Road Hole Restaurant

“Steaks, seafood and modern dishes with views of the golf” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

ST ANDREWS, FIFE

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There is no shortage of five-star hotels on the Scottish golfing circuit, but for golf-mad gourmets only one do: the Old Course overlooks the cradle of the game at the world-famous links at St Andrews and will certainly keep you fed and watered in grand style while basking in a spectacular location with views of West Sands beach and the majestic coastline. The grand old pile towers above the 17th hole, the 'Road Hole', so it seems only right that the main dining room here has been named after it. It's a civilized, upmarket spot with highly professional, genuinely engaged staff delivering perfectly pitched service, and an open kitchen providing an alternative theatre for those who have no interest in the stick-swinging action outside. Given the setting, luxurious items come as no surprise – Martin Hollis's modern Scottish menus are built on the finest produce from Scotland’s larder, including some classic local seafood and steak options, so why not open with some thoroughbred shellfish? Keep it simple with Kyle of Tongue oysters brought to life with the acidic kiss of shallot vinegar and lemon, or if you’d prefer the chefs to do more than merely open shells, langoustines paired with pork belly come with the textural interest of crisp pancetta and crackling, all enhanced with liquorice sauce. As for main courses, Dover sole fillet comes with crab, crushed Jersey Royals, sauce Grenoble and lemon gel, while red meat aficionados can expect prime cuts of pedigree Black Isle rib-eye or fillet, or perhaps a modernist idea serving venison loin with vanilla mash, ginger and lime swede, rhubarb, and ginger sauce. Waiting at the end, the grown-up bitterness of an ultra-rich Guanaja chocolate marquise is offset by salted toffee, honeycomb and white chocolate ice cream. If you prefer a savoury finish, superb artisanal cheeses come with truffle honey and black grapes.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Road Hole Restaurant
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, ST ANDREWS, KY16 9SP
Phone : 01334 474371

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 11
  • Cuisine style: Modern Steak, Seafood

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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