Great Food In The Trossachs
A great holiday is not complete without wonderful food. Fortunately there is good food in abundance in the local area of Brig O’ Turk – and beyond!
In Brig O’ Turk we are very lucky to have two wonderful restaurants in walking distance and two more within a short car or cycle ride away. Venture a little further and there are numerous places in Callander and surrounding area. So whether you are looking for a cup of coffee, lunch or a three course meal there is something for you here!
Please note all the information here is true to the best of my knowledge but exact opening times and offerings are clearly beyond my control so do check with an establishment before visiting!
Brig O’ Turk Tearooms
The Brig O Turk Tearooms have been trading since the 1920s. Quirky and delightful, the current owner provides a range of options from a coffee with may be a cake to a full three course meal – and everything in between. The cakes are wonderful, the meals scrumptious with often something a little unusual to tempt you. See the Specials board and sample menus. It is a pleasure to sit and eat in this little gem in the Trossachs National Park. The Tearooms are licensed so you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your meal too!
The Tearooms were traditionally a meeting point for cyclists – and of course still are! The Tearooms were used in the 1959 version of The Thirty-nine Steps as was much of the local countryside.
Check the website for opening times – they are open more days in the summer months than winter months – and can close for a short while in the winter.
The Byre Inn
Situated at the opposite end of the village from The Ridings just off the A821 this lovely pub offers a warm welcome and an open fire, local ales, a variety of whiskeys and a locally sourced seasonal food at both lunchtimes and evenings. See a sample menu here. A popular place it is best to book especially at busy times.
It is a good place to stop by after a walk around Loch Achray or towards Aberfoyle. There is a lovely garden for th esummer months and perhaps a little unusually – a Boules/Petanque piste!
A short drive (about 2 miles) on the A821 towards Callander is the wonderful Venacher Lochside restaurant looking out over the loch with the ever changing scenes – whatever the weather! On a sunny day you can sit outside on the decking area and enjoy the views while you eat delicious cuisine – or just a coffee! Always book, especially on sunny days!
Open everyday at lunch times, they will also open some evenings in the summer time – but check on their website where you can also find a sample menu
Drive towards Aberfoyle from The Ridings around Loch Achray and you will come accross the stunning Tigh Mor. Now owned by Holiday Property Bond it was built in the Victorian age when people (including Queen Victoria) started to visit the are for its beauty and health benefits (as well as for some fishing and shooting!) You have to be a member of HPB to stay there but it has its own Bistro behind the building which is open to the public. Once again booking is advised and you can find more information about Scott’s Bistro here