, cordon bleu or nouvelle cuisine, fusion or a traditional breakfast, South West Scotland’s restaurants, pubs and tea rooms have plenty to offer. Even remote locations have the local ingredients and flare to enchant the taste buds and satisfy the appetite. Most hotels have their own restaurant and if you want to get out and about every town has restaurants and pubs that serve super food of every style to suit every palette.
Brewers & Distillers
Scotland wouldn’t be Scotland without whisky and South West Scotland has Scotland’s southernmost distillery. Bladnoch is a fine single malt that uses the clear water from the river Bladnoch to produce a distinctive, light whisky that is celebrated far and wide. Visit the distillery and shop, just outside Wigtown. The Annandale Distillery has been beautifully enhanced and is open in the east. If you prefer beers, then Castle Douglas has its very own. Sulwath Brewery has a bar and tap and offers tours, showing how it makes its prize-winning brews such as Criffel, Knockendoch and Galloway Gold.
Food Produce – Dairy
Good grass produces good milk; good milk produces great cheese and dairy products. Whether it is the nationally renowned Lockerbie Cheddar or the organic cottage industry production of Loch Arthur which has its own shop where you can taste its incredible creations, the cheeses produced from our world-renowned dairy herds, many with a lineage going back generations, rival anywhere in Europe. Yoghurt from Rowan Glen near Newton Stewart is the only naturally produced yoghurt in Scotland while Cream o’ Galloway ice cream, made from organic milk produced from herds on Cream o’ Galloway’s own farm at Rainton, is simply delicious and simply natural. Visit Cream o’ Galloway’s visitor center and enjoy not only first class ice cream but also outdoor pursuits, an adventure playground and a tea room.
Food Produce – Fish
With its close relationship to the sea, you’d expect fish to be big in South West Scotland. The Galloway Smoke House, just off the A75, sells prize winning smoked salmon, trout and kippers and offers the Galloway Fisherman restaurant. Don’t forget to drop as you tour the region, there’s always something new to discover. For those who like scallops look no further than Kirkcudbright which exports its “Queenies” to Europe where they are served in top restaurants. Pop into the fish shop on the harbour and get these gourmet delights. Sautéed and served with a fresh, locally grown salad of lettuce and beetroot as you watch the sunset from your country accommodation – formidable!
Food Produce Beef
Galloway beef. It’s unmistakable, it’s delicious. It’s sought after by the top chefs. Galloway cattle roam hillsides and pasture that enjoy warmer summers than northern Scotland and remain outside all year round because of their unique double coat of hair. This means they are truly of the land. They produce meet of a fine texture and rich flavour. Often, as in Castle Douglas, the butcher in the High Street, will know the field and herd in which the beef he is selling once grazed. Mouthwatering.
Irresistible – that’s what you’ll say when you try South West Scotland sweet things on offer. You may think twice about the calories but resistance is futile. Take Moffat Toffee – not toffee at all but a boiled sweet made to a traditional family recipe. Then you can try Ecclefechan Tart, a rival to the traditional mince pie made from dried fruits, all butter pastry, Demerara sugar, eggs and vinegar! If you prefer a chocolatier, then forget about the waistline and head down to Castle Douglas or north to Moniaive!