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A Fife itinerary inspired by The Hairy Bikers

01 January


If you're a foodie, then Fife is a must-visit!  The Hairy Bikers, Dave and Si, described it as one of the most beautiful locations they've visited.

1 .

The Harbour Cafe, Elie


The Harbour Cafe can be found in the beautiful Fife seaside village of Elie and operates a quirky pop up shack restaurant from April-Oct, serving a selection of freshly caught and expertly prepared locall seafood and produce. And situated a stone's throw from the water, the views are just incredible. 

Good food is at the heart of everything, Jack & Amy Elles do and they are passionate about using the best local ingredients, sourcing most food within a radius of five miles. 

They also offer a selection of At Home boxes and you can even order The Hairy Bikers food box containing everything you need for the meal they enjoyed in Fife. 

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2 .

Kingsbarns Distillery

The historic and charming East Newhall Farm steadings situated on Cambo Estate were carefully restored and converted into a small distillery with exhibition, tasting rooms, shop and café, which opened in 2014. The visitor centre offers a range of different tours and tastings from the Wemyss Malts collection of Scotch whiskies and Darnley's Gin. 

One of the most striking architectural features at Kingsbarns Distillery is the doocot - the Scots word for dovecot - and this was originally a free-standing structure, and with its Adam-style crenellations and Gothic detailing, it looks to all the world like a miniature fortified tower.

Kingsbarns Distillery is also the home of Darnley’s Gin. Tours of the Gin Cottage are available daily with the chance to learn the history of gin as well as the process. At the end of the tour you will have the chance to taste all three of the Darnley’s Gins.


3 .

East Neuk Kilnhouse, St Monans

The East Neuk Kilnhouse is seen as a hidden gem of Scotland tucked away among the fish merchants in St Monans which we have a long tradition of smoking fish and seafood in this corner of Fife. Both Colin & Billy taught by their fathers before, have the fish trade firmly embedded in their DNA. Both families fished out of St Monans with steam drifters.

They continue to use traditional methods, such as smoking fish in their own kiln as well as filleting fish and preparing seafood all by hand. Their products are delivered to a variety of local outlets including restaurants, farm shops, shops, delis and caterers. Their speciality Hot Smoked Salmon and delicious artisan smoked seafood products are available on a daily basis from our Kilnhouse in St.Monans. 

4 .

Bowhouse, Elie

Bowhouse connects small growers and producers with restaurants and shoppers, giving everyone better access to the best ingredients and produce that the East Neuk has to offer.

Bowhouse is best known for its bustling Market weekend held on the second weekend of each month (except January and February where they welcome the best local food and drink traders from across Fife and Scotland. Free entry to the public from 10-4pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Why not enjoy meeting the makers while shopping what is local and seasonal. There are also workshops and cooking demonstrations for foodies to enjoy. So why not grab some lunch from the street food area and then spend some time exploring the picturesque East Neuk fishing villages.

5 .

Madeira, Pittenweem

This is where The Hairy Bikers stayed during their Fife visit and this East Neuk gem is a rural escape, yet it’s only a five minute drive from Pittenweem’s beach and tidal pool. Its five one-bedroom Terraced Cottages are ideal for couples, but can sleep up to four people in each. And the three-bedroom Gardeners Cottage is spot on for families, and all ages are drawn to the hot tub. The cottage has a large, modern kitchen, living room with a wood burning stove, a sunroom, secluded patio area and a garden with rope swings.  

On fine days cook and dine al fresco at The Dell fire pit. Alternatively, drop into The Bothy, a covered terraced area with pizza ovens. There are ample grounds and trails for children to explore, plus eggs to fetch from the Madeira chickens. The estate also regularly welcomes family group celebrations. As well as the Bothy and the Dell, exclusive-use parties can access a Games Room that houses a big screen TV, pool table, darts board, fridge, chess table and log burner. 

You can see the Hairy Bikers Go Local Episode 4  in Fife here. 

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