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Where to eat: Top restaurants in the area

There is such a wide variety of stylish restaurants, cosy tearooms, warm pubs, a la carte menu's and a real mixed bag of ambience in the surrounding areas - you'll want to frequent them all more than once. Yes, you will have to drive or book a taxi to get there as nothing is in walking distance from the cottage itself. However, it is well worth it when you get there. Read on to find out more about these incredible places to eat.

The Scrib Tree

Address: 1 Colliers Court, Douglas, Lanark ML11 0RX Hours: 9AM - 4PM Phone: 01555 851262

'A delightful country emporium nestled in the heart of the Lanarkshire village of Douglas. Selling quality farm produce, fine coffee, perfect cakes and beautiful gifts, we aim to offer a distinctive and exciting hospitality'

Wanlockhead INN

Address: Gardendyke, Wanlockhead ML12 6UZ Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM Phone: 01659 74535

Wanlockhead Inn is Scotland’s highest pub. Located in Scotland’s highest village (surprisingly, we are in Dumfriesshire, not the Highlands). Nestled amongst the Lowther hills in the picturesque village of Wanlockhead, we offer visitors hearty pub grub.

CoalBrooke Arms Hotel

Address: 7 Main St, Crawfordjohn, Biggar ML12 6SS Phone: 07903 186426

Four miles from the farm is the quaint village of Crawfordjohn where you can mix with the locals at the cosy welcoming ColeBrooke Arms Hotel. Enjoy the pub grub and unwind by the open fire with your favourite tipple.



Address: 1-2 Altrive Place, Holm St, Moffat DG10 9EB Hours: 10AM - 9:30PM Menu:


Piccallo (Italian)

Address: Three Glens High Street, Moniaive, Thornhill DG3 4HN Hours: Opens 5PM Phone: 01848 200400

New Lanark Mill Hotel

'Mill One Restaurant'

When it comes to food, we are all about simple delicious dishes, with the main focus on using quality ingredients from local suppliers.  Our wine list boasts a great selection from around the world.

The Mill One Restaurant is currently open for dinner from 5:30pm with last orders at 9pm.

Auldgirth Inn

Address: A76, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0XG Phone: 01387 740250

The Inn has brought in chefs at the top of their profession to ensure the highest quality of cuisine that will tempt diners to return time after time.

Lochside House Hotel

Address: New Cumnock KA18 4PN Phone: 01290 333000

Enjoy panoramic views of the loch and surrounding Ayrshire countryside whilst choosing from a varied menu, taking you from breakfast through to dinner. Soak up the atmosphere with a choice of formal or relaxing areas to dine in and enjoy, all with a glimpse of the countryside and the ever changing seasons.


Blackaddie House hotel

Address: Blackaddie Rd, Sanquhar DG4 6JJ Phone: 01659 50270

Dine in for exquisite food and Michelin star chef style menu. Beautiful grounds, ambience with warm fires, great selection of wines, whisky and beers.

The Nithsdale Hotel

Address: 1 High St, Sanquhar DG4 6DJ Phone: 01659 50133

One of the locals - such a warm welcome to Sanquhar and by far the best pub in town! Great menu, selections of beers, wines and spirits and of course local banter!

Burnside Filling Station

Address: Glasgow Rd, Sanquhar DG4 6BZ Hours: 7AM - 6PM Phone: 01659 50328

Sanquhar Chinese

Address: 25 High St, Sanquhar DG4 6DJ Hours: Opens 5PM Phone: 01659 58191

East 'n' West Take Away

Address: 42 High St, Sanquhar DG4 6BL Hours: Opens 4PM Menu:

Poppy's Tearoom

Address: 35 Main St, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar DG4 6NB Hours: 9AM - 3:30PM Phone: 01659 66700

Poppy's is a family run tearoom...with good homemade food. Pop in for some picnic boxes, cupcakes, good tea and coffee!


The Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel

Address: 112 Drumlanrig St, Thornhill DG3 5LU Phone: 01848 323101

Address: 68 Drumlanrig St, Thornhill DG3 5LY Hours: 9:30AM - 4PM Phone: 07767 899855

Address: 19 E Morton St, Thornhill DG3 5LZ Hours: 9:30AM - 5PM Phone: 01848 331553

Address: A76, Thornhill DG3 5EZ Phone: 01848 331211

Our award winning rustic cuisine and informal dining complemented by a range of fine wines, carefully chosen to blend with the food is just one of the reasons many of our customers tell us they return time after time.


Address: 145 High St, Biggar ML12 6DL Phone: 01899 220044

Address: 109-111 High St, Biggar ML12 6DL Phone: 01899 220116

Address: South Melbourne Farm, Elsrickle,, Biggar ML12 6QZ Hours: 9AM- 4:30PM Phone: 01968 682291

Address: Warrenhill Farm, Warrenhill Road, Biggar ML12 6PF Hours: 5PM Menu:

Address: 55 High St, Biggar ML12 6DA Hours: Opens 5PM Phone: 01899 221159

Address: 101 High St, Biggar ML12 6DL Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 4:30PM Menu:

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