The Horizons Restaurant, Pettycur
Just across the Forth, in the heart of Fife, lies the village of Pettycur Bay, famous for its gorgeous bay, stunning views and reputation as a holiday destination. Whilst we visit Fife regularly, often the coastal route gets ignored on as we get to St Andrews and the North as quickly as possible. What we have missed are some hidden gems.
One such gem is the Horizons Restaurant, part of the Pettycur Bay Holiday Park, recently refurbished and serving high-end meals to those staying on site or visitors. With an excellent gluten-free menu, I had heard of the restaurant from my Mum who raved about their fish and chips.
I need to start off with the view. With views across the Forth to Edinburgh, it is breathtaking and one of the reasons Pettycur Bay is such a hit with holiday-makers. Unfortunately, we went for dinner and winter so missed out but it is something to behold during the day.
The restaurant itself is stunning with such a glamorous feel, we were super impressed. Everything is immaculate and gleaming. It left us in no doubt that the food quality would match.
Our waiter for the evening was so warm and welcoming. He seemed to genuinely care if we had a good evening or not and did everything in his power to help make it so.
For dinner, I began with Duo of Smoked Salmon with Avocado on Bread. It was completely unusual and delicious. I did worry a bit about the size of the meal but actually it didn't fill me up too much. The smokiness of the salmon is not something you taste from supermarket bought; it was fresh and vibrant, beautifully paired with the creamy avocado.
Phil opted for the Stornoway Black Pudding Bon Bons with Apple Chutney. I shouldn't admit to being jealous, but I was. He confirmed they were delicious, even the salad dressing was incredible.
Whilst we were both tempted by the seafood, we opted for 2 steaks; Ribeye for me and Sirloin for Phil.
Each came with onion rings, tomatoes, mushrooms and crispy chips and we added on two sauces - blue cheese for me and peppercorn for Phil. We both said it was one of the nicest steaks we have had in a long time and at just under £20, it is an absolute bargain.
I didn't think we could squeeze in any dessert but they sounded completely unique and then of course the next table ordered theirs - we were sold.
I chose the Light Apple and Custard Mousse and Phil went for the Warm Chocolate Chip Pizookie - a huge cookie style pudding.
It is so refreshing to have a restaurant serving top quality food that doesn't cost the earth. Everything about the place was five star; from the decor to the staff to the wine... And only 40 minutes from Edinburgh, it provides the perfect place to bring family and friends or enjoy a romantic night for two.
With thanks to the team at Horizons for a meal for two with drinks. As always, opinions are my own.