Forgan's in St Andrews has long been a firm favourite of mine due to its quirky, warm atmosphere and hearty food. The announcement that the team were expanding their franchise into Broughty Ferry therefore created quite a stir. Surely nothing could beat the original though, could it?
Visocchi's Gelateria and Italian cafe has become an institution in Broughty Ferry. Much like putting on a comfy pair of slippers, going there is familiar and comforting. When I first moved to The Ferry, I was taken for ice cream at "the only place to go" in the area and it soon became a firm favourite of mine too. This family run establishment is part of the furniture and I wanted to return after too long an absence to check that the slippers still fit.
Café Montmartre has been attracting a loyal base of customers from all over Angus, Fife and Aberdeenshire for over a decade.
Hamilton Grand, once home to generations of students and now luxury apartments, occupies one of the finest locations on the planet across the road from the 18th green of the Old Course at St Andrews.
With lots of new places popping onto the foodie scene in Dundee, it becomes all too easy to forget the gems that have now been around for a while.
If you’ve ever been to Italy, then you’ll no doubt know the welcome feeling of ducking out of the heat and into a cool, dark trattoria or ristorante that you have happened upon whilst exploring the streets.
Monachyle Mhor is off the beaten track. It is not somewhere I would have stumbled across had it not been for many friends speaking so highly of it after special overnight trips there as well as creating many happy memories at the summer music and food festival held on the estate each summer.
Half-hidden under the Ardgowan Hotel and sited just a couple of hundred yards from the world-famous Old Course is one of St Andrews’ best kept secrets Playfair’s Restaurant and Steakhouse.
It is said that we can thank Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who needed a little something to lift that “sinking feeling” between luncheon and dinner, for the great British tradition of afternoon tea.
From the outside, the Four Seasons Hotel in St Fillans isn’t the most promising. Seventies motel, rather than the kind of place that would feature a two AA rosette restaurant.