Having been in Fife, I had to give a special mention to Balgove Larder, a farm shop, butchery and cafe, in St Andrews. This was my first time here although my family have been raving about it for as long as I can remember.
Our beautiful meal accompanied by a touch too much wine on Saturday evening had left us feeling a little tender so this was the first stop for us on Sunday morning for a full Scottish breakfast. Balgove prides itself in being all about the ingredients and they work closely with their suppliers to provide their customers with a great breakfast. As you would expect from a farm shop, the produce was all local and as fresh as you could imagine.
The breakfast consisted of sausage, bacon, eggs, tomato and black pudding served with granary bread and homemade tomato sauce. The sausages and black pudding are made on site in the Balgove butchery. The bread is freshly baked each morning in Cupar. The coffee beans are roasted in Dundee. All the milk and butter is produced in Scotland. This all makes for one very special and very much needed grease-free and delicious breakfast.
For me, the key sign of good produce is always the egg yolk and you couldn’t get much better than this. The eggs are freshly laid in Fife by free-range chickens. They were superb.
Breakfast is only served until 11.30am even at weekends so make sure you get there in plenty of time because they are quite strict about this deadline.
The shop is also well worth a visit. It is full of fresh vegetables, cold meats, cheeses, butcher meat, specialist products, wine and liqueurs, all of which are very reasonably priced. They take orders for Christmas too.
One final thing to mention is that there is an outdoor steak barn. Unfortunately, it is only open in the summer because the Scottish weather is rather uninviting in the winter months. I have been told that it is a must in the summer though. As you would expect, booking is essential.
And one final final thing, there are various classes and events held at Balgove including a butchery class so keep a look out for these.