REVIEW: A new menu of surprises

The Rockies, Anstruther

The Rockies, Anstruther

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The Rockies, 2 Shore Road Anstruther

The East Neuk has many worthy places to eat, as anyone “in the know” will tell you.

The Rockies'Anstruther

The Rockies'Anstruther

‘The Rockies’ certainly falls into that category. It’s not on any of the main routes, or well-signposted but, then again, it doesn’t need to be as it has a loyal following.

So if you hook down the side of what was the Craw’s Nest, and head to golf clubhouse, there you will find this quite unassuming little eaterie with a grand view over towards Anstruther’s harbour front.

The restaurant has maybe changed hands but its reputation remains intact.

On our trip there ‘The Rockies’ (named after the challenging 5th hole on the golf course) had a special menu on offer. As a result it was a packed house and the waitresses were at full stretch to make sure everyone was served as promptly as possible.

But with the view, and the atmosphere, your spoiling the experience if you need to hurry so that wasn’t an issue. But how was the food?

It had been a good few months since we last visited and there was a new decor, and menu

I like my soup, so that was the obvious starter though I’m no fan of carrot soup, and certainly not if fruit is involved.

However, with a little trepidation I ordered the Carrot and Orange and now have to re-think my prejudices. The citrus zing countered the sweetness of the carrot for an interesting and tasty sensation.

My dining partner cleared her plate and gave the Salmon, Spinach and Chive Fishcake an emphatic thumbs up.

She followed this with the Pan Fried Breast of Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce which was way beyond anything you’d order – or expect – on an oriental menu. This was a different take on a favourite and came with one or two individual touches that raised it above the ordinary.

But, to me, there was only one real choice on the mains’ menu – the roast loin of pork. This came stuffed with salami, ham and basil on black pudding mash and served with a whisky cream sauce.

It would be hard to say what was the real star on the plate but, together, it really was a dish to enjoy.

The Rockies has always had an interesting menu that is way beyond pub grub but not quite fine dining.

And I’ve never known anyone leave the table still hungry. The portions are as generous as they are wholesome.

An over-indulgent order from the fresh selection on the dessert trolley completed a lovely lunch for under £14, with something taken off the bill for any delays we’d experienced in service – an unnecessary but nice touch.

So The Rockies remains a firm family favourite for a lunch, high tea or dinner and you’d be daft to count the calories – there’s way too much to miss.

But it is quite small so be sure to book in advance not to be disappointed.

Starters

Carrot and orange soup

Duck liver, orange and thyme pate, oatcakes, plum and apple chutney

Salmon, spinach and chive fishcake

Potato skins filled with sour cream and chives

Cantaloupe melon with raspberry sorbet

Smoked haddock, sweetcorn and potato chowder

Mains

Salmon with a prawn and chive risotto

Lentil and vegetable curry with rice and naan bread

Breast of chicken with rice and sweet and sour sauce

Lamb’s liver with bacon, onions, mash and red wine jus

Sea bass on a sun-blushed tomato and chive cous cous

Slow cooked mutton and vegetable stew with mustard mash and buttered cabbage

Confit leg of Goosnargh duck leg on onion mash with a honey and five spicy jus

Roast loin of pork stuffed with salami, ham and basil on black pudding mash with a whisky cream sauce

Sunday roast

Roast rib of beef with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and roast gravy