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Cupar and North Fife

Fife’s former county town of Cupar has for centuries been the trade, shopping and administrative centre for a wide rural area, and still runs a monthly farmers’ market. 

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The surrounding area holds another of the jewels of the National Trust for Scotland at Hill of Tarvit, where the Kingarrock Hickory Golf Course, built in the estate, has a growing international reputation.  Visitors to the area can also find Balmerino Abbey, the natural delights of Tentsmuir Forest, miles of unspoilt beaches, and Eden Estuary Nature Reserve in the north-east corner of the area beside the sea and the Firth of Tay.

One of the UK’s top restaurants, the Michelin starred Peat Inn, is run by chef proprietor Geoffrey Smeddle and wife Katherine, and in Cupar itself a favourite destination for foodies over several decades is Jimmy and Amanda Graham’s Ostlers Close.

A number of newer eateries in Cupar include Little Venice, the Boudingate, Cafe Monmartre, The Wee Tearoom, the Westport Cafe, and Capriolo.

Each year thousands of customers flock to Cairnie Fruit Farm, just north of Cupar, where John and Cameron Laird grow some of the country’s finest soft fruit, and also run a café/restaurant, children’s activities and a seasonal mega-maze which has become a tourist attraction in its own right.  In Cupar town centre the bakery firm Fisher &Donaldson, a royal warrant holder, runs two shops and two cafes, one of which has a chocolaterie.  The town is also home to Luvians, with its award winning ice cream, delicatessen and high quality off-licence with a huge range of wines and whiskies.  In close proximity to each other near Balmullo are Pittormie Fruit Farm shop and nursery, and the farm based Thai Teak café.

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