Old Course Hotel unveils restaurant overlooking famous golf landmark


Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews has announced the opening of a new restaurant and bar, Swilcan Loft, featuring breathtaking views of the iconic golf course and Fife coastline.

It is the resort’s sixth bar and restaurant offering, and is part of a series of wider hotel renovations that have taken place this year, including the addition of a new penthouse, guest rooms and refurbished events spaces.

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace, Swilcan Loft offers uninterrupted views of the Old Course golf course, West Sands Beach and the iconic Hamilton Grand building.

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The restaurant is located on the fourth floor of the East End of the hotel, overlooking the 17th hole of the Old Course and one of golf’s most famous landmarks, Swilcan Bridge – from which Swilcan Loft takes its name.

The 74-cover restaurant is open for all-day dining and is helmed by Old Course Hotel’s executive head chef, Martin Hollis, who oversees all of the hotel’s restaurants, including the 3 AA Rosettes rated Road Hole restaurant.

At Swilcan Loft, Hollis and his team will be offering an eclectic international menu created with locally sourced Scottish produce, such as hot smoked Loch Duart salmon salad, Scottish Black Isle beef rib eye and local berries with champagne and basil jelly.

The extensive wine and bar list will feature signature cocktails such as the Islay Air – a warming cocktail for winter made with whisky, honey, fresh ginger and chocolate bitters.

Old Course Hotel sits within the Hospitality and Real Estate group of Kohler Co.

Kohler Co is a global supplier of kitchen and bathroom products, and the privately-held company has provided home design solutions for over 140 years.

Interiors have been designed by lead interior designer, Niti Bhatt, who has supported Kohler Co’s wide portfolio of gracious hospitality experiences worldwide and brings 15 years of experience in hospitality and commercial design to create the pared back interiors of Swilcan Loft.

Grey wall panelling, ochre banquettes and a varied mix of furniture styles have been chosen to create a warm and inviting feel to the space.

Natural paint colours from Farrow & Ball echo the neutral hues of the North Sea and West Sands beach that can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around three sides of the room, ensuring diners’ eyes are drawn to the uninterrupted views of the St Andrews skyscape beyond.

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