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“Good flavours”

Road Hole Restaurant
Ranked #35 of 141 Restaurants in St. Andrews
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $71
Cuisines: British, Contemporary, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: With an award-winning team, the very best of Scotland’s larder and a passion and flare for the delicious and delectable. This is the Road Hole Restaurant at the Old Course Hotel - The Home of Scottish Cuisine in the Home of Golf.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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639 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 773 helpful votes
“Good flavours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

There is some skill in the kitchen here. Though a starter of scallops featured rather sorry, slightly overcooked, comically stingy small pieces of one scallop, another starter of crab, fennel and orange salad was well-conceived, light, elegant, zingy and balanced.
Fennel and orange is a typically Sicilian combination, and this Mediterranean influence runs through the whole (very appealing) menu, which features spices and ingredients such as harissa, fregola, tahini, and so on.
Indeed a main of halibut with fregola and spicy squid was excellent, the favours clean and impressive. Another main of sole was OK, the sole itself a little bland, but the whole dish, being cooked and prepared with evident technique, quite pleasant.
Desserts were very satisfying: a port-poached pear was encased in a slightly hard millefeuille but otherwise tasty and accompanied by an icecream of rare quality around here; while I found a chocolate mousse really impressive both for flavour and texture.
Prices are fair for the quality but 1): the portions are on the small side even for fine dining standards - this feels more like London than Scotland...and 2) A restaurant of this type, at these prices, should serve an amuse bouche. Wine prices are high as usual, but not as high as elsewhere (let's say around three times retail price, except Champagne which is a better deal as always). Service was cheerful and pleasant. The room is spacious, with the kitchen in view, and during the day probably bright and with good views. I am tempted to return.

Visited March 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had the pleasure to eat here in early March 2014. From initial welcome onwards nothing could be faulted.
We had the tasting menu, with the matching wine....not the cheapest option but worth every penny for a once in a blue moon experience.
All the staff were worthy of mention but special mention to Grant who took the time to talk us through each course and the reason for matching the wine, he truly knows his stuff.
All in all a memory which will live with us for a very long time.

Visited March 2014
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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2,046 reviews
1,156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,801 helpful votes
“Lunch with a view!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

Situated on the 4th storey of the Old Course Hotel, this restaurant has an amazing view over the golf course & to the coast & see beyond.
We were the only table for lunch on Saturday, so we were given an amazing table to admire the views.
At £18.50 for three courses, this represents some good value in such striking surroundings. Overall the food & service was pretty good & I would gladly return.

  • Visited February 2014
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dundee,scotland
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Restaurant with a view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

The Road Hole Restaurant is a beautiful room on the top floor of the Old Course Hotel with what must be one of the best views of any restaurant anywhere in the world, the iconic golf course with the R&A clubhouse in the background, a spectacular setting for what was an excellent and amazingly good value lunch.
Firstly, the lunch menu offers a fantastically good value three courses for £18.50, especially good when you consider that there is a choice of three dishes for each of the three courses including a very generous Scottish cheese option instead of dessert. I often find cheese is subject to a supplementary charge in restaurants such as this, but not at the Road Hole.
The standard of cooking and presentation was excellent, there had been a lot of preparation ,thought and skill put in to the menu, for example the scallop brandade which was part of my fish main course were delicious and surprising to find in a menu at this price.
The wine list is, as you would expect in a hotel of this standard to be, impressive and with the food being such excellent value we could afford to splash out a little on a really good bottle of Alsace Riesling. Wine enthusiasts will find much to tempt them.
Service was friendly, efficient and 'formally informal' if that makes sense, just striking the right atmosphere for a really enjoyable lunch. We all greatly enjoyed ourselves and will certainly be back soon.

  • Visited January 2014
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Superb New Year Jazz Brunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed the New Year Jazz Brunch on the top floor of the Old Course Hotel. Fantastic views across the golf courses and St Andrews Bay. Polite and cheerful welcome. Top level friendly and professional service. Amazing range of high quality hot and cold foods. All in all, a memorable and enjoyable experience.

  • Visited January 2014
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