Food and drink
You'll find daily specials depending on what is in the fish market served either battered, breaded or grilled. On the day I wrote this seabream, monkfish, lemon sole and pollock were on the menu in addition to the usual suspects. The restaurant is famous for its fish tea, which is haddock and chips, lemon, tartare sauce, mushy or garden peas served with bread and butter. They also do a half fish special for those who don't want to eat an entire 6oz fish - perfect for kids and the elderly.
Fresh beef dripping is used - so nothing of the fried variety is going to suit the veggies in your life. The Tailend don't deliver, as the quality of their batter is their pride and joy (if it stops being light and cripsy they are not happy, so they take no chances). If you take your meal away and drive for miles, then be it on your own head.
The famous fish tea. As described above. Actually any of the fish - can you tell I like this place?
Average Haddock is about 10oz- a beauty - they also do a half size for the more demure eater. They do kids portions too which include a toy though this is about as far from MacDonalds as you can imagine. Monkfish and chips is sheer decadence and wonderful too.
Battered is my choice the batter is light, cripsy and melt in the mouth and as I keep saying the fish so fresh. Nothing sits on the keep hot shelf it is cooked to order. Oh and leave room for the ice-cream it's Lucas, a locally made but world renowned Italian ice cream maker.
Split into two distinct areas. The counter where you watch the guys at work producing your oder, there is a blackboard which has written on it the fish of thday - usually 3 or 4. You queue and leave with your goodies, in their branded cardboard Tailend boxes under your arm, or you sit in the restaurant area which is surprisingly nice. Painted a nice marine blue with wooden half height panelling and fish themed art bits and pieces. Always busy at meal times and evenings and a great place for all the family.
Efficient and friendly. It will evoke memories of fish and chip shops from yesteryear.
More or less the half way point of Leith Walk, though the official address is Albert place, which is just confusing.
£6.75 for the half fish, £8.75 for a fish supper. The fish tea is £9.95 and I defy anyone not to be full and smiling after that.
The Tailend, Market Street, St Andrews, KY16 9PD; 01334 474 070.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
- Nature / wildlife