A new chapter in the life of the Harbourmaster’s Café in Dysart started recently when it reopened
under new management.
The previous café had been operated as a Fife Council facility and was forced to close
because of Covid, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) saw an opportunity to review the
arrangement with Fife Council and chose to invite an individual or organisation to take over
After a competitive tendering process and working with elected members from the FCCT
Board of Directors, Eleanor and Cameron Armitage, a husband-and-wife team local to
Kirkcaldy were selected manage the café.
Recent weeks have been spent significantly remodelling the kitchen space, to allow for additional
seating and creating a new menu designed to appeal to coastal path walkers, locals, and
tourists alike. A soft launch took place in May when the café opened for takeaway only at
Running a café has been a long-held ambition for Eleanor and Cameron, who have extensive
experience in hospitality, including running a guest house on the North Coast 500 and
managing a restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh.
Eleanor commented, ‘We often thought that we would like operate the Harbourmaster’s
Café, so when the tender was advertised, we jumped at the opportunity. Our menu will be
created using locally sourced produce, so whether it is a breakfast after a dog walk in
Ravenscraig Park, coffee and cake or a light lunch we believe we will have something to fit
Jeremy Harris, FCCT CEO commented, ‘We are excited to have Eleanor and Cameron open
their doors to the public after we had to close the café last year. I have sampled some of
what they have on offer, and I know that we are all in for a treat. Harbourmasters House is a
wonderful hub for the community’ and a great stopover for visitors passing by on the
Coastal Path. We look forward to welcoming everyone back.
FCCT plan further developments for the Harbourmaster’s House including the remodelling
of The Fife Coastal Centre and upgrading the toilet facilities over the next 12 months. The
works are scheduled to be open to the public in Spring 2022 as part of the Trust’s 21st