REVIEW : International Brunch at the Fairmont, St Andrews

This post comes with a warning!  Do NOT eat prior to dining here for their International Brunch. Have a light dinner on the Saturday night and skip breakfast on the Sunday, otherwise you’ll just miss out on so much great food.

This is the five star luxury resort of Fairmont St Andrews, situated about five minutes outside St Andrews town, perched up on the sea cliff to give you spectacular uninterrupted views across their golf courses and out across the North Sea.

Warmly greeted by the concierge, we where whisked down the grand staircase to the atrium and into Squires restaurant to get seated for our epic food journey.

You cannot help but look up at the wonderful bespoke 60m long mobile ceiling sculpture of Zephyr by award winning artist George Singer – it gleams in the light and one minute reminds you of a flock of birds in flight and the next waves or even a shoal of fish!

The main serving area is situated beneath their Italian restaurant, La Cucina. A vast open area housing nine food stations

  • All About Breakfast
  • Salad bar
  • From the Soup Pot
  • From the Sea
  • From the Land
  • Entrees
  • Live Cooking & Carving
  • Sweet Endings
  • Bloody Mary Station

I headed straight for the salad bar. A vast array of brightly coloured tantalizing salads; well over 25 salads to choose from. I was drawn to the gorgeous colours of these two salads.

Parma Ham with Canteloupe Melon and apricots.

Sweet and Sour Beetroot with garden herbs.

Little plates of a spoonful or two of food was the way forward here, giving me more opportunity to taste a lot of the food without pigging out on one particular dish.

You’ll find greek salad, grilled asparagus, couscous, fennel and tomato salad to name a few.

The breads and pasty section has a selection of sweet sticky Danish pasties to seeded homemade breads, baps and rolls.

From the Sea section, you’ll find fruits of the sea – beautiful sweet and juicy langoustines and oysters, as well as fresh sushi.

Besides all the other amazing stations, the one that really captures people is the From the Land section. A large circular serving station laden with large chafing dishes resembling ships port holes that you pop open to reveal culinary treasures such as this Grilled Snapper, braised Puy Lentils and Bonito flakes.

You’ll also discover several curries and stews; and this – the Slow Cooked Jacobs Ladder in a tomato BBQ sauce.

Oh my. Go get your fill on this. Succulent, soft and super tasty, slow cooked in a thick rich barbeque sauce.

Then on to the roasts. No Sunday lunch is complete without a Sunday roast so how about a few slices of this roasted rib-eye of beef.

With Yorkshire puddings and beef gravy. All the trimmings are there too – vegetables galore (the cauliflower cheese was my favourite), and roast tatties and mash.

Once you’ve visited the savoury stations and trod a pathway across the lush carpet, you’ll most definitely visit the sweet section a few times. Even if desserts aren’t your thing, I can guarantee you’ll want to try something.

The chocolate fountain is always a big hit and when you have such fabulous local fresh produce surrounding you, it’s a great way to showcase it at it’s very best. Who doesn’t like something covered in a little chocolate???

Choose from fresh fruit, marshmallows, biscotti, fudge, rice crispy treats, sugar candy sticks and amaretti’s.

The dessert section is laid out similar to the salad section with both sides of the station filled with sweet treats.

Baked alaska, creme brulees, tarts, cakes ….. you name it, it’s here.

Perfect pots of puddings…..

To fabulous florentines….

To marvellous macarons…. the puddings go on and on.

Fairmont St Andrews has thought of everything – you can choose to finish your meal off with a glass of Champagne from their Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar or as I did, an ice cream cone from the local Jannettas Gelateria served from their mobile ice-cream cart!

What a brunch! What a lunch! What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon filling your belly full on a lavish feast with dishes that will suit everyone. The choice is vast and they do cater for vegetarians, as well as many dishes that will suit children and the fussiest of eaters. Plus their staff and chefs are on hand should your require something different or need something specifically made to your tastes or dietary requirements.

The staff are great. Very friendly, very accommodating, and really helpful.

The International Brunch is only available on Sundays between 1.00pm and 4.00pm and only until the 26th August. Prices are from £32.50 per adult and from £16.00 per child (age 6 to 12 years old).

Please book and remember to bring an empty belly and a healthy appetite!

Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, KY16 8PN

Tel : 01334 837000

My Spoon Award : TartanSpoon 10/10 




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