8 places to dine alfresco in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
3 April 2019
In preparation for summer and the beautiful weather I’ve been looking for the best places to enjoy alfresco dining in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Here are just 8 of my top spots you’ve got to visit:
1. Ferryhill House Hotel
Close to Aberdeen city centre, Ferryhill House Hotel is well known for having some of the best fish and chips. It’s also a very popular spot thanks to its sun terrace perfect for soaking in those rays with an ice-cold beer as the children play in the on-site play park.
2. Ma Camerons
Ma Cameron’s is the oldest pub in Aberdeen dating back over 300 years, but although it has been here for such a long time somehow its rooftop beer garden has managed to stay a relatively well-kept secret.
Overlooking Union Terrace Gardens (which right now is covered in daffodils!), Siberia is a firm favourite for alfresco dining in the warmer months. So much so that it even has a giant Chambord deck chair which when accompanied by a colourful beverage serves for an awesome Instagram photo.
4. Café 52
Nestled away on The Green, Café 52 is a charming restaurant on a cobbled street that has a great view of some street art courtesy of Nuart Aberdeen. If the weather takes a turn for the worst check out Café 52’s Shepherd Hut. As well as being a great place to soak in the rays it’s also got a great ambience especially as The Green is frequently used as a venue for festivals and events including Nuart Aberdeen (previously mentioned), Jazz on the Green and Aberdeen Inspired Nights. Check out our what’s on calendar to see what’s coming up soon.
5. The Ship Inn, Stonehaven
A restaurant steeped in history and rich in historic scenery, The Ship Inn overlooks the picturesque Stonehaven harbour and is a great place to enjoy a meal and a couple of pints. The regulars are friendly and welcoming and sure to put a smile on your face.
6. Banchory Lodge, Banchory
Banchory Lodge has a stunning setting on the banks of the River Dee and is perfectly positioned for exploring Royal Deeside at its very best. With a patchwork of rolling fields, ancient woodlands and of course the river. The dining areas are everything you could hope for in a gorgeous setting especially the terrace where you can listen to the sound of the river as it lulls you in to a feeling of tranquillity.
7. The Falls of Feugh, Banchory
Visit the Falls of Feugh Restaurant and enjoy the very best of modern Scottish cuisine in a truly stunning location overlooking the dramatic Falls of Feugh. Afterwards take a walk to the footbridge and see if you can watch the salmon leap.
8. Clachan Grill, Ballater
This converted steading provides a tranquil and comfortable dining atmosphere along the River Dee. With pristine views, cosy dining and quality Scottish fare, the Clachan Grill has proved a hit with locals and visitors alike. On warmer days pull up a seat on the outdoor patio and enjoy modernised Scottish Classics with a touch of Highland hospitality.
Did your favourite not make the list? Let us know - we're always keen to explore new places.