“Innovative modern Scottish cooking near the golf course.” - AA Inspector



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Located just 50 metres from the Old Course at St Andrews, HAAR is named after the cold sea fog that hits mainland Britain, particularly the east coast of Scotland. Arbroath-born chef proprietor Dean Banks has created a cosy restaurant-with-rooms and the design and style is based around the sea. Nothing in the kitchen is wasted and there is a drive for total sustainability as well as provenance. Dishes reflect a pronounced local accent although flavours often look to global influences inspired by the owner’s extensive travels. Oysters might appear with rhubarb, sea buckthorn and kaffir lime leaf oil, followed by a starter of creel-caught langoustine, paired with fresh peas and a Thai red bisque. A main course might be Orkney scallop with XO mushroom ragu featuring crisp cauliflower fungus and for dessert, ‘Nana’s banoffee’ is a neat play on the old favourite with added depth of tonka ice cream. With no printed wine list, food pairings are ever-changing but the knowledgeable yet informal team are passionate about the subject and are on hand to guide diners.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
1 Golf Place, ST ANDREWS, FIFE, KY16 9JA


Opening times
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Food and Drink
  • Cuisine style: Modern

About the area

Discover Fife

This 20-mile wide peninsula between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay is an ancient kingdom, once the home of Scotland’s kings and saints. Despite its modern bridges it still seems curiously detached from the rest of the country. Travelling along Fife’s grand coastline reveals a fascinating legacy of caves, castles, and ancient fishing ports. Blend coast and countryside by following stretches of the Fife Coastal Path, or take an exhilarating trek in the Fife Regional Park.

St Andrews has a unique place in Scotland’s heritage. According to legend, the city was founded by St Regulus in the 4th century, who was carrying relics of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, when his ship was wrecked off the coast. Thereafter, the town grew as an important religious centre, eventually home to the largest church in Scotland, now an attractive ruin, with the powerful bishops wielding great influence over church and state. Today, St Andrews is famous for its university, the oldest in Scotland, and as a world golfing mecca. The Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club claims to have 15th century origins and to play a round on these hallowed links is many golfers’ dream.

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