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Fife and St Andrews restaurants and cafes

With its long tradition of fishing, Fife and St Andrews prizes its locally-sourced food and here are some of the best places to eat. St Andrews has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and famous, attracted by the magnet of the Old Course, of course. There are many other options for golfers who choose to immerse themselves in bunker culture throughout their stay. The Dunvegan Hotel has been such a favourite that when former owners Jack and Sheena Willoughby put it on the market in 2017, it was bought by a consortium of keen golfers, with the Willoughbys maintaining an interest. Somewhere to satisfy everyone, whether they are musing over a scorecard or not, is Forgan’s. This stylish offering on Market Street is in the former golf club factory and has been transformed into a welcoming space. There’s even a special children’s menu.

Our picks

The Dreel Tavern
Fish and chips

16 High St W, Anstruther KY10 3DL

One of Anstruther’s most historic buildings, The Dreel Tavern has served the area as a venue for fine food and drinks over the years. Apart from the delightful atmosphere available, there is an awesome beer garden overlooking the Dreel burn, enjoying the summer sun all day long. For those dark winter months The Dreel boasts a grand open fire to add to that cosy feeling whilst enjoying good company and fare! The East Neuk of Fife is justifiably becoming renowned for the quality of food available in the area. The team are committed to creating recipes from as much locally-sourced produce as possible from both the farm and the fishing boat. The menu will change to accommodate what is available in the changing seasons. In addition, daily specials are offered and a tempting variety of freshly-cooked bar snacks and vegetarian options. Visit website

Playfair’s Restaurant and Steakhouse

Playfair Terrace, 2 North St, St Andrews KY16 9HX

Playfair’s Restaurant and Steakhouse is a family-run business in St Andrews which serves up amazing dishes with an emphasis on Scottish food and ingredients. AA Rosette-rated, there are two south-facing terraces and a cosy dining room where you can enjoy either lunch or dinner. Head Chef Duncan McLachlan is passionate about three things when it comes to food: flavour, origin and seasonality. This, paired with Playfair’s’ exceptional Scottish hospitality makes this the perfect setting for any occasion. Visit website

The Cellar

24 E Green, Anstruther KY10 3AA

The Cellar offers just one tasting menu, inspired by seasonal Scottish produce and locally-foraged ingredients from Scotland’s coastline and countryside. The team work passionately, sourcing the best produce available throughout the seasons, enabling them to create a purposefully-designed and thoughtful dining experience. Visit website

Coffee beans

95 South St, St Andrews KY16 9QW

With an emphasis on specialty coffee, ethical sourcing and sustainability, Zest is an independent social enterprise in St Andrews supporting and employing people with additional support needs, helping them learn valuable work and life skills. Zest is a multi-award winning cafe and a finalist in this year’s The Courier Menu Awards for Coffeeshop of the Year! A range of beans are available for those keen home baristas, and four different origins are available to try in store… visit, experiment and find your favourite! The baristas are trained and qualified to international standards, are passionate about coffee and love some friendly banter with visitors. Try a delicious single origin coffee with a fresh baked Danish pastry… yum! Visit website

The Courtyard
The Courtyard Cupar

29A Bonnygate, Cupar KY15 4BU

A firm favourite with both locals and visitors alike, The Courtyard in the Fife town of Cupar serves up a variety of tasty dishes. Enjoy seafood, game, vegan and more in this small restaurant or al fresco in the attractive courtyard. Thanks to chef/proprietor Hermann Schmid, a few Bavarian dishes (and beers) can also be enjoyed. Small menu, seasonal dishes and interesting specials board. Visit website

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