The Giddy Gannet, St Monans

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Watching gannets fish is mesmeric. It’s how they dive like torpedoes from great heights into the water to feast on the bounty of the ocean. In the picturesque seaside village of St Monans, on the East Neuk of Fife, there is turnabout in roles. We are here to plunder the generous offerings of the Giddy Gannet café, just up the hill from the harbour front.
Hungry customers are precisely what brothers Will and Henry are ready to serve. They grew up in a family of four boys at the Ship Inn at nearby Elie where their parents ran the pub. “Our Mum was always far too generous with her portions – and we take the same approach – big hearty portions made with really good ingredients.” So, whether you are a local popping in for a break from your days’ work or a someone walking the coastal path, you will be well fuelled for the journey ahead.
It was the covid lockdown that shot the boys down towards realising their dream. “We always wanted to do something together and when lockdown happened, we left our corporate jobs and decided to set up the Giddy Gannet.”
The ‘Giddy’ in the title comes from the venue flipping between being café by day and wine bar by night. So, while Ann and I were there primly drinking our delicious tea we also envisioned ourselves letting our hair down and emptying a bottle of wine by night. How perfect! With Will being interested in wine, and Henry in coffee, their passions harmonise in this venture.
Cakes are homemade and excellent, with a wide range of gluten-free options, including raspberry and orange, and almond and orange. The coffee comes from the Roasting Project in nearby Burntisland, and the tea is from one of our favourite fairtrade suppliers ‘Clipper’. Craft brands including the Seaweed snack brand ‘Shore’; Cairngorm Coffee; Silver & Green; Mr Organic and The Pickle House are also on offer.
Of all the scenic East Neuk villages, Henry ponders if St Monans is the ‘forgotten’ one. Perhaps, he reflects, this is down to the big industrial shed that used to be on the harbour’s edge. However, following its demolition, there is little doubt that the Giddy Gannet, perfectly situated on the Fife coastal walk, will help St Monans rise to new heights.

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Great For

Hungry walkers, cyclists, vegan options, on a budget

Things to Look Out For

Ice cream counter; Artisan biscuits snacks and chocolate; other Deli-style products; Cairngorm and The Coffee Project coffee;