Restaurants, Cafes, Bars and Takeaways


Taste Our Best Scheme

VisitScotland's food and drink Quality Assurance scheme, Taste Our Best, recognises and celebrates businesses providing locally sourced quality food and drink.  


Extensive research has shown the desire to sample traditional dishes and local produce is high visitors to Scotland's agenda. Becoming a Taste Our Best business will help you to attract customers on the look out for quality food with local provenance.


The benefits of Taste Our Best

  • By becoming a Taste Our Best business you will stand apart and visitors will be able to easily identify that you deliver the very best Scottish food and drink
  • It can help you attract more customers and improve your bottom line - research has shown that visitors will pay up to 15% more for food of Scottish origin and businesses promoting Scottish produce typically enjoy up to 20% higher sales.

What's involved in Taste Our Best assessment ?


In the Taste Our Best scheme, businesses receive an assessment of their food provision and menu by qualified assessors:


PDF documentTaste Our Best criteria for bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways - size 319kb


The scheme accredits businesses that offer a quality food and drink experience and include and promote Scottish produce on their menus:


PDF documentPromoting Provenance for bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways - size 2mb


Cost of Scheme membership and schedule of conditions:

  • Stand alone restaurant, bistro, brassiere, bar or pub £120 + VAT
  • Stand alone coffee shop or café £75 + VAT
  • Takeaway £50 + VAT
  • Schedule of conditions

Please complete our General Enquiry form to enquire about joining Taste Our Best.


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Welcome Schemes:

A range of Welcome Schemes has been developed by VisitScotland to complement our Quality Assurance Scheme. VisitScotland's Welcome Schemes recognise the efforts of quality assured businesses to cater for the needs of visitors with specific interests such as cyclists or walkers.  Assessment is based on the provision of facilities and services and recognises efforts made by operators to provide for visitors.


Welcome Scheme participation is part of our Quality Assurance scheme at no additional cost. If you would like your grading to include any of the specific Welcome Schemes complete our application form and your advisor will check that you meet the criteria at the time of their visit.


View the Welcome Scheme criteria documents and application form.


Digital support:

Find out how you can promote your business through digital platforms including We provide support to businesses in the form of our business surgeries and digital reviews to help you take advantage of your digital marketing options. 


In addition to the support we can provide, the Digital Tourism Scotland website is an essential resource for any businesses looking to use digital marketing and technology to grow their business. 


Find out more about our business surgeries, digital reviews and Digital Tourism Scotland here.




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