As one of the blog team for Crail Food Festival 2015, I was delighted to have an assignment which involved visiting lots of ice cream and sweetie shops! Although the article mentions 5 places for ice cream in the East Neuk, there are more delights to discover, and of course the famous Jannetta’s Gelateria in St Andrews where so much of the East Neuk ice cream I found originated. When you’re on holiday in Crail, it’s good to know that there are so many places nearby where you can stop for an ice cream, and find some traditional sweeties too.
East Neuk Ice Cream shops
Elie – there are several choices in Elie – Fifi’s Ice Cream Parlour inside The Pavilion at Elie Sports Centre, soft whip ice cream and tubs at Elie Deli and gelato at Carol’s Shop in Elie High Street.
Carol’s Shop is currently being looked after by Holiday Essentials, serving up delicious gelato and with a range of gifts and flowers available. On the day we visited, the Rum and Raisin and Salted Caramel tub and the Blackcurrant Sorbet and Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato were all very welcome choices!
St Monans – a little looking around the pretty harbour, and we soon located The Diving Gannet, serving ices, ice cream floats and sundaes along with an eclectic mix of gifts and hand-made items.
Pittenweem – right on the harbourside, Nicholson’s Ice Cream shop is the place for a big range of different types of Jannetta’s ices, with a choice of cones, chocolate cones, wafers, oysters, and lots of toppings. Huge selection of sweets too. We were able to look at them close up when we got caught in a shower during the Pittenweem Arts Festival.
Anstruther – a choice of different ice creams in bustling Anstruther – The Sweetie Shop has Luvian’s Ices, Lisa’s Ice Cream Parlour has Jannetta’s Gelateria Ices and The Anstruther Fish Bar has Brattesani’s Ices (freshly made on the premises).
At Lisa’s you can sit outside in the sun, and they also serve snacks and drinks.
Brattesani’s Ice Creams are freshly made on the premises, and you’ll find them inside the Anstruther Fish Bar, but we usually find that a separate visit is required after eating our fill of fish and chips.
On a recent visit to Brattesani’s, it was good to notice that small batches of ice cream had been made (obviously in response to the poor weather we were having at the time).
Crail – At the Beehive in Crail, Rhett and Linda have a selection of Jannetta’s famous ice creams with plenty of choices of receptacles and toppings.
This apple crumble flavour Jannetta’s ice from The Beehive was a particular favourite!
St Andrews Ice Cream shops
No matter where you are in St Andrews, you’re never far from an ice cream…
A favourite stop, serving ice cream to locals and visitors for 4 generations, Jannetta’s Gelateria was a very popular choice for our little group as we finished the Kingsbarns to St Andrews section of the Fife Coastal Path, and very convenient for the bus stop for the 95 bus back to Crail. There are over 50 flavours regularly on sale and you can ask for a little taste before you buy.
The St Andrews-born member of our walking group just had to have the St Andrews Sundae!
For the 2015 Year of Food and Drink, Visit Scotland has published a map (download here) of over 100 ice cream shops for you to try on your trip around Scotland, so you can continue your voyage of ice cream discovery beyond our wee corner of Fife.
We’d love to welcome you to Sandcastle Cottage in Crail, so check our next availability to the top right of the page, and you’ll be able to tour the East Neuk and St Andrews sampling a different ice cream destination on every day of your stay.