Bistro Al Fresco (Outside Dining): Monday - Sunday 12PM - 10PM
Food in the Woods (Indoor Dining): Monday - Sunday 12PM-8PM
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Families and Children Welcome
About Balbirnie House Hotel
Balbirnie House is an award-winning luxury country house hotel nestled within 400 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Fife. Our Grade A listed Georgian mansion, voted Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards and Haute Grandeur Europe’s Best Destination Wedding Retreat, was built in 1777 and is near the village of Markinch, between Edinburgh and St Andrews.
We combine fine food, beautiful surroundings and friendly Scottish hospitality to create a wonderful experience for our guests, whatever the occasion of your visit. From weddings to conferences, mini-breaks to exclusive hire, we have the perfect setting for you.
We have eaten here a number of time over the last few months and always been very happy with the experience hence the reason we continue to return, however our experience at this reservation was very disappointing. Our main meal took a very long time to arrive which then meant that we had no time for desert or coffee at our table. However the waitress informed us that if we wanted desert or coffee then we could have this upstairs in one of the rooms. We were more than happy to do this so got ourselves packed up and got ready to move to a table upstairs. I then asked the waitress where we should sit upstairs to be told that there were no tables available for us and we could just let ourselves out of the fire exit downstairs. When I explained that we wanted to have desert and coffee and had been told we could move upstairs, the member of staff said that we could go and have a look for an available table but there weren’t any staff to help us do this. At this point we were so disappointed with how we had been treated that we decided to leave straight away. This experience was very disappointing and to be honest left me feeling a bit annoyed that we couldn’t enjoy some desert and coffee on Xmas eve. It’s unlikely that we will return to Balbirnie in the near future.
This is my third time visiting over the past three months and I had another superb experience. The staff are incredibly friendly, the food was delicious and arrived quickly, and the ballroom looked so Christmassy! The best place to have a final catch up with a friend before lockdown and celebrate Christmas. Thank you to all staff and I look forward to returning when you are able to open your doors again.
A lovely Christmas Day with our family helped by the Balbirnie magic. The food was lovely, service brilliant and great value for money. Thank you to you all x
We were waiting 25 before we got our drinks. The drink selection was insufficient The soft drinks were delivered with no ice. The food was very nice. The staff were lovely We find using the app really puts us off coming. The takes to much time and its inflexible
First time I have had a disappointing meal at Balbirnie. The main course which was very good took over 30 minutes to arrive. We were also told to order everything at once, which we did, including coffee, and that it would arrive in order. Our coffees arrived before the main course so had to be sent back. Had to go find someone to chase up our desserts which took over 40 minutes to arrive, then had to chase coffees again. The cheesecakes which we ordered were very mediocre. We only had 10 minutes for our desserts and coffee before the table was required back. It was not the Christmas experience I was hoping for or indeed expecting. Not Balbirnie's usual high standard.
We had an amazing Christmas Lunch on Monday all throughout Covid you have worked hard to make customers feel safe whilst dining , we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year when aloud . Merry Christmas to you all .
Thank you, it was just superb. My 7 yr old daughter and I had a magical dinner in the 'woods' at Balbirnie. I would highly recommend it to all for a really special experience, regardless of age or reason for going!
Very nice ambience and service adequate.Badly let down by poor food quality .Had afternoon tea .The scones were hard ,almost burnt .Gingerbread men were poor.The trifle was average .Coffee was also average .We expected more from an award winning hotel .Maybe they were having a bad day with supply and staff issues .Hope things improve as it could so easily have been memorable . Dennis.
As per usual, excellent service from you very pleasant staff and the food, always ticks every box.
We had a magical Christmas lunch in the ballroom. Excellent food in a wonderful setting. The service was second to none!
im sorry to be writing this review but i did not enjoy my time at all the food was okay and i have been many times and everything is very exceptional of course in understand the situation but it has been taken too far i would have been far better staying at home and cooking
Really good experience once again and safe as always. Such a shame you’re now having to close again due to the ‘precautionary’ ‘3week’ tier 4 decision.
Food in the woods was an amazing experience making it a very special night.
Our food in the woods experience was delightful. The whole setup is not only beautiful but makes dining out as safe as possible. Food was lovely and the service was fantastic.
Lovely concept of having the individual gazebos;very peaceful;service a bit slow but food very good.
Top notch, couldn’t fault it
We paid for 2 bread baskets which can as 4 pieces in total. The bread appeared old and stale. We waited an hour for main course. Portions were far too small and not value for money paid. The booths decorated as outdoor dining were a great idea however.
Atmosphere was amazing, food tasty and presented well, although some dishes not as hot as we would have liked. Service could have been more attentive. But overall a good experience and will be back.
Always a pleasure to dine at Balbirnie, they have went above & beyond to make diners & staff feel safe in these trying times. My favourite place to dine with exquisite food & lovely accommodating staff. 5* all the way, look forward to coming back once restrictions are lifted ❤
Had a really lovely stay. Staff were friendly and went out of their way to be helpful, especially a lovely friendly girl on reception. Looking forward to returning again. Thank you.
Great food, flawless and friendly service, excellent Covid safety measures. I would highly recommend.
We felt very comfortable in the restaurant, and enjoyed the delicious food
lovely waitresses. lovely ambience. food above average. waiting time too long
Lovely meal. Tables well spaced and felt covid secure
Amazing experience every time you go. First class service and 1st class food. Staff are attentive, warm abs welcoming helpful, nothing is too much for them. Excellent value for money. Love the creative atmosphere of food in the woods, just a all round beautiful place to be.