One of the oldest traditional pubs in the heart of Stirling. Traditional food at a very good price served in the upper part of the pub ("bouthy"). Here you will find a good atmosphere in the lower part ("Bar"). Small and full of objects from long ago, the Nicky Tams also boasts of being the pub of choice in central Scotland, with numerous experiences (although many may well be an effect of the numerous pints consumed there). I can not say it´s one of the most beautiful, perhaps one of the most disordered (in general) but are of those places have personality. Here you will find pleasant service and people of all ages are welcome. In addition, unusual in these parts, is a machine with Spanish products: olives, pistachios ... In fact the machine is all in Spanish. A good spot to eat something or enjoy a good pint in the heart of town.
The Filling Station is an American-style restaurant chain found throughout the UK, especially in Scotland. Each establishment incorporates local British dishes, so the American theme is a little ambiguous. In the Stirling location, found in the city centre, the price-value makes it more than recommendable. You can sample dishes from Scottish Haggis to pasta and burgers, with a decent selection of wines and beers from 10:00am to 23:30-24:00. Its location and modern decor make it an ideal spot for a break and, as the name suggests, a food refill.
In the centre of Stirling, Fabio D'Agosta runs this modern Italian restaurant with his Canadian wife, which he says offers a new concept in the kitchen. With personalized service, D'Agosta is one of the few Italian restaurants serving authentically cooked pasta, as Fabio says "al dente". Any of the varieties you choose will be absolutely delicious. Fabio always comes to ask his clients how their meal was and to thank them for coming. Also, he speaks fluent Spanish, since he worked in Cadiz as the head chef on organized cruises. His wife obviously speaks fluent French, so between them they offer their culinary art in three languages, in case you have any problems with English. The secret of his new Italian kitchen concept is very easy, mix the culinary basics of Italy, Spain, Canada and France together. It certainly offers a range of new flavours, innovating in the market.
Just before moving to the Clackmannanshire region, but even in Stirling, in the countryside and near Mountains is this lovely farm which today has several functions: Shop, café - casual restaurant and bed & breakfast. It has won numerous awards including casual restaurant and they really deserve it, because absolutely everything is self-produced, which means you can eat high quality food for a good price. It is not easy to find if you do not know the area, is is on a detour from the A91 leaving the Wallace Monument to the back (towards Edinburgh). Even for tea it´s worth trying this calm and picturesque place.
Situated in a rural farmhouse that was absorbed by the growth of the city, this is certainly not only one of the best restaurants in the area, but one of the best pubs. The customer service is perfect, food, wine, beers and malt whiskeys are very good. The atmosphere and decor were perfect. Given the location, central strip of Scotland, the specialty of the house was the meat and vegetables like mushrooms. It is one of the favorite places to by the locals, which is not surprising. Their facilities are huge, and is a place for weddings and celebrations. It is divided into several dining and bar areas, where we can eat more casual food or just enjoy a drink. It is not easy to find the place and I can´t say that it´s in a recognizable location. To be in or going through Stirling, it would be a sin not to have something here. But take into account that it´s focused on locals and not easy to find, which is a forgivable sin.
Known as the city that houses the National William Wallace Monument, Stirling is a village that is worth a visit, definitely to visit his castle. For lunch I recommend this little cafe that has something, which I don´t know, that makes it special: it is like stepping into that ancient and refined England we sometimes see in movies. The menu was fantastic after a week of burgers and "fish and chips". I say you should try the lentils and cumin soup... It was like eating a slice of heaven!
After 21 years of services, Italia Nostra is the best choice if you want a good Italian restaurant in the centre of Stirling. They work with an open kitchen, so you can watch and see how the dishes are prepared in the most traditional way, its specialty is baked mushrooms with garlic and a variety of pasta. The wine list and the dessert menu are also long. The fast and friendly service is good, and you get good value for your money, making this a very convenient spot. It is a quiet place with a relaxed atmosphere. It's possibly the best Italian in the city centre, but in my opinion it's not the best in the area. The best is in Bridge of Allan and is called 'Vecchia Bologna'.
Allanwater Pub and Brewery is possibly the most pleasant place in Bridge of Allan. In fact, I'd go as far as to say it has more personality than any other place in central Scotland and, oddly enough, it's basically hidden!
It's located a few steps from Henderson Street just after the Queen's Hotel. Interestingly, the history of this bar, which is the smallest in Scotland, is run by master brewer Ross Douglas, the same man who once owned the hotel. He sold it at an opportune moment and decided to dedicate his time to his true passion: the bar.
If you enter through the back door, you'll notice that it's actually an old house with wooden beams and all. If you see smoke, that probably means that Douglas is making a new batch of beer. They serve a solid selection of craft beers so, if you have a craving for a pint of hand-crafted chocolate stout, this is the place. Some of the beers are homemade, but they also sell a variety of craft beers from breweries around Scotland.
The bar also has live music several days a week, beer tastings, and a really great crew who are up for a chat or to explain a bit more about the beer and the bar's history. The place itself is basically a museum, but it's still a lovely place to relax with a pint, learn more about local beer, and, most importantly, just have a simple good time. I couldn't recommend it more.
Since 1733 this pub has been running giving beers and other local and national spirits. As its name suggests, it was established as an inn, a very specific order. We can not forget that this pub is located on a hill that looked directly at Stirling Castle. This explains its fame and subsequent survival. Doing an imagination, it was an ideal location for many travelers who traveled here for business or other reasons. Today it is the most ancient public house in Stirling and remains a place frequented by locals. The foods is not much but the atmosphere is healthy and exceptional and you can breathe the air of history there. The beers are of the best in the area and true to its name, as one would expect.
Although this store is part of a franchise it brings a nostalgic touch remembering how the old candy shops used to be - all dark wood with traditional billboards from other times. Mr. Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe (Old Sweet Shop, candy = sweets) has an image from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with huge glass jackpots filled with candy that differs from current candy due to good quality and valued traditions. You can buy licorice craft, anise and mint candies among other things that will bring good memories for older people. In an age where everything is new and the latest technology seems best, to go for classic or traditional is a challenge. Only a small negative, the attention is a bit bland/serious for a store with lots of charm.
The River House is at the entrance to The Castle business park just outside of Stirling as you head toward Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond. The restaurant is located next to a lake and kind of looks like a log cabin from the outside (though the interior is actually much more refined). As you can imagine from The River Houses' location, much of the customers are businessmen having meetings over lunch.
One of this nice things is that you can sit out on the terrace overlooking the pond on sunny days. The beer and wine list is good, and the menu and atmosphere are casual at lunchtime and a bit more formal at dinner. The cuisine is modern Scottish, and the duck and pork dishes are especially good.
When most tourists get tired of walking around Stirling, they usually ask for a Starbucks, Caffe Nero or Costa Coffee, all famous chains in the UK. But they're also usually crowded with tourists who had the same idea and it can be difficult to get a seat. If that's the case, I'd recommend heading to Burgh Coffee House, a local coffee shop where you can soak up some local flavor in a quiet setting. The Burgh Coffee House is discreet, elegant and serves really top-quality product...so much so that it's actually a popular place for business meetings. I myself like supporting local business with personality, so it's one of my favorites.