Banffshire’s bountiful larder
Whether you plan to eat out or dine in at your own table, you’ll find plenty of choice to whet your appetite here on The Banffshire Coast. As well as being home to some globally recognised brands, the area boasts a vast array of small independent producers who use fantastic local produce in their creations.
You can find out lots more in our very own foodie magazine, Banffshire Flavours, click here.
For those staying in self-catering accommodation, you’ll find supermarkets and well-stocked grocery stores in every town, but don’t forget to visit our other foodie havens for a unique taste of Banffshire. You’ll find independent bakers and butchers, and our fish shops, which sell seafood landed just hours before, are not to be missed.
We have two regular farmers’ markets – one in the town centre of Turriff on the third Saturday morning of the month and the other at Macduff fish market next to the harbour on the last Saturday morning of the month. And if you are travelling around by car, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for farm shops where you will be able to buy top-quality meat reared on the farm as well as other produce such as eggs and vegetables.
It is perhaps due to the high quality of the local produce that we have a number of delicious local specialities. Start your morning with the iconic buttery, which is rather like a flattened croissant although much saltier than its continental counterpart. Don’t miss the iconic Cullen Skink – a soup of milk, potatoes and smoked fish so famous that it is even listed in the Oxford dictionary! You will find this soup on menus across the area, but you should absolutely try a bowl in its spiritual home – Cullen. The town even has annual Cullen Skink World Championships where soup-makers come to battle it out.
You’ll get to meet some of the producers – and try their wares – at the annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy at the end of June. The event has an entire marquee devoted to food and drink, and seafood is the order of the day.
As well as fish shops selling seafood and ready-made meals, you’ll find lots of fish and chip shops where you can enjoy a takeaway meal. Haddock is the staple battered fish around these parts – and it’s simply delicious.
Fish and chips should always be followed by an ice cream cone and it’s just your luck that Portsoy and Cullen are home to award-winning producers. Cullen is famed for its traditional vanilla, while you’ll find every flavour under the sun at Portsoy -
“...mouthwatering display of homemade ice cream, accompanied by an equally dazzling selection of cones and ice cream toppings. Armed with the cinnamon-laden apple crumble for me, sticky toffee and malt whisky for my husband and white chocolate with popping candy for the kids, we headed very happily ...”
For more information on Scotland's Ice Cream Trail - featuring Portsoy and Cullen - click here.
We offer a range of venues for eating out, from traditional pubs offering simple, home-cooked grub to restaurants with stunning views and something on the menu for every taste. Explore this section of our website to learn more too about the best tea and coffee shops in the area. And places to buy good local produce.
Here’s a quick guide - by location - make sure you find them all !
1. Cullen Bay Hotel 2. Rockpool 3. Cullen Antiques Centre 4. Glenglassaugh Distillery
5. Beggars Belief Coffee Cove 6. The Portsoy Ice Cream Shop 7. Station Hotel Portsoy
8. Boyndie Visitor Centre 9. Downies 10. Seafield Arms Hotel
11. Banff Springs Hotel 12. Scott Chemist 13. John Stewart Butcher 14. Duff House Tea Room
15. Fife Lodge Hotel 16. The Spotty Bag Shop 17. Myrus Golf Centre 18. The County Hotel
22. Garden Arms Hotel 23. Teapot 1 24. Fisherie Country Centre 25. Museum of Scottish Lighthouses Tea Room
26. Delgatie Castle 27. Fife Arms Hotel and Bistro 28. Celebrations