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Dining At Your Local: The Criterion

Dining At Your Local: The Criterion

Dining At Your Local: The Criterion

Nestled in the lively heart of St Andrews, The Criterion stands as a cherished gem, proudly maintaining its family-run legacy since 1874. Among its many treasures, the back bar boasts a unique 5-litre Kilner Jar filled with our special Malt Barley Vodka, a testament to the enduring spirit of this establishment.

As you step through the doors of The Criterion, you're met with an immediate sense of warmth and hospitality, embracing you in an authentic pub atmosphere brimming with character. Before we had the pleasure of joining the locals for a delightful tasting, thoughtfully arranged by Steve, the pub's owner, we couldn't resist sharing with you the exceptional experience they've crafted with our spirits and their delectable culinary creations.

Seizing the opportunity, we snagged a cosy spot by the window, and our eager anticipation culminated in ordering two classic cocktails from their menu that featured our products: the Espresso Martini and the French Martini, the latter graced with our own Malt Barley Vodka and Raspberry Liqueur. It's not an exaggeration to say that these cocktails were not only visually appealing but also an absolute delight to savour.

French Martini and Espresso Martini

To accompany our libations, we decided to dive into their highly recommended gastro-food selection. I've had my eye on the Cri-Pie for quite some time, and I couldn't resist adding a helping of veggie haggis on top. The Criterion is globally renowned for its exceptional pies, and let me assure you, it lived up to every glowing review! Kecia, on the other hand, opted for a salad adorned with bacon and grilled chicken. This vibrant salad whisked her back to her American roots, generously portioned and dressed to perfection. It was the ideal kickoff to our tasting adventure, which unfolded in the cosy corner between 7 PM and 9 PM.

The Criterion Cri-Pie and Salad

The Criterion is not just a pub; it's a treasure trove of St Andrews' essence. Its rich history as a family-run establishment warms the heart and encapsulates the enchanting spirit of the town. Welcoming both students and locals with open arms, it's a place that keeps drawing them back, time after time. If you've yet to experience its charm, it's an absolute must on your St Andrews itinerary! The Criterion invites you to share in the magic of tradition and camaraderie, where friends and family can come together and create unforgettable memories in the heart of this vibrant coastal town.

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