Travel around the world on your plate

Rutherglen Reformer - - Eating Out -

Scot­land used to be the butt of a whole string of jokes about food.

Twenty years ago, if you asked any­one al­most any­where in the western world to name some Scot­tish dishes, the like­li­hood was they would come up with hag­gis, short­bread and, maybe, deep-fried Mars Bars.

Thank­fully, all that is chang­ing and al­ter­ing rapidly.

A vi­brant food and drinks in­dus­try across the coun­try has been steadily build­ing a new rep­u­ta­tion to rank along­side our mag­nif­i­cent scenery and rich his­tory.

Yes, Scot­land’s food and drink has been turned into our wee hid­den gem, steadily work­ing its way cen­tre-stage in the range of at­trac­tions that act like a magnet for vis­i­tors of all va­ri­eties of cui­sine.

And from the farm to your ta­ble, La­nark­shire is packed with a host of fresh pro­duce that is en­joyed in the heart of La­nark­shire and around the world too.

You just have to visit restau­rants and cafes in the county to sam­ple the de­li­cious range of pro­duce.

From fish and chip shops and cafes to a la carte restau­rants and, of course, the Miche­lin starred Cameron House Ho­tel is sit­u­ated pride of place at Loch Lomond.

What’s ex­cit­ing about La­nark­shire is that the restau­rants do not nec­es­sar­ily just of­fer Scot­tish dishes.

Plat­ters from all over the world can be found right on your doorstep.

Ori­en­tal fare is as pop­u­lar today as it has been any time since the 60s, when Chi­nese dishes led to a snow­balling ex­pan­sion of eat­ing places across the coun­try.

But if there is a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with other coun­tries then it surely lies with In­dia in La­nark­shire where restau­rants serve the finest of dishes.

The Taj Palace, lo­cated in East Kil­bride, of­fers a stun­ning range of In­dian, Balti, Asian and Eastern Euro­pean dishes, to get your curry taste buds all ex­cited.

La­nark­shire has food from all over the globe for you to en­joy from Italy at Da Lu­ciano’s in Both­well, to Spain and China. There is so much choice.

And, of course, La­nark­shire has a wealth of cof­fee shops and tea­rooms to en­joy, in and around the Clyde Val­ley too.

The rise in pop­u­lar­ity of af­ter­noon tea means ho­tels are also open­ing their doors for you to sit back and en­joy an af­ter­noon of cakes, sand­wiches and pos­si­bly a glass of chilled Prosecco too.

Step in­side a cof­fee shop in La­nark­shire and you can en­joy some of the best home bak­ing around, like in Gle­spin.

What could be bet­ter on a sum­mer’s day than meet­ing friends and en­joy­ing a catch-up over a cuppa?

So, this sum­mer, why not make go­ing out for a meal one of your pri­or­i­ties.

There’s so much choice on your doorstep, no need to travel as you can travel around the world right here in La­nark­shire.

Book your ta­ble for Scot­tish fine din­ing, In­dian, Chi­nese, Ital­ian or a re­fresh­ing tea and cake.

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