Tag Archives: Scottish

Hopetoun Town & Country Fair – July 27th & 28th

If the gorgeous weather forecast for the weekend is right, this’ll be a brilliant day out- see you on the West Lawn! City chic and country elegance at new Hopetoun House event Incorporating the hugely successful International Horse Trials, Hopetoun House will return to the event calendar for the third time this summer with the […]

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Royal Highland Show 20th-23rd June 2013 (a Foodies Paradise)

The Royal Highland Show, the Food Hall in particular, and I are no strangers. In fact I have been known to do a little moonlighting there on occasion so that I can avail myself of the full experience, meet the producers and chefs and of course try all the lovely products …. if you’ve never […]

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Galvin Restaurants Launch Festival of Food and Drink 13th-19th May

is it wrong that I would happily go to every day of this ….?  Galvin Festival of Food and Drink is a week-long celebration of events showcasing the finest in French and Scottish food, drink and hospitality.  From 13th – 19th May 2013 Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin along with the general manager of Galvin […]

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Edinburgh Chef Neil Forbes & Hopetoun Farm Shop to host event showcasing Scottish produce

Am hoping to get along to these – both the masterclass and the tasting day are right up my street and thought there may be a fair few of you fellow foodies who might also fancy it!  Top Edinburgh chef and restaurateur, Neil Forbes is teaming up with Hopetoun Farm Shop to showcase Scotland’s finest […]

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Stac Polly launches new Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar in Edinburgh’s New Town

Established Edinburgh restaurant Stac Polly has undergone a major refurbishment on its Dublin Street ground floor, creating a new Scottish-style brasserie, gin and wine bar.  Another great new restaurant launch to look forward to this week but in the meantime, here’s a sneaky peek! The brasserie’s modern-Scottish lunch menu is divided into sections for meat, fish, […]

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Ice Delight – a fat & dairy free dessert – oh yes!

I was recently asked if I would be happy to try out local grower, Belhaven Fruit’s range of fat and dairy-free desserts and to offer some honest feedback. Still battling the #foodbloggerbelly this seemed like an ideal treat product so of course I was very happy to do so! The blurb: “New(ish) from Belhaven Fruit […]

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A selection of Burns Suppers in Edinburgh – Friday 25th January

 “Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race! …” If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a Burns Supper this year, here’s a selection of what’s on offer at a variety of venues in the Capital, from the traditional haggis, neeps & tatties to something a little alternative – something for […]

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Jeremy Wares charity dinner – what did we eat?!

As many of you will know I was quite excited to have been invited to a charity dinner at Houston House Hotel hosted by Michelin chef Jeremy Wares to raise money for Parkinsons Disease. Jeremy Wares suffers from Parkinsons and opened a restaurant at (the rather lovely) Houston House earlier in the year and came […]

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Loch Fyne Restaurant in Newhaven – Loch distinctly average more like

The Loch Fyne brand has always conjured up wonderful images of high quality, fresh Scottish produce in my mind so I had always assumed that dining in one of their restaurants would be a wholesome, robust and tasty affair – oh the folly of assumption! (will I never learn?!) Being the opposite end of town, […]

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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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