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Fife's Harbour Cafe to launch Hairy Bikers Go Local meal box

The Fife cafe featured on the BBC series, and will now be offering a meal box featuring the local suppliers seen on TV.

Published: January 12, 2023

As the latest series of BBC’s Hairy Bikers hits the screens, Fife’s Harbour Café is launching a special food box containing some of the culinary gems sampled by Dave Myers and Si King, who visited as part of the show.

Run by past Great British Menu contestant, Amy Elles, and her husband Jack, the Harbour Café is in Elie in the East Neuk of Fife.

It featured on The Hairy Bikers Go Local on 6 January in an episode in which Dave and Si worked with Amy and Jack to put together a meal that celebrates local producers in the area.

This included smoked fish from St Monans, local langoustines from Pittenweem, locally grown vegetables and salads, Pasture for Life assured organic beef from Balcaskie Estate and a sticky toffee pudding made with whisky from Kingsbarns Distillery.

Available from 19 January until 2 February, the new The Hairy Bikers Go Local Box contains a selection of the dishes that featured on the show and can be delivered nationwide across mainland UK.

What's in the Harbour Cafe Hairy Bikers box?

Harbour Cafe

The box costs £60 per person plus postage and contains:

  • Sourdough bread & Edinburgh butter
  • Anchovy hummus
  • East Neuk Kilnhouse hot smoked trout pate
  • Dill pickled cucumbers
  • Harbour Cafe fish soup
  • Langoustines and aioli
  • Roast Balcaskie beef and horseradish
  • Papas Aliñas – Andalucian potato salad
  • East Neuk Market Garden green leaf salad with house dressing
  • Sticky toffee pudding with a Kingsbarns Distillery salted whisky caramel sauce
  • A lemon and finishing salt are also included

Amy Elles said: "Jack and I had great fun introducing Si and Dave to The Harbour Café and the East Neuk.

"The show went to the heart of what we do here – sourcing amazing produce direct from local fishermen, growers and farmers and making it available to our customers.

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"We’re really blessed in this area of Fife to be surrounded by such sensational producers so to be able to celebrate them on the screen and in this special menu is such a pleasure.”

Fans of cooking programmes may recognise Amy from the BBC TV series Great British Menu, in which she represented Scotland in 2019 and 2020.

A classically trained chef, she started out as pastry chef at The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire before taking up a pastry chef role at Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin starred Fat Duck.

Before starting The Harbour Café in Fife, she worked at Spanish Michelin starred restaurant, Casa Marcelo in Santiago de Compostela, at London’s Moro restaurant and as a private chef travelling the world for four years.

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The Hairy Bikers Go Local began on BBC Two on January 3 and shows Dave Myers and Si King travelling the country on a mission to bring together the best local restaurants with the most innovative local suppliers.

The Hairy Bikers visited The Harbour Café in summer of 2021 and spent the day with Amy and her husband Jack. The also visited Julie's Kopitiam in Glasgow in another episode.

Bookings for The Hairy Bikers Go Local Box are open now via the Harbour Cafe website, for delivery from 19 January until 2nd February.

Orders should be received by 12pm on Mondays for delivery or collection on Thursday of that same week. There’s also an option to collect on Thursdays from Kinross and Elie. All packaging is either compostable or fully recyclable.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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