Winter foodie experiences in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Tis’ the season to indulge after all… and in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire festive foodie experiences include lovingly made Mackie’s of Scotland hot chocolate at its only Parlour, Aberdeen Angus Beef at Michelin Guide restaurants and wee drams in front of roaring fires! Here are just come of the food and drink experiences you’ve got to have in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire this winter:

Taste warming local produce

Indulge in Mackie’s of Scotland chocolate at its first, and only parlour, Mackie’s 19.2 (exactly 19.2 miles from where the chocolate is lovingly made in Aberdeenshire!). Keep warm in a Mackie’s blanket with a mug of hot chocolate in hand (made with Mackie’s own chocolate) as you sit under the famous Andy Scott Poised statue; try out the chocolate tap drizzled over a home-made waffle or crepe and even enjoy a taste of summer with a scoop of Mackie’s chocolate ice cream!

Be part of the festivities

Experience that full festive feeling at Aberdeen Christmas Village from 21 November – 31 December. After ice-skating against the beautiful backdrop of Marischal College enjoy a mulled wine or Bailey’s hot chocolate as you choose which foodie treat to pick! Head into the Marischal Quad to find even more gourmet food and drink as well as local craft, art and gifts.


Treat yourself to Michelin Guide

Find yourself nestled beneath the imposing mountains and Munros of the Cairngorms National Park as you dine in the impressive Michelin Guide, Fife Arms. Only six miles from Balmoral Castle, in Ballater enjoy more Michelin Guide dining at regal, The Rothesay Rooms (the restaurant is a collaboration with HRH The Duke of Rothesay’s charity). In Aberdeen city centre, head to the IX Restaurant at The Chester Hotel where you can pick your own meat from the counter and chefs will cook it to perfection!

Cosy up beside an open fire

Sit in front of a snug open fire as you try famous local produce from this part of Scotland. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink beside a traditional fireplace before a Michelin Guide dining experience at Kildrummy Inn. Or try even more quality local ingredients at AA Rosette restaurant, The Cock and Bull.  Take in the impressive Balmedie coastal views at The Dunes Restaurant & Bar whist enjoying a wee dram or heart-warming meal.

Toast the season with a wee dram

Enjoy a warming nip of one of Aberdeenshire’s finest whiskies at the distillery where it’s made or at a traditional whisky bar. Aberdeen’s most famous whisky bar, The Grill has even been the ‘World’s Whisky Bar of the Year’ and CASC, in the historic Merchant Quarter, has a collection of over 500 of Scotland’s finest whiskies for you to choose from.  If you’re looking for a different evening experience go to local beer giant, BrewDog’s flagship bar in Aberdeen city centre!

For more inspiration about where to eat and drink when you visit Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire go to Find out more information about what to do in winter check out this blog.

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