On the way up to Pitlochry for our evening at The Enchanted Forest this year, we stopped at Taste Perthshire for some dinner.

Taste Perthshire is a wee stop off on the A9 about 20 minutes south of Pitlochry. It’s like a lovely garden centre; with a shop, a restaurant, a little play frame for the kids to have a play on and some highland cows to see, or even to feed.

The restaurant was our main reason for stopping by and we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was great – we had steak pie, fish & chips, and the kids had their mac & cheese. Your proper home cooked fayre. It was all very tasty with good portion sizes. The kids meals were great value as well.

They also serve up salads, sharing platters, haggis, some curries and some mouth watering cakes and desserts.

There’s a little play frame with a slide out the back of the restaurant. You can see it through the window so the kids had fun playing out there while we waited on our food. It is only small but suitable for kids their age. Younger kids would need supervision. My two played quite happily out there though, and I had to go drag them back inside for their food.

If you head round the back of the building you can meet or even feed their highland cows. I mean, who doesn’t love a highland cow? The wee baby cow we were feeding was the sweetest little thing, and its mummy was quite adorable too. The cows were very friendly and headed straight over to us when they heard the paper bag with their food rustling. They were quite happy to be patted as well, though you do have to watch out for those horns!

You can buy food for the cows in the shop for £2 per bag. Feeding the cows was honestly most wholesome activity – nothing feeds the soul more than a pat of a wee baby cow.

In the shop there’s loads of nice stuff to buy; local food, a room full of gin, lovely candles and homeware, wooly hats… They also had some great hampers that would make some fab Christmas gifts.

We were there at Halloween and there was a Halloween section in the shop plus a Christmas shop with loads of lovely Christmassy bits in it.

I also have to give a shout out to the restaurant staff. They were so nice and so pleasant. Absolutely lovely.

I would highly recommend Taste Perthshire if you are heading up or down the A9 and want a place to stop for food, for a cuppa, or to meet some friendly highland cows.