The Adamson, 127 South Street, St Andrews, KY169UH

beef blade adamson

The Adamson is located in the centre of St. Andrews and is named after Dr Adamson who developed the first calotype portrait.  The building also used to house the Post Office.



We arrived at lunchtime and were quickly seated and quickly served; we both ordered the local ale – the 19th brew IPA from the Eden brewery in nearby Guardbridge (bottles only at £3.80 but they do have West St. Mungo on tap for £2.00 a half/£3.90 a pint).

eden brewery beer19th brew IPA from Eden
The menu can be found here.

To start…

chorizo and feta squid

Chorizo and feta stuffed baby squid

3 big squid rings and 2 baby squid on top Lovely meaty chorizo minced and mixed with feta. An uncommon combo but we both love chorizo, feta and squid so decided to give it a go and it was lovely! Really strong flavoursome chorizo mixed with the more delicate crumbly feta and wrapped in well-cooked firm but not chewy squid rings. Fresh cherry tomatoes and olives


Ceviche of scallop with watermelon and pink grapefruit

Thinly sliced fresh scallop. No overpowering tastes, light, fresh and simple. Light battered onion

Our mains…

Beef blade

Beef was divine, sweet sauce but nicely salted.
Crisp rosti side of broccoli, chilli and garlic


tender stems with a kick.


Courgette risotto

Crab and courgette risotto


Lime creme fraiche and pea shoots. Creamy, light, not stodgy at all. Also had a side of house salad

House salad

Peas, beans, fresh leaves and tomato.


For dessert…


Dark chocolate mousse

This was huge, 2 brownies with a salted sorbet?! Slightly bizarre and interesting combo, but we couldn’t taste the saltiness from the sorbet but we did get a citrus background.



Vanilla parfait honey roasted apricots, salted honeycomb & pistachios

Crisp honeycomb with smooth parfait and crunch pistachios. So many
different layers of texture. Delicious.

Overall, a great meal at a total cost of £78 for two of us. The staff were extremely attentive and friendly; toilets: spotless; decor: relaxed stylish bistro with modern-art on the walls, and you could see the food being prepared in the kitchen, which we like to see. The food was delicious and the portions were good too. There’s outside seating for sunny days (and it was lovely when we visited) and a doggy water-bowl too.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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