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Best Restaurants to Eat at Before You Die, 2021: St Andrews

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For the ocean connoisseur


If you’re looking for beautiful seafood with an Italian flair for flavour, this is your place. The Seafood Ristorante’s fish is supplied, fresh, sustainably and daily ensuring a quality tasting experience.

The restaurant has wonderful 360 degree panoramic views over St Andrews bay and the famous West Sands Beach. Can you imagine sitting, watching the sunset over the beach, whilst indulging in delectable dishes? There is also an open planned kitchen within the space, giving you something interesting to view at every head turn. I would personally try to book a table next to one of the glass walls for the best sea views. 

The Seafood Ristorante offers both formal dining experiences, as well as informal daily specials if you are dropping in for a casual bite to eat. Choose from cicchetti (Venetian style tapas), fish platters, hearty stews and homemade pasta dishes, beautifully presented and topped off with attentive service. 


Must try: Pittenweem Day boat Halibut, warm tartare butter sauce, oyster fritter, sea vegetables


For gregarious golfers!

Named after golfing legend Gene “The Squire” Sarazen, this eaterie is set on a 520 acre estate surrounded by a unique coastal setting within the Fairmont hotel. The resort features two championship golf courses, spa, clubhouse and two restaurants. The Squire is a relaxing getaway environment where you can enjoy breakfast, casual lunches and dinner within the Fairmont Hotel. 

Breakfast at The Squire consists of an extravagant selection of cooked and continental options as well as a wide selection of teas and coffee. Don’t miss out on their omelettes, which the chefs will cook right in front of you.  Fairmont staff have a reputation for being really well trained and are sure to look after you from start to finish of your meal! 

Sunday brunch at The Squire is also a popular choice, start with an array of salads and charcuterie, followed by a two roast carvery. Just remember to leave room for dessert: patisseries, macaroons and decadent chocolate truffles. A quick suggestion to make the most of your visit: You may want to explore the scenic Fife Coastal Path right beside Fairmont after Sunday brunch for some unique photo opportunities. 


Must try: 30 day Wood aged fillet steaks from Fairmonts wood charcoal oven



For Ceilidh dancing and Scottish Gins!

Arriving at Forgans is like entering a rustic, traditional farmers market. It’s welcoming atmosphere and community vibe is a huge selling point. You’ll find this eatery is always full so it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Forgans has developed a reputation for Ceilidh dancing, lazy brunches and a vast Scottish Gin collection. If you’re looking for something a bit more private the “bothy” areas have their own wood burning stoves for the ultimate cosy feeling. 

They work with local artisans who believe in sustainable agriculture and are proud members of the Sustainable Restaurant Accreditation. Whether you want to wine and dine your friends or just enjoy a tipple, Forgans have something for everyone. 


Must Try: Haggis, neeps and tatties and malt whiskey jus


For Luxury Scottish hospitality 

Meet Scotland’s AA hotel of the year. Situated just metres from the rugged Scottish coastline, this place is the perfect base to explore St Andrews landmarks and the luxury independent shopping experience in the town center.

Recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts, the Old Course has multiple eating spots to cater for all of your needs. From 3AA rosettes at The Road Hole Restaurant, casual pub grub to award-winning afternoon tea, The Old Course always uses the best Scottish produce. 

Afternoon tea in the conservatory with friends is an absolute must! Their in-house pastry chefs bake homemade fruit scones, savouries and patisserie items (no factory produce here!) which are presented on a three tiered tower! This combined with their handpicked selection of premium tea’s, afternoon tea cocktails and champagne makes for an indulgent treat. 

Must try: Afternoon tea in the conservatory (booking essential)


Visitors to the “home of golf” (St Andrews) are spoilt for choice when it comes to eateries. 

Check out our other guides to the best restaurants to eat at before you die. Glasgow and Edinburgh will have your taste buds tingling!