Another Saturday and another weekend oncall, which means I’m not allowed to leave Fife and have to be available to react to the ring of a phone. It’s an odd feeling because I always feel like I’m taking a huge chance when I order food – what happens if my phone rings before it comes? Often I will avoid going out just because it feels like I’m skiving. However, today I thought I’d take the risk and it paid off.
OH and I decided to go to Cupar and visit The Boudingait. It’s a relatively small place and was busy when we arrived but we managed to get a table without problem. There was a very mixed clientele – mostly in pairs but there were young and old couples, 2 older men together and at another table there were 2 older women who had the right idea – they had already demolished a bottle of white by the time we arrived and they had only just got their main meals.
Although the menu offered a variety of dishes it was the Artisan Wild Game Pies that caught our eye. The pub used to buy them fresh on a Saturday from the Farmer’s Market in Cupar but when they became more popular they started buying them direct from The Wee Pie Company in Glendoick.
OH went for the Baa Baa “Lamb is one of the most tastiest of meats, here it is lies beside caramelised onions & carrots, tossed in rosemary ~ simple ~ to allow the flavours of the meat shine through.” Whilst I decided on the Venison Wallace “Chunks of wild venison & seasonal vegetables brought together with haggis: first seared & then casseroled in a redcurrant & red wine sauce to release & combine all of the flavours.” Both pies were served with served with chunky chips, homemade onion rings, vegetables and gravy. Incidentally the vegetables were carrots, broccoli and parsnips – none of which were frozen or over boiled and the gravy came in a little jug alongside.
When our identical dishes first arrived I felt a little let down as the pie was small and looked like I could have bought it from the bakers down the road but after cutting into it and seeing the large pieces of meat inside I was not as disappointed. Then, after tasting it, I was more than happy. It was delicious and with the added gravy soaking into the chips and pastry it became rich, tasty and surprisingly filling. We both cleared our plates and I reckon if OH had a slice of bread he would have wiped the plate clean enough to put it straight back in the cupboard without washing.
We were offered the dessert menu and told to think Pavlova but we decided against putting any more pounds on. Although I did notice that one item was Ginger Sponge Pudding topped with a syrup & ginger sauce, served hot with either CUSTARD, cream or vanilla ice cream. If you’ve read my blogs before you may remember Lusa (my cuz from the States) who had us searching Fife for someplace that offered pudding and custard. Anyway, I sent her a Snapchat of the menu but of course fussy pants replied that it sounded great apart from the ginger bit – typical! 😉
The waitresses were rushed off their feet but were consistently pleasant and cheerful, whether bantering with the locals or serving complete strangers. The toilets were bright, clean and airy although the hot tap was too hot and the cold water just a dribble but that’s a very small gripe.
Two Artisan Pies, 2 pints of lager and a diet coke = £33.60.
I’d definitely go back – especially as they do breakfast until 1pm at the weekends.