Morton of Pitmilly help holidaymakers put Fife on their plates

The self-catering cottages near St Andrews offering guests local food

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It’s a familiar grievance: reaching your holiday cottage crumpled and hungry to remember your luggage doesn’t contain food. At Morton of Pitmilly near St Andrews, where owner John Parker consciously promotes local food at his self-catering cottages, the absence of supermarket bags rustling in the boot of a new arrival is a great chance to promote the food of Fife.

He’ll have eggs from their flock of hens at reception, veg boxes from their polytunnels and, soon, a herb garden to snip at. It might mean a crab or lobster from Crail Harbour after a call from a fisherman (crackers and large cooking pots provided), or steaks and sausages from a nearby butcher to throw on the BBQ.

They feel it creates a sense of community and offers something educational for children – the hope is to offer guests a fully stocked farm shop.

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