The Old Manor Hotel Lundin Links
by Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott
Sunday 1st August 2010: 4 of us turned up at the Old Manor House, Lundin Links, unbooked, for Sunday lunch at about 12.45pm.
Very neat and tidy appearance, large car-park next to hotel, place looks welcoming.
Staff, when found, were polite and welcoming, but we did slightly wander around after entering the building before finding the restaurant.
The restaurant has a tremendous view over Largo Bay towards the South East, and overlooks the golf-course nearby: location 10/10.
We were surprised that the restaurant wasn't busier but it gradually filled up over the next hour.
The menu contained 4-5 starters (price ~£4.50), 4-5 main courses(price ~£8.00), 4-5 desserts (price ~£4.50).
Starters. Two of us each had Thai crab fish cakes: excellent, nicely cooked, slightly spicey. The other two had chicken liver paté: also very good.
Main course. Two of us had the Battered Haddock: home-made batter not too thick or heavy: done just right, with the fish perfectly cooked: great.
The other two had Tagliatelle: tasted good but the sauce was a bit heavy we thought. We told the hotel who were grateful for the feedback.
Dessert: cheesecake: nicely presented, tasted good. Ice-cream sundae with strawberries. Real strawberries, real strawberry icecream, real cream and real mixed white and milk chocolate stick. Not a pudding I normally have but eaten with pleasure.
Service throughout was polite, friendly, perhaps a little slow, explained by the fact that the hotel has only just been taken over by its new owners who are working hard to raise standards.
Belhaven Best £3.15/pint.
Tea and coffee: good.
Bill for all four of us including one wine, two beers, tea, coffee and vat but excluding service: £76.50. Good value.
The new owners intend to do a fair bit of refurbishment but we think they are right to open the main restaurant with its great views, rather than use the smaller bistro in the separate building at the front.
Would we go again? Recommended if you are in the area. Would we drive there from Edinburgh specially for a meal? Probably not, because although the food was good value, the menu was small, and Edinburgh has many good restaurants and Lundin Links is a good half-hour's drive from home.
However, if we go walking along the Fife coast, or exploring the East Neuk, or golfing, we'd definitely consider The Old Manor Hotel for a meal. They were friendly and helpful and we wish them well.