Seafood and Stars - Restaurants in Fife
If you’re on a culinary tour of Scotland, do make sure you check out some of the restaurants in Fife. This former kingdom on the east coast of Scotland might be most famous as the home of golf – the Royal and Ancient Golf Club is in St Andrews – but it also has an extensive coastline, so fresh fish is a local speciality, and ready access to great ingredients such as raspberries from nearby Tayside.
There are two restaurants in Fife with Michelin stars. The first is the
(T.01334 840206, on the B940 by Cupar) an 18th-century inn which has long had a reputation for fine food. Now a restaurant with rooms, the Peat Inn serves plenty of Scottish produce cooked with a modern flourish. Dishes might include salmon from the Shetland isles, or smoked wood pigeon – while desserts range from peanut butter mousse, to a banana and rum soufflé.
The well-heeled coastal town of Elie is home to Fife’s other Michelin starred restaurant –
(T 01333 331001, 51 High Street). The menu reflects the seasons and the produce that is available from Scotland – so you might find roast lamb with carrot puree on the menu, a twice baked cheese soufflé or a seared monkfish tail.
If your budget can’t quite stretch to Michelin starred dining, don’t worry, there are plenty more great restaurants in Fife.
The Inn at Lathones
(T 01334 840494, on A915, by Largoward) is a former coaching inn that has 2 AA rosettes for its food. The menu features plenty of fish – from hand dived scallops to grilled mackerel. While in the coastal village of St Monans, you can try the Seafood Restaurant (T 01333 730327, 16 West End) which has gorgeous views of the harbour. They have a sister restaurant in St Andrews.
Eating in Anstruther
The East Neuk of Fife is the name given to a collection of picturesque fishing villages on the Fife coast. There’s Crail - a favourite with artists; Pittenweem - a lovely working village; St Monans, Elie and Largo. However our favourite is Anstruther, a lively village with a great atmosphere, home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum, a busy lifeboat station and some great pubs and restaurants.
Amongst these is
(T 01333 310378, 22 East Green) a wonderfully romantic restaurant that is tucked down a back street just a short walk from Anstruther’s harbour. It has 3 AA rosettes and serves fresh Scottish produce with contemporary flair – seafood is a speciality so the menu might include fish soup and pesto crusted cod.
If you want a simple pub meal then the Dreel Tavern (High Street West) is well worth trying. And if it’s fish and chips you’re after then make for the famous
Anstruther Fish Bar
on Shore Street, by the harbour. They serve award-winning fish and chips – Prince William is said to have called in to try them when he was a student at nearby St Andrews University. Eat them outside, wrapped in paper, while you watch the boats bobbing in the harbour. Perfect.
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