the fairmont, st andrews, review

EDIT: Now available until December.

Ne’er has a word undersold a concept more so than the “brunch” I was invited to try* at the picturesque Fairmont in St Andrews.

A 5* resort set a few miles outside of St Andrews, the Fairmont is within acres of beautiful landscape (and a golf course if you’re into that sort of thing) and with breathtaking views to the sea and St Andrews.

We were especially lucky that we picked such a beautiful day to go, but with views this spectacular you’d need a really dreich day to ruin the vista!

Upon arrival we were seated and give a ‘brief’ summary of what was on offer by the charming waiter; despite its 5* rating there’s no stiff upper lip here – the staff are all friendly, enthusiastic and obliging. That ‘brief’ summary turned out to showcase the plethora of offerings which includes cold salads and starters, hot starters, ramen bar, a bloody mary station, a variety of vegetables and potatoes, main courses, a Sunday roast carvery, a dessert bar and a Janetta’s Gelateria ice cream cart.

The Executive Chef, Steve Wilson spent time in Asia and it is lovingly shown here with a mixture of British and European dishes and a variety of Asian cuisine.

There is one key flaw in this set up: where do you start?!

We did a full recce of the room before deciding on a plan of action (which I’d recommend to ensure you don’t miss anything!) It is a buffet, so you’re welcome to help yourself to as many courses, plates, styles, and helpings as you like (can fit in). There was so much on offer, it’s the first time I’ve been disappointed to be pregnant as I have a 37 week old baby taking up 90% of my stomach space but I gave it a damn good shot!

A selection of the cold starters.

The hot starters, including the create your own duck spring rolls and ramen bar.

As well as the carvery, there are several options on offer for main courses including delicious smelling curries.

Happiness is a good roast potato. There is also gratin potatoes, mashed potatoes, vegetables and rice.

The dessert cart is the most alluring of all, of course!

Bloody mary station with all the accoutrements you could want for the perfect bloody mary.

It was a real feast for the eyes and senses.

Our highlights: the roasts – both the beef and lamb were cooked perfectly and the red wine sauce was the most luxurious gravy I’ve ever had with a roast.

The ramen had real depth of flavour with a strong base and you can add what you like to it to your own preference.

These prawns were so succulent.

I really enjoyed the pork croquettes whilst my boyfriend enjoyed the beef skewers and haggis bon bons.

Alllllll the desserts! The creme brulee was delicious as was the cheesecake, the eclairs, the smoothies, the…

Chocolate fountain!

As if we hadn’t eaten and indulged enough, we absolutely had to take advantage of being able to get a Janetta’s ice cream on a sunny day without a queue. Magical.

I thoroughly recommend the honeycomb flavour!

This smorgasbord of delicious offerings is excellent value priced at £32.50 per person, we were there on a complementary basis but if we were paying ourselves we’d have no issue with the value for money. We were there for about 2 hours (if you were in a large group you could draw it out even more I’m sure, as we saw several people do) and both went away extremely full and satisfied! It would have cost the same as what we paid for that dreadful lunch at the Dome – the Dome could certainly learn a thing or two from the Fairmont!

Available until 26 August, this is one you’re not going to want to miss!

So, a brunch it is not. A generous, delicious and inviting Sunday lunch it is!

* I was invited to review as mentioned above but as always all words, thoughts opinions and lack of criticisms are all down to the quality of the food!

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