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
  • It allows your business to capitalise on the increased promotion of Scotland's food and drink during the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015

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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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 Review:

A Digital Review is available free of charge to businesses that are part of our Quality Assurance scheme. A Digital Review is carried out by your VisitScotland Industry Relationship Manager and provides an overview of your website and, where possible, your website users with feedback about possible improvements and changes.


Find out more about our Digital Review.



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