Balgove Larder

Balgove Larder
Strathtyrum Estate, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SF
  • Telephone 01334 898145
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 10am–5pm (times extended during the summer)
  • Food served Cafe: Mon–Sat 9am–4.30pm; Sun 10am–4.30pm Steak Barn: summer months only Wed–Sun 12–8.30pm
  • Average price (set lunch)
  • Email
  • Website www.balgove.com

Butcher, farm shop, cafe and steak barn, the Balgove Larder operation is tucked away from the road just outside St Andrews and wears its local colours proudly. The steak barn, with clematis climbing up its potato pallet walls, industrial lighting and tables made out of spalted beech from the Balgove estate, works the relaxed rustic look very nicely. It carries that simplicity through its menu, too: three starters, five mains (two options on the kids' menu), three puddings. Non-meat eaters get more than a nod, with a beetroot and goat's cheese salad, crab and lobster fishcakes, portabello mushroom burger and a roasted vegetable tart – but the main event here is the meat, for the most part produced on the estate. The 'sharing platter for two' includes a free-range scotch egg, a few slices of gleaming cold roast beef, a little bowl of thinly sliced pork belly and some merguez chipolatas, spicy, smoky and just the right side of charred. Rib-eye steaks are cooked on the charcoal grill and served (like all the main courses) with twice-fried chips and estate-grown salad. Deep pink and bouncy with fat, the steaks showcase the quality of meat on offer here. Pudding is either local Luvian's ice cream, raspberry cheesecake or 'chocamossa' – a lively and surprisingly successful plateful of crisp dark chocolate samosas, little squares of chocolate jelly on caramel sauce and a scoop of chocolate ice cream. There’s a separate, more informal cafe in a neighbouring building along with the farm shop and butcher, which serves breakfast, soup, sandwiches and cakes.

  • High point: It's all about the quality meat
  • Low point: No coffee served in the steak barn
Fife Larder

Listed in the Fife Larderorder a print copy (free + p&p).

Located a mile outside St Andrews on the Leuchars road, this relatively new venture is at the glamour end of Fife's range of farm shops and farm cafés. There's a keen focus on beef, game and pork from the estate, with an on-site butcher, a well stocked fresh-meat and deli counter, and plenty of evidence of farm sourcing on the café menu. The shop is an attractive showcase for Scottish – and especially Fife – producers, and offers a sufficiently broad range to encompass everyday items, picnic or quick-cook meals, special treats and gifts. The ever-expanding café is a natural partner to the farm, butchery and shop, with familiar breakfasts, snacks, baking and hot drinks supplemented with daily soups, salads and specials. Expect to see estate meats, including game, as well as seasonal vegetables and fruit on the blackboard menus; in summer they run a pop-up outdoor restaurant in a converted combine shed serving steak, chips and salad, all sourced from the surrounding acres. The Steak Barn also serves as a venue for the Night Market every Wednesday evening, in collaboration with Eden Brewery. From 5–9pm the barn is packed with food and drink producer stalls and dinner and drink stands, to a live music background.

  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: Cafe: 55 Steak Barn: 80
  • Open since: 2010