One of the many joys of walking Fife’s coastal path is finding gems of cafes and bistros.
It doesn’t matter which village or town you stop in - you’ll find somewhere new that simply requires a return visit.
I first encountered McTaggart’s when walking the path in preparation for Bob’s Walk a few years back.
Saturday’s golden sunshine saw us hop on a train to Burntisland and then enjoy the most of the scenery along the water’s edge all the way to Aberdour.
Our destination - and a reward for logging 10,000 steps on our Fitbits - was McTaggart’s on the corner next to the station.
We grabbed a couple of stools in the window and watched village life roll by as we browsed the menu.
And it’s fab - tempting, mouth-watering and packed with choices.
With a few miles of a walk ahead of us we didn’t want a huge meal, so the combo of soup and a sandwich hit the very spot.
In the end we both opted for soup and a half panini from a list of options which were just as tempting,
The pea and ham soup was fantastic - tasty, piping hot and the portion size was just perfect.
I opted for the tuna with lemon mayo, while my other half went for the goat’s cheese, chilli jam and chorizo filling.
It’s hard to say which went down the best - both were fantastic!
The lemon mayo aded some zing to my tuna, while the chilli jam was a huge hit.
To be honest we could have closed our eyes and taken pot luck with the menu and still been more than happy, such was the range of tempting fillings - take your pick from, among others, cheddar cheese, red onion chutney; brie and cranberry; mango chicken or chicken mozzarella and roast peppers.
Add in a couple of soft drinks and our lunch stop just broke £16 - excellent value on top of great service too.
The soup and sandwiches form just one part of the menu - you really need to go and sample it for yourself.
On my walks along the coastal path I’ve found some smashing pleaces to eat, but it’s hard to think of any better than McT’s.
It’s a bustling little place - the turnover in customers while we were there was steady, and everyone was accommodated - but still has a wonderfully relaxed feel inside.
And it’s more than a cafe/bistro with everything from complimentary papers to browse to all manner of goodies to buy, while gin lovers will leave with a bottle of two in their bag! ... and enjoy.
I’ve popped into McTaggart’s on a few occasions when walking along the path, Along with Braid’s Bar in Elie, it’s one of the stand-out places to eat.
First time I popped in, I was wearing a Springsteen t-shirt ... turns out they’re huge fans of the Boss too!
Now THAT’S the ultimate recommendation!