The Peat Inn

Modern European·
Silver Award
Fife, , KY15 5LH ·Website ·Call01334 840206

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Silver Award

Smart, classy and alluring, The Peat Inn does tweed curtains, low beams and log fires better than just about anyone. Indeed, it’s become an iconic Scottish destination, beloved by its many admirers and a source of delight for newcomers who stumble upon the place. Chef/proprietor Geoffrey Smeddle’s Michelin-starred cooking has certainly raised the bar in these parts, and his commitment to seasonal produce is as unwavering as ever. His ever-changing menu might open with a complex dish involving roast veal sweetbread and breast of East Neuk wood pigeon with purple asparagus, smooth liver parfait, and smoked almond dressing, while mains could run from lemon sole with poached surfer clams, Jersey royals, spring onions, parsley purée and wild herbs to honey-glazed breast of Gartmorn Farm duck accompanied by shallot-braised potatoes, fresh peas, Wye Valley asparagus and morel sauce. Desserts such as hot strawberry soufflé with strawberry and red wine sorbet and vanilla madeleines also shine brightly. Wines are out of the top drawer, while service is formal and expert – but never stuffy. In short, it’s all about quality. 

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££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
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Peat Inn Hamlet, near St Andrews , Fife, KY15 5LH

01334 840206


Opening Times

Tue-Sat 12.30pm-1.30pm 7-9pm


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06 January 2011  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 5
The Peat Inn’s Michelin star is what originally attracted us to stay and dine here, and we were very pleasantly surprised by both the rooms and dinner. On arrival we went to our very quaint mezzanine suite, one of only eight all individually decorated. As for the dinner, we had plumed for their ‘Epicurean Indulgence’ package, £250 (looks like £275 now) for B&B and the tasting menu. I think it was about another £40 each to add the matching wines. The meal started well with an Ansturther Crab cocktail, fish and lobster to follow, potato gnocchi with pumpkin puree, Scottish Crowdie cheese, and a couple more courses that have been lost to the haze of Christmas. Service was impeccable and super friendly, they never faulted once in the finer details of folding napkins, pulling out chairs, showing you the way to the toilets and were happy to both chat and happy to not, sensing the mood of the table. In fact the service rivalled that I’ve only seen in the Le Gavroche and Hospital Road. The meal was finished with some hand made petit fours in the Lounge by the roaring fire, and given the snow and ice outside was the perfect setting to finish a hearty meal, before retuning to our suite. The homemade Continental breakfast is served in our suite next day, might be a let down for some as it doesn’t have a fry up option, but given the gargantuan amount eaten during the tasting menu we were happy with the boiled eggs and continental breakfast, all served by a couple of super friendly local Ladies. Given the choice, and money aside, compared to our recent Gleneagles stay I thought the food and service way surpassed at the Peat Inn and surely their second star is just around the corner.
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