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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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Long-running beacon of quality in a village named after it

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

This inn has been enough of a local landmark since the mid-18th century that the village in which it stands was named after it, rather than the other way round. It's a handsomely white-fronted stone-built former coach-stop, the dining room now redecorated in sleek contemporary fashion with light woods, thick cloths and smart tableware. Geoffrey Smeddle has maintained the place in the upper ranks of Scottish gastronomy over an impressive stretch, and the modernist flourishes and precise presentations confer real character on the cooking. A meaty starter full of gentle richness sees wood-pigeon breast and roast veal sweetbreads teamed with a smooth liver parfait, along with discreet support from quince purée and smoked almonds. For main, there may be seared stone bass in champagne butter with the varied accompaniments of cauliflower cheese, pink grapefruit and poached lettuce, or perhaps glazed breast and confit leg of wild mallard on a slew of Puy lentils with walnuts, figs and pancetta. A perfectly rendered prune and Armagnac soufflé comes with warm madeleines aromatic with five spice, or consider the Scottish farmhouse cheeses.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1–14 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Geoffrey Smeddle

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 350
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9
  • Main course from17
  • Dessert from: £8.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £25
  • 3-course dinner from: £55
  • Tasting menu from: £75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

At junction of B940/B941, 6 miles southwest of St Andrews.

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Cupar, Leuchars
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