Self Catering in the village of Crail only 10 miles from St Andrews offers a unique way of shopping which has all but disappeared in many towns and cities in the UK.
Walk to the shops on your self catering holiday
This is the way our grandparents used to shop, buying meat from the butcher, bread from the baker, fruit from the greengrocer and fish from the fishmonger. It’s also a chance to meet the locals and find out what is going on in the village during your self-catering holiday.
If part of your holiday is cooking great meals using locally sourced ingredients then Crail could be the holiday destination you have been looking for.
For the kids there is a sweet shop, The Beehive which sells locally produced ice cream.
The seafood lovers can enjoy freshly caught crab and lobster from the seafood shack at Crail harbour or fish and chips from the local fish and chip shop.
Please note it is the law in Scotland that Face Masks must be worn in shops at all times (Adults and Children over 5 years old)
A visit to Penmans to stock up for the week or weekend is part of our self-catering holiday. It’s a fantastic shop with a great range of meats to choose from all beautifully displayed. We tend to buy bacon and sausages for breakfast, pies and cold meats for lunch and steaks for dinner. If you are planning a family meal there is a great barbecue range, roasts, steak pies, lamb, chicken and venison. The eggs are locally sourced from Kilduncan Farm outside Crail.
Due to strict government guidelines only one customer is allowed in the shop at a time. Queues can be long at certain times of the day and so it may be advisable to place an order for delivery to Sandcastle Cottage. Orders can be taken by telephone on 01333 450218 or by Facebook Messenger
This is an award winning family business which has been baking fresh bread, oatcakes, scones and tasty treats since 1947. The product range uses many locally sourced ingredients and includes the very popular artisan breads.
However if you have a sweet tooth I would recommend the Fudge Doughnuts but you have to be quick as they sell out fast every day.
Smoke Fired Whole Food Shop
This is a shop you tend only to find in a large town or city, so we are very fortunate to have such a choice in Crail. It has a great range of specialist foods from fresh organic breads, organic foods, vegetarian foods, flours, gluten free foods, organic salami, grains, rice, pasta, noodles, salts, spices and herbs. There is also a selection of biscuits, cakes, teas and specialist coffees.
This is not just a greengrocer as the name might suggest. The fruit and vegetables are as good if not better than you will find in the supermarket with local strawberries and raspberries for sale over the summer months. The shop has recently been refurbished and in addition has a selection of fine wines, craft beers, fish, preserves and local Anster Cheese. Recent additions include fresh Crail Crab from the harbour, Stornoway Black Pudding, locally produced Gin and Crail Ale. But don’t take our word for it check them out on Facebook.
Greens are also doing deliveries to holiday homes in Crail. They can be contacted on 01333 450010 or by Facebook Messenger
We find most of our guests bring enough toiletries to last them for the duration of the holiday however there may be things you forget or need extra especially if you have young children. Professional assistance is on hand from Finlay the pharmacist for medicines, prescriptions or minor ailments.
Selling ice cream, sweets, and childrens toys. If you are looking for fishing nets, rods, lines, buckets and spades then this is place to go.
Gifts, cards, postcards, fine soaps.
Crail Gallery is well worth a visit if you are looking for a unique picture or print of the local area produced by Crail’s own local artists. You can also order online by mail order. To find out more click on this link
Crail Pottery is a family run business. set around a beautiful courtyard in Nethergate, the heart of Crail producing a range of stoneware and hand painted earthenware. Every piece hand thrown on the potter’s wheel, decorated, glazed and fired on site. For details click on this link
Self Catering Convenience Stores
Crail Co-op is a small supermarket which sells everyday essentials such as milk, rolls, bread, soft drinks, ready meals, cooked meats, wines, beers, plus newspapers and magazines. The Co-op is open from 7.00am until 10.00pm. The bakery is a particular favourite with our guests.
The Crab Shack at Crail Harbour
One of the highlights of your stay in Crail if you like shell fish is a trip to the harbour. There you can buy fresh dressed crab or cooked lobster.
Finally if you don’t want to cook then why not try our excellent Fish & Chip Shop located in Crail High Street and a short walk from Sandcastle Cottage. They are offering takeaway meals only for the next few months reopening 6th July 2020. Well you can’t come to Crail and not eat Fish & Chips at least once on your holiday!
Self Catering outwith Crail
For details on all the local farm shops click on the link and read our blog entitled Farm Shops near Crail
As one of our guests remarked “Everything is on your doorstep and you don’t have to get in the car”
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