Enjoying fish and chips on Stonehaven Beach has been ranked as one of the world’s top food experiences.
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist celebrates and rates 500 food experiences from around the world.
At number 31 on the list, fish and chips is the UK’s top entry, with a special mention given to Stonehaven beach and The Bay Fish & Chips shop.
The guide states: “Sailing boats bob in the harbour; rockpools teem with crabs and sea stars; gulls ride on the breeze; and in the distance, the leaden horizon of the North Sea.
“Completing the scene, halfway along the beach is The Bay Fish & Chips, whose fish is wild-caught from Marine Stewardship Council-certified stocks.
“Considering the setting, the sustainability and the beautifully cooked fish, is it the best fish and chip shop in the world? The constant queue suggests so.”
The list also features smoked salmon in the Outer Hebrides and Arbroath smokies next to baozi in Shanghai, steak tartare in Paris, and clam chowder in Boston.
A total of 29 of the 500 featured experiences can be enjoyed across the UK and Ireland.
Compiled by a panel of experts, Scotland’s entries include:
- Fish and chips on Stonehaven Beach (ranked 31)
- Smoked salmon in the Outer Hebrides (39)
- Arbroath smokies from Scotland’s east coast (163)
- Langoustines in “the pretty little fishing village of Ullapool” in northern Scotland (221)
- Chicken tikka masala in Glasgow (450)