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Criterion Public House

99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
+44 1334 474543
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pies” (29 reviews)
“bacon roll” (4 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, International, Vegetarian Friendly
99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a visiting student at St Andrews University and I use to come here because it is a friendly place with a good service. Beers are good and I also got the cri-pie a few times, not bad at all!

Thank Roberto C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Criterion is an institution that I have enjoyed visiting when in StAndrews ever since a student in the 80s. Friendly staff, great ales and the finest of cocktail's that enable me to go there with her ladyship are but a few of the reasons...More

Thank traveller9752015
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Really fab place for a drink. Didn't eat but saw the pies and they looked great. Lots of tourists and they were received with courtesy and politeness. Prices reasonable and staff very welcoming. Going to St Andrews? Pay the Cri a visit. Only criticism.. They...More

Thank MotorPete
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I have visited St. Andrews many times but only recently stayed over in the town for a few days for the first time. This gave us a chance to really try out places we'd only popped into before while on day trips. The Criterion was...More

Thank MJC_On_Road
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Our favourite place to go for our bacon rolls when we are in St Andrews. Its good that they really like dogs in the pub as they always get a warm welcome. Look forward to our next visit.

Thank charlie c
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

I'm very surprised to read this, I've never had or seen anything but good friendly service from the staff in the Cri.

Thank Annakucat
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We visited here with a big group for a drink. Lovely place, busy, staff are friendly, classy pub. We would like to come back to try for meal.

Thank Babyface J
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We read on the board outside the pub that there was a quiz on Sunday nights at the Criterion so we arrived at 8pm. Our son is 16 but the notice at the door said 16/17 year olds were welcome if accompanied by an adult...More

1  Thank lindsay L
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Dropped in for drinks and some lunch couldn't wait to try the pies as they looked and smelled great. Left after having a drink and before ordering as we saw a dog owner with their dogs sitting on the seat at the dining tables. I...More

1  Thank SuzyQScotlandUk
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I’d heard rave reviews about the pies at the Criterion so was sure to visit on my last trip to St Andrews and they didn’t disappoint! 3 out of 4 of us ordered pies (the 4th person enjoyed their toastie however looked on at the...More

1  Thank Mikaela K
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5 September 2015|
Response from Richard H |
15 February 2015|
Response from HL75 | Property representative |
Hi, We have our ale on rotation so always something new to try. The local beer from Eden brewery we have is crit ale and clock brew. Kind regards Hazel Latto
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$3 - US$14
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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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
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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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