A real treat for my family and friends is to enjoy one of the most delicious and easy feasts in Anstruther. Sometimes when we’re out and about, we’ll take a picnic, but other times, if we know we’ll definitely be calling in at Anstruther, we plan to indulge ourselves in the traditional fish and chips in batter (served with mushy peas!
Before going any further, I suggest you also check out the Things to do in Fife pages. It will help you with what to do in Anstruther, but also I'm sure you'll find plenty of things for the whole family in and around the Kingdom.
Evidence of the fishing trade is everywhere and we know, in advance, that the tantalizing aroma of the famous cooked Fish’n’chips will tempt our appetite without a doubt! Sometimes we’ll eat them in the restaurants (but they can get very busy and you can wait quite a while to get seated) or if it’s a warm and sunny day, we’ll sit outside enjoying them while watching the world go by.
Having easy feasts in Anstruther
But before I take you to find these easy feasts in Anstruther, let me tell you a little bit about this delightful place, which is a popular place for holiday makers and day-trippers. In fact people come from all over Fife just for the famous fish and chips. But if it's too busy here, drive just a short distance to the equally charming but less crowded Pittenweam. As far as I'm aware the 'Chippie' there hasn't won any awards, but the traditional fish and chips in batter is still excellent.
Anstuther or Anster (pronounced ‘Ainster’) as it is known by the local has a long history of being a fishing port, and walk around the narrow streets will bring it to life. It’s history includes not only its royal connections but the fishing industry, overseas trade and even smuggling.
Museum Herring Boat
In the 14th Century, herring fishing was the mainstay, and the monks from Balmerino Abbey owned the land and rented it to the fishermen and were paid in kind with salted herring.
Scottish Fisheries Museum
The 16th Century lodging of the Abbots is now part of the famous Scottish Fisheries Museum, which tells the history of Anstruther as the capital of the Herring Industry until the shoals deserted during the Second World War. Anstruther became a Royal Burgh in 1587, which gave them the right ot hold weekly meetings and an Annual Fair.
Sail to the Isle of May
Nowadays, the fishermen bring in shellfish, and the harbour is increasingly used for pleasure crafts. If you're there on a nice day, do take the trip to the Isle of May and see the most wonderful wildlife. But if you're prone to sea-sickness - then maybe have your easy feasts in Anstruther, the wonderful fish and chips on your return!
The sea trade in the past was mostly with Europe and you’ll see evidence of the Dutch and other European influence in the architecture.
But the smuggling of wine, sugar, cloth and tobacco played a part in the “trade”. If you go to Dreel Bridge you’ll see the 16th century pub, “The Smuggler’s Inn”, which was later used by the Jacobite conspirators as their meeting place in 1715.
However, you might well be asking the question still about where you can get these delicious and easy feasts in Anstruther.
Well just walk along the the sea front and "follow your nose"! The aroma will certainly take you to one of the 'Chippies', and I'm sure your mouth will be watering. I hope you enjoy it.
Fish and Chip Shop
By the way, if you live in Canada or America and want to buy some Scottish Food products you can get them at Caledonian Kitchen Med. Just place your order and they will ship direct from the States.
See also the following pages:-
Scottish Food - Try some of the wonderful authentic and traditional Scottish dishes. Fish and Chips - If you can't visit Antruther - then follow this recipe to make your own delicious Fish and Chips. Maps and Weather - Find your way around and be prepared for the weather! Auchtermuchty - This lovely place (my home) is also home to a great Festival every year in August. Bridges - See the lovely and even awesome bridges that might be your way into the Enchanting Kingdom for things to see and do in Scotland! Falkland - Let the enchanting Falkland Palace transport you back a few centuries. Go for a walk up the Lomond Hills and stop for a 'yummy' bit to eat in Falkland. Glenrothes - Visit this New Town with all its amazing modern sculptures, or pop into the Markinch Highland Games. Kirkcaldy - The 'Lang Toun', one of the largest towns in Fife. St. Andrews - The 'Home' of golf, and the oldest University in Scotland, wonderful beaches, and the the history of St Andrew and the saltire. Pittenweem - Visit this scenic fishing village and home to Pittenweem Arts Festival. Dunfermline - The ancient capital of Scotland, a modern city, yet bulging with history of Kings and Queens, as well as the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie.
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