This was a treat for my daughter, who was leaving St Andrews, after 4 years at university there. We arrived on a particularly wet afternoon, booked in for 3.30 p.m. The staff were very attentive but required to be told that we'd booked one wheat-free option. However, this was not a problem and my sandwiches, scones and cakes arrived on a separate stand to my daughter's. Darjeeling tea (my afternoon choice of tea) was not on the list - just 'Afternoon Tea'was listed but the waiter said Darjeeling was possible. My teapot (small family size) arrived with just one bag in it and I doubt that the pot had been warmed before filling, because the teabag never infused properly. I asked for a second pot and this was slightly better but I think the staff need to know the full science of producing a perfect cup of tea - and maybe ask the customer exactly how many tea bags they would like - as a tea-planter's daughter, I am quite fussy about my tea. There was nothing special about the food; my wheat-free (probably gluten-free) sandwiches were slightly dry on one side, especially the brown ones and the fillings were sparse. My GF scones were lovely and not crumbly. The selection of cakes was fine; including a fruit-slice; a flapjack, a delightful brownie (best of the lot) and a macaroon. My daughter particularly enjoyed her lemon meringue tart and a spectacular dark chocolate sponge cube - not too sweet and very moist. Her cheesecake slice was very insipid.
It was a very nice place to be on a miserable wet, afternoon - but although we had a window table, from our vantage point, we couldn't see the golf course because the garden vegetation had grown too high.
Having been for afternoon tea at the Ritz in London, I could not help comparing the experience. But this would be unfair because the price in London is more than double what we paid at the Old Course (£20 per head). So I would say this was value for money but with a very little more effort, this could have been turned into a 'special' tea: train the waiter to make tea properly; absolutely no dry sides to the sandwiches and a little more filling in them; and perhaps some colour in the cake platter - they were dull. If the macaroon had been pink or green, perhaps a strawberry tart or a cake with coloured icing and there had been a small mint leaf or borage flower placed in the middle of the cakes, and parsley or basil amongst the sandwiches, it would have been so much more colourful and 'special'. So pleasant describes it perfectly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bordering the renowned 17th ‘Road Hole’ of the Old Course in the Home of Golf, the Old Course Hotel enjoys a spectacular location overlooking the famous links courses, the West Sands beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. Discover the historic university town of St Andrews, just a short stroll from the resort, and explore the surrounding countryside of the ancient Kingdom of Fife. With a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, the hotel offers quietly confident service, luxurious facilities and a warm welcome in the finest traditions of Scottish hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Course Hotel, Golf Hotel St. Andrews
- Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort And Spa
- Old Course Resort
- Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa St. Andrews, Scotland