Alan Chalmers set up Eat walk Edinburgh food walking tour in 2011 with the St Andrews tour starting two years later. I am originally from Stirling, but apart from a couple of years working in London have spent most of my working life in Edinburgh.
I come from a Catering background and when I went on my first food walking tour in Seattle in 2009 knew that Edinburgh would be the perfect location to set up a food walking tour. The tour took off very quickly so decided to expand this into another area of Scotland.
I chose St Andrews as it has similarities to Edinburgh as a place where visitors came and stayed for a few days, it had an abundance of history and great shops, restaurants and bars to visit.
Our food walking tours visit five locations to taste locally sourced food with three of the stops also having drink tastings. The guide talks about the history of the area as the group walk between venues. While in the venues they will talk about the food and drinks served about building itself and people that run it. They will also point other places to visit or try after the tour is over. Tours last 3 to 3.5 hours and give people the confidence to go out explore more on their own.
I aim to update the blog at least once a month with what we discover new on our tours in the hope it will help visitors and locals to enjoy St Andrews and what is has to offer to the full.
Luvians on market street are selling truly Scottish beer , just arrived 18th November with all ingredients locally sourced. The beer called Scottish Harvest is made by St Andrews Brewery.
Why not enjoy Hogmanay Ceilidh at Forgans from £60 per person great menu with locally sourced produce and Free Reelin’ Ceilidh band to have you dancing all the way up to the Bells and beyond.
There has been a few changes to stops on the food tour due to venues closing and new ones opening. It was sad to see the Highland Chocolatier shop closing, but you can still buy their lovely chocolate online.
But as one door closes another opens and we now stop at the newly opened Beer kitchen for Haggis doughnuts and popcorn mussels. Forgans our previous haggis stop now provide dessert, Cranachan a traditional Scottish dessert .
As cheese has gone from the menu at the excellent St Andrews Brewpub we have had to seek out a new venue for cheese & beer tasting so now have a great stop right next to the 18th green of the Old Course called Ham's Hame.
I would like to flag up the Crail Festival with over 40 events over 10 days running from the 10-29th July. Also running from end of June through nearly the whole of July is the Byre in the Botanics offering a range of music, theatre and movies in the Gardens but there is covered seating.
Dates for your diary are graduation ceremonies for St Andrews Universtiy run 20th-23rd June so restuarants and bars in the area will be extra busy. First Saturday of every month there is a farmers market in St Andrews 9am-1pm. There will be a hidden gardens of St Andrews open day on Sunday 25th June 11am -5pm.