Local Food

Eating Out/In

Whether you prefer to eat in or to dine out, we are spoilt for choice in the East Neuk of Fife.  There are plenty of resturants to suit all budgets and also a large selection of local suppliers of fine, fresh produce. Please note that during winter, some of the restaurants in the surrounding area have restricted opening hours, so please check before planning any visits. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

  • Elie

    The Ship Inn

    Varied menu and extensive wine list. Very popular choice with a beer garden and beautiful views across the bay.

    The 19th Hole

    Located at the Earlsferry end of the village-a cosy pub atosphere with dining available. 

    Ardross Farm Shop

    A must visit for all lovers of good food. Excellent fresh vegetables picked on the farm each morning as well as a large range of beef products from their own herd, including their famous burgers and steak pies. Winner of Farmshop and Deli of the year, 2014.  

    Pavilion Cafe

    Family-run café, open daily. Ideal for a coffee whilst the kids are at tennis/golf! Fully licensed and offering a great menu for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Check out their Sunday roasts too (check before visiting).  

    Murray's Chippy

    Monday and Thursday evenings in Elie - opposite the church (6.30pm-8.30pm).  May be at the park if not at the church!  A family run business established in 1990, it has grown to be one of Fife's most reputable mobile fish and chip vendors. 

    Patrick Gilmour - The Freelance Chef 

    Patrick can cater for you in-house, allowing you to ‘dine in’ with restaurant style fine dining. No party is too big or small and Patrick will take care of everything from canapés through to the washing up. Contact to discuss your requirements.

    Kinneuchar Inn, Kilconquhar

    Having recently been taken over, Kinneuchar Inn has become very popular with locals and holiday makers alike. An ideal place to sample local hearty produce in the quaint little village of Kilconqhuhar. Less than 5 minutes in the car from Elie or a leisurely half hour stroll.

    Harbour House Cafe

    Lovely home made cakes, hot chocolates and gifts!

    Elie Beach Cafe

    Situated on the breakwater, Elie beach, this delightful little van, named Chantilly Bleu serves coffees, crepes, ice creams and more. Keep an eye out on Facebook for the wood fired pizza nights. Seasonal opening hours, so check in advance. 

    Bowhouse Market

    Situated between Elie and St Monans, Bowhouse is a place for making – making food by transforming raw ingredients from the East Neuk's farms and waters into finished products ready for customers locally and further afield. Keep an eye out for their increasingly popular food weekends. 

    Station Buffet Bar

    A friendly local pub offering a selection of toasties, soups, sandwiches etc. 

    Elie Deli

    A fine selection of deli goods right in the heart of Elie. The freshly baked croissants in the morning are a must! 

    The Harbour Cafe

    Taken over recently by Amy and Jack @ The Laughing Stock, The Harbour Cafe offers a blackboard menu of local seafood depending on the 'catch of the day'. If you're not a seafood lover, I spotted a bacon roll on the menu the other day and ice cream! Check them out on Instagram and Facebook (The Harbour Cafe Elie). Not open everyday, so check out their Facebook page. 

  • St. Monans

    Craig Millar @ 16 West End

    Located on the waters edge with stunning views over the Firth. This Seafood restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, excellent service and delicious fresh seafood.

    East Pier Smokehouse

    Cafe on the pier where they smoke the seafood and sell it fresh. You can sit down or takeaway.  Good reviews and good fun.

    The Diving Gannet Cafe and Gift Shop

    Lovely little gift shop and cafe with delicious home baking!

  • Pittenweem

    The Pittenweem Chocolate Company

    Open daily 10am-6pm.  Why not treat yourself to a delicious hot chocolate and some home baking/lunch after a walk along the coastal path.

  • Anstruther

    The Rockies

    Former executive chef at St Andrews’ Dolls House, Carl Sullivan runs this well situated restaurant. Uninterrupted views across Anstruther and the Forth. Food served all day, freshly prepared with local ingredients. Booking recommended.

    The Anstruther Fish Bar and Restaurant

    Award-winning, family-run and always busy.  Be prepared to queue for the best fish and chips you’ll ever have tasted – either eat in or out.

    The Cellar

    For more than 40 years, The Cellar has been a leading restaurant in the East Neuk.  It re-opened in April 2014 under the ownership of chef Billy Boyter and his family.  Fine dining. Newly awarded a Michelin Star!

    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday 6.30pm - 9.00pm.

    Lunch: Thursday - Sunday 12.30pm - 1.45pm

    The Royal

    Home cooked food in a cosy and friendly atmosphere.

    The Boathouse

    From breakfast to soup and sandwiches, to burgers, scampi or good old Anstruther fish and chips!

    The Bank

    The Bank offers something for everyones tastes, whether it's from the Bar Lunch and Bar Supper menu, or a drink from the large selection of real ales, draught beers, wines and spirits in the area.

    The Waterfront

    This restaurant located down by the harbour offers local produce, incorporating a specific selection of seafood dishes available daily from local markets.

    Eastern Touch

    Indian cuisine in the heart of Anstruther. Great for takeaways!

  • Crail

    Golf Hotel

    All day menu available days offering a varied and exciting selection from popular snacks to main courses including fresh Crail crab, juicy steak pie and fresh haddock. High tea served daily with freshly made pancakes. Spacious and refurbished dining room opens onto a sheltered garden, a suntrap in good weather – popular local bar serves real ale.

    Marine Hotel Bistro

    The Bistro offers a simple but pleasing choice of a la carte dishes, including the freshest seafood and delcious steaks. All sweets are homemade. Open evenings serving meals 7 days a week.

    Nosebag Scotland Cafe, Cambo Estate

    In a beatuiful setting at Cambo Estate (just outside Kingsbarns/Crail beside Kingsbarns Distillery), Nosebag Scotland is situated in the old stables. Delicious home baking, soups and roasts in a roll. A lovely place to take the children, as it has The Elf Village (wood chip play area). Open Wednesdays to Sundays. 

  • St Andrews

    The Seafood Restaurant

    For 10 years, this restaurant has specialised in the best of Scottish and British seafood, with produce ranging from Shetland mussels, West Coast scallops and oysters to the best St. Andrews bay lobsters and North Sea fish.  Enjoy stunning panoramic views over the bay.


    Ziggy's is St Andrews’ original themed restaurant, founded in 1983.  A wide variety of food served from burgers to salads, a favourite being the sizzling fajitas!

    Lunch: 12pm - 2.30pm

    Dinner: Open late on Fridays and Saturdays 5pm - 11pm (10.30pm Sun - Thurs)


    Open daily for lunch and dinner. Good quality food combined with a super atmosphere featuring live music and ceilidhs at the weekends.

    The Peat Inn

    This beautiful 5 star Scottish restaurant is looked after by husband and wife team Geoffrey and Katherine Smeddle.  The Peat Inn is consistently one of the best restaurants in Scotland, renowned for the use of fresh Scottish produce for over 30 years.  Closed Sundays and Mondays.

    The Adamson

    Fine dining in the heart of St. Andrews.  The restaurant's menus are inspired by classic brasserie cooking with a contemporary twist and they display a strong seasonal influence.  Good atmosphere with a lively new bar next door.

    Little Italy

    A buzzing Italian tucked away in Logies Lane, St Andrews. Would recommend booking as it gets busy!


    Balti and Tandoori restaurant in the heart of St Andrews.