Are you coming to Stirling this weekend for the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing festival?
We’re sure that once you arrive in Stirling you’ll be looking for more tn just fascinating panels and workshops with the wold’s top crime writers. Stirling is a fantastic place to visit for a city break and with our rich history and heritage as well as fantastic array of local shops, pubs & restaurants, you’ll wish you had more time to explore and indulge.
Stirling’s hospitality scene is especially delighted to welcome Bloody Scotland delegates back this year and that’s why many of our restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars prepared special offers and discounts just for you.
Find out which Stirling eateries will treat you to a special deal or a discount this weekend (just don’t forget to show them your Bloody Scotland ticket) and which Stirling gems should definitely not miss on your list of food and drink businesses to visit.
Download our Bloody Scotland food trail map that you can print and have it with you as you explore our wonderful city or read through the list below. You can also visit the interactive map of Stirling’s independent businesses on our website, where you can find every single independent business in Stirling. We guarantee you’ll be amazed because we have an exceptionally thriving scene of independent businesses.
Restaurants, pubs and bars
Scotland’s favourite Australian themed bar and grill house hosting pub quizzes, karaoke, comedy nights and live music on a regular basis. They have a large outdoor gazebo if you prefer to sit outside.
Here you’ll receive 10% off food and drink if you show them your ticket.
Address: 9 Upper Craigs, Stirling FK8 2DG
Brea – Scottish Restaurant
Located on Baker Street, Brea is a winner of more awards than we can list here including ‘Best Scottish Cuisine’ at the Food Awards Scotland 2018. They take pride in serving meals and drinks made with the best of Scottish produce and many would say it is the best restaurant in the whole of Stirling. We advise you book in advance.
Address: 5 Baker St, Stirling FK8 1BJ
Austrian restaurant using Scottish produce. Located at the top of the town this restaurant serves a menu that has earned a reputation as ‘Stirling’s Best’ (according to Scotland the Best – and they should know!) – For bookings call 01786 450632.
Address: Mar Place House, 58 Broad St, Stirling FK8 1EF
Real Irish pub with pub quizzes, live music and sport on TV. 10% off for ticket holders.
Address: 11 Maxwell Pl, Stirling FK8 1JU
No.2 Baker Street
Traditional pub selling real ales with a generous outdoor seating area. Double spirit and mixer £5.49, fish & chips £10.99.
Address: 2 Baker Street
Indian food so good that Bloody Scotland visitors have been known to book their table a year in advance. They have fantastic lunch deals – 3 course menu starting from £8.45
Address: 39 King St, Stirling FK8 1DN
Of course, we mustn’t forget one of the festival’s main venues, The Golden Lion Hotel and their restaurant and bar, Cronies. They serve a delicious traditional menu in an elegant environment of the restaurant. This venue has been serving Stirling visitors since 1786. Try their afternoon tea.
Address: The Golden Lion Hotel 8-10 King St Stirling FK8 1DQ
Oscar’s Wine Bar
Stirling’s first and only wine and cocktail bar located in the beautiful Stirling Arcade. The bar guarantees a great atmosphere with live music on the weekends.
3 small plates £15, burger and a pint £10.
Address: 14 Arcade, Stirling FK8 1AX
Every whisky lover needs to pay a visit to Curly Coo. Stirling’s only whisky bar and one of Scotland’s best with a choice of over 200 single malts. Its owner Mandy knows just about anything about whisky and if you’re not a whisky fan, there are beers and ales on offer too.
Address: 51 Barnton St, Stirling FK8 1HH
Coffee shops & bistros
Our top tip for a hearty breakfast. This Forthside cafe has a wonderful menu, good coffee – well worth the trip across the foot bridge.
Address: 2a Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ
Outstanding coffee, roasted by the unorthodox roasters themselves. The coffee shop is a hidden gem with a peaceful coffee garden and stylish upstairs study area. If you buy a bag of coffee beans to take home, you’ll receive a free cup of coffee. Wee Stoater is a favourite.
Address: 12 Friars St, Stirling FK8 1HA
European style coffee bar; the coffee’s good and the cakes and donuts are exceptional – 10% off (excl existing deals).
Address: 44 King St, Stirling FK8 1AY
Mint Cafe & Patisserie
You’re always assured of a warm welcome at Mint. A beautiful little café with wonderful floral display outside – you cannot miss it. The cafe offers delicious coffee, cakes and a wide range of crepes and waffles.
Address: 15 Baker St, Stirling FK8 1BJ
Old Town Coffee House
Homely welcoming coffee shop. Hot drink and a sweet £4.50.
Address: 38 Spittal St, Stirling FK8 1DU
Opened this week, this Italian Coffee shop will surprise you with its delicious freshly made simple yet perfect Italian cuisine. 15% off for ticket holders.
Address: Stirling Arcade
For lovers of Italy and Italian desserts, this coffee shop on King Street is a must. We love their hot drink and a pastry breakfast deal and bet you will too.
Address: 55 King St, Stirling FK8 1DR
Delightful freshly made home made food. Pop in for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake. We love their focaccia and scones. 10% off food for ticket holders.
Address: 51 King St, Stirling FK8 1DN
Vera Artisan Bakery
Fantastic artisan micro bakery with a lot of vegan options. You have to try the double baked almond croissant. Breakfast deal (9.30am-11am) sweet treat & hot drink £3.75, lunch deal (12pm-4pm) any bagel or pie & soup £5.50.
Address: 26-28 Barnton St, Stirling FK8 1NA
Flip N Shake
American style bistro for those craving something sweet.
Purchase a pancake from their menu, get a classic milkshake for free.
Address: 2a Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ
Outstanding cheesecakes famous all over the region. Gluten free options available.
50p off individual cheesecakes – there are so many flavours you’ll want to try them all.
Address: 35 Allan Park, Stirling FK8 2LT
Stirling Gin Distillery
Address: 9 Lower Castlehill, Stirling FK8 1EN
Wonder about the best places in Stirling for breakfast of brunch? Be sure to check our Top 10 list of best Stirling breakfast and brunch places.