The Whey Pat Tavern
1 Bridge Street, Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
www.wheypat-standrews.co.uk - 01334 477740
The Whey Pat Tavern Saint Andrews Reviews
A piece of the past in St. Andrews Oct 01, 2012
As near as I can tell this place takes its name from 'Whey', a liquid remaining after milk has been curdled & strained, and Pat, which is a pot. Doesn't sound too appealing, but apparently around the 12th century on this spot gruel was being served to Pilgrims entering from the West Port in St. Andrews. The current building originates from 1902, but was an inn here since 1580. That's the historical summary of this place to the best of my knowledge. A bit sketchy maybe, but best I can do.
The tavern is a popular place among students, professors, lecturers and locals in St. Andrews, which is a place known mostly for St. Andrews University and the Old Course (home of golf), and it has a relaxed atmosphere inside. Me and a colleague of mine were brought here by a professor at St. Andrews University for lunch and got a taste of their triple decker tall sandwiches. It's a bit of a challenge on the first bite to wrap your mouth around these sandwiches, but they are quite good and more than enough for a lunch time meal - very filling and served with nacho chips.
I liked the experience at Whey Pat Tavern. It had a local Scottish pub atmosphere and plenty of draught beers and other spirits to sample as well (although we did not partake in any for lunch). Apparently there are some competitions during the week that take place here such as dominoes, and a pub quiz night with prizes. There are various student groups that meet here during the week too. I understand a darts game is known to break out now and again between students and locals. Whey Pat even has a darts team that might help you on your game with some tips and advice - good way to socialize a bit. While not the most trendy place in St. Andrews, it is good, basic, Scottish pub fun where everyone is welcomed.
Part of the A Sense of Scotland (Sep. 21 - Oct. 2, 2012) travel blog
Part of the list Scotland: Places to Eat & Drink
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