The Peat Inn
“Long-running beacon of quality in a village named after it” - AA Inspector
PEAT INN, FIFE
Our Inspector's view
This inn has been enough of a local landmark since the mid-18th century that the village in which it stands was named after it, rather than the other way round. It's a handsomely white-fronted, stone-built former coach-stop, the dining room decorated in sleek contemporary fashion with light woods, thick cloths and smart tableware. Geoffrey Smeddle has maintained the place in the upper ranks of Scottish gastronomy over an impressive stretch, and the modernist flourishes and precise presentations confer real character on the cooking. Begin with warm St Andrews Bay lobster with romesco sauce, cauliflower pannacotta (with perfect ‘wobble’) and sea herbs. For main, roast crown and smoked legs of Scottish partridge come with young parsnips, spiced Puy lentils and thyme and cider velouté. A mille feuille of lemon posset and blackberries with an intense lemongrass, chilli and ginger sorbet is beautifully made, with delicate pastry and great flavour.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 50
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines over £30: 360
- Wines by the glass: 25
- 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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