The destination restaurant an hour from Glasgow just named Best in Scotland

The Glenturret Lalique has been named the Best Restaurant in Scotland
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Glasgow's food fans will be delighted to learn they are now only an hour from the restaurant that's just been named the Best in Scotland at a prestigious UK-wide awards event.

And no, it's not in Edinburgh or Gleneagles like you might think. In fact, you'll find it at the home of one of the country's oldest whisky distilleries.

The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant has just been named Scotland's best at the National Restaurant Awards, following up its recent two-Michelin star award.

For many Glaswegians, the combination of whisky and food is mostly contained to Burns Night, but now Glenturret in Perthshire is combining the two to create a top-quality food and drink destination.

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The site, which lies just north of the picturesque market town of Crieff, is just over an hour's drive from Glasgow and can now count itself as not only home to one of the UK's top distilleries but also Scotland's top restaurant.

The Michelin Guide ceremony in February was so impressed by Glasgow-born chef Mark Donald's efforts at the Glenturret Lalique Restaurant that they gave it a second star, making it the only other Scottish spot alongside Restaurant Andrew Fairlie to have such an award.

With dishes inspired by the whisky made just next door, the restaurant is described as a "unique gastronomic experience".

The Glenturret Lalique houses just six tables, making for an intimate dinner service, and looks out over the old still houses and the tumbling waters of the River Turret.

As you'd expect there are also some incredible whiskies on offer to pair with your meal and - even better - you can head to the distillery itself before or after your meal to find out how Scotland's world-famous spirit is made.

Speaking about the Glenturret Lalique, The NRA judges said: "Billed as the first in-distillery fine dining concept; an intriguing proposition, and one that the restaurant effortlessly delivers on.

"Much of that is down to chef Mark Donald, who has led the Crieff restaurant since its launch in the summer of 2021. Donald previously held a star at Number One at The Balmoral in Edinburgh and was awarded one at The Glenturret Lalique within seven months of opening.

"Using the finest, hyper-local produce available, Donald’s tasting menu takes you on a journey through the Scottish landscape. The cooking is graceful and elegant, and underscored by the beautiful jewel box dining room, which overlooks the tumbling waters of the River Turret."

The distillery has recently launched its own accommodation, The Aberturret Estate House, a 19th century Dower house formerly owned by distillery founders, the Murray Clan.

Offering six bedrooms accommodating twelve guests, it means you can now stay at the distillery as well as enjoy the fine dining and whisky experience.

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