Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, Pilmour Links, ST ANDREWS, KY16 9JQ
The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. There are a number of fine-dining establishments offering wonderful vistas of the Old Course at St Andrews but only Rocca provides unparalleled views of the world-famous 18th hole - window seats here are hotly contested by those wishing to overlook the fairway. The cooking at the Rusacks Hotel combines Italian simplicity with inventive Scottish modernism conjured from top-drawer produce sourced from Fife and Perthshire. The ingredients shine throughout a meal that might kick off with perfectly timed hand-dived West Coast scallops, their sweet freshness accentuated by acorn-fed black ham, a robust orange purée and added textural contrast from hazelnuts and chicory. At main course, impressively tender Goosnargh duck appears with crisp and golden sarladaise potatoes, sweet and full-flavoured heritage carrots, rhubarb and gingerbread. Another second course sees Anstruther lobster teamed with a tagliatelle of herbs and sauce vièrge. A dessert of dark chocolate pavé delivers a bitterness that is perfectly complemented by the light and creamy dulce de leche and crunch of the hazelnuts. The well-constructed wine list, featuring a fair few meaty Italians, offers a generous number by the glass. The hotel's One Under gastropub offers simpler bistro fare.
Tel: 01334 472549
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Open all year.
Days closed: Sun-Mon (Nov-Mar)
Days closed for lunch: all week (Oct-Apr)
Days closed for dinner: all week (Oct-Apr)
Cooking type: Modern Scottish, Italian
Chef: Tony Borthwick
Number of seats: 70
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 5
Vegetarian meals available.
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £27.50
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