Restaurants, Cafes, Bars and
Taste Our Best Scheme
Food and drink is an important part of Scottish cultural identity
and heritage and is a key strength in promoting Scotland as a
holiday destination. Sampling traditional dishes and local produce
is one of the top activities undertaken by our visitors.
Promoting Scotland’s food and drink is a
recipe for success and VisitScotland’s food and drink Quality
Assurance scheme - Taste Our Best - has been designed to recognise
and celebrate businesses that are providing locally sourced,
quality food and drink.
The scheme is open to restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and
takeaways to join.
Our Best criteria for bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and
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For further advice on how to promote the provenance of your food
offer to help you achieve Taste Our Best see our Promoting
Promoting Provenance for
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Cost of scheme membership and schedule of conditions:
- Stand alone restaurant, bistro, brassiere, bar or pub £120
- Stand alone coffee shop or café £75 + VAT
- Takeaway £50 + VAT
- Schedule of conditions
How does Taste Our Best
- Under the Taste Our Best
scheme, businesses receive an assessment of their food provision
and menu by qualified assessors.
- The scheme
accredits businesses that offer a quality food and drink
experience and include and promote Scottish produce on their
menus. Those that meet the criteria gain the
The main business benefits of Taste Our
- By becoming a Taste Our Business you
will stand apart and will be making it easy
for visitors to identify your business as being one which delivers
the very best Scottish food and drink experience.
- 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%
- It allows your business to capitalise on
the increased promotion of Scotland’s food and drink
industry leading up to and during the Year of Food and Drink
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. Assessment is based on the provision of facilities
and services and recognises efforts made by operators to provide
Welcome Scheme participation is now part of
the Quality Assurance Scheme at no additional cost. If you wish
your grading to include any of the specific Welcome Schemes you
must complete the 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
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.