Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Fife
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Fife restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 29 restaurants in Fife and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Fife restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Cellar Fish & seafood restaurant in Anstruther 24 East Green - KY10
“Excellent Scottish produce (much foraged) is creatively presented” and showcased through nine-course tasting menus at Billy Boyter’s subtly luxurious outfit, a former smokehouse. Bearer of a Michelin star since 2015, it previously served as a fish restaurant for three decades under Scottish food icon Peter Jukes.
2. The Peat Inn British, Modern restaurant in Cupar
“Superb food, wonderful service and a perfect atmosphere… what more could one ask for?” – Geoffrey & Katherine Smeddle’s famous country inn sits a short drive out of St Andrews and would be “a hidden gem” had it not been so famous for so many years now: on all accounts “it never fails to impress” with its fairly traditional cuisine and “A+ wine list”. “I’ve been coming here regularly for almost 50 years, since David Wilson set out to create a French-style country restaurant in the middle of rural Fife. I have never been disappointed and the Smeddles have carried on David’s dream superbly. Having a place like this on your doorstep is just so good”. Top Tip – “unbelievable three-course lunch for £25, including an amuse bouche and 3 petit fours each”.
3. The Seafood Ristorante Fish & seafood restaurant in St Andrews The Scores, Bruce Embankment - KY16
“An idyllic location right on the shores of the beach”, unfurling majestically through the floor-to-ceiling-windows, elevate a trip to this fish and seafood “glass box”, “close to the R&A clubhouse”. “The standard of cooking is good, the staff are helpful, and the approach has the right formula to make dining so enjoyable amidst such fine surroundings”.
4. Room With A View Fish & seafood restaurant in Aberdour Hawkcraig Point - KY3
“An ‘interesting’ journey – you either drive down a 45-degree slope, or tackle the short walk from the village of Aberdour” – is the prelude to a visit to this tucked-away fish restaurant, with a “fabulous view across the Forth to Edinburgh”. “The husband-and-wife team cook/serve up interesting ways of cooking with fish” – “intriguing, light combinations of flavours” – alongside a “basic but adequate wine list”.
5. The Newport British, Modern restaurant in Newport On Tay 1 High Street - DD6
Jamie Scott’s award-winning “low-key” inn enjoys a “wonderful” view across the Tay to the V&A in Dundee; and its level of cuisine is “first-class with a strong emphasis on local produce”. Menu options range from an à la carte to a six-course tasting menu: the latter is the only choice available on Friday and Saturday evenings.
6. Anstruther Fish Bar Fish & chips restaurant in Anstruther 42-44 Shore St - KY10
Famous for its “top-quality”, “astoundingly cheap” fish – this harbourside chippy has been owned since 2003 by Robert Smith, from a local fishing dynasty that stretches back to the 1700s. He set up supply specialist Argofish in nearby St Monans with his wife Alison in 1980.
7. Haar Scottish restaurant in St Andrews Kinettles, 127 North Street - KY16
Named for a ‘cold sea fog on the east coast of Scotland’, Haar, from MasterChef finalist Dean Banks, is part of five-star hotel Kinettles. It opened too late for much in the way of survey feedback, but early reviews in the Scottish press have been very complimentary about its sharing plates cuisine.
8. Kinneuchar Inn Scottish restaurant in Kilconquhar 9-11 Main Street - KY9
This revamped, old Scottish boozer reopened in September 2019 after a two-year refurb. Owned by the nearby Balcaskie Estate, its pedigree is promising, with both chef James Ferguson and front-of-house Alethea Palmer hailing from good positions at Rochelle Canteen.
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