Known more for its golf course and as a wedding venue, Forrester Park Resort, in the village of Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, tends to get overlooked as a restaurant. Often it’s not busy and Trip Advisor comments point to a lack of atmosphere. That may be true but the views across the 350 acres of parkland are beautiful and the food is good. Robert Forrester, the owner who built the course and hotel from scratch, has been in the fortunate and unusual position of keeping the same head chef, Alastair Clark for many years. Although evening meals are not cheap they are qood quality and at weekends the Fife venue serves high teas, easily one of Scotland’s best inventions because the meal includes tea, toast, cakes and scones. Vegetables are from the Wishart farm in the same village while game and poultry is from the Glen Lyon Estate.
For a cheaper and less formal option the snack menu still serves the same quality of food and if it’s sunny you can sit outside and take in the restful scenery. Soup and a toastie is £6 while breakfast, which is available until 12 noon, includes poached eggs on brown toast with grilled tomato for a very reasonable £3.50. Tea and coffee is served in white china with a piece of home-made shortbread but don’t get there too early at weekends; it can be a slow start if there has been a wedding the night before.