What does your Mother want this Sunday?

March 24, 2017

Some mothers love nothing better than a bunch of flowers while others might appreciate something more unique this Mother’s Day. Rufflets St Andrews have come up with a few gift ideas for hard working mothers across the country.


Keep Love Alive with our 10 Top Tips to Happiness

February 13, 2017

We know that the course of true love does not always run smoothly, that’s why to mark Valentine’s Day, the team at Rufflets St Andrews have asked life coach Bernie Petrie to come up with some handy ways for couples to keep love alive with our 10 Top Tips to Happiness.

Weddings at Rufflets St Andrews: Book any of our remaining 2017 dates and choose one of our Rufflets Treats! Find out more.


St Andrews Day Conversation – Sponsored by Rufflets

November 16, 2016



The final line-up of participants for the first-ever ‘St Andrew’s Day Conversation’ in St Andrews has been announced. Four high-profile Scots will be taking part in the evening event on 30th November, with the occasion sure to be one of the highlights of the town’s annual St Andrew’s Day Celebrations.

Each of the participants is pre-eminent in their field: during the “Conversation”, they will talk about what ‘Scottishness’ means to them, how their own backgrounds have shaped their identities, and their hopes for the future of Scotland.

Janice Galloway – This garlanded author has won MIND Book of the Year, Allen Lane Award, E. M. Forster Award, Scottish Book of the Year and the Saltire Award to name just a few.

Muriel Gray – an author and broadcaster whose knowledgeable and sometimes outspoken commentaries have made her a leading figure in Scottish and British cultural life.

David Mach – the Methil-born artist who is renowned worldwide for his dynamic and imaginative sculptures and large-scale installations.

Henry McLeish – another Fifer, whose career has taken him from being a professional footballer to becoming First Minister of Scotland, and now a sought-after commentator on various aspects of public life.

The evening – which will feature audience questions – will be chaired by well-known TV journalist Louise Batchelor, and held in the impressively-refurbished Buchanan Theatre in St Andrews town centre.

Tickets for the event, which runs from 7.15-9.00pm, are now on sale, priced at just £5 (£3 concessions) and can be purchased from The Byre Theatre, either online or in person.

The St Andrew’s Day Conversation is organised by the St Andrews Partnership and sponsored by Rufflets St Andrews. Speaking yesterday (Thurs 8 November), Stephen Owen, General Manager of Rufflets, said,

“At Rufflets we are lucky to have guests visit us from all over the world and many are extremely proud to tell us of their links to Scotland, in one way or another! We are so pleased to see this discussion happening with influential Scots and on such a large scale, a great way to celebrate St Andrews Day. We are delighted to sponsor this event and to support the St Andrews Partnership.”

Exact timings and ticket details for all the events taking place during the five days of St Andrew’s Day Celebrations are now available on and a printed programme is now also being circulated throughout the area.

The St Andrew’s Day Celebrations are also supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals, Fife Council and Stayinstandrews.


 Further information: Patrick Laughlin, St Andrews Partnership, Tel 07905 857250

 Notes to the Editor

  1.  The St Andrew’s Day Celebrations in St Andrews in 2014 and 2015 were attended by over 18,000 people and brought over £500,000 of economic benefit to the town.
  2.  St Andrews Partnership is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC041684. For further information about the Partnership, visit
  3. St Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s national day on 30th November, and all communities and people living here are encouraged to come together and celebrate.
  4. There are many ways to celebrate. A wide range of events are taking place from Saturday 26th November right through that week and a number of visitor attractions across Scotland will also be opening their doors to offer free or discounted entry. There are also many ways to celebrate St Andrew’s Day at home by bringing friends and family together to share food.


  1. St Andrew embodied all the characteristics Scots are globally renowned for: caring, resilient, generous, empathetic, strong and connected to others and this St Andrew’s Day presents an incredible opportunity to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive by sharing or giving to others.
  2. A digital handbook with all the details and opportunities to get involved will be available on from early November.
  3. Join people and community groups all over Scotland and beyond in coming together this St Andrew’s Day by sharing your celebration on social media and including #ourstandrewsday
  4. Wherever you are in the world, you can join us in celebrating St Andrew’s Day – from the United States and Canada to Australia, from Beijing to Bangladesh. Those who want to learn more about the traditional celebrations are encouraged to visit
  5. The Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund is managed by EventScotland.

St Andrews Day Dinner

September 30, 2016

A number of chefs based in and around St Andrews have again joined forces to showcase the famous golf, tourist and university town’s ever growing reputation for high quality food and drink.

Plans are well underway for events around St Andrew’s Day 2016, with several local businesses taking part under the theme “Savour St Andrews”.

In pride of place will be the annual St Andrew’s Day dinner, which is returning to the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa on November 30th with a stellar line-up of cooking talent, and support from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, St Andrews Day Dinner Chefs (LtoR) Michael Henderson, chef/lecturer Fife College; Frank Trepesch, executive chef Fairmont St Andrews; Geoffrey Smeddle, chef/proprietor Peat Inn; Ian MacDonald, executive chef, St Andrews Links; David Kinnes, head chef Rufflets Country House Hotel ; Martin Hollis, executive chef Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa; Stewart MacAulay, head chef The Adamson, St Andrews; Wullie Balfour, chef/lecturer SRUC Elmwood


The hotel’s executive chef Martin Hollis will be joined by Geoffrey Smeddle from the Michelin-starred Peat Inn, executive chef Frank Trepesch from five star Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews Links executive chef Ian MacDonald (who is also president of the Federation of Chefs Scotland), head chef David Kinnes from Rufflets Country House Hotel (AA Scottish Hotel of the Year), and Stewart MacAulay from the multi-award winning Adamson Restaurant (2015 Scottish Restaurant of the Year).

All six will be joining forces in the kitchen, with backing from hospitality students and staff from both Fife College and the SRUC Elmwood campus.

Once again the students will gain unique top level experience both in the kitchen and front of house, and film from the kitchen will be beamed into the dining room by Fife College as the dinner progresses.

At the beginning of the event there will be a welcome reception with cocktails featuring local gin, local craft beers, and a range of canapes, and during the dinner speakers from suppliers and producers will highlight the main ingredient in each course.

Another feature of the events programme is the Chefs Taster Lunch in the Hall of Champions at the Old Course Hotel on Sunday 6th November (12noon-4pm).

Chefs and food businesses from across the town will be offering a buffet style lunch allowing visitors to create their own food journey around various stands.

There will also be a “Demo and Dine” weekend at the town’s Byre Theatre on November 19th and 20th (12 noon-4pm), with chef demonstrations, and tastings.

Savour St Andrews is being co-ordinated by Viv Collie – who is well known on the food scene on both sides of the Tay – as a follow-up to the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival which ran between 2012 and 2015.

Chefs – from left

Michael Henderson, chef/lecturer Fife College; Frank Trepesch, executive chef Fairmont St Andrews; Geoffrey Smeddle, chef/proprietor The Peat Inn; Ian MacDonald, executive chef, St Andrews Links; David Kinnes, head chef Rufflets Country House Hotel ; Martin Hollis, executive chef Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa; Stewart MacAulay, head chef The Adamson, St Andrews; Wullie Balfour, chef/lecturer SRUC Elmwood.


AA announces shortlist for Hospitality Awards

August 29, 2016

We’re so excited!! (and we just can’t hide it)

With just six weeks until the AA Hospitality Awards, the finalists for four of the categories have just been announced by the AA, and we at Rufflets are delighted to have our Head Housekeeper, Heather Rothery short listed for the AA Housekeeper of the Year Award. Following 26 years’ service Heather is ‘honored and excited’ to be nominated and everyone at Rufflets is backing her all the way!


(Heather Rothery)

This annual award, sponsored by Aslotel Limited recognises outstanding commitment and performance, identifying a housekeeper who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Heather has some very worthy competitors with the other two finalists coming from Kettering Park Hotel and Crewe Hall.


AA Awards

(The Rufflets Team at last years awards)

The AA Hospitality Awards take place on 26th September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London and will see 23 winners receive their awards as well as the announcement of the new three, four and five AA Rosettes and AA Red Star establishments. Following Rufflets’ success last year at the event, being named AA Scottish Hotel of the Year, Rufflets are delighted that Heather has been shortlisted and are very much looking forward to returning to the event.



The 1924

July 12, 2016

Jo Macfarlane is one of Scotland’s hand poured luxury Soy candle makers based in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife, home to a wealth of Artisan makers and artists. She works from her home creating Soy candles. We were delighted to work in collaboration with Jo to create a bespoke signature scented ‘1924’ candle to evoke a memory and relaxing ambiance with our customers new and old.

It took a while to decide on the right scent, we wanted it to be reflective of our surroundings. We didn’t want the scent to be too sweet or floral, too feminine or too masculine! We trolled through various scents and combinations to create our desired final smell and boy was it good!

The final scents were fresh basil and sage taking inspirations from our gardens with a clean and zesty aroma. Although we adored the final choice the name ‘Basil and Sage’ was a little uninspiring. So back to the drawing board we went to create a name to encompass Rufflets and our new luxury product.

Rufflets house was built in 1924 as a private home for Mrs Anne Brydon Gilroy, the widow of a prominent Dundee jute baron, and was designed by a well-known Dundee architect, Donald Mills. Mrs Gilroy’s initials, ABG 1924, are engraved on the key-stone above the door leading to the formal south garden.

As this was where Rufflets all began we thought it perfectly fitting to use the name ‘The 1924’ to mark the beginning of our Journey with Jo. There are many prominent years in Rufflets history, 1954 when the Rufflets first opened as a hotel for example. So watch this space for more exciting scents!


Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

July 12, 2016

Rufflets Head Chef, David Kinnes, has been extremely busy creating an all new Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Menu to add the current culinary offering.

Rufflets already offer Cream Tea, Vegetarian Afternoon Tea, Sparkling/Champagne Afternoon Tea and even Children’s Afternoon Tea, so this new menu is a perfect addition.

Head Chef, Grant MacNicol, said ‘We are excited to have added this new Gluten Free Afternoon Tea menu to our offering. Celiac Disease and gluten intolerances are becoming increasingly more common and at Rufflets we believe it is extremely important that we can provide our high level of service and quality regardless of dietary requirements. Unlike in many circumstances, at Rufflets we also believe that those with dietary requirements should not be forced to pay more to enjoy our Afternoon Tea experience and have priced this menu in line with our original Afternoon Tea. We hope that this allows those suffering from Celiac or Gluten Intolerance to enjoy a wonderful experience with friends or family without having to compromise on quality’.

Rufflets has been family owned since 1952, and today has the reputation for one of the highest quality country house hotels in Scotland. Rufflets many accolades include AA Scottish Hotel of the Year 2015/2016, 4 AA Red Stars, 2 AA Rosettes, 4 VisitScotland Gold Stars and Taste our Best.

Original, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Afternoon Tea are priced at £20.00. Sparkling Afternoon Tea is £26.00, Champagne Afternoon Tea is £30.00 and Children’s Afternoon Tea is £10.00.


Chef David’s Favourite Places to Eat

July 12, 2016

chef-david-ruffletsPeat Inn, Fife

The Peat Inn is family owned and run by Chef Geoffrey Smeddle and his wife Katherine. The dishes are beautifully presented using some of Scotland Finest ingredients.

Angels with Bagpipes, Edinburgh

With an enviable location right on the Royal Mile this little gem is a favourite when visiting the capital. Offering great menus for both Lunch and Dinner and a fantastic tasting menu!

Craig Millar @16 West End, St Monans

Situated in the East Neuk of Fife, Craig Millar @ 16 West End offers super views of the harbour and Firth of Forth. Craig is especially known for his fresh seafood which features prominently on the menu.

The Roost, Bridge of Earn

Tim and Anna Dover have created the roost in the small village of Bridge of Earn. Tim prides himself on his extensive use of Scottish ingredients, which he prepares in a classical French style. With a great selection of wines to pair with dishes this is one to leave the car at home!

Cellar, Anstruther

The Cellar has been a staple restaurant in the East Neuk for over 40 years. It was reopened in April 2014 by local boy, Billy Boyter, and since then has gone from strength to strength. The Cellar sources from local suppliers wherever possible and has a great selection of local beers, gins and wines.

Ox and Finch, Glasgow

The Ox and Finch is superb for contemporary and relaxed sharing dining. Situated on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow it is perfect to meet with friends for a catch up and some great food.


10 Reasons to Visit Rufflets

July 12, 2016

1. Location, Location, Location!
Rufflets is situated less than a mile from the historic town of St Andrews. A place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort, and the world’s home of golf.

2. 10 Acres of Gardens
Our turreted mansion house sits proudly surrounded by 10 acres of award winning gardens. From rose gardens to old oak trees and our famous creeping Virginia you can spend hours exploring the grounds or simply admiring them over a cold glass of something on the terrace.

3. Two AA Rosette Restaurant
The Terrace Restaurant is highly acclaimed and possesses 2 AA Rosettes. Our Head Chef and Head Gardener work closely together to produce the freshest produce straight from the garden. Our chef is proud of our Scottish larder and works hard to create contemporary Scottish dishes to suit all pallets.

4. Tipples!
After enjoying the best of Scottish produce In the Terrace Restaurant retire to our cosy bar where we stock an eclectic range of tipples from around the world. With 30 Gins and over 100 Whiskies you are sure to find one (or more) that takes your fancy.

5. Rufflets Touches
We have lots of special touches here at Rufflets from homemade shortbread to a hot water bottle in your bed during turndown but most importantly we have Rufus. Rufus is our Do not Disturb Teddy, when placed outside your room he stands guard, he has been known to get up to mischief however our housekeeping team always ensure he is tucked up in bed come nigh time!

6. Delectable Afternoon Tea
With a selection of fresh sandwiches, homemade scones and delicious cakes, how could you say no?! Also available, Children’s, Sparkling, Champagne, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Afternoon Tea.

7. Garden Suite
Our purpose built function suite is the perfect space to host any meeting, event or special occasion. With a capacity for up to 170, this versatile space is beautifully styled with glass walled foyer and large bar area. Our twinkling fairy light ceiling is also very popular!

8. The Bothy
Also known as our barbeque hut! Situated in the lower gardens this spot is perfect to gather friends and family and relax. With large BBQ, food preparation area, fridges and outdoor furniture the Bothy has everything you need.

9. We are Family
Rufflets was built in 1924 by Mrs Ann Brydon Gilroy, the widow of a Dundee jute baron. It was then bought and turned into a hotel in 1952 by the Cooks and the Meldrum’s, the women were sisters and the men lifelong friends. Today the hotel is owned by Mark and Christopher Forrester, grandsons of two of the original founders of Rufflets. Their mother, Ann Murray-Smith, who took over the management of the business from her parents in 1976, remains a Director and acts as an adviser to the business.

10. And we have to mention
Golf – how could we not when we are situated right in the Home of Golf itself! With 48 courses in the county of Fife and the Old Course 5 minutes away you will be spoiled for choice!