The Original French Cafe/Bistro
Bien -Venue. Welcome.
The history of the Merchants House dates back to the 16th century when it was built at that time of wood and thatch. It is the most imposing historical house in St. Andrews having the only original wooden floor and wooden painted ceiling in the area.
The "Merchant's House" was bought in 1653 by the Rev. Robert Blair who having been expelled from Glasgow University for his teachings on unlawful monarchal government, he himself was a strong covenanter and was solely responsible for the hanging of Sir Robert Spottiswood on the gallows.
The 5th july 1650 was a notable day as King Charles 11 visited the "Merchant's House" to pay his respects to the Rev. & Mrs Blair. On being offered a chair by Mrs Blair the minister was stated as saying "Do not trouble yourself he is a young man he can draw one for himself". The "Merchant's House" has always been known for it`s superb hospitality and to this day it is our aim to maintain and enhance the experience. It is reputed that the Rev Blair still walks the streets of St. Andrews.
Since then the "Merchant's House" has been a grocers, confectioners, turners, and toy shop and also a watchmaker. In 1987 it was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell and opened as a licensed coffee shop, today it is a completely new French Cafe/Bistro , which we purchased on the 22nd October 1998. Jocelyn, Nick and myself hope you will enjoy the newest dining experience in Fife in this unique Cafe/Bistro and that you will go out and tell your friends about us.
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