The Unicorn Inn
- Telephone 01259 739129
- Bar open Tue–Sat 9am–midnight; Sun 10.30am–8pm. Closed Mon.
- Food served Tue–Sat 9am–4pm, 5.30–9pm; Sun 10.30am–noon, 12.30–5.30pm. Closed Mon.
- Average price £17.95 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Website www.theunicorn.co.uk
A 17th century coaching house which was also the birthplace of Kincardine’s most famous son, the chemist and physicist James Dewar (inventor of the Dewar – later Thermos – flask), the Unicorn Inn has seen a substantial upgrade since them. Now a smart, friendly family-run restaurant, it serves substantial lunch and dinner menus to locals, tourists and visiting bigwigs from the nearby Longannet power station, and the food is definitively Fife: rich, flavoursome and with a heavy emphasis on meat and fish choices. A starter of haggis and tattie scone assembled into a cylindrical tower and eye-catchingly drizzled with a half-moon of sticky Drambuie sauce actually succeeds in gentrifying these most earthy of foods, while a main of meaty venison sausages with a mustard mash and onion gravy is similarly attractive to those who favour either heartiness or delicacy. A range of breakfasts, high teas, dining deals and local delivery of cake and scone baskets help cover most bases.
- High point: The food reflects local tastes with a sense of invention.
- Low point: Dining area doesn’t get much natural light.
Sited in the birthplace of James Dewar, inventor of the Thermos flask and the first person to liquefy hydrogen, the Unicorn Inn dates back to the 17th century. Its current use requires a more contemporary finish, however, with the main room a smart and well-furnished brasserie which offers a popular selection of locally sourced mains using Scottish beef, Shetland salmon and bass from the seas around the west coast of Scotland. Private dining is also available, as well as a range of breakfasts and lighter lunches.
- Delivery: Baskets of cakes and scones from their own bakery in the wider local area, £5-10 charge depending on distance
- Private dining: Up to 22 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Capacity: 35
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle