Tappit Hoose's Guide to Michelin Starred eating in Scotland.
The Michelin Guide for this year has just been published and typically London has the Lion's share of the stars. However our wee Scotland and Fife in particular punches well above it's weight in terms of starred eateries.
The Peat Inn is only 10 miles from Tappit Hoose and it has to be first on the list as it was the first restaurant in Scotland to be awarded a Michelin Star back in the mid eighties. It retains that star today with husband and wife team Geoffry and Katherine Smeddle, I've heard it described as witty cooking in a polished decor. With a three course set lunch menu for £25 it is welcoming and dare I say it affordable.
The Cellar in Anstruther is only 4 miles away, in fact you could walk off your dinner along The Fife Costal Path. With a star since 2015 and under the direction of chef patron Billy Boyter The Cellar is small, unpretentious and producing outstanding food.
So that's Fife and there are plenty more to choose from in Edinburgh which is about an hour's drive away.
Martin Wishart in Leith has retained it's star since 2001, and Wishart must be credited with being one of the most infulential chef's in the country and his restaurant one of Scotland's institutions. "Imaginative, elegant French cooking that's proudly Scottish"
No 1 at the Balmoral has held it's Michelin star for 16 years under the steady eye of chef Jeff Bland. Owned by the Rocco Forte group it is a luxurious culinary Edinburgh landmark.
21212 with Paul Kitching at the helm has had it's star since 2010. Housed in a breathtaking listed Georgian townhouse over four floors, Kitching's ever changing edgy menu will have you wanting to come back time and time again.
Last but no means least is The Kitchin owned and run by husband and wife team Tom and Michaela Kitchin. The Kitchin burst onto the scene in 2006 and was quickly awarded a star in 2007, they have stayed true to their philosophy of "from nature to plate" producing local, seasonal food before it was cool to do so.
So book your accommodation and decide where to eat first, luckily we have some lovely beaches for you to walk off your dinners on.