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We sat down and had a chat about Forgan’s and we wanted to share.
How did Forgan’s start and why is it called Forgan’s?
Forgan’s was once home to a ‘cleek’ factory which is reputed to be the oldest golf club factory in the world, dating back to 1860s. Owned and operated by Robert Forgan, the company owes its foundation to the Society of St Andrews Golfers. To pay homage to Robert Forgan and his successful enterprise it seemed only fitting to name this Scottish bolthole Forgan’s St Andrews.
Why do you stand out?
As a proud Scottish eatery, Forgan’s main focus is to celebrate the seasonal Scottish ingredients we have at our fingertips. Although a premium product, the Forgan’s family retain a sense of local warmth, reliability and friendliness. This is seen as being just as imperative as the quality food on offer.
Forgan’s can be enjoyed by all ages with something for everyone to sample during their visit. It is a place where families can gather to catch up and enjoy each other’s’ company over some delicious heart fayre.
Describe the kind of food you serve. What are the firm favourites?
The menu content at Forgan’s is built around the best local, seasonal produce available. There is a strong emphasis on Scottish beef, Scottish game and fantastic freshly caught seafood. The food is prepared and presented in a clean and simple way where the ingredients speak for themselves, it is a true celebration of fine Scottish cuisine.
Ayrshire Pork, Smoked Salmon, Scottish Lobster and Orkney Gold Beef all feature alongside seasonal veg. A firm customer favourite is the Confit of Duck Shepherd’s Pie, served with Sugar Snap Peas & Rich Thyme Jus.
Any special events or unique aspects?
Forgan’s strives to be a venue that can be enjoyed by all, which is why you will always find a list of special scheduled events. To keep the wee ones entertained there is a monthly cinema club, meaning the kids can enjoy a movie while the adults relax over a bite to eat.
If you are planning a visit on a Friday or Saturday night you can take advantage of the weekly rip roaring live ceilidhs. Expect live bands, traditional jigs and a good old dose of Scottish hospitality.
Do you cater for different dietary requirements? Vegetarian/gluten-free etc?
The kitchen team have the ability to cater for all dietary requirements and needs. Each member of staff is well versed in dealing with the likes of gluten and dairy free diners. If you are a vegan or vegetarian customer you
will also find a selection of dishes tailored specifically for you to enjoy.
Do you source your produce locally? Any interesting examples?
Forgan’s have created strong links with their Scottish suppliers, with several items on the menu being sourced locally. Barnett’s Bakers from Anstruther bake all the bread and scones and deliver them to St Andrews each day. Any seafood on the menu is the seasonal products from the North Sea and the Isle of Arran Haggis comes all the way from a quality butcher on the Scottish Isle.
If you plan on paying a visit to this cosy corner of St Andrew’s you can expect a close knit team who are committed to providing you with the finest Scottish fayre and a warm Forgan’s welcome. We hope to see you all soon.
All the best
You can buy the Edinburgh & East Coast Cook Book from one of our friendly team members in Forgan’s or is available from bookstores and online.