Our latest review is of the fabulous Yamato in Edinburgh. If you are looking to try something a little different in February, but you’re a little unsure about Japanese food, this handy guide will hopefully persuade you to give it a try…
Edinburgh locals looking to go meat or dairy free as a New Year resolution are being supported to kick start their diet, thanks to two courses at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS), including a new vegan course.
The school – which offers professional cookery training, leisure courses and group hospitality experiences – has introduced a vegan cookery course alongside its popular vegetarian one, to help those looking to make long-term dietary changes in 2019.
With a large rise in people turning to a plant based diet, the vegan course focuses on ensuring new vegans have a good base knowledge of the nutrition required to maintain a healthy body. Attendees will learn a selection of recipes and techniques to prevent the diet becoming boring, including how to make tofu, mocha brownies and a classic, egg free mayonnaise.
The vegetarian course is aimed at people who are new to the diet, those who have been following it for a while but who would like new ideas, or those who are cooking for vegetarians and in need of inspiration. Attendees on this full day course make dishes in the morning such as spring quinoa salad, Malaysian vegetarian laksa and mushroom pithivier, which are then enjoyed for lunch in the afternoon.
ENTCS is a professional cookery school based in Edinburgh’s New Town. The school was founded by Fiona Burrell, formerly Principal of Leith’s School of Food and Wine. She began her career in Edinburgh and has been teaching professional cookery courses for thirty years. With courses on offer from one day tasters for amateurs, to six month professional courses, many graduates have gone on to work in some the UK’s top kitchens.
The vegan course runs in March and the vegetarian in April. Further information on Edinburgh New Town Cookery School and the full calendar of courses is available at www.entcs.co.uk.
Harvey Nichols is launching its much loved Winter Dining Menu to help customers rid themselves of winter blues this January. The exclusive menu offers customers three courses and a cocktail for £22, available from 2nd January until 28th February 2019, excluding 14th February.
Created using seasonal ingredients sourced regionally, each menu is bespoke to its location and features three starters, three mains and three desserts. At Harvey Nichols Edinburgh in the Forth Floor Brasserie, (see what they did there…) guests can choose mouth-watering dishes such as spiced pumpkin soup with maple crème fraiche, toasted pumpkin seeds and smoked paprika oil to start, followed by pan-fired North Sea hake with saffron risotto and semi-dried cherry tomatoes, and a chocolate fondant with a blood-orange sorbet and sugared almonds to finish. To round off the meal, customers who dine with this menu can choose between two cocktails, a ‘Paloma’ made with Patrón Silver Tequila, pink grapefruit juice, agave syrup and London Essence Soda Water, or a ‘Vanilla Swing’ made with Grey Goose La Vanille Vodka, Cartron Vanilla Liqueur, orange juice and lemonade.
Visitors to the Forth Floor Restaurant can dine on a three course Winter Dining Menu for £35, along with a complimentary Paloma or Vanilla Swing cocktail. Highlights from the Restaurant menu include pan-fried red mullet with candied fennel, compressed melon and cucumber salad, braised silver side Scotch beef with Yorkshire pudding, celeriac cream, glazed baby carrots and watercress, and chocolate tart with blue cheese and candied walnut ice cream.
The Winter Dining menu will be available from the Forth Floor Brasserie and Restaurant at Edinburgh from Wednesday 2nd January until Thursday 28th February 2019, excluding 14th February.
Winter Dining will also be on offer at Harvey Nichols hospitality sites in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London and Manchester should you off visiting.
For further information on Harvey Nichols see harveynichols.com
Possibly one of Edinburgh’s most anticipated restaurant openings, The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage opened on November 24th. It’s the first ever restaurant on Calton Hill, and one that promises diners breath-taking views across the Firth of Forth and the city skyline.
Built on a cantilever so the restaurant is partially suspended over Calton Hill’s northwest slope, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 5 days a week, offering an approachable, relaxed dining experience.
The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is the third Edinburgh venture from chef director Dale Mailley who opened The Gardener’s Cottage in 2012 and Leith bakery Quay Commons in 2017.
The lunch and dinner menu is centred on inventive seasonal dishes like cured sea trout with scurvy grass, malted rabbit and hare yakitori, halibut with cauliflower and sea purslane, salt baked turnip and walnuts, and The Snowman - a baked Alaska with barley, fig and ginger.
A buffet-style breakfast featuring pastries and bread from Quay Commons, as well as locally-cured meats, smoked fish, home-made granola and jams, British cheeses, eggs and fruit is served from 10am.
The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is a partnership with Collective, the organisation that has redeveloped the City Observatory site on Calton Hill into a new home for contemporary art. As well as the purpose-built restaurant, the world-class development incorporates the restored City Observatory and City Dome, along with new purpose-built exhibition space The Hillside.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-9.30pm.
Calling all lager lovers, IPA aficionados, porter experts and craft connoisseurs: the Craft Beer Experience is coming to Edinburgh 15th – 17th November. The Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience promises to be a truly immersive beer event, taking over all three floors of the Assembly Roxy on Roxburgh Place to bring you a taste of the very best beers from Scotland, the UK and Europe.
The Craft Beer Experience will run for five sessions over the three days with beers from over 20 breweries for visitors to taste, with some beers appearing in Scottish taps for the very first time. This event isn’t just for the beer geeks though, it’s for everyone who’s ever enjoyed a cold one at the end of the day.
Scotland has a long history of brewing beer, and the Assembly’s Main Hall will be a celebration of that 5,000 year tradition, with food and drink coming from some of Scotland’s best producers. The majestic columns of the Main Hall will be interspersed with 13 craft breweries from Edinburgh’s doorstep and beyond. From Edinburgh and Leith will be the unfiltered offerings of Pilot, and just beyond the bypass, braw seasonal stylings from Cross Borders in Dalkeith. Looking past the Lothians, 71 Brewing will be representing Dundee, with larger brewers Tempest and Six Degrees North also bringing bars. Completing the line-up from Scotland will be Alechemy, Barneys, Brew Toon, Fallen, Stewart Brewing, Top Out and more.
Also in the Main Hall, to line the stomach, there will be a range of traditional and not so traditional nourishing Scottish fare from Jarvis Pickle, Aye Love Real Food and Lost Bothy; and representing the other side of Scotland’s drinking habit; Musselburgh based Hickory Bars will be serving cocktails from its Botanical Garden Bar, with a drinks list showcasing the very best of Scottish craft spirits and the country’s distilling credentials.
Downstairs and in the venue’s atmospheric Snug Bar, the rest of Britain’s best breweries will be on show. From the North England will be Northern Monk and Magic Rock Brewery, with The Kernel and Camden Town Brewery representing London and the South. Tiny Rebel will represent Wales, with Boundary flying the flag for Northern Ireland. London based Cidersmith’s Cider will also be available. The seven breweries will make their own mark on the space, bringing classic pub games for entertainment including a pub quiz during each session. Behind the bar and Scottish drinkers will be able to taste beers they never have before, with brews making their way north of the border for the first time.
Next door to the Snug Bar in the Basement Theatres, drinkers will be able to enjoy a full programme of beer themed workshops and masterclasses. Visitors will experience beer in a different way with tasting notes and food pairings; get to know the men and women behind the cask with meet the brewer sessions; and even start their own brewing journey with home brew masterclasses. Seating in these events will be limited, and on a first come first served basis so guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Travelling the stone staircase to the Upper Theatre will take you to two of Europe’s most prestigious brewing countries. Belgium will show off distinctive Lambic style breweries, pouring beers from Belgium’s oldest Lambic brewery, Timmermans; and Germany will bring the Zeitgeist Bar, pouring three traditional German brews, including Fruh, Uerige, and the distinctive smoked 15th century Schlenkerla. As with the Snug Bar downstairs, the brewers will be bringing their own Belgian touch to the Upstairs Theatre to complete the experience.
The Craft Beer Experience has been developed by one of the passionate team who created the Craft Beer Revolution in previous years.
Across the three day event brewers from Scotland will be put to the test in Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience’s ReplicAle contest; a tournament of taste where brewers must create their own beer using ingredients provided by Scottish Maltster Bairds Malt in a brilliant display of the versatility of the drink and its creators. Beers will be judged in a blind tasting on flavour and aroma, and tested for its ABV and measured against the IBU scale, an international scale of bitterness in beer, to find the best balanced brew.
As well as some of the best beers from around the globe, the stone halls of the Assembly Roxy will be filled with the musical styling of local DJs, Two Guys, aka Ross Tolley and Craig West.
The Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience will run for five sessions between Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th November at Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU. Tickets include a specially designed schooner glass, a token towards your first beer, a full programme of events and brewers, as well as access to the demonstrations and masterclasses.
Sessions and masterclasses
5:30pm - 11pm £12
6.30pm - Scottish Craft Brewers Introduction to home-brewing
7.30pm - Meet and Taste Top Out Brewing
8.30pm – Meet and Taste Stewarts Brewing
Noon - 4:30pm £8
1.45pm - Scottish Craft Brewers Introduction to home-brewing
2.45pm - Taste six different beers with Beer 52's beer sommelier
3.45pm - Meet and Taste 71 Brewing
6pm - 11pm £14
6.30pm - Taste six different beers with Beer 52'sbeer sommelier
7.30pm - Scottish Craft Brewers Introduction to home-brewing
8.30pm - Timmermans - A journey into Lambic with Edward Martin
Noon - 5pm £14
12.45pm - Meet & Taste Heroes Vodka
1.45pm - Taste unique brews from a collaboration between Tiny Rebel and Flavourly
2.45pm - Meet and Taste St Andrews Brewing
6pm - 11pm £14
6.30pm – Meet and Taste Heroes Vodka
7.30pm - A journey into German beer with Joe Dick
8.30pm - Meet and Taste Barneys Beer
Tickets from craftbeerexperience.co.uk
east PIZZAS are very excited to launch their new autumn menu. The menu features some of the best produce Scotland has to offer. There are no gimmicks, just high quality fresh, organic and local ingredients.
Their sourdough base is made of water, flour, and some naturally occurring yeast. Using quality Scottish ingredients from the following local suppliers they create Scottish sourdough pizzas:
• Kedar Cheese Company
• Peelham Organic Farm
• Phantassies Organic Produce
• Secret Herb Garden
• East Coast Cured
• Great Glen Charcuterie
• Aye Pickled East Coast Organics
The result is some pretty good looking pizza I'm sure you'll agree!
SOURDOUGH PIZZAS 10”
1. House marg £6.75 (V)
2. Olives, capers, chilli and basil £7.25(vegan)
3. Goats cheese, smoked tomatoes and salad £9(V)
4. Nduja, smoked mozzarella, cream and chilli £9.50
5. Chorizo, smoked mozzarella and oregano £9.50
6. Venison salami, Lanark Blue and caremalised onions £10
7. Spiced lamb salami, salsa verde, anchovy and goats cheese £11
8. Pancetta, Barwheys cheddar, cream, red onion, potato and rosemary £9.50
9. Truffle salami, mascapone, mozzarella, rosemary and garlic £11
10. Cherry tomatoes, stracciatella, mozzarella and basil £9 (V)
Gluten free option – a chickpea pancake base*
To book a table please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 629 2430
Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday 5pm to late; Friday to Sunday 12 noon to late
east PIZZAS: 7 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JA @eastpizzas www.eastpizzas.com
Tweed Kettle on the Menu at St Andrews Brewing Co. Potterrow
For people living in Edinburgh in the 19th Century, Tweed Kettle would have been a staple dish. Allegedly brought to the city by a Kelso woman for her modest eatery, the dish became popular at ale houses as well as being sold on the streets of Edinburgh. From this week, St Andrews Brewing Co. Potterrow are serving a revitalised version of the dish as part of their new menu.
Tweed Kettle was a cheap and nutritious wild salmon dish made with foraged ingredients including lovage, sorrel, mace, potatoes, turnip and butter cooked together in a fish kettle and served a little like a soup or a pie filling. Chef James has refined the presentation, using the lovage and sorrel as a crust for the baked fish, and adding a splash of cream, some chanterelles and fresh peas for extra layers of texture and flavour.
St Andrews Brewing Co. Potterrow opened last year. It’s the second pub from the Fife-based brewery that recently revealed plans to open its fifth in Dundee this November - which at 8,000 square feet, will be one of Scotland’s largest craft beer bars.
At the frontline of modern Scottish hospitality brands, the company aims to create a new generation of welcoming bars that serve the best Scottish beer, gin and whiskies alongside a menu that celebrates the wonderful produce available in Scotland.
St Andrews Brewing Company Potterrow
32-34 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT
Tel. 0131 662 9788
Edinburgh Cocktail Week Reveal Over 80 Signature Cocktails and Full Programme of Events, Parties and Masterclasses Ahead of Next Month’s Festival
A Whisky Escape Room challenge, over participating 80 bars, a new Cocktail Village, a hidden Masterclass Hub, a Pornstar Martini Party, and distillery tours are just some of the highlights you can look forward to hopping between at next month’s Edinburgh Cocktail Week, 15th – 21st October, as they reveal their full programme of events and 82 signature cocktails.
Over 80 bars across the capital are taking part in this year’s Edinburgh Cocktail Week (30 more than last year) including Harvey Nichols, Tigerlily, Dragonfly, The Voyage of Buck, The Voodoo Rooms and The Grand Café, with each bar designing a unique Signature Cocktail which can be enjoyed for just £4 each with an ECW wristband - £6 for a weekday band (valid Monday to Friday) and £8 for a weekend band (valid Saturday and Sunday).
This year’s expanded format also sees the introduction of a new Cocktail Village at Festival Square, which is free to enter with a wristband. Enclosed within a marquee, the Cocktail Village will act as the social hub of the week-long cocktail celebrations, where attendees can meet up with friends and catch up over £4 cocktails from 15 pop-up bars such as Edinburgh Gin, Grey Goose Vodka, St-Germain, Johnnie Walker, Rumbullion Rum, Belvedere Vodka and Poco Prosecco, plus a very special ‘Golden Ticket’ themed bar from The Pop Up Geeks. As well as lots of cocktails to try, there will also be live music, DJs and drop-in style masterclasses and tastings to keep revellers entertained.
Between sipping, sampling and socialising around the bars and Cocktail Village, there is also a programme of events, masterclasses and parties for wristband-holders to attend throughout the week, kicking off with a Pornstar Martini Party hosted by Absolut Vodka at 4042, Edinburgh’s newest late-night venue. Partying continues throughout the week as Altos Tequila host a sleepover themed party at Tonic with a menu of £4 ‘Agave Dream’ inspired cocktails to choose from. Entry to both events are free on a first-come basis and tables can be booked in advance by contacting each venue directly.
Thrill-seeking wristband-holders are invited to join Chivas Regal for a whisky themed Escape Room at Nightcap. Designed for both experienced and amateur whisky drinkers, attendees must use their senses to guide themselves through a labyrinth of flavour, collecting whisky along the way to unlock and create their own personalised blend at the end of the challenge, before enjoying a complimentary cocktail in the Nightcap Lounge.
Another exciting addition this year is 'The Secret Spirits Study' pop-up on Queen Street – a masterclass hub by day and underground bar by night, hosted by Wemyss Malts and Darnley's Gin. Those eager to sample and get creative can look forward to experiential masterclasses such as ‘Mixed Drinks Through the Ages’ which explores the past, present and future of cocktails through sampling and hands-on cocktail-making. Or take ‘A Liquid Journey’ and sample six botanical spirits to discover how they react with one another to form the award-winning Darnley’s Gin range, while ‘The Secret to Blending Whisky’ masterclasses take pupils on a laboratory style flavour tasting before crafting a personalised blend to take home. In the evening The Secret Spirits Study will transform into a hidden cocktail bar with a programme of bar takeovers with mixologists from across Scotland showcasing their skills to create £4 cocktails for wristband-holders to imbibe on in the lounge or underground bothy.
If a break from cocktails is needed, festival-goers can head along to The Empress of Broughton Street for a beer & whiskey pairing with Jameson Whiskey and local craft brewers Barney’s Beer, or be the first to take a tour of the Sweetdram distillery as it opens for the first time, exclusively for wristband-holders. Tour tickets cost £4 each and include samples of Sweetdram’s Escubac (described specifically as not a gin) and their Smoked Spiced Rum.
Local gin producers Pickering’s Gin are also joining in the cocktail debauchery with a collaboration with Brewhemia for a whirlwind week of food & gin pairings, ‘How to at Home’ cocktail classes featuring Pickering’s new Pink Grapefruit & Lemongrass Liqueur, plus tastings and competitions with co-founders Marcus Pickering and Matthew Gammell in the Brewhemia Boudoir.
And the fun and benefits of an ECW wristband don’t end there: wristband-holders can also enjoy a complimentary cocktail with beauty treatments at NOW by One Spa; promotions at the Official ECW Bottle Shops, Royal Mile Whiskies and Drink Monger; 50% off a ride with mytaxi; and free entry before midnight to Edinburgh’s top late-night venues Lulu, 4042 and Shanghai – visit the ECW website for T&Cs.
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Sonder is an open plan kitchen / dining experience, serving modern European dishes.
This is the first permanent restaurant for owner Trisha McCrae, who previously Co-founded One Star House Party, which saw her take 6 chefs around the world for 2 years, building 20 very different pop-up restaurants in 20 different countries, one of which was a 10 day hike to Mount Everest base camp to build a 1 day only restaurant.
Head Chef Paul Graham, who joined One Star House Party in their final year, has previously worked at Number One in Edinburgh, along with a stint at Gordon Ramsay's Hospital Road.
The menu they have created uses local Scottish ingredients where possible, and has been split into sections > Garden, Sea and Land which are served as medium sized dishes, recommending 2-3 per person.
Open Wednesday - Sunday 12-2.30pm / 5-10pm
74-78 South Clerk Street
Edinburgh, United Kingdom EH8 9PT
TEL. 0131 667 7032
Refreshing gin cocktails, al fresco dining and a chilled retreat from the city heat ….all are on the menu as guests are welcomed back to the Caorunn Summer Garden at Hotel Du Vin.
This beautifully handcrafted Scottish gin has taken over the Hotel Du Vin Courtyard, hidden away on Bristo Place, transforming it into a cool outdoor oasis – complete with a brand new menu of delicious Caorunn Gin cocktails designed for sipping in the warmer weather.
Open from 11am until 11pm every day until mid-September, guests can lounge in the relaxing courtyard space and enjoy drinks from Caorunn’s beautiful apple-strewn wooden bar, as well as a menu of sandwiches, grilled dishes and light bites from the Hotel du Vin kitchen.
Caorunn’s classic ‘G&T’ made with Fever Tree Tonic and slices of red apple, served over ice, will be in high demand, alongside five picture-perfect cocktails created by Hotel Du Vin’s head Bartender to suit every taste.
Expertly mixed using fresh summery flavours such as elderflower, apple, violet and citrus, each cocktail has been designed to complement Caorunn’s clean, crisp, aromatic notes and is served with an adornment of beautiful fruits and flowers.
Blossom Tree – an exotic blend of Caorunn Gin, elderflower cordial, plum sake, lemon juice, Crème de Mure and soda water
Apple & Ginger – a classic combination, mixing Caorunn Gin with the sweet spicy notes of ginger syrup and fresh apple juice
Violet Lemonade – the sparkling refreshment of homemade lemonade, with Caorunn Gin and a dash of Crème de violette
Frozen Apple Blush – an iced zesty option for a hot day! Caorunn Gin with pressed apple juice and lemon juice, delicately sweetened with gomme syrup
Frozen Citrus Cup – another iced option, this time blending Caorunn Gin, Campari, fresh lemon, orange juice and gomme syrup
Scattered with Caorunn cushions and cosy fleece blankets for cooler evenings, the Caorunn Summer Garden will also serve up a programme of live acoustic music, entertainment and barbecue evenings over the summer months.
Caorunn Summer Garden, Hotel Du Vin, 11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm every day. Entry is free, booking not required.
www.caorunngin.com / @CaorunnGin
Last month at 85 South Bridge, Edinburgh - Mono restaurant opened, focussing on creating a complete experience. In doing so, the restaurant aim to highlight the relationship between raw nature, the ingredients and their cultural history.
The research lab is directed by Michelin star experienced Chef Zielinski, alongside Italian foodie Joseph Crolla and his sensational team. You can expect to encounter a multi-sensory experience; visual, textual, sound, and all kinds of stimuli, as well as a good dose of contemporary classic synthesis on what they love most: Food.
Simplistic and natural interiors, complementing the effortless and fresh cuisine that follows the roots of culinary principles in Italy: excellent quality ingredients, honest cooking and the belief that food is culture.
Their aim: to deliver tasty Italian food with a progressive approach; locally sourced foods, prepared with modern Italian flare. No muss, no fuss. Simplicity with quality comes first, beneath lies only great expectations. All this research combines to create – Mono
85 South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1HN
Our review of the Grand Cafe at the Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh is now live on the website here.
As a wee bit of fun you'll find fourteen newspaper titles in the article, let us know in the coments if you find them all...!
Edinburgh Cocktail Week have announced their plans for this year’s event, Monday 15th – Sunday 21st October, which include a huge 750 square meter ‘Cocktail Village’ at Festival Square on Lothian Road, a 'Secret Spirits Study' masterclass hub & bar on Queens Street, over 80 of the city’s favourite cocktail bars, and a week-long program of events & parties across the capital.
The growth of the festival from 3 to 7 days follows the popularity of last year’s inaugural Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend.
Just like last year, all signature cocktails featured during the event are available to wristbands-holders for £4 each, with wristbands priced at £6 for a weekday band (valid Monday to Friday) and £8 for a weekend band (valid Saturday and Sunday).
The Cocktail Village is free to enter for wristband-holders and will be the epicentre of this year’s festival, where festivalgoers will collect their wristbands and free copy of the ECW Guide before enjoying £4 signature cocktails from 15 bespoke pop-up bars such as Edinburgh Gin, Belvedere Vodka, Jameson Whiskey, Ableforth’s Gin, Altos Tequila, Smokehead Whisky, Rock Rose Gin and many more. Giant trees, picnic tables, live music and DJs, grass flooring and potted plants, festoon lighting, heaters and a clear roof skylight will create an outdoor festival atmosphere for festivalgoers to hangout with friends and socialise with fellow cocktail enthusiasts in before setting off on their cocktail adventure around the city. The Cocktail Village is delivered in partnership with Purvis Marquee Hire Scotland.
The number of cocktail bars taking part in the event is also increasing from 50 to over 80 including Harvey Nichols, Baba, The Voyage of Buck (recent winner of Scotland’s Most Stylish Cocktail Bar), Black Ivy, The Permit Room at Dishoom, Tigerlily, Finn & Bear, The Printing Press, Miss Woo's, The Refinery and Tonic, stretching further across the city as far as Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry. This expansion follows organisers’ plans to create clusters of bars in more residential areas – Leith, Stockbridge, Broughton and Bruntsfield – spreading footfall and allowing wristband-holders to experience Edinburgh Cocktail Week without having to travel into the city centre.
Another exciting addition to this year’s event is 'The Secret Spirits Study' pop-up on Queens Street, hosted by Wemyss Malts and Darnley’s Gin. The exact location is being kept a closely guarded secret just now, but wristband-holders can look forward to a program of cocktail making, gin and whisky masterclasses during the day where they will sample and learn how to create classic cocktails or their own gin or blended whisky before getting hands-on to shake-up their own creation to bottle and take home. Masterclasses are one hour long and attendees are invited to stay afterwards to enjoy £4 signature cocktails from the bar. In the evening the venue will become an underground cocktail bar with a program of bar takeovers from top bartenders from across Scotland, who will showcase their skills and create a menu of signature cocktails for wristband-holders to enjoy in the lounge or underground arched bothy. Tickets for masterclasses and evening sessions will be on sale from September, with the secret location only being revealed to ticket-holders.
There will also be a program of events and parties throughout the week as brands and bars collaborate to host exclusive brand residency evenings across the city. Expect mini masterclasses, vibrant DJ sets, industry experts, free merch and some fancy cocktail flairing as brand ambassadors and local mixologists unite to shake, stir & strain a repertoire of creative cocktails. Tickets for events and parties go on sale in September, priced at £4 each and include a welcome signature serve.
A new ‘Official Bottle Shop’ partnership with Royal Mile Whiskies and Drinkmonger in Bruntsfield, offers wristband-holders exclusive discounts during and after the event – perfect for those looking to buy a bottle of their favourite brand they discovered during Edinburgh Cocktail Week, stock up on gifts for Christmas, or recreate signature cocktails at home. Royal Mile Whiskies are also the official on-trade supplier to participating bars.
And the benefits of an ECW wristband don’t end there: wristband-holders can also enjoy free entry before midnight to top late night venues including Opal Lounge, Shanghai, Lulu, and Edinburgh’s latest edition 4042, plus additional perks on dining, retail and beauty during the event.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week are proud to support Maggie’s Edinburgh as their official 2018 charity partner and hope to raise £2400 - the daily cost for Maggie’s to provide free support to people affected by cancer - by offering attendees the option to donate between £1 and £5 when purchasing wristbands online.
On sale now at www.edinburghcocktailweek.co.uk
Weekday (valid Monday – Friday) - £6
Weekend (valid Saturday & Sunday) - £8
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Rock Rose Gin
Royal Mile Whiskies
Purvis Marquees Hire Scotland
Cocktail Village illustration by Lydia Bourhill Illustration
I'm sure many of you would agree, asta and wine is a match made in heaven. And from Friday 30th March, Quay Commons in Leith will be serving up a tempting menu of seasonal pasta dishes with incredible wines to match.
The bakery and cafe will be opening its doors on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner that promises to be relaxed, friendly and affordable.
Owner and chef Dale Mailley said:
Dale, who also operates The Gardener’s Cottage with business partner Ed Murray, has developed the evening menu to be adaptable to the seasons with dishes including Newhaven crab tagliatelle and pappardelle with mutton and tomato ragu being served during the launch period.
Situated on Commercial Street in an old bonded warehouse, Quay Commons operates 7-days a week as a bakery and cafe, as well as supplying numerous Edinburgh businesses with sourdough bread, cakes and pastries, distributed in their zero-emissions electric van.
There’s also a daily selection of organic fruit and vegetables for sale, found in the covered archway leading to the door, and an array of wines and spirits for guests to take home and enjoy.
Outside seating behind the building means morning coffee-drinkers and evening pasta-eaters alike can enjoy some fresh air when the weather allows.
92 Commercial Quay
Edinburgh EH6 6LX
Tel: 0131 677 0244
Reopening of refurbished North Bridge venue confirmed for early summer 2018
Well that is our spring break over and the SFR team is renewed and refreshed after a busy winter. We have sifted through the piles of emails (which someone forgot to put the Out of Office on) and found some truly wonderful news of openings and developments in the Scottish food and restaurant arena to look forward to as the days grow lighter and the rain a little warmer.
On of our favourites is definitely the news that the wonderful North Bridge located Scotsman building is about to have it's old Advertising Hall re-invigorated as an exciting new addition to Edinburgh's vibrant restaurant scene, with an independent dining and drinking venue set to open this summer.
Hotly tipped Scottish chef and Masterchef: The Professionals knockout week finalist Chris Niven has been unveiled as Executive Head Chef of The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar. Chris is currently building his team and developing a delicious, accessible all-day menu, which will showcase his love of vibrant dishes with bold flavours, made with the best seasonal Scottish produce.
The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar will open its doors to guests after an extensive restoration, which will bring the beauty and traditional features of this historic Old Town building – opened in 1905 as the home of Scotsman newspapers - into the modern age.
Details of the interior design and menus are still under wraps, however the new venue promises to mix the historic past of its setting with the buzz of a vibrant contemporary café and bar. Chris is building a fifteen-strong kitchen team to help him craft unpretentious dishes which will take diners from early morning breakfasts and coffees through lunches, afternoon teas, dinners and all the way to late night cocktails and drams.
The ambitious Dundee-born chef (34) is a champion of carefully sourced Scottish ingredients and of the local Scottish restaurant scene. He is proud to have been mentored by some of Scotland’s best chefs in award-winning kitchens up and down the country throughout his career.
Having trained in Professional Cookery at Dundee College, Chris followed his passion for food with junior positions at a number of local hotels and restaurants before heading to St Andrews to work in the kitchens of the Golf Hotel, The Old Course Hotel and The Adamson.
He gained experience of menu development as Senior Sous Chef for the opening of Malmaison Dundee, before moving back to St Andrews for a spell at the two rosette restaurant at Rufflets Hotel. Chris then moved to Edinburgh to the renowned Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club as Executive Sous Chef, where he was in charge of two restaurants and up to 500 breakfasts each day. Latterly he has been Head Chef of the Printing Press Bar & Kitchen in Edinburgh’s George Street. During his tenure there, he progressed to the final stages of the 2017 Masterchef: The Professionals TV competition – an experience he describes as ‘stressful but incredible’- given he was cooking for some of his culinary heroes including Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti.
Commenting on this latest challenge, Chris said:
Joining Chris at The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar will be Kenny Arnott, who takes up the role of General Manager. Full plans for the launch will be unveiled in the coming weeks, as work continues behind the scenes to lovingly bring this former Scotsman public office back to life and we certainly can't wait to hear more as things progress!
That's the first weekend of the Six Nations over. Although things didn't quite go the way we would have wanted, what a cracker it's been.
If you are already looking forward to next weekend, how about combining the rugby, with some of the best Scotland has to offer - all in the wonderful, and rarely open to the public Signet Library. Situated right on the Royal Mile, it is the venue for a celebration of the best of all that is Scottish - Culture, Entertainment, Craft, Food & Drink.
On the weekend of the 10th & 11th February the library will be hosting carefully curated list of some of Scotland's finest food and drink producers mixed with amazing Scottish craft designers and entertainers. The culinary creations of the likes of ‘Scoff’ and ‘Pies from the Jarvis Pickle Kitchen’ will be alongside liquid luminaries such as ‘Thistly Cross Cider’,‘Stewart Brewing’ and the ‘Scotch Malt Whisky Society’. There will also be various artisan craft traders selling a range of Scottish products, all accompanied by some traditional Scottish entertainment. All this and the Rugby game on a 4x3m screen or the pre game session on Sunday from 11am to 1h30 with transfer to Murrayfield by bus.
There are four separate sessions to choose from:
Saturday 10th February - 1300-1600
Saturday 10th February - 1630-1930 - SOLD OUT
Sunday 11th February - 1100-1400
Sunday 11th February - 1400-1730 - SOLD OUT
For more information head on over to: http://www.scottishfanfest.com/
If you fancy the chance to win two tickets to the Sunday afternoon session, check out our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/ScottishFoodReview
BRAZILIAN RODIZIO BAR & GRILL TO OPEN ON GEORGE STREET ON FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
Independent restaurant operators City District Group, founders of Fazenda Bar & Grill, have announced they will open their Edinburgh doors on Friday 23rd February.
A £2m refurbishment of the 7000 sq ft site on George Street will include 175 covers incorporating a bar of 40 covers, plus a private dining room with seating for 8 guests. The interiors feature banquette seating in tan leather upholstery with Brazilian flourishes reflected in the golden glow of traditional-style chandeliers. Wine is prominently displayed throughout restaurant, with dramatic displays forming a central theme.
The authentic gaúcho dining experience embraces rodizio, a unique Brazilian way of serving a variety of grilled meats carved at the table. For a set price, successions of prime cuts are served including chicken, lamb, pork and beef. A highlight is Fazenda’s signature picanha offering- a juicy, tender and flavourful cut from the cap of the rump, popular in Brazil. Fazenda ensures the experience is easy and enjoyable by allowing diners to eat at their own pace via a start/stop signalling system on every table.
Diners are also invited to visit Fazenda’s outstanding gourmet sides bar offering an extensive selection of salads, sushi, smoked salmon, fresh cut vegetables, cured meats, traditional Brazilian dishes, and more.
Wine is also a key ingredient of the Fazenda experience, with a carefully-curated wine list offering diners a perfect accompaniment to every cut of meat. Fazenda offers a selection of award-wining wines with a focus on South America, but also including some of the great players from the old world, ensuring guests experience a culinary journey they will not forget.
102 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 3DF