In 1890 Oscar Wilde wrote that ‘it is only shallow people who do not judge by appearance’. Well, some of the old maestro’s aphorisms have weathered the test of time better than others but, with buildings rather than people, what else do we have to judge on apart from appearance and functionality?
Not for a long time have I been to a restaurant quite as captivating and considered as East Pier Smokehouse, straddling the shoreline of the ridiculously pretty St Monans before the expansiveness of the North Sea opens up beyond and below.
When we go out to eat what are we really looking for? The expectation of great food is a no brainer. Kind lighting, maybe, for those of us of an earlier vintage? Somewhere restorative and/or celebratory? A transformative, cossetting experience – somewhere to relax and forget our everyday worries?
The Gauldry Arms, in the Fife village of Gauldry, is that rare thing we all wish we had – an unassuming nearby pub serving really good food. It’s not a gastro pub and doyennes of design might not enthuse about the furniture which is haphazardly serviceable.