Review: Homemade and hearty at the City Hotel

The City Hotel, Dunfermline
The City Hotel, Dunfermline

The City Hotel, 18-20 Bridge Street, Dunfermline

Dining out in Dunfermline leaves you spoilt for choice. From Indian to Chinese and everything in between, it can be hard to make a decision.

But nothing beats good old-fashioned homemade food and the town’s City Hotel is the place to go when those hunger pangs hit.

When I visited the hotel’s Weaver restaurant on Saturday night, it was busy but not too over crowded with a lovely lively atmosphere.

Having been shown to our seats and offered a drink by a friendly member of staff, it was time to dive into the menu.

I’m a stickler for always ordering the same thing on the menu when I eat out, and this time it was no different.

It is safe to say that our plates were nearly scraped clean

I opted for the scampi as I am still on the search for the perfect dish.

My dining companion, as always, took an age to decide but finally went with the beef olives.

We didn’t have to wait long for the main course which is always a winner in my book.

My scampi arrived piled high on the plate with a good helping of chips, fresh salad and homemade tartar sauce – definitely not out of a jar; another winner.

The beef olives looked really tasty, also served with chips and freshly cooked vegetables.

It was time to dig in!

The scampi was fantastic, I really couldn’t fault it. Nice and succulent with loads of flavour. The chips were perhaps a bit too crispy for my liking but the salad was lovely, fresh and crunchy with a rather nice tangy dressing.

My fellow diner didn’t waste any time tucking into the beef olives reporting that they were tender, full of flavour and the gravy – which tasted homemade – was to die for.

It is safe to say that our plates were nearly scraped clean.

Despite feeling quite full we decided it would be rude not to order a dessert so, after a quick look, I went for the strawberry ice cream and my partner went with the chocolate fudge cake.

I must admit I was pleased with the presentation of my dessert. Usually ice cream comes in a bowl and looks quite plain, but it arrived in a lovely sundae dish with a sweet waifer and a juicy strawberry.

The chocolate fudge cake which came with cream wasn’t too sweet or heavy and my fellow diner nearly licked the plate.

High praise indeed.

Not only was the food fantastic at the City, but the staff were friendly and helpful without being overbearing.

The restaurant is also childen friendly and has a great kids’ menu.

And the adult menu is a winner as well with a wide selection of dishes to suit all tastes and budgets.

So if you are in Dunfermline I would definitely head to the City at lunch or dinner time - they do a great beakfast too.

It’s in a great location with great food it really is a winner.


Soup of the day

Garlic mushrooms

Haggis tower

Vegi combo


Garlic bread


Chicken liver pate

Main Courses

Steak pie


Beef olives

Gammon steak

Liver and onions

Mince and tatties

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding

Chicken curry

Lamb curry

Beef or mushroom stroganoff


Choice of burgers

Baked potato with choice of filling


Homemade fresh donuts

Ice cream sundae

Selection of ice creams

Chocokate fudge cake

Vanilla cheesecake

Sticky toffee pudding

Apple pie

Kids menu available