Fife, the natural peninsula on the east coast of Scotland, bounded to the north by the Firth of Tay and to the south by the Firth of Forth, is one of the treasures of Scotland, and the entire United Kingdom. With its stunning coastal and rural scenery, picturesque villages and towns (and don’t forget, in St Andrews it is also the spiritual home of golf) Fife is also the origin of a range of some of the most influential people of all time, in politics, medicine, culture, music, economics and sport. Notable Fifers include a range of stars from throughout the ages, including writer Iain Banks, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 18th century physicians David Pitcairn and William Pitcairn, economist Adam Smith, darts player Jocky Wilson, accordionist Jimmy Shand, and musicians KT Tunstall and James Yorkston. There must be something in the water. Or perhaps there is something in the food, for Fife is foodie heaven on earth, home to a succession of gorgeous, award-winning establishments dotted throughout the peninsula. Here are 5 of the top restaurants in Fife, where memorable meals and outstanding ambiance and service are guaranteed.
1. The Cellar, Anstruther
FOR more than 40 years, The Cellar has been one of the top restaurants in Fife. The Cellar offers great Scottish food, and a distinctive and beautifully decorated and maintained premises in which to enjoy it. Complementing the cuisine are impressive selections of locally produced beers, Scottish gins, whisky and carefully selected wines from around the world.
2. Eden Restaurant at Eden Mansion Hotel
Here is a particularly grand and sumptuous dining destination, Eden Restaurant, based in The Eden Mansion Hotel at St Andrew’s. One of the standout restaurants in Fife, Eden offers the ultimate in luxury dining, whatever your party size, with seating for up to 30 dinner guests. It’s a perfect complement to the outstanding cuisine, providing the ideal ambiance in which to enjoy excellent food, fine wines and good conversation. A pre-dinner drink in the splendid art deco sophistication of Gatsby’s Bar is the perfect aperitif.
3. The Peat Inn, St Andrews
The Peat Inn is owned by the award winning chef and food columnist Geoffrey Smeddle and his wife Katherine. They focus on delivering a seasonal menu of outstanding Scottish dishes, with their distinctive treatment of locally sourced ingredients to prepare strikingly presented dishes that are full of terrific flavours. Anyone familiar with Geoffrey Smeddle’s columns is undoubtedly adding this place to their must-dine list of restaurants in Fife right now.
4. Craig Millar @ 16 West End, St Monans
Perched on a picturesque vantage point in St Monans, a former fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife, Craig Millar @ 16 West End has a dream location for lovers of the ocean and maritime life, with lovely views of the harbour, and a sweeping vista across a jaw-dropping panorama of the Firth of Forth, from The Bass Rock to the Isle of May. Craig Millar’s experience, amassed over a quarter-century, and his expertise with the finest produce of the land and the ocean, ensures a fresh, refined, flavoursome dining experience. In these exceptional surroundings, this is dining almost without equal.
5. The Newport, Newport-on-Tay
The Newport, opened in 2016, constitutes the lifelong ambition of chef patron, Masterchef Pro champion Jamie Scott, to open his first restaurant in Fife or Dundee. A beautifully simple establishment, set out over two floors, the location alone is stunning, offering panoramic views across the River Tay towards Dundee. The amazing setting is truly apt for the incredible cuisine prepared by chef patron Jamie Scott and his team.
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