Northern Scotland

The list below is in alphabetical order by town.

You can nominate your favourite restaurant or hotel serving Scottish venison, simply send us an email and let us know who you would like to nominate. If you are a hotel or restaurant, you serve Scottish venison, and wish to be listed here then do get in touch the same way.

To avoid disappointment we advise telephoning the restaurant in advance to check that Scottish venison is on the menu.

Darroch Learg Hotel & Restaurant
Braemar Road
AB 35 5UX
Tel: 013397 55443

‘The Darroch Learg – one of Royal Deeside’s favourite hotels – is known for its relaxing charm, lovely situation and fine restaurant. Darroch Learg is run by Nigel and Fiona Franks, having been in the Franks’ family for over 40 years. Darroch Learg was built in 1888 in fashionable Royal Deeside. Its old Gaelic name translates as ‘the oak wood on the sunny hillside’. Originally it was a country residence and it still retains the ambience and relaxing informality which makes you feel like a house guest in a private mansion.’

Potarch Café and Restaurant
Ballogie Estate Enterprises
AB31 4BN

Located on the idyllic Ballogie Estate in Royal Deeside, Potarch Café and Restaurant is a stone’s throw away from the historic Potarch Bridge and the River Dee, and home to the legendary Dinnie Stones. As part of Ballogie’s conservation efforts, the team at Potarch work closely with the estate’s rangers to provide fresh, healthy, wild venison produce for their customers. Their menu offers a wide-range of forest-to-fork venison items, as well as seasonal meats from Ballogie’s farms and the local area, that can be enjoyed in Potarch or at home in the form of their pre-prepared ‘Ballogie Boxes’. Potarch’s aim is to provide authentic foods from the area and narrative that encompasses their environmentally-sound ethos.

Tel: 013398 84468


Andersons Restaurant
Deshar Road
Boat of Garten
PH24 3BN
Tel: 01479 831466

‘At Anderson’s we are committed to using local Scottish produce when it is in season, so needless to say, our menu changes each month, along with our daily specials. Each dish is lovingly prepared and brought together in such a way as to bring out the very best of truly great, fresh ingredients. Although our menu is creative, our aim is simple, to present you with food that we are confident you will enjoy, and that tastes fantastic.’

The Three Chimneys
Isle of Skye
IV55 8ZT
Tel: 01470 511258

Included as one of only 6 Scottish restaurants on Restaurant magazine’s definitive list of the UK’s Top 100 restaurants, the Three Chimneys has been awarded a coveted Gold Award by EatScotland for 2010/2011. Gold Awards denote the country’s very best restaurants, including several that hold Michelin stars. The Three Chimneys was also appraised by the AA as being at the “top-end” of 3 AA red rosettes for food for 2010/2011. The restaurant has held 3 red rosettes for 11 years and is described in the current AA Hotel and Restaurant Guide as an “Inspector’s Choice”. It was also included in the Which? Good Food Guide for the 25th consecutive year.

See a recipe by chef Scott Davies

The Lovat
Loch Ness
Fort Augustus
PH32 4DU
Tel:0845 4501100

Ideally situated in the centre of Fort Augustus, The Lovat mixes contemporary comfort with traditional Victorian charm. The 2 rosette kitchen showcases seasonal Scottish produce, proudly served by a professional team with a friendly attitude. All departments have attention to detail that focuses on guests ‘loving it at the Lovat’

Oakwood Restaurant
Tel: 01463 861481

‘Enjoy wild Scottish venison from our local estate, managed and sustainable. We serve: roasted haunch in a port based gravy, with mushrooms in a silky bacon sauce, with ginger, coriander and chilli and red cabbage. Laird’s casserole boozy with brandy, gin, port and red wine, or Highland casserole with kidney.’

Doune – Knoydart
Knoydart by Mallaig
PH41 4PL
Tel: +44 (0)1687 462667

‘Located on the western tip of the remote Knoydart peninsula, visit Doune and enjoy award winning food in a spectacular remote waterside setting. Food is served from a freshly prepared, daily changing, single-choice menu. Highlights include home-made soups and pates, Doune Bay crab, and stunning salads; traditional roasts of lamb or venison, rich casseroles, pies, and vast seafood buffets.’

See a recipe from Chef Martin Davies

The Old Forge Public House
Knoydart By Mallaig
PH41 4PL
Tel: 01687 462267
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‘The Old Forge is mainland Britain’s remotest pub, (Guinness Book of Records) and is situated on the remote Knoydart Estate. We are open all year with hot showers, moorings, coal fire and instruments. Serving estate venison, Loch Nevis langoustines, hand dived scallops, mussels and home cooking. All produce is locally sourced.’

The Onich Hotel
Nr Fort William
PH33 6RY
Tel: 01855 821 214

‘The Onich Hotel is family run and provides quality accommodation and mouth-watering meals. Our team of chefs specialise in using local produce and take full advantage of the abundance of fresh seafood and game. The enjoyment of your meal will be enhanced by the panoramic views over the gardens and Loch Linnhe beyond.’

The Loch Leven Hotel
By Fort William
PH33 6SA
Tel: 01855 821236

‘With its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful loch-side setting and dramatic views of the mountains, The Loch Leven Hotel has everything you could want for activity based Highlands holidays, or stress-free breaks in Scotland away from it all, enjoying the scenery and breathing the fresh, clean air. The menu of home-cooked meals has been built around the superb local produce, with fresh seafood, game and other traditional Scottish dishes as firm favourites. Relax and dine in style and enjoy the spectacular views over the fast-flowing narrows to the mountains beyond.’

The Pierhouse Hotel
Port Appin
PA38 4DE
Tel: 01631 730302

‘Situated in the quiet village of Port Appin, Argyll, with our own moorings on the shores of Loch Linnhe and surrounded by the spectacular raw beauty of the magnificent West Coast of Scotland, you can find The Pierhouse hotel. With breathtaking views to the islands of Lismore and Mull, our intimate family-run twelve bedroom hotel, bar and renowned Seafood Restaurant has won a fast-growing reputation as one of Argyll’s most idyllic and romantic destinations. We pride ourselves on the freshness & quality of our seafood and local meats, sourcing virtually all of our produce locally. We strive to offer our guests something different – a personal and relaxed family atmosphere, stunning location and deliciously fresh seafood and game.’

Kinloch Lodge
Isle of Skye
IV43 8QY
Tel: 01471 833333

‘Authentic, charming, and discreetly luxurious: Kinloch, the highland home of Claire and Godfrey Macdonald, is a hotel like no other. Kinloch is a special place in a magical setting, nestling at the foot of Kinloch Hill on the tranquil shoreline of the sea-loch Na Dal in Sleat on the wildly romantic Isle of Skye. It’s only fifteen minutes from the Skye Bridge at Kyleakin – or twenty minutes from the landing point of the Mallaig/Armadale ferry. Yet Kinloch really is a world apart. Somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday modern life. Somewhere to unwind, relax and recharge.’

See a recipe from cook and food writer Lady Claire Macdonald

Duisdale House Hotel
Isle of Skye
IV43 8QW
Tel: 01471 833202

‘Dining is always special at Duisdale. Our award winning head chef selects the freshest of local produce – locally landed Seafood, Beef, Lamb and Venison all regularly feature on the menu. Fresh herbs and salads from our very own kitchen garden add a distinctive flavour to the fabulous dishes which delight and inspire.’

Toravaig House Hotel
Knock Bay
Isle of Skye
IV44 8RE
Tel: 0845 055 1117

‘Toravaig is a stylish, contemporary country house hotel situated in Sleat, the ‘Garden of Skye’ with magnificent views over the sea to the mainland hills beyond. The exquisite cuisine, served in the elegant Iona restaurant, is created from fresh local produce and is accompanied by fine wines and malts.’

Glengorm Coffee Shop & Gallery
Isle of Mull
PA75 6QD
Tel: 01688 302932

‘The former steadings and workshops have been renovated and are now home to the Glengorm Coffee Shop, selling roasted coffee, fresh baking and lunches. All food is cooked on the premises using our own produce from the farm and walled garden.’

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