The Scottish seafood restaurant named among the best in the UK


Trips to the seaside usually mean sunshine, beaches and of course, all the best kinds of food.

From fish and chips in newspaper wrappers to the joys of a 99 flake ice cream, our favourite foods always bring back great memories.

With the current staycation boom seeing more and more Scots returning to Scottish beaches in droves, and memories of nostalgic trips of the past, top food writer Grace Dent has named Britain’s best places to eat on the coast to create new memories.

From top restaurants to seafood shacks, the list is filled with exciting picks – however, it’s one restaurant, in particular, that’s caught our attention – and that’s the sole Scottish eatery named among the top UK wide selections.

The Masterchef judge singled out The Silver Darling in Aberdeen on the list.

Top food critic Grace Dent has picked out her favourite restaurants around Britain’s coast.

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Speaking about the list, published in conjunction with Ainsley Harriot in The Times, Grace said: “We’ve been eating the same food in the sun in this country for decades.

“The seaside experience in Britain never really changes, which is what makes it so lovely and comforting.”

The Masterchef judge singled out The Silver Darling in Aberdeen for high praise, naming it as her only Scottish choice.

Named for a Scottish term for the herring (in reflection of its seafood focus), The Silver Darling was opened in the 1980s and has been at the forefront of fine dining in the Granite City ever since.

With views out to the North Sea and the source of the incredible ingredients used in its dishes, the seasonal SD menu is carefully created by talented head chef Craig Somers.

Speaking about the Aberdeen favourite, Grace said: “Right on the docks in an old government building, from here there’s a fine view of Aberdeenshire’s remarkable coastline.

“It’s right in the middle of fisherman’s land. Silver Darling is a nickname for herring and the restaurant is almost a tribute to the people who’ve earned a living from fishing here over the centuries. Rod Stewart really loves eating here. The chips are especially good.”

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