Tuesday, 25 July 2017

St Andrews Eats: The Westport

If you missed my first post in this mini "St. Andrews Eats" series, then check it out here for some tasty tapas and cool interiors! For my next post I want to talk about probably one of my favourite spots in St. Andrews, Westport. It is pretty much my go-to for any occasion, a birthday meal, a nice lunch, a date night (lol at me including this as if I have them often) or just some cocktails! I feel like you really do get a high quality of food for not that much more pricewise. So when W made a last minute trip through to St. Andrews to enjoy some sunshine, it really would have been rude not to treat ourselves to a nice lunch and a cocktail (or two or three....)

For our starter we shared Pig & Pudding which is described as "Oatmeal crusted pig cheek, black pudding, crispy tattie scone & apple jam" and oh my, isn't it just beautiful?! The potato scone was crispy although it was so good I wish it was a little bigger haha! For me the highlight of the dish has to be the beautiful gravy like sauce that came with it. Genuinely think I could have drunk it by the glass...

For my main I went for something rogue by my standards and picked a salad. I know, truly shocking I cannot believe I am typing this, but I was hooked by the description of "Warm Heritage Potato & Stornoway Black Pudding – Ayrshire bacon, heather honey & Arran grain mustard dressing." Basically all my favourite things in a salad and it was truly delicious! It was slightly bizarre having a warm salad with potatoes but the black pudding went perfectly with it and I will definitely be ordering this again if it is still on the menu. The combination of flavours was a new one for me and I loved it! The only thing was that perhaps the bacon was a little overcooked and was quite hard, but that's just my preference.

W went traditional and ordered "Fish & Chips" and while I can't provide a quote saying how great it was, he completely cleared his plate. The couple of chips I stole were lovely!

Drinks wise the Westport is always a winner. I picked one of the specials, which I think was called a Westport Cobbler. They are not the cheapest cocktails in town but I definitely think they are the best.

We sat outside as it was such a beautiful day however the inside seating areas are decorated in a modern and classy way, with different areas so you can sit in whatever style seating you fancy.

Let me know in the comments if there is anywhere you would like me to review next! Even if you don't live near St. Andrews hopefully you've enjoyed having a little nosy, because I know I certainly do!



Saturday, 22 July 2017

A Rainy Day In Durham

In my last post I talked about how much I love solo day trips, they give me confidence, I love exploring and they are generally just so much fun! If you haven't read it I would definitely say it acts as a good introduction to this post so check it out here!

I wanted to share some of the photos I took when I went on a mini adventure to Durham this week! it was actually only a couple of hours on the train from Edinburgh and as I booked my tickets in advance it ended up being £20 for a return which is fantastic! I do have a railcard, but there are so many good deals you can take advantage of if you book ahead.

Whilst in Durham I visited the cathedral which is absolutely beautiful and well worth buying the ticket to visit their Open Treasure exhibition - they had a copy of the 1216 Magna Carta which is pretty damn cool. I didn't go inside the castle which I do regret slightly as you have to go on a guided tour which at the time I didn't really fancy.

Wandering around the lanes and little cobbled streets it surprised me how small Durham actually was. All the independent shops were beautiful and everyone that I spoke to was so lovely and helpful! A lot of them were really surprised that I was there by myself too! In the afternoon after feeling like I had pretty much seen all of the city I went on a little walk, following the path beside the river as it curved round the peninsula. It took me around half an hour and really was a beautiful walk, even though it was raining it gave me a great chance to clear my head and feel some outdoorsy goodness.

One of the highlights though has to be the dreamiest pancakes which I had in a super cute café called Treats. It was recommended to me by a friend and I would definitely recommended it to you all! It was the perfect place for me to refuel and hide from the rain for a little while!

I'm not really in the mood for a big rambly post but I really wanted to share these photos with you all. Blogging is always a pretty therapeutic and relaxing thing for me to do and hopefully I'll get back in the groove soon.

Have you ever been to Durham? Let me know in the comments!!


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