Situated on Main Street in the Bridge of Allan, this family restaurant is the busiest place for casual diners throughout central Scotland. On weekends there are families that travel for more than 70 kilometers to enjoy the menu of this charming place. It is famous for its fish and chips, a British emblem. Always fresh, delicious and great value. Personally, I've never been very fond of Fish & Chips, but I was tempted by the reputation of the place I have been back on several occasions: Farm produce, fresh fish ... Along with olive oil, can work miracles in the world of Fish & Chips ... As has been the case.
Very close to the University of Stirling, just at the end of the Bridge of Allan, is the local dairy factory called "Graham's Dairies". In the UK, the dairy factories produce milk of offer shorter duration or faster expiration, but of higher quality, considering the excellence of the pastures and livestock. In the early 20th century, the grandparents of the present owner, worked then at the Airthrey Kerse farm. The farm came up for sale, they decided to buy it and with some hard work, they built the thriving company that exists today. It's also a place for various school excursions, who go there to learn about good farming. Apart from the historical charm and its part in the community where I alive today, I can assure you that it produces premium Scottish milk, butter and other milk products.
Possibly one of the two best local restaurants for Scottish food. The Old Bridge Inn is a quiet and relaxing place, very Scottish and has absolutely exquisite service. It has traditional Scottish decor and a good selection of wine and beer. The choice of malt whiskeys is fantastic but the gourmet menu is its real selling point. It changes every season, always using top quality, fresh food. The traditional dishes are wonderful. They marinate the meat with berries and red fruits, as they did in old times, and it was a delight. Meats and salmon are the specialties. I hope to provide more photos of the interior and the occasional dish soon. Being listed as a select site, prices are higher than elsewhere, but the quality is worth it.
The Westerton Arms is the most famous pub to be found in the Bridge of Allan. It is divided into two parts, one for drinking and another for eating. Many locals come to this bar. The most popular drink here is the Scottish pint. I was surprised by the limited range of whiskeys. In the area opposite the restaurant, you can find quite traditional food in relation to its price it is very good. In fact it is almost always full. A negative point is the fact that it does not admit reservations, which makes eating there (sometimes) a real struggle. It was recently renovated (including new website), this pub is the spirit of the town (which for many is too posh).
Several years ago, a Thai family decided to settle in Bridge of Allan (in the center) and open a small hotel that also served as a restaurant. Over time, the restaurant became more famous than the hotel. This is quite possibly the best Thai restaurant for miles around, very well rated and recommended on many different websites and forums. It still manages to remain a quiet place where you can try the different homemade Thai menu, which often bears no resemblance to the more commercial Thai cuisine, very famous and popular in Britain. A familiar service, friendly and very polite, with quite a good selections of wines. This place is a different food alternative that is sure to surprise you in a positive way.
The Hideaway Café is a recently-opened restaurant whose name accurately describes its more or less hidden location in Stirling. The young entrepreneurial owners built the restaurant in an old converted warehouse and have created an environment that mixes the modern with the traditional in a kind of bistro-café. It's a great place for families and the serve is really fast. They serve creative cuisine with some fancy touches. Basically, don't expect anything too heavy, but it's nice for a quick, light lunch and a coffee. The desserts are delicious and, curiously, they don't serve any alcohol whatsoever.