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Take a culinary tour of Fife on this fantastic foodie trail

Planning a walk along the Fife Coastal Path Food Trail? Step off the beaten track and you’ll discover an array of culinary delights

With its beautiful fishing villages, rugged coastline, verdant countryside and bustling towns, Fife is a region of remarkable variety – especially when it comes to food. If you’re planning on taking a trip along the Fife Coastal Path Food Trail, you’ll find it’s ripe for gastronomical adventure – though if you stray a little further from this popular route, you’ll discover even more of Fife’s hidden gems.

Whether you’re in the mood for fish and chips by the water, Michelin-starred dining, locally sourced and organic picnic provisions or barbecue experiences with a difference, Fife really does have it all. Keep reading for a run-down of some of its top picks…

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Pillars of Hercules in Falkland

Delectable local produce

There’s a huge emphasis on food provenance in Fife, and sustainable eating options are aplenty. At Pillars of Hercules in Falkland, you’ll find your very own slice of green paradise. The convivial café serves warming teas and coffees, alongside organic and homemade cakes, soups and sandwiches. Its farm shop is no less impressive, and offers a selection of wholefoods and vegetarian produce, plus dried goods, beer and wine. It truly is a cornucopia of healthy food.

The Saline Shaw Farm Shop and Café in Dunfermline is also a must-visit. The café has a tantalising all-day brunch menu curated by award-winning private chef Mark Heirs, while the farm itself rears QMS assured pedigree Lleyn sheep, which are grass fed to ensure the best quality lamb. You can buy everything from double loin chops and burgers that are ideal for the barbecue, to a succulent shoulder that’s perfect for a special Sunday roast and more, at the farm shop.

A trip to Fife wouldn’t be right without stopping off at The Buffalo Farm, Scotland’s largest buffalo farm and butchery. As well as offering fantastic value meat packs, steaks and its award-winning pies, it’s become the country’s first and only producer of Buffalo Mozzarella, lovingly made with milk from its own herd of water buffalo. Sumptuously creamy, full of flavour and with a wonderfully soft texture, it’s not to be missed!


The Hide, Lindores

Something a little different

Fife is full of treasures and The Hide, set on top of Lindores Hill, has to be one of its biggest highlights. This cosy barbecue hut boasts gorgeous panoramic views and accommodates up to 10 people for the most exclusive of lunches. As you walk in, you’ll immediately smell the woody pine and hear the crackle of the fire as a professional chef gets to work preparing delicious local and seasonal food. Indeed, food provenance and flavours are at the heart of the experience, though you can put your own personal spin on the fun by bringing a bottle or two and playing your choice of music through the Bluetooth speaker – there’s even mood lighting in every colour. The hut is also stocked with cards, noughts and crosses and the wooden game Kubb, so you can keep the family entertained for hours on end. If you want to keep the good times going, why not hire one of the luxury cottages that are available onsite?

A warm Scottish welcome also awaits you at The Snug at Logie Farm near Cupar. Comprising two award-winning luxury pods – complete with hot tubs and breath-taking views – The Snug is the perfect place to get away from it all. Snuggle up in your very own rural hilltop retreat and watch the tidal changes by day, while the dancing northern lights and Dundee city lights beckon in the evening. The farm is also close to Lindores Abbey Distillery, which produces its own ‘Aqua Vitae’ multi-award-winning botanical spirit, and has just released its first whisky, Whisky 1494, a name that’s inspired by the first written evidence of whisky distillation in 1494. The distillery also runs regular tours allowing you to learn the history of the abbey, the monks, William Wallace, the royals and, perhaps most importantly, the whisky!


Michelin-starred food

Michelin-starred dining

No holiday would be complete without enjoying some of the finer things in life, and Fife is home to not one, but two, Michelin-starred restaurants that offer dining experiences you’ll savour long after your trip is over. At The Peat Inn near to St Andrews, you’ll sample dishes that use the finest produce from the region, including vegetables from the garden and seafood from nearby East Neuk. For a real taste of the action, opt for the six-course tasting menu, which includes delights such as sea bream and scallop mousse and salt-baked celeriac, paired with Avruga caviar and a Baldinnie quail egg. As you’d expect, the restaurant is every inch as beautiful as the food, with an original log fireplace and three dining rooms. If you book in advance, be sure to ask for a table overlooking the floodlit gardens.

The Cellar is Fife’s other Michelin gem. The restaurant offers just one tasting menu, inspired by seasonal Scottish produce and locally foraged ingredients from the coastline and countryside. The chefs work passionately with local farmers, suppliers and producers to bring diners the best produce available throughout the seasons. The seven-course tasting menu is available from Wednesday to Sunday and can even be enjoyed with an additional wine pairing option for total indulgence.

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