Cheese & Chocolate to Surf & Turf

Heart & Soul of Scotland

From cheese & chocolate to surf & turf, get your fill when you pair Glasgow & Argyll on your next short break.

Enjoy a feast of great food in Glasgow and Argyll. Glasgow is packed with restaurants and cafés offering you a huge choice of places to eat out in the city. From funky vegan hang outs to chic city centre fine dining, Glasgow’s food scene is buzzing. Argyll’s seafood and game is appreciated by food lovers around the globe, and there are passionate people across the region producing everything from saltmarsh lamb to small batch gin.

Mull and Iona should be on your list if you want to discover great food in Argyll. Follow the Mull and Iona Food and Drink Trail to find seafood, artisan treats and loads of eateries in which to enjoy all this fabulous local produce. Highlights include visiting Sgriob-ruadh Farm where the famous Isle of Mull Cheese is made and visiting Tobermory Chocolates where you can choose from a scrumptious selection of hand-made chocolates. 

Chocolate heaven awaits in Oban too! Step in to the chocolatey world of Oban Chocolate Company and view (and try!) a range of chocolates, all handmade in the factory. There’s a fantastic cafe with beautiful views across Oban Bay where you can savour a delicious hot chocolate. The marshmallows are homemade on the premises too! The shop and café are open plan and you can see the chocolatiers at work through a viewing window into the factory.

Back in the city you must drop in to see George Mewes Cheese in Glasgow’s West End, or Kimble’s Café, Deli and Chocolate Shop at the entrance to St. Enoch’s Centre.

Glasgow’s eating and drinking scene is vibrant, with experiences to suit all tastes and pockets. Popular travel magazine, Wanderlust, recently highlighted the city’s “impressive gastronomic scene”. These days it’s firmly part of the city’s unique culture: coffee and cake while shopping, lunch in or nearby a museum, drinks before a gig, or take time to seek out surf and turf in one of the city's diverse neighbourhoods and districts.

There are some brilliant fine dining seafood restaurants in Glasgow, many of them serving up seafood sourced from the cold Atlantic waters around Argyll. Gamba is Glasgow’s best-loved seafood restaurant and winner of the UK Seafood Restaurant of the Year Award. Serving sustainable seafood in the heart of Glasgow, Gamba has earned 2 AA Rosettes. Another favourite is The Gannet, a multi award-winning restaurant in the Finnieston area of Glasgow. You’ll find plenty of plenty Argyll seafood on the menu.

For turf it has to be The Spanish Butcher in Merchants’ Quarter, where you can tuck into the finest grades of Galician beef alongside the freshest of seafood, with Spanish & Mediterranean inspired flavours. Or you could seek out Alston Bar & Beef which is tucked away under Glasgow’s Central. The steaks take pride of place. A local butcher supplies the restaurant with specially selected Tweed Valley beef.