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Food and Drink scene in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has a diverse mix of establishments to suit a range of requirements. Showcasing classic and modern flavours as well as international cooking techniques, resident restaurateurs offer an unforgettable and wonderfully tasty experience.

Whether you're after a peaceful escape from the city centre after a day at a conference, want to spoil your team with a meal in the elegant surroundings of a converted historical building, or perhaps you're celebrating the company's success and need something that extra bit special, look no further than Aberdeen and the surrounding area.

Take a look at some of the dining options below for your next trip.

Fine dining restaurants

You know what we mean when we say that some dishes are almost too pretty to eat? That's how we feel about fine dining in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire. Each plate in the city's top venues is a mini work of art featuring seasonal local produce designed to delight the eyes and palate. From stylish city centre restaurants to decadent boutique hotels and everything in-between, there definitely is no shortage of spots to take your clients.

Browse some of our suggestions for refined dining in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire.

Restaurants with private dining

Beautiful locations, exquisite food and first-class service. Want to enjoy everything that top-end restaurants have to offer, but want it in the seclusion of your own space? Whether it's to wow clients before the big day or to say thank you to your colleagues with a lavish bash, private dining venues are the way to go. From castles to hire, chef's tables to private bars, and from individually designed spaces to tailored menus that are nothing short of spectacular, there's a great selection of places to do business in the city.

Find your perfect private dining room in venues across Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire.

Scottish cuisine

Scottish cuisine is one of the area's best kept secrets. Being focused on local, seasonal produce, Aberdeen Angus beef, North Sea fish as well as Highland produce abound here and feature heavily on the menus in local restaurants. Whether you fancy a quintessential Scottish décor with stags' heads, roaring fires and exposed walls or are looking to enjoy a spot of haggis with a twist in a fashionable venue, you're guaranteed to find the perfect place.

For Scottish cuisine in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire, try some of these dining establishments.

Afternoon tea

If you're looking for a wonderful experience for your next meeting but want a small change from the usual dining options, go for an afternoon tea. The three-tiers of deliciousness is the perfect way to impress. Indulge in a delightful selection of finger sandwiches traditionally served with juicy Scottish beef and delectable smoked salmon, homemade scones with clotted cream and preserves, and sweet treats, rounded off with a hot beverage or perhaps even champagne to celebrate the done deal. Have it at a trendy hotel, refined cocktail bar, an art centre - the choice is yours.

Discover some of Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire's best spots for an afternoon tea experience.

Vegan and vegetarian restaurants

There are dozens of venues throughout the city serving delicious vegan and vegetarian meals. If that's what you need for your next off-site work lunch or dinner, you're in for a treat. Choose from plant-based dishes prepared from fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients, from falafel and paellas to meat-free burgers, served in stylish and comfortable environments suitable for a discreet business chat.

You can't go wrong at these vegetarian and vegan dining hubs in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire.


Sometimes semi-formal settings are just what you might need for drinks with corporate clients or colleagues. Have that all-important work chat in relaxed surroundings of a bar, or simply shake off the day's stresses with tasty bites and great cocktails in hand.

One of these bars in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire might be just what you need.

Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Whisky and Gin Distilleries

Have a break from work and take a trip to a local whisky or gin distillery where you can get a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the unique production process of those globally adored tipples. With the glorious Speyside whisky region, the city of Aberdeen and the lovely towns and villages of Aberdeenshire offer a great range of distillery tours, some with tutored tastings and private groups.

We've picked just a few to get you started with whisky and gin distilleries exploration.

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