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Criterion Public House

99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
+44 1334 474543
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pies” (32 reviews)
“bacon roll” (4 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, International, Vegetarian Friendly
99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

If you enjoy a good pie with thick brown gravy, large pieces of meat, and a fine pastry on top, then this is a great place for a meal! Each pie is large enough to split, unless your mate is very hungry, in which case...More

Thank RNewOrleans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best steak and ale pie EVER! We wandered in off the street, found a seat, enjoyed much local color and characters, and left feeling we had really been among the locals. Excellent!

Thank Mary C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here a couple of times during our stay in St Andrews. They have a couple of flights of whiskey so you can try a few. The prices aren’t too bad. They also have a nice selection of cask ales.

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We had a pleasant pub lunch in the Criterion Bar on South Street St Andrews. The food is not fancy, but very tasty and portions were a good siz . The bar staff were friendly and the atmosphere was convivial . In short a quite...More

Thank rankbajin
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Saw a few students dining outside on what looked like very large tasty meat pies. Went inside, and we each ordered a chicken pie. It was piping hot and tasty. Beer select is excellent. Staff is great, and allowing the locals to bring their dogs...More

Thank 2010Riley
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Great pub with varied range of beers and whiskies. The menu is good but the steak and ale pie is a real winner..

Thank Ewan C
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely traditional pub and was upped to 5 stars thanks to the lovely bar staff. Vegetarian pies had run out but the girls couldn't have been nicer sorting out veggie food. The beef pie was big and tasty and there was even...More

Thank ElaineDoris
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in here for a couple of beers. Selection of Ales and particularly the Whisky's is excellent. Not a big place inside but there are three tables outside which, in the sun, is a prefect place to watch the world go...More

Thank Droggs
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Very nice pub to stop in for a meal or just a pint. The staff was very friendly and prompt. We enjoyed the soup of the day and salad. The pies looked wonderful but be very hungry they are large!

Thank mgtnjm
Reviewed 31 August 2017

I am a visiting student at St Andrews University and I use to come here because it is a friendly place with a good service. Beers are good and I also got the cri-pie a few times, not bad at all!

Thank Roberto C
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5 September 2015|
Response from Richard H |
15 February 2015|
Response from HL75 | Property representative |
Hi, We have our ale on rotation so always something new to try. The local beer from Eden brewery we have is crit ale and clock brew. Kind regards Hazel Latto
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  St Andrews
  • Phone Number: +44 1334 474543
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We are a family run traditional scottish pub in the centre of St Andrews, offering a range of traditional pub favourites from the kitchen and have over 130 Malt Whiskies and 6 Cask Ales. Open from 10am every day and licensed, we have FREE WIFI, Barista Coffee, Live Sports shown, outside seating and are Dog Friendly. Pop in for a true taste of St Andrews.
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