Stag & Thistle - Kilmaurs

30 Main Street, KA3 2SF

Kilmarnock, Ayrshire & Arran

Cuisine: British, European, Gastro Pub

About Stag & Thistle - Kilmaurs

Quirky gastropub dining in Kilmaurs, Ayrshire

​Offering funky decor and a friendly welcome, Stag & Thistle is a village pub and restaurant with a difference. An award-winning cider garden with heated beach huts, a beer fridge fashioned from a red telephone box, and thistle-themed wallpaper all combine to create a unique dining spot. Guests can sample an extensive menu of classic British and international grub combined combined with cocktails, wine, beer and a collection of over 100 gins.

Gourmet British and international pub grub

The menu at Stag & Thistle is divided into wee bites, classic mains, burgers, steaks, seafood, pasta, crepes, salads and even a We Love Tatties section.

Dishes can change, but sample picks include the Stag & Thistle Burger with tattie scone, haggis, cheese and whisky sauce; steak pie made using the chef’s own secret recipe, and chicken katsu curry.

Veggies can tuck into choices like the creamy Thai spiced vegetable crepe, while potato lovers will go wild over the chilli cheese tatties. For dessert, you can enjoy treats such as regular fresh baking or Parma Violet cheesecake.

Slushy cocktails served in giant strawberry cups are a particular highlight of the drinks menu, while the afternoon tea is served on a highly Instagrammable mini picnic bench.

Kilmaurs attractions and transport links

Stag & Thistle is based in the village centre, about a five-minute walk from the train station. The Carmel Waters are close by, so you could take a stroll by the stream after eating. Eglinton and Carpington castles are both local attractions, as is the tranquil Laigh Milton Viaduct (the oldest surviving one in Scotland). It takes about half an hour to reach the restaurant by car from Glasgow city centre, making for a nice day out and a drive.

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