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

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

Dunfermline shop nominated for Fashion Award

Maggie’s Farm, a fashion retailer with stores in Dunfermline and Dundee, has been nominated for the Scottish Retailer of the Year as part of the Scottish Fashion Awards. The 2014 event will be hosted in London by Laura Whitmore, Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland and founder Tessa Hartman. Owner Laurissa Drysdale will be in good company;  nominees for some of the other awards include Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane

Free Event in Dunfermline Abbey with Man Booker prize nominee, James Robertson & Jill Calder

On Wednesday 11 June at 6.30pm Man Booker Prize nominee James Robertson and one of Scotland’s best known illustrators Jill Calder will entertain audiences in Dunfermline Abbey with a stunning re-telling of the Robert the Bruce story. James Robertson, who wrote the hugely successful Testament of Gideon Mack and Jill Calder will talk about their book, Robert the Bruce: King of Scots in the historic Abbey, also the site of the King’s

Jill Calder illustrates the story of Robert the Bruce

With the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn being commemorated this year, a stunning new telling of the Robert the Bruce story has been produced by Edinburgh based publishers Birlinn Books. With text by award winning author James Robertson the book has been illustrated by Scotland’s finest Jill Calder. Jill spent a year working on the illustrations for this book, producing over 174 large sheets of ink drawings and lettering

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

Fife Comedy Festival until 13 April

Fife Comedy Festival kicked off last night with a sell-out performance by Rich Hall at The Adam Smith Theatre. Comedy acts such as Hardeep Singh Kohli, Omid Djalili, Fred MacAulay, Grant Stott and Jerry Sadowitz will be appearing at the Carnegie Hall, the Adam Smith Theatre and Rothes Hall until 13 April. Organised by Fife Cultural Trust.

Wanna work at Maggie's Farm?

Even Dylan might have wanted to work at this Maggie’s Farm. Although his lack of customer banter would have fared badly compared with the friendly team at the Dunfermline fashion store.  Named after the Dylan song, the shop was opened by Laurissa Drysdale in December 2012. Conversational skills have helped in social media as well. In just over a year she has 8,000 followers on the Dunfermline Facebook page and,

Broomhead Bothy: of picture houses, green shield stamps and stovies

How do you make your stovies? Are you a corned beef kinda gal or sausage? Starting this Friday 14 March, the Broomhead Bothy comes to the Broomhead flats in Dunfermline and, in the community flat on the ground floor, will provide weekly cookery and art workshops as well the opportunity to pop in and share stories. Tales of green shield stamps and long gone picture houses are already being shared

Avocado Sweet welcomes new food writer!

Avocado Sweet is delighted to welcome food writer Hazel Cameron to the team. We will be featuring regular posts from Hazel’s blog The Grumbling Tummy which she describes as covering food ‘from fine dining to fish fingers and everything in-between’. It can also be reached anytime by clicking on the contributor box on the right.  Having roved around the country, Hazel settled back in Fife seven ago where she now