Following a vegetarian diet can make eating out a bit of a challenge, but luckily Crieff is full of amazing places to eat with plenty of restaurants, cafés and bars catering to a range of tastes. Visit Crieff decided to look at the top-rated vegetarian eateries according to reviews on TripAdvisor. Maybe there’s one you haven’t discovered yet?
Take a bow! With a 91% excellent rate from 265 reviews, Pura Maison is the top vegetarian friendly restaurant in Crieff according to TripAdvisor critics.
Offering a range of French-inspired brunch, lunch, cakes and scones, plus evening meal options, the James Square restaurant’s range of freshly prepared and locally sourced vegetarian and vegan options are a favourite with customers.
The tempura battered cauliflower with chimichurri and pea shoots and butternut squash bhajis with mango purée and herb salad are just two examples of the imaginative fare.
One reviewer wrote: “This is the second time we have dined in this lovely restaurant and will keep coming back. We really love the wide selection of food served, especially the vegetarian options as one of us is vegetarian. Most importantly as we are a young couple, price is very affordable, which is a nice treat if you relate to the high quality of food served. Portions are just right, so you don’t leave still feeling hungry.”
Visit their website www.puramaison.co.uk
Yann’s At Glenearn House
Yann’s at Glenearn House is a firm favourite with vegetarian guests, with an 87% excellent rating from 505 reviews.
The Bistro-style restaurant on the outskirts of the town features many dishes from chef/proprietor Yann’s home region of the Haute Savoie in the French Alps, with specialities such as fondue on the menu, as well as bistro classics like French onion soup, tarte tatin and crepes.
One reviewer wrote: “Nothing was too much trouble. Our meal was superb! The fondue and the French onion soup was some of the best I’ve tasted anywhere (certainly in Scotland!). Yann’s food is incredibly tasty and even his cooked breakfast gets full marks! Honestly, I can’t praise this place enough.”
Visit their website at www.yannsatglenearnhouse.com
Lounge In Crieff
Another venture by Yann and his wife Shari, Lounge is known affectionately by some as “wee Yann’s”. The bustling bistro on Crieff’s East High Street offers a warm welcome plus great food and comfortable surroundings.
Whether you’re looking for coffee and cake, a light meal, or just a glass of wine (or all of the above!) Delphine, Shari, Yann and their team welcome vegetarian guests with a wide selection of choices.
With an 82% excellent rating out of 91 reviews, the French onion soup always gets a mention in the online reviews.
One delighted diner posted: “Really excellent stop. We use it regularly and think it is exceptional. The food is French, fresh and always interesting menu. The French onion soup is the best I have ever tasted this side of the channel. Service is friendly and efficient. The location works for a meal or coffee and cakes with a friend. Highly recommended if you are in Crieff.”
Visit their website at www.loungeincrieff.co.uk
Delivino Wine Café
A favourite with locals and visitors alike, Delivino Wine Café serves a variety of healthy and meat free alternatives in sophisticated surroundings overlooking King Street.
Often described by reviewers as having a “nice vibe” and “lovely atmosphere”, Delivino champions the sound food philosophy of Spain, Italy and southern France: good ingredients, simply cooked to show them at their best.
Pizza, pasta, salads and sharing platters temp the tastebuds and this lovely restaurant is always packed full of families and friends sharing good food and wine over convivial conversation.
It has an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from a total of 689 reviews.
One reviewer posted: “Stopped in for lunch, which proved to be delicious and good value. Staff were friendly and efficient and the place has a really nice vibe.”
Visit their website at www.delivino.co.uk
The Tea Garden At Comrie Croft
Situated at the award-winning adventure/camping destination between Crieff and Comrie, the Tea Garden serves up homemade soups, arancini, freshly made salads and sandwiches, lunchtime snacks followed by piping hot tea and coffee, beautiful home baking. And after roll ins and roll outs on the mountain bike course, drop-offs, kickers and transitions and more importantly avoiding a wipeout, what more could a hungry veggie want?
But you’ll have to wait a few weeks to sample the menu as the Tea Garden only opens from Easter to the end of November (9am to 3pm).
“This is an amazing cafe – lovely people and great environment. The soup was fabulous and the coffee and cakes too (recommend the raw food millionaires shortbread – no sugar!!) Fantastic place,” raved one reviewer.
The Tea Garden scores an 85% excellent rating out of 113 reviews.
Visit their website at www.comriecroft.com
This beautifully decorated cafe serves up a delicious range of light meals along with crepes, waffles, bagels, homemade cakes, fresh fruit smoothies and wonderful coffees. Its location on a busy corner of the High Street makes it an ideal spot for people-watching. With a 73% excellent rating out of 192 reviews, visitors also mentioned its gluten-free options and praised its dog-friendly policy.
One reviewer posted: “Delicious homemade soup and lovely selection of tasty sandwich fillings. The staff are very friendly and helpful and I was delighted with the gluten free options. Also happy that we could bring our well behaved dog with us. Will visit again next time we are in Crieff. Great food in a very nice environment.”
No website available.
The Square Bar & Kitchen
This popular bar and eaterie boasts “good, honest food” at very reasonable prices. Where possible the kitchen uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to produce a unique fusion of flavours and a top quality dining experience. Good selection of vegetarian sandwiches and salads, plus a delicious veggie sharing plate packed full of roasted vegetables, pickle skewers, Gordal olives, cheese, caramelised onion chutney and focaccia bread.
This Spanish-inspired Gastropub scores a 78% excellence rating out of 90 reviews.
One reviewer posted: “Just had lunch here. Sandwich with brie, spinach and cranberry with chips and a side order of sweet potato fries. Really nice. The Square has a nice homely feel and the barman was very friendly with great service.”
Visit their website www.squarebar.co.uk
The Tower Gastropub
This fabulous whitewashed building with quirky signage and décor is a town landmark and hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. The extensive menu caters for all tastes and dietary requirements – including vegetarian and gluten free – with locally sourced ingredients from as close as their back garden. Check out the wide range of soups, salads, baked potatoes, pizza, burgers and daily specials. The dessert menu is particularly temping – sweet Belgian waffles with chocolate sauce and strawberries anyone?
Out of 367 review, 179 people voted it excellent, with another 123 ticking the ‘very good’ box.
One reviewer raved recently: “When in Crieff you seriously need to try this Gastropub. A warm welcome awaits you here with friendly staff who go out of their way to ensure you enjoy your visit. We had an evening meal here last night, portions are generous, a good range of choices on offer.”
Visit their website www.thetowercrieff.com
Meikle Restaurant, Crieff Hydro
The Meikle Restaurant at five star Crieff Hydro boasts wood panelling, high ceilings, huge windows and attentive service. Head chef Bruce is three-time winner of Scottish Chef of the Year, and he’s meticulous in sourcing as much local, seasonal Scottish produce as he possibly can. The Meikle menu is 21st Century Scottish: think homely classics with a lively twist, and a wine list to match. And it’s not just for grown ups, there’s a tempting kids’ menu as well.
TripAdvisor reviewers were particularly enthusiastic about the breakfast choices with one posting: “Stayed at the Crieff Hydro this week with a friend. We had breakfast in the Meikle restaurant which was a full buffet breakfast with a huge range to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. Very good.”
Out of 493 review, 242 people voted it excellent, with another 125 ticking the ‘very good’ box.
Visit their website: www.crieffhydro.com/eat/meikle/
Named after the most famous fighting force in the British Army, The Gurkha’s serves up the best in Nepalese and Indian cuisine with a modern twist using traditional methods. The restaurant is passionate and proud of its food and service and has an extensive selection of vegetarian and gluten free choices. Spice lovers should check out The Gurkha’s special Himalayan Panner, a homemade cottage cheese dish cooked with diced onion, green pepper and chilli sauce and Himalayan spices.
Said one reviewer: “I read the reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to have a look, I was not disappointed and the food was delicious … If you are visiting Crieff and looikng for spicy food, look at no further than this gem of a restaurant.”
Out of 253 review, 142 people voted it excellent, with another 76 ticking the ‘very good’ box.
Visit their website: www.thegurkhascrieff.co.uk
The Red Squirrel Cafe in Crieff is the ideal place to visit for a bite to eat, a coffee or a drink. Homemade cakes are a speciality. Great homemade soup served at lunchtimes in front of their cozy, woodburning stove.
One reviewer posted: “Popped into this cafe as we were passing through Crief and we were very pleasantly surprised. It’s a little unusual – selling art, jewellery and lots of other trinkets. The menu was what you’d expect from a cafe with the added bonus of breakfast items served most of the day. The food was great, you could taste that everything was excellent quality. The staff were also very friendly and attentive, and seemed to know many of the customers by name which was lovely. And everything (including the toilets) was very clean. Would definitely go back if I ever found myself in Crieff again and would highly recommend.”
The Red Squirrel scores an 58% excellent rating out of 136 reviews with 34% rating it as ‘very good’.
Visit their website: www.redsquirrelcafe.co.uk
The Crieff Food Co.
A relative newcomer to the Crieff food scene, The Crieff Food Co. is a cafe, food hall and giftshop rolled into one tempting package. Menu has loads of vegetarian choices with baked potatoes, soups, salads, burgers, platters and sandwiches alongside some great homebaking.
One reviewer says: “Immaculate cafe with store above. Great selection of artisan products in a stunning architectural space. Simple design and stunning displays combine to create a truly contemporary location for meeting friends or simply reading a newspaper. Everything cooked to order and really fresh. Great for a coffee and cake.”
The Crieff Food Co. scores a 56% excellent rating out of 39 reviews with 25% rating it ‘very good’.
Visit their website: www.thecriefffoodco.uk
The Murraypark Hotel
Crieff Hydro’s sister hotel is one of Crieff’s best kept secrets. Head chef Stuart Michael has created a lovely menu which showcases Scotland’s natural larder and uses local produce where possible. Nice range of starters, mains and desserts that should tick all the boxed for vegetarian diners. Look out for the whole baked Camenbert served with glazed figs and sourdough bread.
“Quiet and friendly business meeting with wonderful food. Goat’s cheese salad starter was tasty. My Bubble and Squeak starter was lovely and my blade of beef main was melt-in-the-mouth tender and very tasty. Wife’s wild mushroom pasta was very rich and creamy. Desert of cappuccino mousse was very rich and delicious, the apple frangipan tart was stunning. Staff were great and looked after us well,” posted a recent reviewer.
The Murraypark Hotel scores a 53% excellent rating out of 101 reviews with 33% rating it ‘very good’.
Visit their website: www.murraypark.com
The Rooftop Restaurant at Knock Castle Hotel and Spa
As well as one of the best views in Scotland, Knock Castle’s Rooftop Restaurant combines award-winning food with great hospitality and affordable prices. The vegetarian choices are extremely imaginative with an excellent choice of starters, mains and desserts. Cider-Braised fennel soufflé with burnt orange fillets and port reduction or five onion risotto with crispy red onion rings, roasted shallots, pickled silver skins, smoked onion powder and finished with fresh chives are just two of the mouthwatering choices.
Said one reviewer: “This restaurant’s head chef is the owner of Knock Castle Hotel & Spa. It is reflected on the quality of the food served at his rooftop restaurant. The breakfast is excellent but the evening dinner is fantastic, all local and freshly cook produce. A good bottle of wine is just under £17. Service is excellent, the staff are friendly and attentive, nothing is to much trouble. The views from the rooftop is amazing looking down the Strathearn valley.”
The Rooftop Restaurant scores a 81% excellent rating out of 268 reviews with 10% rating it ‘very good’.
Visit their website: www.knockcastle.com
Light meals, homebaking and frothy coffees make The Loft a favourite rendezvous for locals and visitors alike. But watch out you don’t spend more than you bargained for as the cafe is on the ground floor of a lovely home furnishing and gift shop packed with beautiful furniture, accessories, textiles, homeware and jewellery.
One reviewer said: “The soup specials were so tasty and piping hot – an excellent mushroom and tarragon soup as well as delicious spicy tomato and lentil. Both sandwiches were really good – roast beef and the brie, beetroot and chutney. Very good value.”
The Loft scores a 46% excellent rating out of 217 reviews with 38% rating it ‘very good’.
No website available.
Thai E San
Traditional Thai restaurant has some good vegetarian choices for lovers of spicy cuisine.
One reviewer posted: “If you want aromatic well presented Thai cuisine in a friendly uncrushed restaurant with great views look no further. Off the market square in Crieff up some stairs is a true hidden gem. Go for it and have a great night!”
Thai E San scores a 50% excellent rating out of 90 reviews with 25% rating it ‘very good’.
No website available.