5 places for ice cream in the East Neuk

As you wind your way along the East Neuk villages, either by foot along the Fife Coastal Path, or on short drives, it’s good to know where the spots are to find ice cream.  An essential part of any family holiday, the East Neuk has plenty of places for you to find a cooling ice on a warm day.  It’s also an ideal way to cheer up any day!  So, for the Crail Food Festival, I was delighted to take up the proposal of writing a mini-guide to some of our family favourites along the coast.

First stop – The Beehive in Crail where Rhett and Linda have a variety of cones, a selection of flavours and stock Janetta’s Ice Cream as well as a wide range of sweeties, gifts and essentials.

beehive ice creams in crail


Along the coast in Anstruther, the pink palace in the centre of Shore Street is Lisa’s Ice Cream Parlour where you’ll find Connie and staff dipping their scoops and filling cones for you with Janetta’s Ice Cream as well as dispensing hot drinks and snacks or sweeties.

lisas ice cream parlour anstrutherNext stop is in Pittenweem where John Nicholson is the man to see at the Ice Cream Shop on Pittenweem Harbour.  Well known for stocking a wide variety of Janetta’s Ice Cream as well as 200 varieties of sweets.  Here we found confectionery oysters and sliders as well as a selection of different cones.  Soft scoop too.

nicholson ice cream shop pittenweem

Winding our way along to St Monans, we had to search a little to find ice cream cones, but they are now on sale at Sue Griffith’s lovely new business, the Diving Gannet, in Station Road which you’ll find not far from the junction between West and Mid Shore.  As well as soft whip ice cream, the Diving Gannet stocks some delightful gifts and home-made preserves.  They also stock sandwiches and snacks for hungry walkers on the Coastal Path.


Our final East Neuk ice cream stop was The Pavilion at Golf Club Lane, Elie, where Findlay and Lachlan McLaren have offered sports enthusiasts and beach-goers snacks and meals since 1999 and are proud to source so many of the ingredients they use in the local area, including Barnett’s Artisan Bakery, Ardross Farm Shop, G & J Wilson Fish Merchants as well as ices from Janetta’s Gelateria.

fifi's ice cream and sweetie parlour



Have we included your favourites here? Or are there others you’d like to tell us about? Suggest others to us on the Crail Food Festival Facebook Page.  On 13 and 14 June 2015 you’ll find options to buy ice cream at the Crail Food Festival – tickets available now – or sample some of our East Neuk favourites on your way along the coast.
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Author: Susan McNaughton
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The Pavilion, Elie
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