“Contemporary Scottish cooking close to the harbour” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The fishing harbour of Anstruther is a fitting location for chef Billy Boyter’s restaurant housed in a 17th-century former smokehouse and cooperage just off the quayside. With beamed ceilings, stone walls and wood-burning stoves, the ambience is rustic and Boyter’s inventive modern Scottish cooking sticks faithfully to the seasons on the nine-course tasting menu at dinner (six at lunch). Superb technique is evident in a pairing of smoked mussel, seaweed and lemon, which might lead on to heritage potato, Arbroath smokie and lovage. Well defined flavours continue with a dessert of set hay cream, apple and marigold.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 28
- Steps for wheelchair: 3
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January, 3 weeks January, 1 week May, 10 days September
- Wines under £30: 12
- Wines over £30: 54
- Wines by the glass: 14
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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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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