Road Hole Restaurant
“Top quality Scottish cooking in St Andrews” - AA Inspector
ST ANDREWS, FIFE
Our Inspector's view
There is no shortage of high quality places to stay on the Scottish golfing circuit, but for golf-mad gourmets only one will do: the Old Course Hotel overlooks 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 civilised, 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 – the modern Scottish menus are built on the finest produce from Scotland’s larder, including some classic local seafood and steak options. Open, perhaps with a well-balanced dish of smoked duck breast, confit duck leg presse, pickled mushrooms and berries, or if you want to experience the region’s famous seafood, go for the hand-dived scallops, Stornoway black pudding crumb, sea buckthorn and vanilla gel with coconut foam. When it comes to main course, Scottish seafood continues to catch the eye, perhaps with a perfectly cooked fillet of Gigha halibut teamed with langoustines, leeks, morels, tomato, tarragon hollandaise and a light shell sauce. Not that meat devotees are at all overlooked – lamb loin and sweetbread turns up with anchovy, asparagus, polenta, baby leeks, black garlic and thyme sauce. When it comes to something sweet to finish, look no further than apple millefeuille with cinnamon croûton, caramel apples and green apple sorbet, although those in search of a savoury finale will opt for the board of Scottish cheeses.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 70
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 15
- Wines over £30: 100
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern, Steak, Seafood
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About the area
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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