The Malt Whisky Trail is blessed with an abundance of quality produce, and a legion of passionate people who are committed to using our ingredients as best they can. Along the length and breadth of the Trail, there are fantastic places to eat and discover everything that the Moray Speyside larder has to offer.
From butchers’ shops like Royans of Elgin (family owned for generations) to deli spots like the Spey Larder in Aberlour and Gordon and MacPhail, it’s easy to get your hands of Moray Speyside’s fantastic produce while you’re here. But if you don’t fancy cooking, then the Malt Whisky Trail is home to a real variety of local cafes and restaurants.
Grab some lunch
In Fochabers, on the main road to the Strathisla distillery, Gordon Castle’s ‘Walled Garden‘ is home to a delightful cafe. The farm-to-table menu is centred on seasonal produce, much of which is picked from the vast kitchen garden. Gordon Castle’s farm shop is also worth a visit, stocked with the estate’s own cider and craft gin, as well as toiletries and other delights using the estate’s botanicals.
In Aberlour, on the road from The Glenlivet to the north, Le Petit Gourmand take local Speyside ingredients and give them an original French twist. In Elgin, The Drouthy Cobbler serves simple but well-made food until late in the evening. Johnstons of Elgin– the famous cashmere mill – hosts a large cafe on its site, which is a local favourite for light lunches, coffees, and baking.
Further north, the Bakehouse in Findhorn is a favourite local destination for hearty organic lunches, freshly baked breads, and sumptuous cakes. Along the coast, in Burghead, The Bothy is famed for serving fresh local seafood in its nautical cafe and garden.
Of course, many of our partner sites also have fantastic places to eat and drink. The visitor centre at The Glenlivet boasts a bright and bustling cafe. In Dufftown, the specially converted Malt Barn at Glenfiddich serves fine local food throughout the day, while in Elgin the Glen Moray distillery is very a popular local lunch destination.
Sit back for supper
As the night draws in and you relax after a day of discovery, Moray Speyside offers a range of opportunities to dine in style.
At the Dowans Hotel in Aberlour, the kitchen serves local game, fish, and other Speyside delights in the lodge’s contemporary dining room. Further north, in the Craigellachie hotel, the lovingly restored Copper Dog pub serves relaxed, seasonal food. Both the Dowans and The Copper Dog look out onto the River Spey – a magical view for an evening of good food, and maybe a few drams.
In Forres, the Knockomie Hotel is a beautifully preserved inn on the outskirts of the town. Situated just a short drive from the River Findhorn, Dallas Dhu, and the Benromach distillery, the Knockomie also features a charming whisky bar.