Zest Cafe Zest Cafe

Zest Cafe

95 South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9QW, United Kingdom | 01334 471451 | Website


A Truly Independent Cafe


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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Wheelchair


Zest Café is situated at 95 South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9QW, near the junction with Church Street. It serves high quality, speciality teas and coffees as well as great food. Freshly squeezed orange juice and delicious, energy-boosting smoothies are also on the menu. Takeaway salads can be made up as you wait. Everything is fresh and absolutely delicious. Members of staff are extremely helpful - nothing is too much trouble. Zest offers support for anyone facing barriers to employment by providing a friendly, inclusive workplace where they can learn and develop.

Transport & Parking


There is on-street parking right outside Zest, with no time limit and free to Blue Badge holders only. There are designated Blue Badge parking spaces nearby. Parking is £1.10 per hour for other vehicles, with a two-hour maximum stay. There is a parking meter just 5 metres from the café entrance. Emerging from the rear of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, care is required as access is directly onto the busy road. The nearest dropped kerb is at the nearby mini roundabout. There are moveable tables outside on the street, with a canopy for cover. The streets around the café are paved, with a slight camber. St Andrews can be reached by the main roads A91, A917, and A915. The nearest railway station is Leuchars, 10.2 miles or 16km away, approximately 20 minutes by car or bus. Accessible taxis can be booked in advance - contact Williamsons on 01334 476787. There is a regular bus service from Dundee via Leuchars station into St Andrews, Stagecoach route no.99 has low floor access, wheelchair access and Wi-Fi. All no.99 buses go to St Andrews bus station. Bus timetables can be found at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables.The café is a 15-minute walk from the bus station.



Access to the café, which has 2 levels, is via a gradual, 2-metre long ramp to the lower level. The wide, double doors are normally open, making access easy. There is no doorbell to alert staff when the doors are closed but staff are vigilant. The furniture inside is lightweight, making it easy to move to accommodate wheelchair users and larger groups. The dining chairs have no arms. Floor surfaces are wood-effect laminate. Orders are taken at the counter but can be taken at the table if required. Food and drinks are served at the table. Drinks can be served in a large grip mug if necessary. The café is well lit with natural daylight and no harsh lighting. Large print menus are available on the walls and by request from behind the counter. Background music can be turned down or off on request. and tables are dark wood, with white crockery for contrast.



Another ramp leads to the rear of the café, where the toilets are situated. There is a handrail on the left side only. The wheelchair-accessible toilet is at the rear of the café. Although not large, we managed it in a Sunrise Quickie 6-wheel chair. It also doubles as the ladies’ toilet and there is a separate gents’ toilet. There are two doors to negotiate to gain entry to the ladies’, so assistance may be required - staff are happy to help with the doors. There are horizontal and vertical grab rails on both sides of the toilet. The toilet flush is push button. There is a red emergency cord to alert staff. Push taps on the sink turn off automatically.



Members of staff are extremely helpful - nothing is too much trouble. Staff have had training in a basic level of BSL, with further training planned in the future. Staff receive training to enable them to cater for special dietary requirements. Some staff have additional support needs so they understand the problems people can face when going out.

Anything else you wish to tell us?

The café is a training café, which provides support to people facing barriers to employment in an inclusive environment. Staff all receive disability awareness training and 2 staff members are Mental Health first aiders. Zest also has a salad bar in Market Street but space and access are limited. Evening functions can be arranged by contacting the owner on phone 01334 471451 or by emailing lisa@zest-standrews.com to discuss pricing and availability. Address: 95 South Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9QW. Telephone: 01334 471451 Email: info@zeststandrews.com Website: www.wearezest.co.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Sunday.


What we do. Accessible toilet Ramp between levels Counter or table service

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