19th Hole, Earlsferry, Fife.

Yesterday OH and I went for a walk along the beach next to Elie Golf Course, it was a fabulous day and there were a number of golfers making the most of the links course. Of course, after a walk in the summer sun, the next sensible thing to do is go for a pint and it just so happened that next to the golf course is The 19th Hole.

We went in just for a drink but once in, we checked out the menu, the decor, the clientelle and decided to stay for something to eat.  The menu had the normal kind of bar food options such as burgers, steak pie, mac and cheese but with more local fish dishes than your average pub. However, what made it stand out were words like freshly delivered, made to order, artisan and East Neuk, which is the local area just in case you didn’t know.

OH decided on a Crab Salad and I asked for a starter size of mussels. As we waited, I looked around and noticed the coat rack was made out of golf clubs and the leg of the table was hidden in an old leather golf bag. There was tennis on the large tvs and also a fireplace to relax in front of. I nipped to the loo and the sign on the door was a lady putting, the door handle was a putter, there was another door with turf on it. Inside there was a display of golf balls under the sink. Yes they have taken the golfing theme to the nth degree but actually, it works.

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By the time I returned from the loo my mussels were already on the table and OH was tucking into his crab salad. Now, normally I’d be annoyed that someone had delivered my food when I wasn’t at the table but we were sitting in the bar rather than the restaurant as we had the dog with us. In the restaurant you are able to see the chef at work as it’s open plan and I’d like to think if he could see our table he would have held it back until I was there.

The crab was abundant on OH’s salad, which was good to see. He enjoyed it immensely describing it as light and fresh. Even the potatoes got a special mention.

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Along with my plate of mussels was a finger bowl and empty plate for the shells. My mussels were plump and very hot. The sauce wasn’t salty or gritty as can often happen. Instead it was creamy and the onions had a nice crunch. There was a couple that weren’t open and one had a beard but overall I enjoyed them. The accompaning bread was chargrilled and dunking it into the sauce was lush. I even asked for a spoon so I could sup the rest up.

Whilst we were eating it was the chef that popped out to ask if our food was okay, which meant so much more than one of the bar staff asking.

The 19th Hole is a place you need to seek out as it’s well off the beaten path but I would definitely recommend it.

2 pints, a starter size of mussels and a crab salad = £24.40

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Elie and The Shorehead Cafe

 

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Elie Lighthouse

Since I’ve been working like a wee Trojan this week and been doing some crazy hours I was able to take some time back this afternoon so OH and I took the dog to the East Neuk and went for a dander along Elie beach. We drove down towards the Granary and parked up so we could walk along the beach towards the lighthouse.  It turned out to be a cracking afternoon with blue skies and sunshine and Amber loved it.

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Amber

Although the outdoor seating area across from The Ship Inn had been deserted when we drove past by the time we had walked up to the Light House and along past the Lady’s Tower and back into Elie it was starting to fill up. OH took the dog and grabbed a seat overlooking the beach and I ventured in to buy some drinks. I asked for a pint of Guinness and a half lager and waited patiently for the Guinness to settle. I was then given 2 half glasses.

Oh. It was a pint of Guinness I ordered.

Oh sorry.

She tipped the half into a pint glass and topped it up with no settling time. It over flowed the glass and it was still dripping down the side when she handed it over.

Ever polite I didn’t say a word (I’m such a sap) but looked around for a napkin to wipe the glass. Seeing my obviously perplexed face she kindly ran from behind the bar and opened the door for me.

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Guinness not the Best

I picked up the sticky glass and a half and walked back outside into the sunshine.  To add to my dismay of the badly poured pint imagine my horror when I saw the glass she had given me it in!

 

Saying that, sitting in the sun supping was superb!

 

 

OH and I couldn’t decide what to do for eats so he suggested going to the Shorehead in Leven for a sit in fish supper (yes it was his turn to pay). The Shorehead is one of those places that has been around for years, In fact, I can’t remember a time it wasn’t there and Im fairly positive it’s still the same woman behind the counter as it’s always been. When we arrived we discovered it’s now called the Sorehead Cafe.2014-05-02 17.21.08-1

I had a red pudding supper – yes, I said red pudding. For all you people out there that have no idea what I’m on about you need to visit Fife and taste one to find out. For those of you who do know, The Shorehead do a damn fine one!  OH had fish and chips. We had 2 rounds of buttered bread and 2 mugs of tea and it came to £12.80.

When the plates arrived it did look the portions were a bit sparse but, with hindsight, I have to say there was exactly the right amount of chips. OH said everything was really nice but the amount of grease left on his plate was a bit ewww but he says that’s because the grease would usually be left on the paper, which you wouldn’t normally see. He’s adding he really enjoyed it and the white bread was definitely spread with butter and the batter on his fish was crispy and it was braw!

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Suppers