Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ziggy’s, St Andrews

A couple of months back the Buddha Belly was at a loss for things to do. It was a fine Saturday in the close season so there were the not the usual football demands. Whilst making the morning coffee I had this vision of a long sandy beach, waves rolling in and a strong sea breeze hitting my face. “Why not go to St Andrews for the day?” I thought. And, why not. I gathered the family together and off we went to the Kingdom of Fife and the home of golf.

The walk along the sandy beach was just like my vision. St Andrews Bay is a fantastic place to walk and enjoy the company of your family. It offers spectacular views over the Old Course, the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and over the Firth of Forth. But walking can certainly give you an appetite and before long we were looking for somewhere to find lunch. A friend had recommended a restaurant called “Ziggy’s” at Murray Place, so we decided that we give it a try.

We easily found Ziggy’s and the staff offered us a warm welcome. We got seated at our table and began to take in the remarkable surroundings. Founded in 1983, Ziggy’s claims to be St Andrews original theme restaurant. Well, I don’t know about that, but it is full of amazing rock and pop memorabilia all over the walls, including Beatles gold discs, signed posters and more. We could have spent many happy hours just surveying the extensive collection of signed memorabilia and together with the good music, created a truly unique atmosphere.

After a short while of soaking up the atmosphere we were given menus which offered superb choice of starters and mains to the hungry beach walker. I have to state that the food was very reasonably priced which always pleases the tight wee Buddha. We ordered our food and drinks and resumed our exploration of the wall to wall music exhibition. There was a sense of disappointment when the food and drinks arrived. Not that the it did not look appetising, but rather, that we had stop our exploration and focus on something else.

I had ordered one of the “award winning burgers” and it arrived on a toasted sesame seed bun with coleslaw and fries on the side. It looked a lot bigger than the claimed 1/4lb. My wife had ordered Jailhouse Chilli and still to this day she claims it was the best chilli that she has ever had the pleasure of eating. My daughter ordered the Chicken Club Sandwich, which came with fries and coleslaw. The couple of glasses of Sutter Home Chardonnay and the bottle of Tiger Beer complemented the meal perfectly. My daughter always leaves a little space to enjoy the delights of a desert and this day was no exception. She ordered and enjoyed Hot Fudge Sunday. All the meals were delicious and substantial and would offer even the hungriest beach walker a significant challenge to finish.

An enjoyable day at the beach was topped off by a memorable meal. To sum Ziggy’s up. Good music, good food, a great atmosphere and at under £30.00 for our meal pocket friendly prices. I can’t wait to have another vision of a long sandy beach, waves rolling in and a strong sea breeze hitting my face. And, an excuse to visit Ziggy’s.

Contact Details:
6 Murray Place
St. Andrews
KY16 9AP
Telephone: 01334 473686

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