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Boasting some of the best views in the golf world, Rusacks St Andrews’, three dining outlets: 18 Restaurant and Bar, The Bridge and One Under Bar are celebrating the 150th Open Championship with an array of food, drink and entertainment that will be showcased during the world’s most prestigious golfing tournament from 10 – 17 July.


Executive Chef, Derek Johnstone, has collaborated with local gelateria, Jannettas and Loch Lomond Whisky to create a special dessert that will be served in 18 and The Bridge throughout The Open. The limited-edition Loch Lomond Whiskies Spirit of The Open Ice Cream, has been created by renowned local ice cream maker, Owen Hazel of Jannettas using Loch Lomond’s The 150th Open St Andrews Special Edition which will be served as part of the special dessert topped with a whisky salted butterscotch sauce and a whisky snap biscuit. An optional dram of Loch Lomond Whisky can be served alongside the creation, complementing the flavours of the ice cream. The whisky is the official spirit of The Open and Owen has drawn on the 114-year-old heritage of his family gelateria to produce a unique ice cream that will only be available during The Open and the rest of the month.


18’s rooftop restaurant has unparalleled views over the world’s most famous golf course, the Old Course. This can also be enjoyed in 18’s bar, where Bar Manager, Kevin Durand and Head Pastry Chef, Chris Nurse have created a bespoke cocktail that pays homage to the heritage of The Open.  The 1873 is a tribute to the 13th Open Championship in 1873, the first Open to be held at the famous Old Course. Scottish golfer, Tom Kidd won the competition and was presented with the Claret Jug on home turf. The 1873 draws upon Scottish flavours with Nadar Vodka used as the cocktail base spirit. Nadar, meaning nature in Gaelic, is a climate positive vodka made on the nearby Angus coast by Arbikie Distillery. The Hazelnut chocolate garnish for the cocktail has been created by Head Pastry Chef Chris Nurse and complements the Wray & Nephew white rum.


Executive chef, Derek Johnstone has created the ultimate food pairing for watching the golf, a decadent seafood platter to showcase Scottish seafood containing; steamed Ayrshire mussels, whole poached lobster, grilled oysters with a ponzu sauce, dressed crab, whisky and white pepper smoked salmon, steamed cockles with nduja and Arbroath smokie croquettes with mustard aioli.


Rusacks’ cosy One Under Bar is adorned with golf memorabilia and serves an expertly curated drinks menu and light snacks which will be open for walk-ins. The bar will be a must visit destination during the golfing tournament with live music every night from 7 – 10pm. The line-up includes local musicians like Corrach are an exciting St Andrews based trio playing Irish and Scottish traditional music who formed in 2019. On Saturday 16 July, the popular bar will host a karaoke night from 7 – 10pm.


Derek Johnstone, said:

“Since opening last year, our whole team has been looking forward to being part of The Open. It is right on our doorstep and 18 offers the finest views of the world’s most famous golf course, so we wanted to create something truly unforgettable to mark 150 years of the championship.

I’ve particularly enjoyed developing a dish with Jannettas’ ice cream that complements the peach, pear and vanilla notes of Loch Lomond whisky with the smoky finish of the spirit in a classic dish that can be enjoyed by visitors to this very special Open Championship.”



To find out more  about 18, visit, follow @18StAndrews on Instagram, @18StAndrews on Twitter and 18 St Andrews on Facebook.


More information on One Under and The Bridge can be found on the website,


A rooftop and Scottish restaurant, 18 specialises in the very best seasonal local produce. The menu focuses on open flame cooked dishes and contemporary and innovative game and seafood dishes. 18 sits on the fourth floor its full glass wall offers a panoramic view across the Old Course, West Sands and the North Sea.  The Bridge, housed on the ground floor offers casual all-day dining, which continues the theme of championing Scottish produce. Last but not least, One Under Bar, an intimate, underground bar serving the very best pub favourites, beers, whiskies and cocktails. It aims to embody the Scottish spirit of camaraderie and host live music.


18, The Bridge and One Under Bar at Rusacks St Andrews have been developed and will be operated by White Rabbit Projects, whose hospitality portfolio includes Lina Stores, Kricket and Island Poké.


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Owen Hazel and Derek Johnstone toast The Open