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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Opulent cooking at a historic family estate

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At a glance

Open all year
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Initially bought as a holiday home by the MacRobert family in the 1880s, Douneside was creatively enhanced with a crenellated tower and extra rooms, and presents a pleasingly asymmetrical façade to the world. The family trust still oversees the running of the place, from its excellent gardens to the fully equipped spa hotel. Completing the picture is a dynamic kitchen supplied by an industrious kitchen garden, fish from the Peterhead boats, and meat from a local butcher with a royal warrant. David Butters combines forward-looking culinary thinking with plenty of old-school opulence in dishes that might embrace a truffled egg with wild mushrooms in artichoke velouté to begin, and then a pairing of halibut and braised oxtail with anise-spiked carrots in citrus beurre blanc, or Gressingham duck with bok choi and orange. An appealing light touch at dessert produces lemon posset with marshmallow, poppyseed meringue and blackberry sorbet, or there are artisan cheeses with oatcakes and quince. The five-course tasting menu, framed by canapés and petits fours, perhaps centring on Highland venison with kohlrabi, chervil roots and dauphinoise, should be reserved 24 hours ahead.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): David Butters

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Classic
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 24
  • Wines over £30: 70
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £20
  • 3-course lunch from: £28
  • 2-course dinner from: £35
  • 3-course dinner from: £45
  • Tasting menu from: £80
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

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