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Eating out in the East Neuk  
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Eating Out

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The East Neuk offers a great range of gastronomic experiences from takeaways through standard pub fare to fine dining at establishments with a national reputation. With its fishing heritage, the area goes a bundle on seafood with the annual “celebration” in October supported by the main suppliers, retailers and outlets.

East Neuk Seafood Celebration Pittenweem itself is famed for its fish and 'Fresh Fish from Pittenweem' is a byword for quality and freshness and you will see numerous white vans with this epithet emblazoned on their sides setting off and selling their wares all across Scotland. With the shocking decline in the North Sea fish stocks, EU intervention and their consequent effects on the Scottish Fishing industry, Pittenweem is now mainly given over to prawn fishing and so the chances are that any cod or haddock you eat in the East Neuk will have been landed 100 miles north, in Peterhead or 100 miles south, in Shields.

East Neuk Seafood Celebration

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  • Pittenweem Fish Bar - great value fish suppers. There is fierce debate between Anster (Anstruther) folk and torn airses (Pittenweemers) as to which town offers the best fish supper. Anstruther has all the awards but Alex who runs the Pittenweem Fish Bar probably just shades it. About £1 cheaper too !
  • Wok and Spice, St Monans -extensive oriental menu cooked to order. Doesn’t enjoy a great reputation.
  • Anstruther Fish Bar - previous winner of Best in UK. People come from miles away. The Scottish equivalent of Harry Ramsdens in Guiseley but without the chandeliers. Unbelievably long queues in summer.
  • Waterfront Fish Bar, Anstruther - this is where you go when you get sick of queuing
  • Wee Chippie, Anstruther - ditto
  • Eastern Touch - Real high quality Indian food
  • Golden Lion, Cellardyke - good value Chinese takeaway and restaurant.

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Most of these establishments cook from basic ingredients locally sourced with only the breaded scampi and chicken goujon type of stuff provided courtesy of the brothers Brake.

  • Pittenweem Inn, Pittenweem - bog standard food. The kind of place you take your old Aunt Aggie.
  • Larachmhor, Pittenweem - light menu of soup, toasties and paninis but also seafood salads, bacon rolls and a steakburger. Tea and scones too.
  • Mayview Hotel, St Monans. - Aunt Aggie.
  • Kinneuchar Inn, Kilconquhar - go for the steak pie. Fishcakes are good too.
  • Ship Inn, Elie, Barbecues in summer in the beer garden.
  • Victoria Hotel, Elie.
  • Craws Nest Hotel, Anstruther - Classic Aunt Aggie fare.
  • Bank, Anstruther - Extensive menu with fantastic views from the dining room.
  • Golf Hotel, Crail.
    Aunt Aggie

Up a notch

Rockies Restaurant.

Superbly located inside Anstruther Golf clubhouse with fantastic views of the harbourfront, the Rockies offers the best food in town bar none. You’ll dine for around £25 a head and be very happy.

  • Dreel Tavern, Anstruther - Adventurous menu with daily specials. 
  • Boat House, Anstruther - Great varied menu.
  • Ship Tavern, Anstruther - Locally sourced lobster, dressed crab and speciality breads.
  • Waterfront Restaurant, Anstruther - American diner style. Extensive menu and generous portions.
  • Haven Restaurant, Cellardyke - great location overlooking Cellardyke harbour.
  • Ship Inn, Elie - Good menu and barbecues in summer in the beer garden.
  • White Cockade bistro, Kilconquhar Castle Estate - Great menu even if the decor is somewhat faux-Scottish.

Fine Dining               Return to top^^

The Seafood Restaurant, St Monans.

Winner of numerous awards including 'Restaurant of the Year' and 'Best Seafood Restaurant in Scotland', the restaurant enjoys fantastic views from the dining room across the harbour and firth. It’s run by Tim Butler who opened a clone of the restaurant in St Andrews in 2003. The turbot dish is to die for. Menus are fixed price £25 for 2 courses, £30 for 3, and these prices are jacked up by a fiver in St. Andrews. House wine costs about £16 with the rest starting around £23.

Seafood restaurant St Monans

Sangsters, Elie

Bruse Sansgster has a string of awards for his restaurant including AA Restaurant of the Year in 2007 and two years later a Michelin star.

Sangsters, Elie

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