Having visited V&A Dundee several times without ever having tried the Tatha Bar & Kitchen, my partner and I decided to rectify that a week or so back by treating ourselves to lunch there.
Despite having driven past The Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links, many times over the years, I had never eaten there. I confess to having been a little put off by the modern banqueting suite, partly obscuring the roadside view of the traditional gray stone manor house, and the signage referencing the hotel’s wedding and conference trade.
Haar has received a succession of glowing reviews since it opened in April this year – not least in this paper where it scored a remarkable 49/50 just after the fog had lifted enough to peer in the door.
It’s been a few years since I last dined at Little Italy in St. Andrews, and since I was last there it is not so little any more… it has in fact doubled in size. I was always fond of this restaurant, but was worried that since it has expanded the quality of the experience would have been affected, but my fears were soon gone.
I’m kicking myself for not watching the recent series of MasterChef: The Professionals. Although it did mean that I experienced finalist Dean Banks’s new venture, Haar, without expectation or preconception. And, after meeting Dean, the concept makes perfect sense. Riding the tide of MasterChef success, everything about Haar is fresh-faced and brimming with his contagious enthusiasm.
We are always on the lookout for restaurants that are child-friendly without compromising on grown-up ambience or the quality of the food. In our neck of the woods they are few and far between, without trekking to St Andrews or settling for fish and chips every time we want to go out for tea. Well, it turns out there was one on our doorstep all along and I didn’t even know. Don’t you just love it when you find a hidden gem?
In prime position overlooking the 18th green of the Old Course and the iconic Royal & Ancient Clubhouse, Rocca diners are entitled to expect a privileged experience. However, with that comes the expectation of an equally impressive culinary experience, particularly given the restaurant’s three AA rosette status.
For anyone who enjoys eating out, it’s always exciting when a brand new restaurant comes to town. So when The Rav, a Nordic bar and restaurant in North St in St Andrews, opened its doors a few weeks ago, we were keen to visit.
For years, I’ve driven through the tiny hamlet of Roundyhill (blink and you’ll miss it), near Glamis, and noticed a sign flagging up Armstrongs.
Lands of Loyal in Alyth was a complete revelation and certainly one of the nicest surprises of the year for me.