St Andrews institution gets new lease of life

Victoria Cafe, St Andrews, in mid-refurbishment.
Victoria Cafe, St Andrews, in mid-refurbishment.
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A St Andrews institution has been given a new lease of life - and a new name!

The former Victoria Cafe in St Mary’s Place is now ‘The Vic.’

Split into two distinct areas, The Vic is now a pub kitchen in one part and an all day/night social club - open until 2am at weekends - in the other.

It will be officially opened tomorrow (Saturday) by Radio Scotland presenter and DJ Vic Galloway - who is lining up a set of 100 per cent Fife tracks to launch the venue - and regular Saturday helmsman Charlie Duthie.

Vic grew up in St Andrews and is currently in the process of writing a book about Fife bands.

A spokesman told the Citizen: ‘‘Designed by Jim Hamilton, responsible for Mitchell’s in Market Street and the award-winning Corinthian Club in Glasgow, The Vic has been completely reinvented to make it a wonderfully laid back and casual place.’’

Chris Wright, area manager, added: “The Vic has been the place to relax and unwind for almost 100 years since Miss Blair opened it just before World War One, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be around for another 100 more.”

For people in the know, there’s a sneak preview of The Vic Social Club today (Friday) before the official opening.

The Helpmahboab Ceilidh Club will get the night started on the right foot before handing over to resident DJ Hallyburton.