The Dory Bistro | Pittenweem

Wednesday, April 8


After our trip to the Bowhouse Market weekend in March we jumped into the car and headed to Pittenweem and the 'Dory Bistro' for lunch. We didn't want to tie ourselves down with a reservation time so we phoned and booked when we reached the market. That was fine for a late lunch on a Saturday but maybe wouldn't work if you wanted to go at 12pm in the summer.


We arrived in Pittenweem early so had time to have a wander round the shops. It was bitterly cold but while it is primarily a fishing village there are also lots of boutique and crafty shops which have some gorgeous gifts in them. While I didn't pick up anything this time I particularly liked 'The Coach House'.


When it was finally time for lunch the Dory Bistro was a lovely, warm and welcoming space away from the cold outside. One of the owners is also an artist so the walls were covered in really interesting artworks. I particularly liked the lobsters which were in my eye line from our table in the window.


As it was later in the afternoon I was more than ready for my lunch. I don't normally order a starter but the Cullen skink (£5.75) was too tempting to pass. When it arrived it was deliciously hot and really hit the spot. Cullen skink is a thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions but as it was a starter I was really pleased when it wasn't too heavy.

The smoked fish was delicious and I wolfed it down quickly. Scott also went for the Cullen skink while both my Mum and Dad choose the tempura squid (£7.00) which they devoured before I could try any so I can only take that as a good sign.


I spotted the fish pie (£13.75) on the specials menu and thought it would be the perfect lunch for a cold day. It had a whole variety of fish under delicious, crispy mashed potatoes. It didn't disappoint but maybe it wasn't the right choice for after Cullen skink because I was starting to struggle towards the end.

My mum also went for the fish pie and despite having to share some with my dad she really enjoyed it too. My dad choose the bouillabaisse (£13.75) which I think he has had every time he has visited the Dory Bistro so it must be good. Scott spotted black pudding on the specials menu and as it is his favourite he had to go with that. The pan-roasted cod  (£15.50) it was served with looked fresh and so well cooked I was slightly envious.


Full already from our two course lunch we settled the bill and left without dessert but totally satisfied. As we only had water to drink the bill came to £84 plus tip for the 4 of us. I'm so glad we got to visit before the country started shutting down and I'm sure we'll be back as soon as we are able. It feels like a different lifetime when we were able to go out for day trip on a Saturday.


Pittenweem is roughly a 45 minute drive from Dundee, just over an hour from Perth and 1 hour 15 minutes from Edinburgh so if you are in the area and in the mood for some seafood for lunch I'd recommend the Dory Bistro.

The Dory Bistro & Gallery, 15 East Shore, Pittenweem, Anstruther KY10 2NH

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