Tag Archives: Champagne

Piper Heidsieck Champagne Lunch & Sabrage at The Bonham Hotel

Last week I was lucky enough to have been invited to another lovely Piper Heidsieck event (they do know how to do them well!) seeing a live sabrage was a massive draw (as of course was the chance to quaff champagne & enjoy a lovely lunch at Edinburgh’s Bonham Hotel). I never dreamed I’d get the chance […]

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Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Dinner at Maison Bleue

Last week the lovely people at Piper-Heidsieck invited me to dine at Maison Bleue (French restaurant on Victoria Street) and enjoy a specially matched dinner & champagne menu. There’s really no need to ask if I had a good time, it was the wee hours by the time I left and some of the party (mainly the industry professionals – you […]

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Dining at the Pass at One Square at The Sheraton

Being a food blogger it’s fair to say a lot of invitations come my way, and I have to say, this was a corker…… An opportunity to dine in the kitchen at the pass at One Square, with fellow foodies Hilary Sturzaker, @mymonkfish, Danielle Ellis, @EdinburghFoody and Erica Douglas, @erica. On offer was a 7 course tasting menu […]

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Bubbles at The Balmoral – Champagne Tasting with Régis Camus

“I only drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
 Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.
 When I have company I consider it obligatory. 
I trifle with it if I’m not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty.”
― Lily Bollinger (and one […]

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Lunch at The Pommery (& Recipe for their fab Beetroot Coleslaw)

Last year The Pommery pop-up Champagne Bar in the stunning Signet Library became a regular indulgence of mine, neatly hidden amongst the bustle at the heart of the Festival on the Royal Mile (next to St Giles cathedral). So this year I didn’t need asking twice to attend last Friday’s launch party (lots of champagne […]

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Seriously cute Wimbledon inspired afternoon tea at The Scotsman!

Love the Battenburg ‘court’ – now need to see this in real life!  Executive Head Chef Paul Hart at The Scotsman Hotel’s North Bridge Brasserie has designed a special Wimbledon Afternoon Tea menu. This special menu comes complete with a chocolate tennis ball cake pop & a centre court Battenberg cake plus a selection of other […]

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Excellent presents for a Food-Geek Heaven

Foodie related xmas presents were abundant in our household this Christmas but there were a few that are particularly notable so thought I’d share. A Molecular Gastronomy Kit (a present from me to Dr Science) Who hasn’t see Heston Blumenthal doing some weird & wonderful things with liquid nitrogen and bringing science in to the […]

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Champagne tasting evening at Le Di-Vin, Edinburgh’s West End on 2nd October

If I wasn’t already at another event on the 2nd I’d be pretty tempted by this myself! Oh well, next time……!  Le Di-Vin Wine Bar at Randolph Place part of La P’tite Folie restaurant in Edinburgh is holding a champagne tasting on Tuesday 2nd October at 6:45PM for 7pm. The champagne tasting will include the below […]

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Champagne & sharing platters – The Pommery Bar in The Signet Library

When a friend, who happens to be doing the PR for the pop-up Pommery Champagne Bar, asked if I fancied going to try it out with her one evening, I was hardly going to refuse! A chance for a good catch-up and to sample some tasty Scottish produce and all washed down with bubbles? Thanking […]

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Castle Terrace Tasting Menu – the only place, ever, we didn’t leave a tip!

It’ll be no surprise to hear that our verdict on this place isn’t great. Although the A La Carte menu looked delicious it’s highly unlikely any of us would ever go back to try it. From start to finish the service from the waiting staff was bored and disinterested, often not explaining what we were being served, very rushed or just mumbled so we couldn’t understand it. The lack in variety of the wines (where was the champagne or a sparkling at the very least and a nice rose or even a chilled light red?) and the quality of the food did not make this a £100 per head experience.

SO different from the sumptuous and faultless experience we had when we had at Kitchin. It almost felt that this was aimed at tourists and we were simply ‘cash cows’ and it’s the first time we haven’t left a tip! We were all unanimous on that point! We left feeling totally cheated and headed off with much haste to get a nice bottle of red to fortify our somewhat flagging spirits.

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