I LOVE ST. ANDREWS! And what’s not to love? It has beautiful beaches, is world-famous for being the home of golf and, oh yeah… it’s only where Wills met Kate! All touristy stuff aside though, you really must visit. There is more to offer than its celebrity status. If you go further afield, you’ll discover historic castles, an ancient pagan site and further round the coast (down my bit) there’s old witch-trial sites, MORE castles and caves.
This, however, will be reserved for another post. My day concerned trying to entertain a two-year-old who’s obsessed with cows and singing “Incy-Wincy Spider”. Our day started off by having lunch in St. Andrews. We went to the cutest, wee cafe/coffee shop/deli (I don’t even think IT knows what it is, but I like it!). This place is called Mitchell’s Deli and is styled eclectically, with butcher shop ephemera. It focuses on providing high-quality, homemade-style food that is sourced locally. They also provide tea in actual tea cups and tea pots (complete with tea cosies), which is always a positive in my book. The wee bit of tablet that arrives on your saucer doesn’t hurt either!
Here is my beautiful mama kept on her toes by my wee totay of a niece. I love the butchers-cuts mural in the background!
And here’s the wee terror herself! Nah, she’s really my wee snookums. Complete free spirit, but my wee snookums nonetheless. In Mitchell’s, the seats are upholstered in recycled mens suit jackets. The crockery is mis-matched, and the cutlery is already on your table in old syrup tins. The deli definitely has a rustic feel, and upcycling, recycling and second-life are common place and often encouraged (deli patrons are urged to fill up their own glass bottles with the oils they sell).
After our lunch, we headed back down the coast. It was a beautiful day, so I made the wee totay a daisy chain. JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE. I could eat it!
Later that night, it was my friend, Faith’s, birthday. After a lovely meal, also in St. Andrews, we went to a bar called the Vic for cocktails. The Vic is owned by the same company as Mitchell’s and as a result, it has the same vibe.
Gin-based cocktails are hugely popular and come served in more tea cups! I had mines with Creme di Violette so it tasted like Parma Violets – YUM! Also in the Vic, are shelves full of STUFF. I like to think their props are there for dress-up purposes instead of decor. And, since it was Faith’s birthday, and she is pony-daft, I dressed as a jockey as her gift from me…
She probably would’ve been happier with a birthday cocktail, but luckily a lovely American guy – I think he was from Michigan- caught wind that it was Faith’s birthday and brought over a drink for her – so cute! In my experience, American guys are complete gentlemen, so we were in good company.
Then we came home to meet up with a few friends and have a gallivant about the streets of Anster (or Anstruther, as it’s properly known), a place I MUST introduce to you all soon!
The bestest friend a girl could ever ask for, she is the June to my Johnny <3