Review: Great food from the west end’s first lady

The Duchess of Kirkcaldy
The Duchess of Kirkcaldy

The Duchess of Kirkcaldy, 10-12 Nicol Street

If you are wanting somewhere to go for a nice meal in the west end of Kirkcaldy, look no further than The Duchess.

The popular town pub has been open for a year and a half now and it is definitely one of the best places to go if you want to see a live band.

On this occasion, however, it wasn’t live music we were there to see, but a chance to sample some dishes from the wide-ranging menu.

Myself and my colleague were impressed by the stunning decor inside which incorporated a Beatles theme (as the pub itself is named after a lyric in the Fab Four song entitled “Cry Baby Cry”).

The atmosphere was very relaxed and the friendly staff were very helpful - particularly when it came to informing us about the dishes of the day.

For our starters I chose the mozarella sticks which came with a choice of dips - chilli, garlic or barbecue. I couldn’t decide so was given a sample of all three to try and they were all very tasty, complimenting the mozarella sticks. My colleague went for the tomato and red pepper soup. She thoroughly enjoyed the soup, which wasn’t too spicy, as well as the soft fresh bread which came with it.

For the main course I opted for the baked potato with cheese and coleslaw with a side salad. What was nice too was the fact that our waiter asked me if I wanted the cheese or coleslaw on first or if I wanted them beside the potato. I can be quite particular so it was good to be able to tell him how I prefer it to be served.

My friend went for the scampi which arrived with salad and veg. Both dishes were beautifully presented. The baked potato was cooked perfectly and the cheese and coleslaw just melted in the mouth. There was also a very generous helping of salad.

My friend really enjoyed the scampi which was full of flavour, accompanied by a good mix of veg and a generous salad.

For dessert, I selected the red velvet cheesecake, choosing ice cream and whipped cream to go with it. It was absolutely delicious.

My colleague opted for the trio of Italian sorbets - vanilla, strawberry and mango - which were full of nice flavours and went very well together.

We both thoroughly enjoyed our dinners and would recommend The Duchess for a nice meal.


Chicken liver pate

Mini haggis neeps and tatties

Tattie skins

Bucket of calamari Souper Dooper soup Chicken breast goujons Home breaded mushrooms


Mixed grill

Macaroni cheese


Steak and

Guinness pie

Hand beer battered fresh haddock

Cajun chicken butterfly breast


Baked potatoes


Strawberry meringue sandwich

Wee individual sherry trifles

Trio of Italian ice creams

Chocolate fudge cake