Bracing is the only word to describe the weather on the day we visited St Andrews, well you could have said the wind was gale-force and you wouldn’t have been far from the truth.
But we weren’t worried by the chill factor as we were in the historic coastal town to visit Ziggy’s Restaurant where a warm welcome awaited, matched by the delicious home-cooked food.
Ask someone what St Andrews means to them and you can quickly gauge a lot about that person. They might say golf or the historic university, others may say Royals Wills and Kate, but if they say Ziggy’s then you know they are lovers of good food and are more than likely to be music fans.
Ziggy’s is the town’s original themed restaurant and has an ever-changing display of rock memorabilia built up over the last 30 years.
If you are thinking “just like those other two well-known restaurant chains” then you are right, but the difference is there is only one Ziggy’s, it’s much more intimate – and the food is better.
In fact, our only problem with the menu was what to have. It was enormous and every dish sounded better than the last.
Many of the diners, who ranged from families with little children to students, those with older offspring to couples, were eating from the set lunch menu which offers two courses for an unbelievable £6.95. The price might be small but the portions are anything but skimpy.
However, we were selecting from the full menu and that’s why it took so long to choose.
We eventually decided to share a portion of cheese garlic bread – and I’m so glad we didn’t have one each. Six slices of crispy bread with just the right amount of garlic, we were off to a good start.
The burgers looked amazing and I can now vouch they taste as good as they look. Made with local beef, the burger is served on a soft bap with lettuce, tomato, onion and dill pickle, with a serving of coleslaw and house fries on the side. A dish of Tennessee JD glaze made a perfect dip for the fries.
The Cajun chicken BLT was delicious: spiced chicken fillet on a toasted bap with similar sides to the burgers.
I’m afraid we failed in our mission to leave room for dessert, in fact, even finishing our coffee proved a tough job.
But what better excuse for a return visit – another look at the memorabilia from everyone from the Beatles to Madonna, alongside a slice of tempting homemade cheesecake.
6 Murray Place, St Andrews, KY16 9AP