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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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Fine Scottish dining next to the 18th hole

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The Rusacks Hotel seems to have a little of everything going for it, from its proximity to the West Sands beach seen in Chariots of Fire to its adjacency to the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient. Your whistle wetted in the R Bar overlooking the clubhouse, you'll be ready to proceed to the Rocca dining room, where, naturally enough, there are panoramic views of the putting, with the all-important 18th hole just below the windows. Tony Borthwick cooks to a classical template, with less emphasis on the Italian these days, though saffron risotto and truffled tagliatelle still adorn the menus. A satisfyingly rich fish soup might open proceedings, perfectly timed salmon, sole and scallops generously crammed into a gingery broth, to be followed by prime Angus beef, the roast sirloin and burgundy-braised cheek accompanied by smoked carrots and shallots. Classy fish dishes may include Gigha halibut served with brown shrimps, spring leeks and beach herbs. It all ends with a flawlessly risen soufflé flavoured with the ingredients of cranachan, principally incomparable Scottish raspberries, or perhaps something from further afield in the shape of pineapple baked in rum and spices with brown sugar custard and sweet tapioca. The five-course tasting menu offers a comprehensive tour.<

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday (November to March)
  • Closed for dinner: all week (October to April)
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Tony Borthwick

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines over £30: 100
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 5
  • Accessible toilets


  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 35
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 35

Getting here

M90 junction 8, A91 to St Andrews. Turn left onto Golf Place, then right onto the links. Within Macdonald Rusacks Hotel

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