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East Neuk Towns and Villages

This part of Fife contains beautiful coastal and inland villages, architectural and historic gems, some fabulous beaches, and the home of Fife’s fishing fleet at Pittenweem.

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Visitors have a wealth of choices for a day out, including the National Trust for Scotland’s Kellie Castle and gardens, the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Scotland’s Secret Bunker former nuclear command centre near Crail, and the St Monans windmill.  In addition there is the natural beauty of some of the most spectacular sections of the Fife Coastal Path, and the opportunity for a boat trip to the rugged Isle of May and its chapel and wildlife.

There are many food related attractions, not least Michelin starred Sangsters in Elie, run by Bruce Sangster and his wife Jackie. Geoffrey Smeddle's Michelin starrted Peat Inn restaurant with rooms is also within easy reach.

In St Monans, perched above the harbour, Craig Millar@16 West End, is attracting rave reviews for his first solo venture in a career which has already seen him named Seafood Chef of the Year. Anstruther is the home of the Cellar Restaurant, where chef/proprietor Billly Boyter continues to build on his formidable reputation.

Elie’s Ship Inn has an excellent reputation for its menus and beachside barbecues, and along with the nearby 19th hole pub is now under the ownership of Graham and Rachel Bucknall, who also run the Bridge Inn at Ratho.

Anstruther is rightly famous for its fish and chips, with the harbourside Anstruther Fish Bar, a former UK Fish & Chip Shop of the Year, attracting long queues, especially during the summer months. The nearby Wee Chippy also has a strong and loyal following.

Seafood lovers can buy crabs and lobsters on the pier at Crail, there are three excellent smokehouses (East Pier, G&J Wilson and Ru an Fhodar) in St Monans, and fresh fish can be bought at the Anstruther Fish Shop. The East Pier Smokehouse, which also has a cafe, also lies in St Monans.

Just a short distance from the coast there are two top class food related attractions within a few miles of each other.  Jane Stewart’s St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company near Anstruther produces artisan cheeses, and visitors can see the action from a special viewing area in the busy cafe.  Near Elie the Pollock family run the award winning Ardross Farm Shop farm shop selling a range of items including traditionally raised beef, vegetables, and farm-prepared stocks, pies, and preserves.

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