Wednesday, 7 March 2018

What To Eat, Drink + Do In St Andrews

What To Eat, Drink + Do In St Andrews
If you follow my Instagram and aren't sick of my constant love for a Boomerang, you'll know that I spent the past few days in St Andrews. We headed up there on Sunday morning ahead of my birthday to catch up my cousin and soak up all the great things St Andrews had to offer before she graduates this summer. Despite the awful weather, we managed to fit so much in to just a few days and I couldn't wait to share it all with you. In a nutshell, the town is absolutely adorable, rich in history and full of super lovely students. 

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St Salvators Hall St Andrews is a university town and probably the most notable halls of residence is St Salvators Hall. Not only are they the halls where Kate and Wills stayed during their time at uni, but they're also super traditional with shared bedrooms and High Table dinners every week - I just love everything about it. 

The Quad One of the oldest parts of the university and the hub for most uni events and rights of passage including the 'Raisin Monday' foam fight - How is that even a thing? Nearby is also the famous PH which students will never - legit never - step on. It marks the spot where Patrick Hamilton who was tried for practicing religious heresy was burned at the stake. Watching people avoid walking on it is actually hilarious but I love that they still follow old traditions. It's also worth noting people that do step on the PH do the 'May Dip' which is basically running into the sea at sunrise on May 1st to 'rid the curse'. 

St Mary's Quad Another university quad with a thorn said to be planted by Mary Queen of Scots. Pretty cool and worth a look. 

Eden Mill Tour If you're a gin lover then the Eden Mills distillery would be a great activity to pop on your to-do list. It's £10 and can be booked online - Unfortunately they were fully booked for our visit but to be honest, I'd go back just for that. 

St Andrews Cathedral I'm a sucker for ruins and since the cathedral is the largest medieval church in Scotland, on just about every travel site, postcard and Instagram hashtag, I knew it was worth the visit. It's ridiculously picturesque, even more so in the sunshine and also has a bell tower offering views over the sea. 
What To Eat, Drink + Do In St Andrews

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St Andrews Brewing Company A fab little pub offering 15+ craft beers, 20+ craft gins and host of classic board games. This place was so welcoming and full of friendly faces that I could have sat there all evening sampling the gins on offer. Well worth a visit and offers souvenir t-shirts!

Old Union Cafe An intimate little cafe with walls dedicated to past university rectors. It's inspiring to see how many students go there to work and that actually offer a mean coffee too. 

Mamacita After hearing someone say 'The best margaritas I've ever had', I added this place straight on to my to do list. They carry around 25 tequilas and the classic margarita was so good that I had three. They also offer frozen margaritas and a bunch of Mexican street food.
What To Eat, Drink + Do In St Andrews

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Northpoint Cafe Also known as the cafe where Kate met Wills (for coffee). It's the cutest little cafe but tends to be a little busy in the mornings. We actually managed to get in for birthday brunch - The all day breakfast was delicious and comes with the fluffiest pancakes and maple syrup. 

Ziggys I booked Ziggys so far ahead of our visit because it looked right up my street. The staff were super friendly and the food was to die for, especially the garlic prawns.

The Vic We headed to The Vic after asking my cousin for somewhere chill but with really great food - She was absolutely right. The three of us opted for the chorizo burger and it was bloody delicious. This place also has a lounge & social club for drinks in the evening. 
What To Eat, Drink + Do In St Andrews

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There are a whole host of hotels, B&B's and also AirBnb's around St Andrews. We stayed with my cousin but websites like Trivago & Booking.com list all of the popular places to rest your sleepy head. 
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I'd love to know if you've visited St Andrews before or if you'd visit in future. I'd LOVE to go back in the summer. 

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We actually got lost on the way back - After a wrong turn on my part, our satnav took us down a bunch of B roads which were still full of snow and water for no particular reason. After crying and finally getting back on track, it then took us off route again, down more ridiculous B roads to cut out part of the main road. I cried again. 

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