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Criterion Public House

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Bar, Pub, Scottish, International, British
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99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
+44 1334 474543
10:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Wed 10:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been here a few times now I really enjoy this wee pub , it has great food ! And famous CRI-pies which I am yet to try but they sound great ! Recommend if you want a drink or two and some yummy food 🥘

Thank Jetsetjaney
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant food,great beers and a warm welcome. On top of that they welcome well behaved dogs. Had the steak pie and a pint of John Smiths - heaven!! Love this pub

Thank John Cowie W
Denver, Colorado
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in St. Andrews for two days with family. My sister room our big group of 12 to this place and we could not get my dad to leave! Both nights we were in St. Andrews my dad could be found at this pub chatting up the bartender and the locals. The owner even let my dad start pouring... More 

Thank shec186
HL75, Owner at Criterion Public House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was a pleasure to have you all at The Criterion and I for one loved the hot drink just don't smell it first!! I hope all went well at the wedding and please do come back and see us next time your are in town. Kind Regards Hazel Latto More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The Criterion claims to produce a world renowned steak pie namely their famous Cri Pie so I had to check it out purely for review purposes only! Its £8 and certainly looks the business and I was happy to note that its made fresh on the premises,tasted great and meat was good quality,if im being picky the only improvemnt would... More 

Thank Blair M
HL75, Owner at Criterion Public House, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for the great review. Glad you enjoyed your pie and we hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Hazel Latto More 

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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Came highly recommended from friends. Large attraction it was dog friendly and we were not disappointed, they were excellent with our dog. Good selection of beers, lagers and cider served very well. The famous Cri pie lives up to expectations and is a meal in itself. Overall a great experience and I will recommend to my friends.

Thank Brian P
Kelso, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Visited with friends who had been before and had enjoyed it. We had the deal for a bacon roll with either a tea or coffee for £ 3.50. Great value. You get a choice of types of coffee and teas. The bacon roll is lightly toasted and warm. The setup in the pub is great as it is dog friendly,... More 

Thank charlie c
Leven, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Excellent local beers in a friendly atmosphere. Worth a visit when the woman in your life wants to do the shops.

Thank 398david
Darlington, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Came across this pub by accident. Was surprised at the number of vegetarian options - 3 main meals. Food portions were of a good size and reasonably priced. Taste of the food was okay, not brilliant, but not bad.

Thank G D
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Fab little place, friendly helpful staff. Food basic but very tasty and fresh.... would definitely recommend.

Thank Vicky S
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Dropped by the Criterion after a visit to St Andrews Golf Course. A typical traditional pub offering great pub grub and a comprehensive selection of drinks. They're especially known for their pies apparently. We both had the steak and ale pie, which was very generous in terms of size. The pie was filled with a huge portion of steak in... More 

Thank Jude T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 12
Bar, Pub, Scottish, International, British
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  St Andrews
  • Phone Number: +44 1334 474543
We are a family run traditional scottish pub in the centre of St Andrews, offering a range of traditional pub favourites from the kitchen and have over 130 Malt Whiskies and 6 Cask Ales. Open from 10am every day and licensed, we have FREE WIFI, Barista Coffee, Live Sports shown, outside seating and are Dog Friendly. Pop in for a true taste of St Andrews.

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