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Around Elie

We are privileged to be able to both stay and work in this beautiful village. Quiet during the winter months, but springs to life when the sun shines.

Once there were five large hotels; many, many boarding houses and B & B’s, and approximately fifty shops between Elie and neighbouring Earsferry.

Sadly there are no hotels left. However the boarding houses have all been converted into flats or private housing, and this breathes life back into the place when they are inhabited, bringing much needed support for the remaining retail outlets.

We try supporting local enterprise as much as possible and we can introduce you to many of the local business’s and organisations on these pages.

Firstly if you are looking for holiday accommodation for the family, Elie Letting
 have over one hundred properties available to let.  Some of the finest houses in Elie can be viewed on the web site. Contact owner Sally Pattullo for details.

For B+B, Angus & Kelly Meldrum (no relation) run Elie Bay, a beautiful set up with amazing views over the harbour.

Starting off at the harbour: Elie Harbour Trust make a great fist of running the facility, offering moorings for owners and visitors alike. An off-shore mooring facility accommodates the needs of sailors caught out by low tides, or needing to make an unscheduled overnight stop. The Harbour Trust also run the parking arrangements on their property. Ian Murdoch has run ‘The Galley’ for several years. His outlet, attached to the sailing club is ideal for burgers, ice cream, etc whilst in the area.

The sailing club boasts one of the most pro-active clubs in the country. Great encouragement is offered to junior members to advance their sailing skills, and their rescue boat is always available to come to the rescue of the unwary. Showering and changing facilities are available in the impressive clubhouse.

At the entrance to the harbour, Angus Meldrum, aye him again, and still no relation, has advanced the Elie Water Sports business beyond recognition over the last few years. With a new facility completed in 2013, Angus and his team offer lessons on, or hire of Sailboards, Dinghies, Pedaloes and also mountain bikes. The banana boat and the donuts are a great attraction for the youngsters in the holiday season.

Moving toward the village , first stop is the famous ‘Ship Inn’Richard and Jill Phillip have owned and developed the ship for almost 25 years, we built the beer garden in 1990. Fabulous restaurant, the fish and chips are brilliant. A barbecue, along with an ice cream parlour is open in the summer months in the beer garden. Cricket on the beach is still a great attraction, and you can pick up a fixture list from the menu in the bar.

Heading up ‘the toft’ you will face Braid’s Bar,newly taken over, and re-named by Ian & Mary Kenny. We wish them every success with it.
Elie High Street, dominated by The Toll Green is where the shops are. Elie Deli is a most impressive place; licensed, it has a great stock of affordable wines, and a massive choice of luxury food and takeaway products.

Opposite the Deli is the award winning Elie Bus Stop. The area was designed and built by us in 2012 with money raised locally and funded partially by outside agencies. It also houses a defibrillator for use in medical emergencies.

Davidsons are the local chemist with a good stock of pharmaceutical , toiletry and beauty supplies.
Carol Birrell, once of Fruit Basket fame has transformed her shop into an ice cream parlour, and serves all sorts of mouth watering ices in the summer months.

Bruce and Anne Grieve have the Appleton’s gift shop and Appleton’s hardware store respectively. Both shops have an amazing display of goods on offer. Took this pic on 11 March as Bruce looks for space for this consignment of wheelbarrows. ‘I’ve selt twa already’ he defended, when I questioned his sanity on buying in a load of Wheelbarrows!

Barnetts’ bakery is on the corner of Bank Street and Park Place, and offers freshly baked bread and rolls along with a choice of takeaways.
A Hairdresser, Coffee Shop and Gift shop area also collected in that corner, and all do well.

For newspapers & mags, etc. we use ‘The Corner shop’ in Colinsburgh a friendly welcome with a good selection of basic groceries and takeaway food, they are licensed and open 12 hours a day from 6 am.

Ardross Farm Shop, recently awarded the Farm Shop of the Year accolade, this is truly a magnificent outlet for locally sourced food.
Being able to buy beef fattened on their own land, and vegetables harvested fresh from their fields every day, combined with the Pollock family’s pleasant demeanour makes this a ‘must visit’ experience.

Despite the continued hard work we engage in , there is still time for a bit of a laugh.

For a kinda wee place, Elie boasts some really impressive eating places. Sangster's - there are not many Michelin star restaurants in
Scotland - but we’ve got one in Elie. Bruce & Jacqui Sangster moved into the village over a decade ago, opening their restaurant, and allowing us to experience the wealth of Bruce’s internationally recognised cooking prowess.  His signature menu would be:- Twice baked cheese soufflé; Hand dived scallops;Sear fried halibut. Reservations by advance booking only apparently.

The Ship Inn - Definitely the most popular place to eat in the village .Two restaurants, bar food, and outside food when weather permitting, Callum the chef does a great job here.Booking preferable on 01333 330246

The Golf Tavern - Sister pub to the ‘Ship’ and situated adjacent to the fourth fairway, this long established pub, The Nineteenth Hole, has had a dramatic face lift since being taken over by the Philip family in 2008 The pub is always pristine; Andrea has a ready smile behind the bar, and Christine, the head chef, always turns out a delicious meal. Elie 01333 330610 for reservations. Children always welcome and dogs too. 

Great for daytime or early evening snacks. Home made soup every day, and selection of Burgers; Pizzas; Baked Potatoes; Toasties, etc.

While coffees are served in the Deli,The Coffee Shop in the High Street, and Harbour House in Bank Street also serve food.

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