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Chef Andrew Fairlie’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant occupies a quiet corner of the exclusive Gleneagles resort – famed for its golf courses, political gatherings and corporate clout. It’s a calm,
sophisticated space with enough formality to create a sense of occasion – diffuse lighting, soft furnishings and lively paintings hung on black walls, all matched by careful service. Fairlie’s
precise and highly assured cooking is rooted in the classic European tradition: Scottish lobster, for example, is home-smoked and dressed with warm lime and herb butter, while cinnamon-roasted veal
sweetbreads arrive with grilled lettuce and parmesan cream. Seasonal game is also a strength (roasted grouse with caramelised apple and braised savoy cabbage, say), and desserts such as candied
chestnut with pumpkin seed sponge and yoghurt sorbet are works of art. The wine list is as long as a school register, but the sommelier can be relied on to come up with some great suggestions.
Square Meal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2015 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in May and June 2015. Thousands of readers and bloggers took part and the results were moderated by the Square Meal editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The survey does not ask for or include any restaurants in London. Click here for a full list of Square Meal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.
Scotland’s only two Michelin star restaurant “Restaurant Andrew Fairlie” has long been top of our wish list, so to finally get ourselves a reservation was a foodie dream come true. A gift from a family member for a six course tasting menu for two, finally gave us the chance to visit Gleneagles and eat at Andrew Fairlies legendary restaurant.Long before both of us were even born, Andrew Fairlie became the first winner of the roux scholarship way back in 1984. A twenty year old Fairlie choose to work with legendary chef Michel Guerard at Les Prés d’Eugine for three months and then proceeded to work in some...
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