Cafe Guide

Hot and tasty in the kitchen: Fire Station Creative cafe coming soon

Soon to be an appetising new fixture on the Dunfermline cafe and social scene, the Fire Station Creative cafe will open its doors in June. The cafe will form part of the newly created, terracotta tiled gallery space with an alfresco eating area for when it’s sunny and a cosy stove for chillier days.  Designer Sarah Young has sourced local suppliers and craftsman to create an industrial-chic open plan design

Gordon Castle; gin, jam and glorious gardens

At over eight acres Gordon Castle’s walled garden in Fochabers, near Elgin, is one of the largest and oldest walled gardens in Scotland. Owners Angus Gordon Lennox and his wife Zara have commissioned award-winning garden designer, Arne Maynard to recapture the former beauty of the garden and create a major visitor attraction in the north east of Scotland. The plans, pictured above, certainly show an elegant and handsome garden for

Bridge Street Kitchen, new restaurant in Dollar

Bridge Street Kitchen may ‘ feel like a restaurant in the west end of Glasgow’ but the rural backdrop is the beautiful tiny town of Dollar in Clackmannanshire. The city centre ambience probably has a lot to do with the owners previous stints at Terence Conran restaurants such as Zinc Bar & Grill in Princes Square as well as The Metropolitan in Glasgow, Harvey Nichols & One Devonshire Gardens. Kerry

Tilly’s Vegetarian Cafe, Carnock, Fife

The tiny village of Carnock in Fife is the unlikely home of a new vegetarian cafe.  Sharon Sutherland, a vegetarian for the past 30 years, and her partner, Steven Smith opened Tilly’s Organic Coffee House and vegetarian cafe on 6 September 2014.  Luckily for them, their son Robbie Sutherland (pictured above) is the chef and has worked at Pillars of Hercules in Falkland as well as The Adamson and Rocca

McTaggart’s Cafe, Fife Coastal Path, Aberdour

The ever popular Fife Coastal Path has a number of great pit stops along the way. In March 2013 another cafe joined the route when Lis McTaggart gave up language teaching at Woodmill High School and opened McTaggart’s in Aberdour. Taking her inspiration from Delivino in Crieff, Perthshire, Lis commissioned Burns Design, who also design Tom Kitchin’s places, to create the interior. The menu includes salads, breakfast, panninis as well

Restaurant with a view, St Monans, Fife

‘It’s like Cornwall 50 years ago’ is something James Robb, founder of the East Pier Smokehouse & Cafe at St Monans, often hears visitors say about the uncrowded East Neuk. The re-opening of this Fife restaurant means that the pretty harbour is now bookended by two high quality eating places with Craig Miller’s seafood restaurant at the other end. If you are walking the popular Fife Coastal path, the East Pier

Cramond Falls Cafe, Edinburgh

Handy for both Fife & Edinburgh,  the dog-friendly Cramond Falls Cafe is five miles from the centre of capital and about 10 miles south of Dunfermline. Owner, Elaine Stuart has made sure there’s a welcome all year round – there’s lots of outdoor seating by the scenic River Almond for the warm weather and log burning stoves inside for the winter walkers.  After seven years building up the custom at the Cramond

Beachside snacks at Sands Cafe in Aberdour, Fife

Like many beach side sites seasonality has proved a problem for cafes in Aberdour over the years. That was until Nova and Ervin Gamble took over Sands Cafe two years ago. Now the Bistro at Silver Sands is open all year round. In winter the cafe is still busy with walkers on the popular Fife Coastal Path and since a travel site highly rated the cafe’s disabled access the location

Mary’s Milk Bar, Edinburgh

Mary, of Mary’s Milk Bar in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, graduated from ice-cream university.  Naturally, Italy tops the University league tables when it comes to making ice-cream and Mary Hillard, originally from Yorkshire, studied at the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna. However,  childhood visits to milk bars in Scarborough and Whitby – both of which are still open today – provided the inspiration for the Edinburgh store. Mary has introduced

The sun shines on the Sundial Cafe, Limekilns, Fife

Ricky de Marco is a regular at the Sundial Cafe in Limekilns, Fife. The Edinburgh art impresario is not the only fan; locals in the scenic waterfront village keep coming back for the homebaking. Mike (pictured below) and Sandra Graham opened the cafe in September 2012 after careful restoration of the 400 year-old building. Clearly a labour of love, the restoration has revealed the beautiful stonework, complementing the dark slate