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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Steaks, seafood and modern dishes with views of the golf

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

If you’re a golf-made gourmet, a pilgrimage to the illustrious granddaddy of them all, the St Andrews Old Course, and a stopover at the eponymous hotel should be on your bucket list, allowing you to indulge both passions in one fell swoop. The Old Course Hotel will certainly keep you fed and watered in grand style while basking in a spectacular location with views of West Sands beach and the majestic coastline. The grand property also towers above the famous golf links, specifically the 17th hole, the 'Road Hole', so it seems only right that the main dining room here has been named after it. It's a civilized, upmarket spot with an open kitchen providing an alternative theatre for those who have no interest in the stick-swinging action outside. Not short on luxurious items, Martin Hollis's menus are built on the finest produce from Scotland’s seasonal larder, including some classic local seafood and steak options, so you might choose to open with some thoroughbred shellfish, perhaps oysters with the customary shallot vinegar and lemon, langoustines with garlic mayonnaise, or why not have the lot in seafood platters laden with lobster, cockles, scallops, dressed crab and all the trimmings. If you would rather the chefs did something more onerous than opening shells, a more modernist route might set out with ballotine of foie gras with chilli, peppered pineapple and brioche, or you could stick to the luxuriant classicism of lobster bisque ramped up with aïoli and crostini. As for main courses, red meat aficionados can expect prime cuts of pedigree Black Isle rib-eye or fillet, or a surf and turf pairing of rib-eye chops and lobster. Elsewhere, straightforward main dishes take in the likes of herb-crusted loin and braised shoulder of lamb with aubergine purée and courgettes, or perhaps spanking-fresh halibut with cockle risotto, samphire, parsley oil and coriander. Waiting at the end are superb artisanal cheeses that come with truffle honey and black grapes, or those with a sweet tooth should look to a dessert list that takes in the alluring flavours of liquorice pannacotta with strawberry sorbet, coconut foam and lime, as well as a zesty combo of lemon meringue soufflé with yogurt sorbet and lemon jelly. Highly professional, genuinely engaged staff deliver perfectly pitched service, and as for wine, it’s a rich man’s world with a deeply classical wine list offering a mind-boggling trip through fine Burgundies, clarets and big-hitters from the New World.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Martin Hollis

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Steak, Seafood
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 100
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M90 junction 8 then A91 to St Andrews.

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