Food & Drink Festival

Building on three years of success, the St Andrews Food & Drink Festival is teeing up for a bumper month of culinary excellence, and the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is delighted to be at the heart of the activity.

The Festival, founded in 2012 through a collaboration including the five red-star resort, the Links Trust, the Fairmont and Food from Fife, has expanded from a weekend of activities to a month-long celebration of food and drink. 

The founding chefs, the resort’s Exec Chef, Martin Hollis, Ian MacDonald of the St Andrews Links Trust and Alan Matthew at The Fairmont, have invited other leading chefs from local restaurants to be a part of the festival: they see it as the perfect celebration of Scotland’s ‘Year of Food and Drink’ and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best local and regional produce.


Festival 'Street Food' Market 

Date: Sunday 1st November
Location: Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

Venue: Hall of Champions
Time: Noon – 2pm

Launching the Festival is a unique event on Sunday 1st November that will see a collaboration of award-winning chefs from across St Andrews working together to create tempting tasters for foodies to sample a mouthwatering buffet lunch.

Tickets are £25.00 per person (free for U5s and £7.50 for 6-12 year old). To book, please call 01334 468181.


Fife Farmers' Market Break

Date: Friday 6th - Saturday 7th November
Location: Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

This is a very special one night break that includes dinner in our 3 AA rosette- awarded Road Hole Restaurant on the Friday night, a full Scottish breakfast on the Saturday - and time at the Fife Farmers' Market in St Andrews on the Saturday where our Exec Chef, Martin Hollis, leads a celebratory cookery demonstration using the region's fi nest seasonal food ... working with chefs from a number of awards-winning eateries in and around St Andrews.

£290 based on two sharing an Eden Room, and includes access to Kohler Waters Spa. Drinks are not included.

To book, call 01334 474371.


Tutored Whisky Tastings

Dates: Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th November
Location: Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

Venue: Whisky Lounge
Time: 5pm (for one hour)

Our Road Hole Bar is Scotland's best whisky bar. Not only will you find more than 250 whiskies - but you are treated to the most spectacular view from the hotel's iconic fourth floor - across the Old Course to the rooftops of St Andrews. What’s more, you can experience the ‘water of life’ in the resort’s newly refurbished Whisky Lounge. Alongside the Road Hole Bar, the Lounge is a relaxed and traditional space on the hotel;s’ fourth floor. The Whisky Journeys are designed for everyone to enjoy and can be tailored to suit budgets and tastes.

Whether for newcomers or old hands, every tasting rests on three basic aspects of each malt – an exploration, experience and understanding of the look, smell and taste. Under each of these, the tasting experience can expand.

Whisky Journeys start at £25.00 per person and go up to the resort’s ‘Outrageous’ offering where guests are invited to sample the Killyloch 1967, a Highland Park 40yr and a Glen Grant 1949 at £525.00 per person.

To book, call 01334 474371.


Festival Dinner

Date: Friday 20th November
Venue: The Fairmont
Time: from 7pm

The showcase dinner of the Festival is at The Fairmont on Friday 20th November. Priced at £75.00 per person, it promises to be a fabulous night including a number of local suppliers in the proceedings. Thew resort’s Exec Chef, Martin Hollis, is one of the chefs on the night – together with Alan Matthew, Exec Chef at the Fairmont, Ian MacDonald from the St Andrews Links and Geoff Smeddle from the Michelin-starred Peat Inn. Students from local colleges will also be a key part of the delivery, helping in the preparation and serving throughout the evening.

For information on how to book, please visit:


Christmas Emporium

Date: Sunday 29th November
Location: Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Venue: throughout the hotel
Time: 11am – 4pm

The Festival wraps up with the Old Course Hotel’s Christmas Emporium where many of the region’s leading companies from the worlds of arts & crafts and food & drink will be exhibiting. The hotel is transformed into a Winter Wonderland with stunning seasonal decorations, carol singers, open fires, a mouthwatering collection of food & drink experiences and, of course, one very special guest!