The 10 Best Restaurants In Fife, Scotland

Photo of Matthew Keyte
9 February 2017

Fife benefits from the North Sea coastline and plenty of rich inland pasture, grazed by venison and Highland cattle. Both ‘surf and turd’ supply many wonderful, fresh ingredients to its restaurants. We take a look at the top ten places to dine on them in this foodie region of Scotland.

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Restaurant, British, $$$
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Sangster’s, Leven
Sangster’s, Leven | © Peat Inn
The award-winning Sangster’s is on the main street in Elie on the Firth of Forth. Chef Bruce Sangster has been winning awards for his cooking since the late 1970s and has cooked all over the world for high-profile clients. Back in 1989, he was Scottish Chef of the Year and since that point he has been awarded AA Rosettes and a Michelin Star for the food here. His wife Jackie conducts the front of house duties and the restaurant is small with rooms for around 26 covers. The menu is focused on the very best Scottish produce such as scallops from the Ross-shire coast, crab from the Kyle of Lochalsh and venison from Glen Isla.

Annapurna Gurkha’s

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Annapurna Gurkha's Restauarant, Kirkcaldy
Annapurna Gurkha's Restauarant, Kirkcaldy | © Peat Inn
Annapurna Gurkha’s stands on Kirkcaldy High Street and serves up the finest Nepalese cuisine. The restaurant takes its name from the Annapurna Mountains in the Kaski district of Nepal, the home of many men who join the famous Gurkha regiments in the British Army. The menu at Annapurna Gurkha’s features seafood, curry and tandoori dishes; specialty dishes include jhoiilo maccha, a dish of white fish flakes cooked in traditional Nepalese curry, pudina gosht, pieces of lamb marinated in mint and cooked with green peppers and poleko bhale kukhura, a dish of chicken marinated in Nepalese herbs.

Pittenweem Inn

Market, Restaurant, British, $$$
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Pittenweem is a small fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife and home to the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival. Pittenweem is a cultural hub with over 30 artists resident in the village and several galleries including the Coach House and Cobalt Contemporary. The Pittenweem Inn is located on Charles Street in the village and serves up excellent food that takes advantage of the local countryside and the fish market that offers the freshest seafood caught that day in the North Sea. On the à la carte menu you’ll find dishes such as Scotch beef casserole, confit duck, haddock with chips and mushy peas, and breast of Scottish chicken with haggis and whisky sauce.

The Wee Restaurant

Restaurant, European, British, $$$
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The Wee Restaurant, North Queensferry
The Wee Restaurant, North Queensferry | © Wee Restaurant
The Wee Restaurant has one of the best locations in all of Scotland, situated just beneath the iconic Forth Rail Bridge on the Main Street in the village of North Queensferry. The Wee Restaurant has a small dining room, as the name suggests, and is run by the husband-and-wife team Craig and Vikki Wood, with Craig in the kitchen and Vikki handling front of house duties. Craig Wood has previously worked in some of Scotland’s most decorated kitchens including the Crinan Hotel and the Michelin-Starred Restaurant Martin Wishart. The menu at The Wee Restaurant is focused on simple dishes made with excellent ingredients; highlights include Shetland Mussels, smoked Orkney beef, confit of rabbit leg, Angus ribeye,and Glamis asparagus.

The Tail End

The Tail End takes the Scottish classic of fish and chips to a new level of sophistication. Based in Market Street close to the University of St Andrews, The Tail End is a 70-cover conservatory restaurant that also operates as a takeaway and fishmonger. The walls exhibit the superb photography of Steve Bloom. The menu features starters including Arbroath Smokie pâte, Cullen Skink and whitebait, with main courses such as langoustine tails, grilled salmon with pesto and fish and chips made with haddock. There are also Scottish craft beers available including Brew Dog Dead Pony Club and Eden Brewery Clock Brew, made in St Andrews.

Café Montmartre

Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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The Courtyard, Cupar
The Courtyard, Cupar | © Wee Restaurant
The original Café Montmartre was established in 1995 in Broughty Ferry in Dundee before moving to Aberdeen and thence to Cupar in Fife. The Café is a classic Mediterranean bistro owned and run by Anne and Thierry Haddanou. The menu is filled with French dishes made with top-quality local ingredients and the first-rate wine list features vintages from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, Alsace and Languedoc-Roussillon. On the menu are classic dishes including moules marinière, fillet de boeuf grille, and confit de canard, with tarte de jour, mousse au chocolat, or crème brûlée to follow.

The Grange at St Andrews

The Grange Inn stands in the countryside just to the south of St Andrews, offering magnificent views back towards the town and over St Andrews Bay. The Inn itself dates back to the 17th century and was once a farmhouse. Chef John Kelly has earned a reputation for the finest quality cuisine made using fresh Scottish produce. Amongst the starters on offer include the Scottish classic Cullen Skink, roulade of duck and venison wrapped in pancetta and golden and red beetroot with a blue cheese and walnut dressing. Main courses available at The Grange include pan-fried Scottish lamb loin and braised shoulder, loin of Scottish venison, salmon fillet with Provençal vegetable gratin and roast guinea fowl breast.

The Grange at St Andrews, Grange Road, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, +44 01334 472670

Craig Millar At 16 West End

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Craig Millar @ 16 West End, Saint Monans
Craig Millar @ 16 West End, Saint Monans | © Craig Millar
Craig Millar At 16 West End is set in the small village of St Monans in the East Neuk of Fife. The restaurant provides magnificent views of the Firth of Forth and serves up excellent food made with the best Scottish ingredients. Chef Craig Millar has previously been named the Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year and the restaurant holds a rating of five in The Good Food Guide and two AA Rosettes. On the menu here are dishes including smoked haddock and cheese tart, sea reared trout oyster soup, loin of venison with hare confit, pear, blue cheese, chocolate and quince and flat iron steak with braised ox cheek.

Ostlers Close

Restaurant, British
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Ostlers Close Restaurant, Cupar
Ostlers Close Restaurant, Cupar | © Courtesy The Peat Inn
Ostlers Close can be found on Bonnygate in Cupar. The restaurant features a small, intimate dining room with strong emphasis on sourcing local ingredients and creating dishes showcasing the best flavours and Scottish produce. Since 1981, Ostlers Close has been run by Jim and Amanda Graham, in which time they have worked hard to develop a network of artisanal producers. They even have a polytunnel in which they cultivate vegetables, herbs and salads for use in the restaurant. On the menu, diners will find superb produce such as Scottish cheeses, roe venison, wild halibut and locally reared lamb.

The Peat Inn

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, French, $$$
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The Peat Inn is a restaurant with rooms located south of St Andrews in the East Neuk of Fife. Run by the husband-and-wife team Geoffrey and Katherine Smeddle, The Peat Inn has become renowned for the quality of the cuisine; the Inn holds a Michelin Star. The menu prepared by chef Geoffrey Smeddle combines French methods and techniques with Scottish produce and there is a taster menu available that showcases the chef’s technical abilities. Among the dishes on offer are smoked monkfish, sea bream, scotch beef, roast partridge, lobster and langoustines.

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