5 Indie Finds to Visit in Stirling

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Earlier this month we had a weekend stay in Stirling - though it’s only an hour away from Dundee it isn’t somewhere we’d spent much time so it felt like a proper wee break. If you’re fancying a day trip, check out 5 of our finds below.

1. Nooch Bar & Kitchen just opened in December and is the only fully vegan eatery in Stirling. It has such a lovely atmosphere, with the cosiest interior on the snowy night we visited for dinner and a pub quiz. The food was fantastic - fine dining at affordable prices. We’d recommend the sea crackers and ‘crab’ dip and the nooch mac x cauliflower cheese.

44 Upper Craigs, Stirling / https://www.noochbk.co.uk/

2. We stayed at Fletcher’s Hotel which we found via an Itison offer. It’s often tricky to find a hotel which caters for vegans, especially if you’re buying a voucher, but Fletcher’s were so accommodating. We had dinner included one evening where there is a separate vegan menu with classics like burger and pizzas. The crispy cauliflower wings were a fab sharing starter, and we enjoyed a vegan sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The vegetarian cooked breakfast can be made vegan and they offered us a jug of oat milk for making tea in our room.

78 Upper Craigs, Stirling / https://fletchersstirling.co.uk/

3. At first there didn’t seem to be much in the way of indie shops but then we found Made in Stirling which is a huge treasure trove of local makers. It feels like a department store craft market hybrid and you could spend hours in there shopping for beautiful things. You can also check out their online shop and make sure you keep an eye out for exhibitions if you’re planning a visit.

44 King Street, Stirling / https://madeinstirlingstore.com/

4. Vera Artisan Bakery & Kitchen offers some vegan options if you’re looking for a light lunch or coffee and cake. There are handy labels in the cake counter with allergens clearly market and vegan items ticked so it’s easy to see which treats you can eat.

51 King Street, Stirling / https://veraartisanbakery.co.uk/

5. We had the tastiest lunch at HBW Coffee. With an almost fully vegan menu, there’s so much to choose from. We had pancakes with maple bacon and scrambled tofu, and chocolate babka French toast with biscoff pudding, cream and berries - delicious! I was also delighted to have my first white hot chocolate in the almost 7 years I’ve been vegan.

54/56 Barnton St, Stirling / https://www.hbwcoffee.co.uk/

I’d love to hear if you check any of these businesses out on your next Stirling trip. If you have any other recommendations let me know!

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