‘Haute cuisine’ may not be the first phrase that comes to mind when thinking about eating out in Scotland but we’re pleased to say that Ayrshire is developing a strong reputation for good food, including fresh seafood dishes and menus featuring locally produced ingredients.
So whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat for lunch or looking to upgrade your caravan holiday in Scotland with ultimate fine dining experience, here are our top tips for eating out in the best restaurants in Ayrshire!
Whether you like him or loathe him, the Trump eateries in Turnberry do have a strong reputation for good food.
Overlooking the sea on the Turnberry coast, the signature restaurant, 1906, features a savoury menu paired with sweeping views of the Championship links all the way to the Isle of Arran. Alternatively, in the heart of the hotel you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea in The Grand Tea Lounge. Or for the ultimate in fine dining then take a seat at the Chef’s Table. Situated in the main kitchen, your have the best seat in the house to watch the master chef at work.
Eating out at Trump Turnberry, one of the best restaurants in Ayrshire, is not going to be cheap but for a special occasion you will be spoilt by the quality of food and top-notch service.
The current number one restaurant in South Ayrshire featured on a well-known review site (at time of writing) is the interestingly named ‘3idiots’. This warm and welcoming Indian restaurant scores highly for accommodating to varying dietary requirements (including vegan) and for the level of service by the staff. The head chef apparently has a habit of coming out and having a chat with customers. The restaurant is not licensed but you can bring your own bottle with a small corkage fee.
Restaurants with history
Head north to Ayr from our holiday park in Scotland and a friendly welcome awaits you at Souter’s Inn restaurant. Built on the site of the old school house where Robert Burns studied in 1775, this thatched roof Inn serves contemporary dishes with emphasis on fresh locally sourced food.
Ayr beach sunset view to Arran pic.twitter.com/DWAtPyC5yF
— Visit Ayrshire (@VisitAyrshire) August 27, 2019
The Waterfront, winner of the Food Awards Scotland 2017 ‘Gastro Pub of the Year’ is situated on South Harbour Street, Ayr. This lovely restaurant has spectacular views across the River Ayr towards Arran and has a wide menu, catering for vegetarians, vegans or any other dietary requirement that you may have, plus the bar area and outside terrace is dog friendly.
If seafood is your dish of choice then it’s worth a trip north to Troon to go to The Oyster Bar. This well established seafood restaurant prides itself on serving locally sourced seafood in a unique location by Troon harbour and their menu also includes award-winning fish and chips.
One for the kids
If you’re looking to eat out with the kids then you can do no better than the Unboxed Gaming Cafe, on Harbour Street in Ayr. This little café is a great place for coffee, snacks and the best burgers and best of all it offers various board and card games for you to play. Perfect for entertaining the kids at mealtimes (and probably in their view the best restaurant in Ayrshire!)
Dining with a view
Another of Trump’s businesses is the Lighthouse Halfway House in Turnberry. A café with an amazing view and recommended food, it’s an eatery with a unique experience.
— Trump Turnberry (@TrumpTurnberry) August 23, 2019
So these are our top picks for top places to dine out in Ayrshire. Let us know when you are visiting our holiday park in Scotland if you can add to this list – we’d be pleased to know where you would recommend!