Playfair's Restaurant and Steakhouse


Playfair's Restaurant, Ardgowan Hotel, 2 Playfair Terrace, St Andrews, KY16 9HX

    Playfair’s is one of the oldest established restaurants in St Andrews and continues to offer great value for high end casual dining in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

    All our food is freshly prepared with ingredients from local independent businesses wherever possible. Our dishes are created in house by our experienced chefs led by Head Chef Duncan McLachlan. Duncan’s skills were refined at Gleneagles before he joined Playfair’s last year, and we now have three highly trained Gleneagles chefs.

    To complement the food there is a tempting wine list with great choices offered at reasonable prices.  We also serve a wide selection of beers including more unusual choices such as a St Andrews Ale and our very own Playfair’s Ale

    Our day menu is available from 12 noon in the restaurant and bar and offers dishes for a casual meal such as Bookmaker Sandwiches and Highlander Steak Burgers as well as homemade soup and fresh salads.  Alongside this, the brand new lunch menu, served until 6pm in the restaurant, offers a choice of delicious dishes for a fixed price of £12.95 for two courses and £14.95 for three.

    The Á La Carte menu, served from 6pm in the restaurant, has a range of dishes from prime steaks served with chunky hand cut chips and local mussels in a spiced tomato sauce to more exotic daily specials which celebrate the best in seasonal produce.

    Children can enjoy their own exciting menu, also prepared from fresh ingredients, in both Playfair’s restaurant and bar.

    Join us in Playfair’s and enjoy good food as it should be. 

    Taste Our Best
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 22 Dec 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 12:00 22:00
    Tuesday 12:00 22:00
    Wednesday 12:00 22:00
    Thursday 12:00 22:00
    Friday 12:00 22:00
    Saturday 12:00 22:00
    Sunday 12:00 22:00

    Open daily main season noon to 10.00 p.m. for meals , bar later.

    Best for

    • Budget Meals
    • Business Lunches
    • Group Dining
    • Kids & Families
    • Late Dining Until 10.00 p.m.
    • Lunches
    • Outdoor Dining
    • Pre/Post-Theatre Dining
    • Romantic Meals
    • Sourcing Policy - Local, Seasonal, Organic
    • Special Occasion
    • Weekend Brunch
    • Whisky Selection Excellent selection of Malts
    • Wine By The Glass


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available

    Dietary Options

    • Dietary needs can be accomodated
    • Vegetarian Meals available


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Town Location Within the main area of St Andrews close to the University and only 200 yards to the 18th on the Old Course

    Special Requirements

    • No Pets Allowed

    Typical Prices

    • Breakfast £11.50 per person for full Scottish breakfast
    • Dinner 3 course around £25
    • Lunch Special sandwiches from £4.95 to £7.95 Main course around £8


    • Outdoor dining area where smoking is permitted
    • Patio/Beer Garden

    Cuisine Types

    • British
    • Scottish


    • Big screen for sporting events
    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Public Transport Close By
    • Taxi rank nearby

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