St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company
- Telephone 01333 312580
- Seasonal times Off Season Nov–Mar: Mon–Sat 10am–4pm; Sun 11am–4pm.
- Food served Apr–Oct: Mon–-Sat 9.30am–-4.30pm; Sun 11am–-4pm.
- Average price £5.10 (soup and a sandwich)
- Website www.standrewscheese.co.uk
Since 2008 the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company’s varieties of Anster cheese have been developing a wider following, but a pilgrimage to the place they’re made is a treat in its own right. This fresh and strikingly new café on the Stewart family farm – where cheesemaker Jane sources the milk from husband Robert’s herd of Holstein Friesian cows – has a great aspect to the south, looking down towards a panoramic view of Anstruther and the mouth of the Forth. Inside there’s a well-stocked deli corner and a viewing gallery where the public can watch the cheese being made, while the firm but delicately crumbly mild, mature and smoked versions are available to wrap up and take away or as a cheeseboard alongside oatcakes and chutney. Other standouts amidst the extensive menu include a rich ‘cheese savoury’ of sliced potatoes, bacon lardons and caramelised onions or a twice-baked cheese soufflé, both made with Anster. Cakes and sweet treats, meanwhile, are baked on the premises.
- High point: Great cheese and much more in an idyllic spot
- Low point: You’ll need a car to get there
A thoroughly modern farmhouse cafe on the outskirts of Anstruther which provides light meals and lunches as an adjunct to selling its own produce. Anster cheddar can now be found in I.J. Mellis shops across Scotland and is increasing in popularity year by year. Here curious visitors can even see it being made via a viewing room to the rear of the dining area. Though the homely food may not take centre stage, it's served to a high standard: smoked salmon omelettes, fish cakes and homemade soups are packed with fresh flavours. For cheese gourmets, the smart choice is the cheese platter which showcases Scottish artisan cheeses from across the country accompanied by oatcakes made in house, looking out at the rolling fields of the surrounding farm..
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 52(36 outdoors)
- Largest group: 50 in winter, 12 in summer
- Open since: 2008
Reviews & features
Tasting Scotland - a food tour around Fife12 Oct 2012
East Neuks and Crannies
What’s next after you’ve dined out, eaten in and shopped local? Hannah Ewan became a food tourist for a day in Fife with Tasting Scotland
Behind the scenes at St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese11 Jul 2012
Fife’s pioneering cheesemaker shares her art with visitors to the farm
Rarely has one cheese gone so far. Not only has the Stewart family managed to spin a delightful café business out of their award-winning Anster cheese, but the building on their family farm Falside also houses a viewing gallery where customers can watch…
The best Scottish cheeses17 Sep 2010
It’s perfectly possible to ﬁll your cheese board with Scottish artisan cheeses. The Larder has teamed up with Pierre Leger of respected cheese retailer and wholesaler Clarks Speciality Foods to assemble some of the country’s prime cuts.
Scotland's best cheeses1 May 2009
Iain Mellis, along with colleagues Benjamin Newell and Alistair Marr, offers his expertise
Isle of Mull Cheddar Isle of Mull Cheddar is considered by many as the daddy of Scottish cheddars. Strong, fruity and brooding, Isle of Mull cheddar is made from unpasteurised cow’s milk on Sgriob-ruadh (pronounced ‘Ski-brooah’) farm on the tranquil…