Crieff has a wide variety of cafés and restaurants to chose from. If you’re planning a special night out, here are some of the nicest places to eat.

Knock Castle Hotel and Spa

For a romantic dinner for two, the rooftop restaurant at Knock Castle Hotel is perfect. The restaurant was recently awarded Hotel Restaurant of the Year by the Food Awards Scotland. Head chef, Jason Henderson uses locally sourced seasonal produce to create his menus. The ‘a la carte’ menu could include for example: carpaccio of highland venison with pickled mushrooms, fresh horseradish and smoked cauliflower purée followed by a schnitzel of Ayrshire pork belly, Boulanger potatoes, chargrilled spring onions and an apple jus. Tempted? Alternatively, you could choose the 6 course ‘degustation’ menu. Six courses does sound like a lot, but the portion sizes are carefully considered to ensure that you are able to eat them all. Read more here

Yann’s at Glenearn House

Run by Yannick and Shari Grospellier, Yann’s is a comfortable and pretty informal restaurant with crisp white tablecloths and linen napkins. There is always a lively buzz of conversation in the dining room rather than a hushed formal atmosphere.

Yann was born and bred in the Haut Savoie region of the French Alps and started cooking at the age of 13 making crepes at his parents restaurant in Chamonix. The menu features some dishes from this region including Raclette and Pierrade as well as bistro classics such as French onion soup, coq au vin, steak and frites and the classic French dessert tarte tatin. Find out more here

Delivino

Delivino is a great place for a lively dinner with a group of friends. Always busy and pretty noisy, it is an informal bistro style restaurant, famous with locals for it’s fantastic pizzas and sharing platters. The menu is loosely built around Spanish, Italian and southern French food. The ‘specials board’ changes regularly and could include such dishes as: truffled wild mushroom risotto; spiced sweet potato, beetroot, apple & goats cheese salad or smoked pancetta, crumbled haggis and fresh chilli pizza. The wine list is small but perfectly formed and very well priced. Read more here

Lounge in Crieff

Known affectionately by some as ‘wee Yann’s’, Lounge offers a warm welcome and great food in comfortable surroundings on Crieff’s High Street. The menu includes an eclectic range of dishes to suit most tastes and appetites. From small ‘tapas’ to sharing platters or a large plate of beer battered fish and chips. Particularly delicious and also unusual are the “Galette au sarrasin”, which is a stuffed buckwheat savoury crepes from Brittany. Potential fillings include: smoked haddock, morcilla, gruyere with a poached egg; sweet potato, goats cheese, basil pesto with a fried egg or shredded Mexican chicken, sour cream, cheddar with a poached egg. There is also a daily specials board to chose from. Find out more here