The Kingarroch Inn
- Telephone 01334 828237
- Food served Tue–Fri noon–3pm, 5.30–9pm; Sat/Sun noon–9pm
- Average price £11.95 (set lunch); £19.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.kingarrochinn.co.uk
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
Never judge a book by its cover because this seemingly simple whitewashed cottage, which sits precariously on a corner of a busy Fife road, might seem a bit bleak and dated yet its below ground level entrance could well be described as a gateway to foodie heaven. Fresh, local and seasonal produce - cooked to perfection and combined with a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere are what make this modest restaurant so appealing. Spiced mushrooms, haggis fritters, venison casserole and well cut medallions of tender beef are just a few offerings from the quality smitten Hughes brothers, who took over the restaurant from the Smith family in 2010. Locally caught fish are also a mainstay of their menu, of which cured sea bass and East Neuk haddock often top the bill. And although the restaurant spans three floors, perhaps the best dining experience to be had in the summer months is in the beer garden overlooking the property's home grown herbs and idyllic garden stream.
- High point: Beautifully presented generous portions of good, hearty food
- Low point: The building's exterior can be deceptive and doesn't necessarily create a brilliant first impression
A short drive from Cupar, the brothers Hughes have put a more contemporary spin on this rather nondescript-looking coaching inn dating from 1702. With Grant Hughes front of house and Paul in the kitchen, there is an attempt to feature more local produce like game and seafood. The lunch and dinner menus change fortnightly, with a mix of Scottish and more continentally inspired dishes. A new deck outside, overlooking a rushing burn, is the perfect sunny spot to nibble a light lunch.
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10 (4x red, 5x white, 1x rose)
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy listening compilation
- Capacity: 75
- Largest group: 105 - Christmas lunch
- Open since: 2010
- House wine: £18 per bottle
- BYOB: Between £5 & £10 per bottle corkage (By prior arrangement)