Residents and visitors have voted on their top ten places to eat in Angus. They made their selection from an impressive selection of eateries in this produce-rich region of Scotland.
From bistros and bars to restaurants and inns, there is something for every taste and appetite in Angus.
So, in no particular order, here are just some of the very best dining experiences in Angus, as voted for by the people who live here and those who love to visit.
Details of opening times, locations, special offers, and food offered by the recommended venues in this article were correct at the time of writing. We recommend calling to confirm specific information you may need before your visit.
1. Andreou’s Bistro, Arbroath
Located on Arbroath’s High Street, this popular bistro offers authentic Greek and Mediterranean food in a comfortable, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere.
You can enjoy tasty, fresh, homemade dishes full of flavour and local produce here. All of the fish, vegetables and meat is sourced from within a ten-mile radius of the restaurant. Try the pasture-fed Lunan Bay goat meat in a delicious goat curry or the fine harissa falafel burger with a tangy tomato and chilli sauce.
Whichever option you pick from the exciting menu, you’ll experience their passion for cooking Greek food and their desire to bring some of the best experiences from Cypriot dining to Angus.
People recommend Andreou’s Bistro not only for the quality of food and wine but also for the high standard of service and reasonable prices.
There is a wide variety of dishes to suit all diets, with a great balance of fish, meat, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free food on the menu. There are also great options for children.
2. Armstrong’s Bar & Restaurant, Glamis
This newly-refurbished bar and restaurant offers an extensive menu and superb wine list to enjoy in a relaxed and contemporary atmosphere. Enjoy after-dinner drinks by the log burning stove in winter and the beer garden on warmer days.
The lunch and dinner menus offer home-cooked Scottish cuisine using fresh, local produce. They are complemented by the popular high tea, Sunday carvery and Wednesday steak night options.
Visitors recommend the traditional dishes served here for both their taste and presentation, and are particularly impressed by the scallops, deer, and sirloin steak. They also mention the varied selection of wines, ales and whiskies. Armstrongs is renowned for its quality of service, affordable prices, and overall experience.
Armstrongs is family-friendly and offers a good children’s menu. There are vegetarian options too.
Head Chef and proprietor Lindsay opened the restaurant in 2015 after 20 years of working in hotels and restaurants across Angus. Situated just outside the town of Kirriemuir, Armstrongs is convenient for exploring the Angus Glens and Glamis.
3. But n Ben, Auchmithie
A homely restaurant serving traditional Scottish food, the But n Ben is set in the charming sleepy village of Auchmithie. The village is around 3 miles north of Arbroath and has beautiful views of the cliffs, caves and the North Sea.
The But n Ben serves lunch, dinner, and on Sundays offers a fantastic high tea option. And you can expect a friendly, informal atmosphere in this wonderful hidden gem.
The restaurant is known for its seafood dishes, traditional Scottish country cooking, and home-baked cakes and pudding. Naturally, you’ll find the local delicacy, the Arbroath Smokie, served here. You can also enjoy fresh mussels and oysters from Shetland and the west coast, as well as crab and lobster caught in local waters.
Their venison and game are sourced from the estates around Royal Deeside, and they also serve Aberdeen Angus beef. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are sourced from the surrounding farms.
You’ll find nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options on offer too.
4. Cashleys, Forfar
Conveniently located in central Forfar, Cashleys offer refined modern Scottish cuisine in a homely, friendly environment with appealing decor.
Choose from a range of dining options, including brunch, lunch, dinner, Sunday high tea, and a special ‘Tartan Tapas’ evening meal. Every dish, every sauce, and every dessert is prepared from scratch on the premises.
The dishes incorporate locally-farmed produce delivered fresh to the restaurant, whether that be fresh free-range eggs from Craignathro Farm at Balmashanner, delicious Aberdeen Angus steaks butchered by Alan Rennie’s or fresh dairy produce from North Street Dairy.
Cashleys is known for its fabulous service, attractive prices, and the quality of food on offer. The Tartan Tapas is especially popular. They offer a separate vegan and vegetarian menu with many unique and tempting options. Some dishes can be modified to suit other diets like gluten-free.
The restaurant is ideally located for visiting Forfar’s Meffan Museum, which is just a few doors down.
5. Drovers Inn, Memus
Delicious Scottish bar food and fine dining await you in Memus, a small village within the heart of the beautiful Angus countryside, just north of Kirriemuir. A traditional inn with a special atmosphere, Drovers Inn offers rustic charm and character.
Enjoy up to four mouth-watering courses in the elegant dining rooms or a relaxing drink and something from the bar menu in the quaint and cosy bar with its fires and welcoming atmosphere. Popular dishes with locals and visitors to the area include steak, monkfish, and the cauliflower and red pepper curry.
With a passion for food and drink the Drovers believe in exceptional service and hospitality, sourcing food locally and wherever possible from farms and producers they know and trust. The inn has a great wine list, some fine beers and excellent regional food.
The menus feature several great vegetarian options, and there is an appealing vegan menu with plenty of variety and creativity.
6. Glen Clova Hotel
At the southern edge of the stunning Cairngorms National Park, you’ll find the four-star Glen Clova Hotel. A family-run establishment since 1850, the hotel includes two restaurants and two bars.
The Glen Logie Restaurant offers stunning views over the Angus Glens and food to match for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For a cosier experience, try the Brandy Bothy, the hotel’s dog-friendly restaurant that offers excellent lunch and dinner options.
Both restaurants use locally-sourced produce, including lamb, beef, venison and game from their own farmland, with many other supplies from local Angus-based businesses. You can enjoy unique dishes like the pheasant burger and the langoustine scampi. Vegetarian and vegan options are available too.
The warm and inviting Climbers Bar has a warming wood-burning fire going in the colder months. A new elegant and inviting function bar is perfect for a pre-dinner drink. Both bars stock many local gins, vodkas, ales and whiskies.
7. Roos Leap, Montrose
This Australian-themed restaurant offers the most laid back dining experience in Angus. Enjoy lunch, dinner and dessert from the creative menu that contains a great selection of delicious international food.
The restaurant uses fresh ingredients cooked to order. People recommend the burgers and steaks, which use pure Aberdeen Angus meat. Their fish is fresh from the market, and even their coleslaw is prepared by hand from market-fresh veg. The dessert menu is not to be missed either, with fantastic treats like the banana sticky toffee cake.
You can enjoy a relaxing beer, spirit, cocktail or wine in the beer garden or inside the restaurant at the bar. And expect a friendly and efficient service too.
This restaurant also offers a good choice of tasty, original vegetarian and vegan food. There is a fun and varied kids menu; perfect for families visiting nearby Montrose Beach.
8. Room with a View Restaurant, Piperdam
A popular golf and leisure resort with self-catering accommodation, Piperdam offers rest, relaxation and unforgettable experiences in lush green countryside. The resort’s restaurant, Room with a View, offers award-winning food with stunning lochside views.
Choose from a wide variety of enjoyable lunch, dinner and afternoon tea options. There is traditional Scottish food like the homemade steak pie, international food such as the Mexican-style fajitas, and vegan options like the red onion and rosemary sausages.
People recommend the restaurant for the quality of food, superb service and generous portions.
There are a good choice of quality vegetarian and vegan options, and a kids menu too. Whether you’re staying at the resort or just looking for somewhere interesting to eat, Piperdam’s Room with a View restaurant offers excellent food with views to match.
9. Sinclairs Kitchen, Forfar
Set in picturesque Angus countryside just outside Forfar, Sinclair’s Kitchen offers modern Scottish dining at its best. Enjoy a la carte dining in the elegant restaurant and hearty meals in the cosy bar.
The restaurant showcases some fantastic local produce including wild game from the glens, Angus beef, locally-sourced fruit and vegetables, and some home-grown produce too. The chefs create flavourful dishes showcasing the best ingredients Angus has to offer.
Visitors recommend Sinclairs Kitchen not only for the taste and presentation of the food but also for the quality of service from the friendly staff. The beautiful surroundings and the pleasant atmosphere also are popular reasons why people return to eat here.
There is a carefully-selected wine list, and you can enjoy locally brewed ales from 71 Brewing of Arbroath, locally distilled Ogilvy potato vodka and flavoured gins from The Gin Bothy, Glamis and Black Thistle Distillery, Brechin.
Sinclairs is just two minutes drive from the fantastic Murton Farm, Tearoom and Nature Reserve.
10. Wee Cook Kitchen, Carnoustie
Wee Cook is a family-run restaurant and award-winning pie maker based at the Barry Downs Holiday Park near Carnoustie. Enjoy tasty, home-cooked food inside the restaurant or in the outdoor hacienda-style covered seating areas.
The Wee Cook Kitchen has built a notable reputation for fresh, tasty, creative food and friendly service. They specialise in dishes inspired by holidays, exotic international dishes and local seasonal produce. Their signature dishes include the award-winning pies, ‘Hanger kebabs’, seafood and the exciting weekend specials. The menu changes regularly but always offers quality food cooked with care. They also offer locally-roasted coffee.
Wee Cook has amazing vegetarian and vegan options like the cauliflower bhuna pie. They also have a children’s menu.
While you’re in the area, visit Barry Mill. Just a few minutes drive from the restaurant, this picturesque working mill offers a rare glimpse into the life of a miller and a relaxing place to walk off your meal.
More days out in Angus
There is so much to see and do here in Angus. Take a look at the variety of places to visit, plus our other Insider’s Guides.
Insider’s Guide to Nature and Wildlife
Insider’s Guide to Food and Drink
Insider’s Guide to Family Days Out
Insider’s Guide to Coast and Waters
Insider’s Guide to Cycling Routes
Insider’s Guide to Beauty Spots
Insider’s Guide to Walking Routes
Insider’s Guide to Visitor Attractions
Insider’s Guide to Hidden Gems