REVIEW: My love affair with St Andrews continues...
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Those of you who keep up to date with my travels, will know I have an ongoing love affair with St Andrews that is unrivalled by anywhere else in Scotland. The history, the architecture, the hospitality, the quirkiness and of course the food and drink, all come together to make St Andrews special, and every time I visit, I leave with a heavy heart.
If you are planning a visit to St Andrews this year, then it should be noted that trying to find the best time of year is moot. There is always something going on in St Andrews, always something to see, and most importantly (to me), is that there is a fantastic choice and variety of places to eat, drink and stay! So here are a few places you should bear in mind for your next visit.
The Seafood Ristorante, Bruce Embankment, St Andrews KY16 9AB
Citylicious Page: http://citylicious.co.uk/restaurants/the-seafood-ristorante-306
Without question, the best seafood restaurant I have ever visited. Everything about The Seafood Ristorante oozes class. The setting is simply stunning, the food is perfection on a plate, and the entire dining experience is truly mind blowing. The Pieraccini family who own and run the restaurant, are not only very experienced, but are in tune with what people want, and boy do they deliver. They have put in place a kitchen team led by David Aspin and supported by Jamie MacKinnon that is at the top of its game. The front of house delivers in equal measure with a genuine desire to make your experience that extra bit special.
This is a restaurant that delivers that wow factor. If you are planning to visit St Andrews, then make sure you dine at The Seafood Ristorante, if you don't then you have not really experienced St Andrews.
Rocca Restaurant, The Links, St Andrews KY16 9JQ
Citylicious Page: http://citylicious.co.uk/restaurants/-rocca-restaurant-185
Situated in the iconic Rusacks Hotel and under the stewardship of Michelin Star chef Tony Borthwick, 3AA Rosette 'Rocca Restaurant' continues to welcome diners from near and far. Rocca Restaurant is a sleek and stylish restaurant in the classic grill style offering an a la carte menu which prepares the best Scottish and local produce.
I of course have to mention the view. Golf fan or not, the view over the 18th green of the Old Course is rather special.
The Adamson, 127 South St, St Andrews KY16 9UH
Citylicious Page: http://citylicious.co.uk/restaurants/the-adamson-st-andrews--184
The Adamson is without a doubt the coolest bar in town! Of course it should be noted that the restaurant is fantastic too! Head Chef Stewart Macaulay is an exceptional talent, and the menu at The Adamson is fantastic! However, if you are a cocktail lover, then this is the place for you. A great vibe, beautiful decor, friendly staff, and with cocktails that provide flavour and theatre in abundance!
The West Port, 170 South St, St Andrews KY16 9EG
The team at The West Port display attention to detail when it comes to the drinks lists, whether they are making your coffee hot and frothy or shakin’ you up a juicy and fruity cocktail, you can be sure that your drink will be delivered with flair and care! They have thoughtfully created a wine menu that is sure to suit your desires when you’re in need of a mid-week tipple, a weekend bottle or a full round for those special occasions! There is also a dedicated “mocktail” section for those who cannot partake in alcohol so that no-one is left out of the party!
Kinnettles Hotel, 127 North St, St Andrews KY16 9AG
Citylicious Page: http://citylicious.co.uk/hotels/kinnettles-hotel-95
Kinnettles Hotel may be new, but it has already established itself as the place to stay if you like a bit of luxury and don't want to be out of town! Finished to a 5 Star spec and boasting a stunning spa, the hotel offers guests the whole 9 yards. The rooms, the spa, the restaurant, the cocktail & wine bar...they know how to look after you, and make sure you know what it's like to be pampered.
Make sure you eat at the restaurant too, the food is outstanding, and Alan the man behind the Kinnettles Cocktail & Wine Bar, is a genius, his creations will have you in a spin!
Hotel Du Vin, 40 The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AS
Citylicious Page: http://citylicious.co.uk/hotels/hotel-du-vin-saint-andrews-94
The Hotel Du Vin as a group, is wonderfully quirky. Every hotel is unique. I was fortunate enough to stay at the Hotel Du Vin in St Andrews recently and I absolutely loved it. The rooms are comfortable, the view was over the sea, who doesn't love that! There is a fantastic restaurant, a lovely hotel bar, with a little extra... Ma Bells! A St Andrews institution, a very cool basement bar, which offers something very different from other Hotel Du Vins! The breakfast at the hotel was excellent, and it is nice to see so much attention and focus on it.
I really do have a soft spot for the Hotel Du Vin, most definitely a favourite of mine and somewhere I will most certainly stay at again.
So here is my best of St Andrews round up. Let us know what you think and if I have missed anyone out? Enjoy your next visit, and if you have never been there before, I hope this article inspires you.
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