After a slightly squished but good night's sleep in our Cambo bell tent, and the infamous hairdryer-gate, we finally made it into St Andrews. Bellys rumbling from the mornings events, we had worked up an appetite on our walk around the estate and were ready to demolish some food. By now it was getting closer to lunch time than breakfast and so we gave up on the idea of a full Scottish and patiently waited for Forgan's to open at midday.
The entrance to Forgan's leads you through a leafy corridor lined with the day's fresh produce. It's a cosy, homely welcome and the cavernous hall that you eventually arrive in is almost surprising. At weekends it plays host to ceilidhs, and film nights are not uncommon. Individual bothys are sectioned off around the dining area, ideal for celebrating in style with that little extra privacy - birthdays or graduations would be awesome here! Floor to ceiling shelves lay opposite the bothys, making a great feature wall as well as convenient storage space!
Once seated comfortably (if slightly chilly, with a draft from the kitchen!) it was time to browse the menu. "Stories from beyond the bar" had me intrigued straight away. I love a cocktail story almost as much as a dinner story, and if there's ever a time to replace breakfast with cocktails, your minimoon is it!
A delicious raspberry Edinburgh Fizz was the first thing to pass my lips that day! What can I say, married life is turning me to drink. The drinks menu features an array of locally brewed craft beers, cocktails and "cockt-ales", alongside flights of gin, whiskey, wine or beer - perfect for the indecisive alcoholics among us! The list really is as long as a story book. Well worth the read!
The food offerings were just as plentiful and tantalising - hello, duck shepherds pie! Starters were irresistible to the both of us, despite this being our "breakfast". He opted for the crispy haggis balls with parsnip crisps which came on a bed of mash, smothered in a rich, Ardbeg malt whisky gravy. He followed with a Forgan's beef burger in a pretzel bun with literally ALL the trimmings. Bacon, cheese, onions and haggis. Hungry much?
A goats cheese and red onion filo parcel was my starter of choice and led perfectly to my very generously sized main of beef bourguignon with flaky pastry, honey roasted root veg and mash. Pastry is my bae!
I love these tags marking visitors to Forgans from around the world!
Needless to say we were suitably stuffed and didn't eat again until much later... at the Night Market if you must know! Where the lovely guys and girls from Forgans were shaking up cocktails and remembered us from earlier in the day! Whether you're after a casual lunch (breakfast), romantic date night, celebratory dinner, Sunday roast or weekend brunch - Forgans has it all!
Find them at 110 Market Street, St Andrews. Book online.
Where's your favourite place to dine in St Andrews?