Food & drink

There’s a surprisingly wide variety of quality produce available throughout the Glenkens and Dumfries and Galloway in general. With a fantastic selection available in the New Galloway Community Shop next door, you’ll have all you need to make some tasty meals at your own home from home whilst you’re here. As well as dairy cattle (there are some top quality, artisan dairy producers in the area including Loch Arthur Creamery), you’ll spot herds of the famous Belted Galloway with its distinct markings throughout the region – and Galloway Beef is available at local independent butchers too. There are lots of sheep farms in the area. Plus we are very lucky to have Hidden Veg, a small market garden, super close by in Balmaclellan. They produce a vast array of seasonal salads and green beans, courgettes and more.   

If you want to treat yourself to anything from coffee and cake to a celebratory meal during your holiday in south-west Scotland, here are some of our favourite places nearby. (See below)


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The CatStrand Café

The CatStrand Café: is literally a few more doors down the street. Open seven days a week, the licensed café offers light lunches, home-baking and tea and coffee.

    The Clachan Inn

    The Clachan Inn, St John’s Town of Dalry: award-winning pub in the heart of the Glenkens and Galloway, just 3 ½ miles away. Offering the finest in traditional and varied food, from bar snacks to exquisite dining in the restaurant and bothy. The experienced team use only locally sourced, seasonal produce of the finest quality.

    Carlo’s Restaurant

    Carlo’s Restaurant brings a taste of Italy to this corner of Scotland. Chef proprietor Carlos is from the Lombardy region of Italy and has over 30 years’ experience. He sources local, seasonal produce and mussels and baked sea bass are a speciality.

    Mr Pooks

    Mr Pooks in Castle Douglas showcases some of the best produce from Dumfries and Galloway. The team work closely with local suppliers and even forage and collect their own ingredients. It has a fantastic, relaxed vibe and has a wonderful array of excellent food and drinks.

      The Ken Bridge Hotel

      The Ken Bridge Hotel is about a 10 minute walk along from New Galloway Holiday Cottages. It serves food as well as drink and has an outside seating area with stunning views across the river to the fields beyond.

      Dark Art Distillery

      The Dark Art Distillery in Kirkcudbright crafts and creates luxurious spirits inspired by the crystal-clear night skies above the Galloway Forest Park. They use night-time blooming and scenting botanicals in their secret gin recipe. Book a tasting tour, find out more at their Visitor Centre where you can also stock up on your favourite in their shop.

      Crafty Distillery

      The Crafty Distillery in Newton Stewart won Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year at the Scottish Gin Awards in 2021. They are the creators of Hills and Harbour Gin and Billy & Co Single Malt Whisky and you can book a tour of the distillery to find out how they do that. They also offer a selection of artisan local produce for takeaway. You can even join them for a Galloway Gin Escape, a tour of the hills and coastlines of Galloway where you can help forage for the botanicals used to make their Hills & Harbour Gin, then on your return make some cocktails and end the day with a tour of the distillery.

      Why stay in New Galloway?

      Situated in the heart of the Galloway Forest, close to The Southern Upland Way, New Galloway has a thriving community and is the ideal holiday destination. Explore rural Scotland from countryside to coast, discover the lochs and the hills, harbours and market towns, castles, gardens, galleries and more. There’s so much to see and do here. You’ll want to return to this part of Scotland again and again!

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