In the past St Andrews was always a place I visited to play golf and why not, it is the home of golf after all with its incredible links courses presenting so many challenges. What I also love about the place is the narrow, cobbled little streets leading to quaint little pubs for drowning your sorrows after several wayward tee-shots during the day! Most recently however I visited St Andrews for a different reason. It was to check out the newly refurbished The Saint Bar & Kitchen, the ideal place to see what culinary delights this picturesque Scottish seaside town has to offer.
The Saint Bar & Kitchen, formerly known as The West Port, is situated at 170 South Street, St Andrews, very much in the heart of this very historic little town. From the outside The Saint has a slight French feel about it with its dark blue window shutters in which on entering the door below them, you are greeted by the friendly staff in a well stocked bar, complimented by lovely brass and chessboard-esq tiling decor on the floor.
Making our way to the table, this pleasant decor continued throughout with soft pink velvet chairs and chevron patterned wood finishings. It has a vibe that is somewhere between “Mad Men” and 1920’s Art Deco with a hint of Scotland included thanks to the antler chandelier. Really a very good-looking place to be. Once seated we started off with a refreshing summer cocktail, the Apple, Rosemary & Cucumber Cooler, before combing over the menu and the delicious food The Saint had on offer. Given we were right on the coast I went for the seared Scottish scallops with roe salsa, roast cauliflower puree and crispy Puddledub bacon crumb.
Straight away when the dish was put down in front of me the smell was heavenly, as was that first taste. The flavours worked so well together, that tiny hint of spice from the salsa and slight smokey taste from the bacon complimented the scallops perfectly. Many times I found my other half trying to steal some from my plate. With her plate un-guared I made an attempt to nab some of her starter for myself, the Ham Hough and Puddledub black pudding lollipops with homemade brown sauce to be specific, equally as tasty and extremely moreish. Very quickly following our fork battle both starters where devoured and it was on to the main and of course being Sunday it was only right to go for The Saint’s Meat Pie with all the trimmings.
After a short time out came this delicious looking, home-made pie filled with chunky pieces of mouth-watering beef shoulder, oxtail and porter gravy topped with a puff pastry lid. Accompanied with tasty vegetables and triple cooked chips this was easily one of the best pies I’ve eaten. It was comforting and packed full of rich flavours that had my taste buds going wild with every mouthful. We both noted as well how good it was to see each element of the dish home-made. So many places you visit now-adays consists of products cooked from frozen, attempting to pass them off has home-made when they aren’t. That is not what you will find at The Saint. Expect handcrafted dishes and passion aplenty in each forkful.
Having spent the afternoon at The Saint Bar & Kitchen St Andrews it is somewhere I would throughly recommend paying a visit to. It’s always a pleasure featuring establishments such as this on The Gentleman Select, places of real quality and passion for what they do. The Saint is certainly one. it is worth noting as well The Saint has a quaint little boutique hotel within, perfect if you are planning on exploring the Scottish countryside or playing a few rounds of golf and even better for having some delicious food to refuel afterwards. Head over to The Saint website here for all you need to know.