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Criterion Public House

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Bar, Pub, Scottish, International, British, Vegetarian Friendly
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99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
+44 1334 474543
10:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Wed 10:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly small pub . Wanted a snack so had one of there famous pies. Desperate dan pie more like . It was amazing.

Thank Spaaholic
Upholland, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit to a pub in St Andrews for over 20 years. Early lunch so we were the first customers. Staff friendly, Good selection of real ales - plus a Cider at over 6%! If it had been evening would have had that. The two beers I had were both in excellent condition. Had the 'world famous' Cri Pie, Chicken... More 

Thank alistairfyffe
Sanquhar, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with friends for a few drinks after being out for a meal. Live music wasn't brilliant, couldn't make out what the lovely young girl was singing, some tunes were familiar but couldn't make out a word. Bar staff were good, pub wasn't overcrowded and everyone was very polite. Nice pub, I would go again.

Thank Ian S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting place, with a mix of longstanding regulars, students, and a few visitors, including odd individuals once banned...! So, a colourful blend of customers should entertain you. We went to try the famous pies and hadn't really been primed for the 'cow pie' sort of experience:- they are huge, with everything - veg. included - under the top crust.... More 

Thank VFLondon
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times now I really enjoy this wee pub , it has great food ! And famous CRI-pies which I am yet to try but they sound great ! Recommend if you want a drink or two and some yummy food 🥘

Thank Jetsetjaney
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Brilliant food,great beers and a warm welcome. On top of that they welcome well behaved dogs. Had the steak pie and a pint of John Smiths - heaven!! Love this pub

Thank John Cowie W
Denver, Colorado
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We were in St. Andrews for two days with family. My sister room our big group of 12 to this place and we could not get my dad to leave! Both nights we were in St. Andrews my dad could be found at this pub chatting up the bartender and the locals. The owner even let my dad start pouring... More 

Thank shec186
HL75, Owner at Criterion Public House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was a pleasure to have you all at The Criterion and I for one loved the hot drink just don't smell it first!! I hope all went well at the wedding and please do come back and see us next time your are in town. Kind Regards Hazel Latto More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The Criterion claims to produce a world renowned steak pie namely their famous Cri Pie so I had to check it out purely for review purposes only! Its £8 and certainly looks the business and I was happy to note that its made fresh on the premises,tasted great and meat was good quality,if im being picky the only improvemnt would... More 

Thank Blair M
HL75, Owner at Criterion Public House, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for the great review. Glad you enjoyed your pie and we hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Hazel Latto More 

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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Came highly recommended from friends. Large attraction it was dog friendly and we were not disappointed, they were excellent with our dog. Good selection of beers, lagers and cider served very well. The famous Cri pie lives up to expectations and is a meal in itself. Overall a great experience and I will recommend to my friends.

Thank Brian P
Kelso, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Visited with friends who had been before and had enjoyed it. We had the deal for a bacon roll with either a tea or coffee for £ 3.50. Great value. You get a choice of types of coffee and teas. The bacon roll is lightly toasted and warm. The setup in the pub is great as it is dog friendly,... More 

Thank charlie c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$12
Bar, Pub, Scottish, International, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
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
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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