As I write more of these wee reviews you’ll begin to see that I have a certain type of cafe I like to go to. I’d much rather go to these than a posh restaurant any day. I like country kitchen style places, with log fires, wood, oak tables, fresh food sourced locally and cooked simply. I especially like them when there is a certain something extra, something a bit funky and different.
Mitchells in St Andrews is my kind of place. Situated in the heart of the city, on Market Street, this cafe draws you in with their blackboard menus and fresh veg in wooden crates along the path outside. Colourful flowers and herbs in wicker baskets, old milk urns and a vintage bicycle look beautiful below the almost floor length windows.
Inside menus, the wine lists and specials are also written on blackboards, on the walls. It is rustic with a bit of tweed thrown in. It has notes stuck on the wall with magnetised letters, song lyrics, recipes, a bit of a Aladdin’s cave kind of place, I loved it. It has a funky, fun atmosphere, although there was every kind of customers there, families, students studying, pensioners reading their papers and workers as well.
They have a really well stocked deli with local cheese, homemade breads, oils, meats, even their own wine! Most of what is cooked for the cafe can be bought from the deli.
We went in without a booking for lunch and even though it was busy we were seated straight away, at a nice big solid wood table, with the cutlery in the middle in a golden syrup tin!
We didn’t have to wait long before our drinks arrived and a large jug of water for the table. I think I could have happily eaten anything off the menu but I settled for a Goats cheese, beetroot and walnut salad. This was so amazing I went through to the deli to enquire about the dressing and promptly bought all the ingredients so I could make it when I got home. We also had a selection of breads and oils to share which arrived on a wooden platter, all the breads were from the deli again and it was plenty for the three of us.
Although we didn’t have wine, the wine list looked extensive, with a few of their own house wines as well as white, red, rose and sparkling all listed with what food they taste best with, they also have Peroni on tap! They have a lovely kids menu and are happy to include a portion of fresh veg with the meals if you ask. Also they do takeaway sandwiches, soups and salads. I will do this one day so I can go and sit beside the beach and eat it at the picnic tables.
Their website is here if you want to have a nosy