If you are here, chances are that you are coming to St Andrews this coming September to commence your studies. Well done! You are coming to one of the best universities in the UK. But St Andrews is not only good for its academic prestige, the town itself is a wonderful little place to live in as well.
If you are anything like me, the first thing you'd probably want to know before is, 'What is there to eat in this tiny town?' When I first thought of this, I went scrounging all over the Internet for an answer. I was disappointed to only find outdated and generic suggestions on travelling websites.
Don't get me wrong. I eventually got to try out most of the restaurants on these "Best restaurants in St Andrews" lists, and they are not too far from the truth. Though I feel like as a current resident of this town, and a die hard food fanatic, I can contribute a bit more than the occasional travelers' comments.
So let's get down to it, what exactly is there to eat in St Andrews?
Honestly, not a lot. Being a small town, there isn't a lot of room for dining establishments to prosper. Having said that, there are a fair number of eateries around. Some more decent than others. I am gonna go ahead and skip over the likes of chain restaurant like Prezzo and Tony Macaroni. You can get these anywhere you go in the UK, you don't have to go all the way up here for this. I am more interested in what is exclusively St Andrews.
First of, DESSERTS. Because it should be the main course, or in my case, the only course in a lot of my meals.
1. Sticky Toffee Pudding
I have a confession to make. I never knew what sticky toffee pudding was before I came to St Andrews. I don't (or rather, didn't) have that big of a sweet tooth, and the idea of a heavy, toffee drenched date sponge does not excite me at all. But after a year in St Andrews, I am a changed woman.
Where do I get my sticky toffee pudding fix in St Andrews? Uhm..just about everywhere. Two of my hands-down favourite places though, are Cromars Fish and Chips & Doll's House. I never expected to find my favourite sticky toffee puddings in a chip chop. But Cromars' STP really hits all the right spots for me. It is also the only place that serves it with pouring cream, which I prefer. Sadly, of all the times I have been in for meal, I have failed to take a photo because we inhaled it within minutes of its appearance, even after a large and satisfying main course of fish and chippies. It is that good.
Here's the STP from Doll's House though.