Where to Eat in Aberdeen

If you’re just here for a list of where to eat in Aberdeen, scroll to the bottom of the post, if not, please have a read! (Shoutout to the Cletheroe fam below)

Where to eat in aberdeen

What has happened? 

I was heartbroken earlier this month to discover that two of my favourite Aberdeen restaurants, The Adelphi Kitchen and Cue, were to be closing.

I’ve been a devoted customer to Adelphi since its opening in 2014. I’ve seen seasonal menus change, introducing diners to new flavours and ways of cooking. I’ve entered the cosy restaurant on bustling Saturday nights, calm Tuesday lunchtimes, and in the midst of boozy Christmas merriment. My mouth has watered over their slow-cooked ribs, pulled pork, smoked halloumi burgers, mushroom wellingtons, scallops, crab cakes, cheese fries, honey glazed carrots, apple pies, chocolate delices, whisky cocktails and milky coffees. Not all in one night I might add! I’ve had dates here, I’ve brought friends here, I’ve had gossip filled lunches with my mum here. I even worked a shift as a kitchen porter. The Adelphi Kitchen played a huge role in introducing me to my love of food in my late teens, and was gone, just like that.

Even Cue, the new US style meat-laden kid on the block has closed its doors. While I didn’t have the chance to visit it as often, I’ve enjoyed many a pulled pork taco at Cue, enjoyed watching ego-driven groups of men attempt their food challenges, and giggled at the speed my boyfriend was able to consume their epic bacon cheeseburger. Even my picky dad was able to find food he loved at Cue!

Thankfully, due to demand and new ownership, the wonderful Adelphi Kitchen has since re-opened, you can read my review of it here. Cue however, shall be dearly missed, alongside other eateries such as The Albyn, Merchant Bistro and Bite Me whom have also suffered, they are all a great loss to Aberdeen.

 

What can we do to make a difference?

The downturn in oil prices has hit North East Scotland hard. Hundreds of jobs have been lost, office buildings lay empty, high streets are in decline, dreary pound shops stand where we once had bustling business, and now local restaurants are taking the hit too. While I completely understand those who have been made redundant or who have elected to make career changes due to the crisis are unlikely to have fine dining on their minds, we can all make little changes to help boost our local economy outwith oil and gas to stop more business closure and job loss.

Union Square shopping centre has been a blessing for local shoppers and diners, able to chow down at their favourite restaurant chains, chop til late and grab a train to anywhere they like. However I cannot help but feel that it may have somewhat harmed the small Aberdeen business and restaurants that operate outwith the centre.

My mum and I ended up in Union Square last Saturday night, and both could not help but comment on how busy the centre was. Usually it would not phase us, but as it was the week before pay day in a city experiencing an economic downturn, it didn’t quite add up. With a new shopping centre being built opposite Aberdeen’s beautiful Marischal College too, supposedly to be filled with shops, chain restaurants and yet another cinema, it seems like our high street and local businesses are about to take another big hit in years to come.

While shopping at any shop, large or small, in Aberdeen helps the economy more so than buying online, what it doesn’t do is encourage growth or investment. So what I’m asking us all to do is make little changes in our attitudes and routines to help our once wealthy city a little better off.

Instead of heading to Pret a Manger for your lunchtime sandwich or morning coffee, visit Cup, Foodstory or Books and Beans for fresh coffee, delicious handmade salads, soups, sandwiches and tempting baked goods.

Instead of meeting your friends at Nando’s for an affordable meaty meal, head to Maggie’s Grill, Rye and Soda or the ever-cheesy Melt for a well-deserved feast instead.

If you’re craving sugary salvation, drop that Starbucks muffin and head for Almondine, Crolla’s Gelateria or Cocoa Ooze to tuck into perfect handcrafted patisserie, ice cream and chocolates.

If you’re lucky enough to have an extended budget, Moonfish Cafe, and Number 1 Bar and Grill are prime locations for incredibly fine local food at the higher end of the scale.

All of these places are within walking distance of Union Street. All of these places are run and staffed by locals. All of these places are too good to lose. So please, if you can, buy something from those quirky little shops, recommend a restaurant to a friend, and try somewhere outwith Union Square for your next meal out.

It’s our city, it’s our local food scene and the only ones who can support it are ourselves!

 


Where to Eat in Aberdeen

For coffee, cake or something sweet:

 

For breakfast or lunch:

 

For Scottish food:

 

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If you know of anywhere new or somewhere great that I’ve missed, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

 

10 Comment

  1. Check out Parx Cafe on Rosemount Terrace, especially for breakfast rolls and super lunch options 🙂 Their coffee is pretty darn good as well x

    1. Kelly Cletheroe Kelly Cletheroe says: Reply

      Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll add it to the list!

  2. Naomi Distavi-set says: Reply

    Bistro Verde
    Hong Kong Cafe (Aberdeen Market)
    Sushi Box (Aberdeen Market)
    Siam Cottage
    99 Bar
    Josephine’s
    The Terrace Lounge
    The Tippling House
    The Coffee House
    Cognito Cafe

    1. Kelly Cletheroe Kelly Cletheroe says: Reply

      Thank you for the recommendations! 🙂

  3. Cafe 52 for a cheap lunch and it’s all freshly cooked. Seasonal and tasty.

    1. Kelly Cletheroe Kelly Cletheroe says: Reply

      Cafe 52 is on my list of places to try, I’m sure it will be added to the list soon. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  4. Fresh Mex at The Adams & The Hawthorn on Holburn St. does great Mexican food as well – in the same vein as Muchacho.

    Rustico for Italian and Rustichetto (their takeaway service) which does great pizza and pastas.

    1. Kelly Cletheroe Kelly Cletheroe says: Reply

      Omg completely forgot to include Rustico, it’s an Aberdeen institution, I’ll amend that!

      I’ve still to try out Fresh Mex, but I’ve heard good things. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  5. Teasel and tweed Rosemount Viaduct should get a mention. Local owners, all scottish stock, craft workshops and great waffles, what more could you ask for?

    1. Kelly Cletheroe Kelly Cletheroe says: Reply

      Ah, I’ve heard of Teasel and Tweed but never had the chance to try them out! I’ll need to pop down one lunchtime, especially if they have waffles, thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

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