History and culture abound in St Andrews, the home of golf and the oldest university in Scotland, the University of St Andrews. With the students and golfers regularly passing through, it’s only right that good brunch spots are everywhere. Here are the 10 best places.
With the tongue-in-cheek slogan, ‘Where Kate Met Wills… For Coffee,’ Northpoint is located just opposite the university library. It is also across from St Salvator’s Hall, the accommodation where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met in their first year at St Andrews. This cozy and bustling cafe is popular among students for its delightfully fluffy American pancakes, which are a hit with international students missing home. There’s always a queue, but rest assured — the tables turn over quickly.
Just outside the town proper is Balgove Larder, a farm shop and cafe on the grounds of the verdant Strathtyrum Farm. Pop in to the cafe for tea, coffee, and scones at any hour, or arrive before 11.30am to order from the breakfast menu. All of the ingredients at Balgove are locally sourced and fresh as can be. After their meals, diners can stroll the grounds to see the farm animals.
Housed in a converted golf-club factory, Forgan’s is now a lively and atmospheric farm-to-table restaurant popular with students and locals. If you’re a big group, book ahead to snag a ‘boothy,’ one of the nook-like rooms for private meal parties. The hearty and fresh brunch food is made even better with the addition of one of Forgan’s specialty ‘cockt-ales’: fun brunch cocktails infused with cask ales.
With a breakfast deal (meal and coffee for £3.50), free wifi, and an abundance of comfortable sofas, the beanroom makes a popular study spot for students. From lattes to smoothies to bagels to eggs, this welcoming and casual café has something for everyone.
the beanroom, 4B Bell Street, St Andrews, United Kingdom, +44 01334 461177