The historic town of St Andrews offers lots to see and do, from its beautiful botanic gardens to the impressive cliff top ruins of St Andrews Castle – and, of course, its world-famous golf courses. Fill up on a tasty breakfast of rolls or other baked goods at Fisher & Donaldson on Church Street before you play a few holes in the Home of Golf, or pop into Bibi’s Café or Jannettas Gelateria, named Scotland's Best Ice Cream at the Golden Cone Awards 2014, for coffee and a sweet snack to nibble on as you wander the town’s cobbled streets.
As you’re leaving St Andrews, stop by Balgove Larder on the outskirts of the town. The rustic farm shop and café stocks a wide range of local produce, such as Scottish cheese, crumbly oatcakes, artisan bread and honey from their own hives. The store also opens its own steak barn in the summer, barbequing delicious Scottish beef served with tangy sauces and handcut chips.
Anstruther, approximately half an hour’s drive away, is a quaint seaside town famed for its fish and chips. The famous Anstruther Fish Bar serves fresh Scottish cod, haddock, mackerel and seafood cooked to perfection and has been named UK Fish & Chip Shop of the Year numerous times. After lunch, take a wander through the old-fashioned fishing cottages, or head out on a boat trip to the beautiful Isle of May – look out for puffins, seals and other wildlife.
Just 15 minutes’ drive from Anstruther, the coastal village of Elie is home to two great golf courses, numerous historic buildings and the Elie Deli, a popular independent store stocking a wide range of local produce including freshly baked bread and Fife’s prize-winning Puddledub Pork. Michelin-starred restaurant Sangster’s is just a few doors down and is the perfect place to treat yourself to a fantastic meal of Scottish and European dishes before you call it a night.
This is just a bite-sized selection of the food and drink that Fife has to offer – there are dozens more cafés, restaurants, bars and farm shops to be sampled, including the Fife Farmers’ Market, which takes place in St Andrews, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Cupar on alternative Saturdays.