Where to dine and stay during the Festival
Perth has some lovely hotels, restaurants and cafes.Why not take in a show, a dinner and an overnight stay - a perfect evening or even better a perfect weekend in Perthshire.
63 Tay Street, is an Eat Scotland Gold Award holder, situated in the heart of historic Perth adjacent to the River Tay which passes through the town. The restaurant by day is light and airy with a contemporary feel to the space. In the evenings for diner the atmosphere is relaxed and sophisticated.They will be serving a pre-theatre menu from 5.30pm during the Festival.
The Bothy Restaurant which is a stones throw from both Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall (literally) has a pre theatre menu available every night from 5pm – 7pm. Or if you prefer, come in for a dessert and coffee after the show. The Famous Grouse bar is also the perfect location for a pre-show cocktail!
Deans @ Let's Eat restaurant offers modern Scottish cuisine and homemade breads, sauces and chocolates and is just around the corner from Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre. Chef, Willy Deans, offers a £10.50 early evening menu Tuesday - Friday, and a Saturday Grill Menu, which are great for theatre goers.
Reids Cafe which is located on the High Street, just opposite the junction with George Street, is a cafe bistro which offers a great selection of locally sourced prodcue on thier all-day menu.
Other lovely restaurants, who all provide Pre-Theatre menus, are Willows Coffee Shop (Friday & Saturday only), Cafe Breizh, Cafe Tabou, Oxalys, Pig'halle, Grand Italia, Vita Bar & Grill, Sante Winebar & Restaurant and newly opened, The Post Box on George Street. They are all minutes walk away from the Concert Hall and the Theatre and come highly recommended. Perth Concert Hall has a restaurant offering Pre-Show Menus. Visit Glassrooms Perth Concert Hall for the menus.
Hotels and B&B
The Parklands Hotel provides Perth with an unbeatable combination of quality accommodation and two highly regarded restaurants. A consistent awards winner, it has won the Perth Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2007, 2010 and 2011. It has also received the Best Bistro award for No. 1 The Bank Bistro at the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2009 and 2011. 63@Parklands restaurant is fine dining at its best with traditional and new dishes combined on a menu to provide a great experience.
Hilton Dunkeld House, just 12 miles north of Perth, is a 4star country house hotel, set on the banks of the Tay, with great Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rates generally available mid-week. Full details on their website.
Methven Castle is an idyllic hideaway offering luxury bed and breakfast on an exclusive basis. With it's beautiful setting overlooking the Perthshire countryside and stunning views, Methven Castle is the private home of the Murdoch family offering private accommodation on an exclusive basis for those who wish to be out of the limelight.
If B&B's are more you cup of tea, you could try Scotia B&B, on Dunkeld Road or the Glebe B&B which is about 6m north of the city centre. You can also see self catering holiday accommodation at TS Properties.
Some bars to try in Perth - The Green Room, Greyfriars Bar, The Foundry.
Glassrooms Restaurant at Perth Concert Hall reservations 01738 477724
Perth Festival of the Arts Dinner Menu
2 Courses £14.50 | 3 Courses £17.50
Soup of the day served with crusty bread
Salt and pepper fried baby squid with sweet chilli dipping sauce
Warm asparagus on toasted ciabatta with poached egg & hollandaise
Mushroom ravioli in a light thyme & garlic cream
Chicken liver terrine with a blood orange dressing & oatcakes
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Pan fried cod loin cauliflower puree, bacon & peas with crisp parma ham
Glazed pork fillet & crisp pork belly redwine jus & creamy thyme mash, broccoli florets
Wild mushroom mille feuille with pesto & tomato fondue
Warm salmon & garden vegetable salad with lemon & Dijon vinaigrette
Roast leg of lamb minted new potatoes, green beans and a kidney & sherry jus
Dish of the day
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Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake with passionfruit sorbet
Cappuccino crème brulee with hazelnut shortbread
Apple tart tatin with crème anglaise and caramel ice cream
Selection of cheese with biscuits
Selection of ice cream