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Criteria for achieving Taste Our Best

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

A wide range of businesses, from restaurants, cafes and takeaways to hotels, visitor attractions and B&Bs can join Taste Our Best.  Depending on your type of business, please review the relevant criteria below to achieve Taste Our Best and the guidance on how best to promote the provenance of the food and drink you serve.

Taste Our Best assessments are part of our Quality Assurance scheme for hotels, visitor attractions and small serviced accommodation providers, so are carried out as part of the overall quality grading visit.
If you are part of a relevant QA scheme you don't need to apply separately, but need to meet some additional criteria to achieve Taste Our Best.


Restaurants, bars and takeaways

2022/23 prices

- Stand alone restaurant, bistro, brassiere, bar or pub £127.70 + VAT
- Stand alone coffee shop or café £79.80 + VAT
- Takeaway £53.20 + VAT

Criteria for restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and takeaways

Published May 2015

Information about joining the Taste Our Best Scheme for stand-alone food businesses

Promoting provenance - stand-alone food providers

Published July 2018

A guide for restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes showing how you can promote the Scottish Provenance of your menu

Hotels and exclusive use venues

TOB criteria - hotels

Published July 2018

Detailed criteria for hotels for joining Taste Our Best

Promoting provenance - hotels

Published July 2018

Advice for hotels on how to promote Scottish Provenance of their menus

Taste Our Best criteria - exclusive use venues

Published July 2018

Detailed criteria for exclusive use venues joining Taste Our Best

Small serviced accommodation

This group includes small accommodation businesses that provide food for guests:

- B&Bs
- Farmhouses
- Guest accommodation
- Guest houses
- Inns 
- Restaurants with rooms

Taste Our Best criteria - small serviced accommodation

Published July 2018

Advice for small serviced accommodation providers who wish to join the Taste Our Best Scheme.

Promoting provenance small serviced accommodation

Published July 2018

Advice for small serviced accommodation businesses about how to promote the Scottish provenance of their menus

Visitor attractions

This group includes the following types of business that provide food for guests:

- Visitor attractions
- Activity providers
- Activity centres
- Arts venues
- Tour operators that offer a visitor experience.

Taste Our Best criteria - visitor attractions

Published November 2015

Full details of the criteria that visitor attractions need to meet for our Taste Our Best scheme

Promoting provenance - visitor attractions

Published July 2018

A guide for visitor attractions, showing you how to showcase high quality Scottish ingredients

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