We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Criterion Public House

99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
+44 1334 474543
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pies” (32 reviews)
“bacon roll” (4 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, International, Vegetarian Friendly
99 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QB, Scotland
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (140)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 139 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a pleasant pub lunch in the Criterion Bar on South Street St Andrews. The food is not fancy, but very tasty and portions were a good siz . The bar staff were friendly and the atmosphere was convivial . In short a quite...More

Thank rankbajin
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Saw a few students dining outside on what looked like very large tasty meat pies. Went inside, and we each ordered a chicken pie. It was piping hot and tasty. Beer select is excellent. Staff is great, and allowing the locals to bring their dogs...More

Thank 2010Riley
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Great pub with varied range of beers and whiskies. The menu is good but the steak and ale pie is a real winner..

Thank Ewan C
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely traditional pub and was upped to 5 stars thanks to the lovely bar staff. Vegetarian pies had run out but the girls couldn't have been nicer sorting out veggie food. The beef pie was big and tasty and there was even...More

Thank ElaineDoris
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in here for a couple of beers. Selection of Ales and particularly the Whisky's is excellent. Not a big place inside but there are three tables outside which, in the sun, is a prefect place to watch the world go...More

Thank Droggs
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Very nice pub to stop in for a meal or just a pint. The staff was very friendly and prompt. We enjoyed the soup of the day and salad. The pies looked wonderful but be very hungry they are large!

Thank mgtnjm
Reviewed 31 August 2017

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 26 August 2017

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
Nearby Restaurants
Little Italy
1,482 reviews
.11 km away
392 reviews
.07 km away
The Keys Bar
210 reviews
.12 km away
Tulsi Restaurant
315 reviews
.09 km away
Nearby Attractions
University of St Andrews
186 reviews
.25 km away
Fisher and Donaldson
60 reviews
.02 km away
Byre Theatre
82 reviews
.21 km away
Holy Trinity Church (Town Kirk)
50 reviews
.34 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
6 September 2015|
Response from Richard H |
16 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
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing