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Get to know: Forgan’s

Situated in the heart of historic St Andrews, Forgan’s has built up a reputation over the last five years as one of the town’s most welcoming eateries. We quizzed team member Marc Fotheringham on quirky dishes, ‘wee wows’ and why St Andrews is the perfect summer destination.

Read on to find out about its unusual take on shepherd’s pie and why it has a cinema licence.


What is it you do/sell?

Based in the heart of St Andrews, Forgan’s is a cosy restaurant serving up good Scottish food, drinks and dishes with a twist. We have a great space for weddings and gatherings too.


What are you renowned for?

As a former golf club factory, we are known for our industrial chic décor and cosy bothies. It’s the simple things and personal touches that set us apart. We offer colouring-in and face painting for kids, or for the adults a complimentary glass of bubbly or a birthday candle for that special occasion. Customer experience is at the forefront of what we do and so our ‘wee wows’ add an important gesture.


What is the house favourite?

Our showpiece has to be our duck shepherd’s pie. It’s an unusual take on the classic dish and very popular.


What is the most interesting thing about the company?

We have a cinema licence and regularly show films at our Kids Cinema Club. We also host ceilidhs on Fridays and Saturdays, which the locals recommend. We are very community-based in St Andrews.


What is something many people don’t know about the company?

Local distillery and brewery Eden Mill brew beer for us.


Something that people may not know is that we have ‘Host your own Roast’ on a Sunday. We bring a whole roast chicken to the table and guests can choose whether they’d like to carve it themselves or have us do it for them. It goes down a treat.


What is new for the business?

We’ve been open in the town for five years in June. Most things are pretty set in stone but we do have exciting menus on occasions such as Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. We’re always keen to try new things. We just had a kids’ storytelling event, and we even mix in a kiddie ceilidh during the holidays – they love it!


What can people expect when visiting you?

Good food in a customer-focused and comfortable environment.


When is the best time to visit?

I would say spring or summer. There’s a student vibe in spring that is typically St Andrews, but summer is like being abroad. We have lots of international tourists here. When the sun is shining and you are sitting in one of the beer gardens, after a great lunch at Forgan’s, it feels that you could well be abroad.


What is it like to work in St Andrews?

Great. There’s such a sense of community in the town and you meet some interesting people.


What is your favourite thing about St Andrews?

How busy the place is! There is always a great atmosphere.


Where is the best view in St Andrews?

Definitely the beach. Especially when people are out on the sand with their kites or doing water sports.


What are the people of St Andrews like?

There is a mix of locals and tourists. There’s someone from every walk of life.


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