Barley Bree

26 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type



Date of travel

Sep, 2013

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

Culture / Sightseeing

Hidden away in the village of Muthill, a few miles from Crieff in Perthshire is this unexpected surprise – a “restaurant with rooms” which is a real pleasure to visit, whether for lunch or dinner or for their 2-night B&B package, or more. It has been created by a young Anglo-French couple, Alison and Fabrice Bouteloup during the past three years. There is ample parking space, a warm and friendly welcome from Alison and her well-trained staff and a choice of six immaculate, comfortable and well-appointed rooms plus a very relaxing lounge for guests. But it is the fare provided by Fabrice and his small team which really sets The Barley Bree apart. He uses local Scottish ingredients plus French creativity to produce constantly-changing menus – his scallops and shrimp soup and the slow-cooked ox cheeks are specially memorable, amongst many more specialties (not to mention the home-made bread and his ‘full Scottish’ breakfasts).

The carefully chosen wine list is testament to Alison/s expertise and contributes to the overall sense of quality and value-for-money at the Barley Bree.

Muthill is conveniently close to Gleneagles (for the 2014 Ryder Cup golf perhaps?) and the stunning gardens of Drummond Castle are also nearby. This is also a very convenient base to visit Edinburgh and Pitlochry – both less than an hour away – and much more of Scotland.

Alison and Fabrice certainly deserve their recognition as Restaurant of the Year in the 2013 Scottish Restaurants Awards and I am pretty sure that more awards will come their way in the coming years.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.