We are delighted to be the North East's only AA triple rosette awarded restaurant. Head Chef David Butters (Executive Hotel Chef of the Year 2019, Scottish Hotel Awards) has created menus which are seasonal and make use of the fantastic larder available to us in Aberdeenshire. Our Chefs also have access to an abundance of organic fruit and vegetables, which are grown in our own kitchen garden. With over 80 different varieties of fruit and vegetables grown on-site, our Chefs often have access to unique ingredients, rarely found elsewhere in the region.
Lunch is available 7 days per week from 1200-1400 in the Conservatory with its beautiful views of the terrace garden. Join us on a Sunday for a traditional Sunday Roast, which is served along-side our Conservatory lunch menu. We also have a special 2 or 3 course lunch menu throughout December, which is served 7 days per week. Our 'festive season inspired' special lunch menu can be viewed here.
We serve afternoon tea Thursday to Sunday between 1400-1500 in the Conservatory or Piano Lounge, with its relaxed and cosy surroundings.
Our Conservatory dinner menu is served 7 days per week between 1900-2100. Guests are invited to enjoy pre and post dinner drinks in our cosy bar, with its wide range of craft beer, gin and whisky. Our bar manager Aaron Evans (Bar Manager of the Year 2019, Scottish Hotel Awards) has created a small selection of signature cocktails, which use spirits and liqueurs from the local area.
Covid Update: Changes to our Restaurants: October 2020 - March 2021
We've taken all the steps required to ensure your dining experience remains memorable and you can relax and enjoy your time at Douneside knowing all the required precautions are in place. To ensure a safe environment, we've had to make a couple of changes. One of these changes is the temporary withdrawal of our 6 course tasting menu. We know some of our guests will be disappointed, as the tasting menu is a highlight for many during their visit. However, we hope to be able to offer our tasting menu again in 2021 when we'll have some fantastic new dishes to offer - our Chefs have had a long time to create our Spring 2021 menu so it will be a show stopper!
We also understand that some guests may be slightly cautious about visiting restaurants during this time. If you're staying in our holiday cottages and apartments, between October 2020 and March 2021 we are also offering our Getaway menu. Homemade, delicious meals from our Chefs which are delivered direct to your Douneside holiday cottage or apartment.
Non-residents are very welcome to join us for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, however an advanced reservation is required.
We pride ourselves on offering our guests a highly personalised stay, and Head Chef Butters and his team would be delighted to accommodate any culinary preferences or dietary requests you may have.
Our Sommelier, James Payne, is on hand to recommend the perfect wine pairings from Douneside’s expansive wine cellar, which is stocked with a carefully put together selection of vintages. We also stock a wide selection of carefully selected, local craft beer, whiskies and gins.