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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sky Garden Bar, London - the bar to visit this Summer for delicious drinks

Now that summer has finally arrived we thought you might be interested in Sky Garden Bar, London which will be serving the following cocktails, which have been created especially for the summer:

Bloomsbury Cocktail - £13

  • Rhubarb infused BLOOM Gin
  • rhubarb liqueur and lime
  • topped with apricot foam
Opihr Gin Journey - £11.50
  • Opihr London Dry gin infused with cubeb from Indonesia, black pepper from India and Moroccan coriander for a uniquely spicy flavour
  • Garnished with physalis, herbal tonic and smoked grains of paradise on cassia bark
Berkeley Square Martini - Approx. £13
Thomas Dakin G&T - £10.50 plus tonic
  • 50ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • Tonic of your choice
  • Garnish with orange peel garnish
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Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF, contact number: 0207 337 2344, is a slick bar with stunning views over London and a great location to celebrate the summer.


Galvin Brasserie De Luxe to Launch Oyster Happy Hour

Oyster-lovers will love the new oyster happy hour at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. Modelled on a classic French bistro, the bustling dining room’s central seafood bar will start offering deliciously fresh oysters for £1 a shuck every weekday between 6 and 7pm.

Take a seat at the bar and relax with a selection of fresh oysters served on ice with accompanying shallot vinegar, lemon and tabasco. Simply divine with a glass of Galvin champagne, selected by Michelin-starred chef patrons Chris and Jeff Galvin. But equally delicious with a cocktail.

Available Monday-Friday 6-7pm from Monday 3rd July.

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

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Whyte & Mackay Put Rugby Fans to the Lion Detector Test

Whyte & Mackay are calling for rugby fans to prove they’re smooth enough to support the British & Irish Lions as the squad heads towards their first clash with the All Blacks in New Zealand this weekend.

Normally rival players, the Lions squad put their differences aside for the duration of the tour every four years. As official suppliers to the team, Whyte & Mackay are challenging fans to do the same by passing a Lion Detector test in the world’s smallest travelling rugby stadium that will roar to life this weekend.

A specially converted trailer, fans will step inside the mini rugby stadium to be greeted by a referee. The ref will challenge them to pull on an unusual scrumcap fixed to a lie detector test that will ask them a series of fun questions to prove whether they’re a Lion or Lyin’.

The Lion Detector will visit partner Belhaven bars, The Old School House in Glasgow and The Merlin Roadhouse in Edinburgh over the next three weekends. Everyone that takes part will also have a chance to win an exclusive official signed Lions team jersey as well as receiving a free dram of Whyte & Mackay (terms and conditions apply.)

Former British & Irish Lions and Scotland player Gordon Bulloch (75 caps for Scotland and 2 Lions Tours), who was first to sit the Lion Detector Test today said: “I’m happy to say I passed the Whyte & Mackay Lion Detector Test, so I’m ready to support the lads as they continue their Tour of New Zealand. As a former Lions player myself I know the team can blend together as one; now it's the time of the fans to be put to the test and prove their smooth enough to be a True Lion!'

Award-winning comedians, Link and Lorne will be the first of the ‘Lion Detector referees’ to put people through their paces this weekend. As well as rugby fans at the bar, they’ll also test sporting names including Gemma Gibbons (Olympic Judo Silver medalist) and Michael Jamieson (Olympic Swimming silver medalist.)

The duo shared their excitement, "The best things come in pairs. Link and Lorne. Whyte and Mackay. The British and Irish. Don’t make us yellow card you. Show us you’re our mane man! Mon the Lions!”

Join us for a dram at the Lion Detector at:

The Old School House, 287-315 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG

Thursday 22nd June 6.30pm – 9pm - with Link and Lorne

Friday 23rd June 4pm – 8pm

Saturday 24th June 2pm – 7pm

Thursday 6th July 6pm – 9pm

Friday 7th July 4pm – 8pm

Saturday 8th July 2pm – 7pm - with Link and Lorne

The Merlin Roadhouse, 168 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4PU

Thursday 29th June 6pm – 9pm

Friday 30th June 4pm – 8pm

Saturday 1st July 2pm – 7pm - with Link and Lorne

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Sushi & Japanese Street Food YO! To Open New Glasgow Central Flagship

Commitment to the city and to Scotland reinforced as iconic brand celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017

GLASGOW, June, 2017 – YO!, the UK’s most famed Japanese food operator, is returning to Glasgow city centre with a new flagship 72-cover restaurant launching Thursday 29th June.

Located at 85 West George Street, the wildly popular brand will open the doors to YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL in a historic listed building on one of the city’s most prominent corner sites, positioned on a prime apex of the golden ‘z’ adjacent to Buchanan Street, in what promises to be a hugely welcome return to the heart of Scotland’s largest city.

Culinary pleasure seekers can expect a perfect mix of YO! classics and newly curated dishes at YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL including hot favourites such as Katsu Curry, Ramen & Miso, Yakisoba, Chahan, Teriyaki, Gyoza and Tempura, and delicious hand made cold Nigiri, Temaki, Sashimi, Rolls and Fresh Salads. What’s more, in keeping with Glasgow’s ‘UK’s Most Vegan Friendly City’ status there are an impressive 16 vegan and 33 vegetarian dishes.

To demonstrate its commitment to Scotland, YO! is delighted to be working with Scottish suppliers to source the best quality salmon fresh from the country’s shores. From July 2017 only Scottish salmon will be served in YO!’s 78 restaurants across the UK.

YO! is one of the only high street restaurants that freshly prepares its dishes on site, in open kitchens, and YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL will be a striking scene in which to enjoy its carefully curated menu.

With its instantly recognisable bold orange YO! branding – a full circle revert, in this landmark 20th year, to the original design of 1997 which featured the simple one word as the brand’s identity – YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL arrives high on cutting edge aesthetics.

Set within a prominent historic listed building, YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL retains, and indeed showcases, much of the original cast iron frames, both internally and externally. A striking new glass facade will overlook the bustling hub of Nelson Mandela Place along with a further glass impression running the length of the building on the West George Street adjacency, and leading to a bright welcoming main entrance.

Inside, YO!’s legendary Kaiten belt will frame the central theatre kitchen and snake around the entire restaurant, allowing customers to grab the fresh dishes from every seat. Elsewhere, standout design features carrying distinct Japanese references include a stunning Origami-inspired ceiling as well as ‘Shoji’ screen-inspired cladding to the internally illuminated belt.

A new To Go menu will also be available in YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL across both hot and cold dishes.

Commenting on the opening of Glasgow Central, YO! CEO, Robin Rowland OBE said,

“We are thrilled to confirm YO! is returning to Glasgow city centre.“

“More details will be revealed very soon but YO! fans can expect to enjoy exciting new food offerings, as well as all their popular favourites, enjoyed off YO!’s legendary signature conveyor belt, and set against a cutting-edge restaurant interior.

“YO! Glasgow Central will be a fitting statement for a city we have a fantastic history with, and we can’t wait to open our doors to customers on the 29th of June.”


• Founded in 1997, YO! was the first to bring the concept of a Japanese ‘kaiten’ sushi bar that delivered food via a conveyor belt to the UK.

• From July 2017, YO! will reinforce its commitment to Scotland by using only fresh Scottish salmon from reputable suppliers. These suppliers share the same concerns with regards to environmental issues and sustainability of at-risk species through over fishing and the subsequent depletion of certain fish.

• 2017 sees the restaurant group expand further into Glasgow, London, Canterbury, Worcester and New York.

• YO! serves over 6 million UK customers a year.

• YO! dishes are freshly prepared in its restaurants daily.

• YO! is the proud winner of the Best Vegan Curry category for its Tofu Katsu Curry at the PETA Vegan Food Awards 2015.

• YO! is privately owned by Mayfair Equity Partners and the YO! senior UK management team, which is led by Robin Rowland OBE.



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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stewart Brewing and Herriot-Watt Students Unite in a Common Cause

A new beer is being launched as part of a collaboration between leading Scottish craft brewer, Stewart Brewing, and Heriot-Watt University. The beer, called ‘Common Ancestor’, has been created by four masters students at the university’s International Centre for Brewing and Distilling.
Common Ancestor will launch at a special event on 29th June in Edinburgh. It was created as part of Natural Selection Brewing, a collaborative project which is now in its seventh year. Natural Selection Brewing brings four MSc Brewing and Distilling students to the Stewart Brewing brewery in Loanhead where they are tasked with trialling beer recipes, brewing 5000 litres of their chosen creation, branding their product and selling it across the UK. The project takes place each academic year and has a personal connection to Stewart Brewing as the company’s co-founder Steve Stewart graduated in Brewing and Distilling Science from Heriot Watt University in 1993.
This year’s beer is a 5.2% ABV California Common. The style originates from California in the 19th Century, and works well in cask and keg format. It will be distributed across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle and London in both these formats, as well as bottles.
Jo Stewart, Stewart Brewing co-founder, commented: “Natural Selection Brewing is a chance for selected MSc Brewing and Distilling students to employ their creativity and knowledge in brewing their own unique beer and selling it across the UK.
“We’re proud to be part of this collaborative project and offer our facilities for brewers of the future to produce a brand new Scottish craft beer. The results are always delicious so we encourage everyone to come along to the launch event to support the students’ endeavour and taste Common Ancestor for themselves.”
The launch event will take place on 29th June in OX184 on Cowgate, Edinburgh. It will be the first chance for the public to try Common Ancestor and will also feature leading beer writer, Roger Protz, as a guest speaker.
Two types of ticket are available for the event. A £12.50 ticket includes admission from 6pm, a talk by Roger Protz at 6:30pm and an evolution tasting demonstrating the development of this year’s beer. Alternatively a £7.50 ticket provides general admission to the event at 7.30pm. Both tickets include one pint of Common Ancestor, a commemorative glass and bar snacks.
Tickets are available to purchase from the Stewart Brewing website


Triple Tangerine Dream as Pickled Ginger Turns Two

Triple Tangerine Dream as Pickled Ginger Turns Two with a Tasting Menu, Ginger Cocktails and Ginger Party
Turning Japanese, Turning Japanese, I really think so…
Ginger cocktails and ginger dishes are on the cards this Thursday in the West End as Pickled Ginger restaurant celebrates its second anniversary with a Japanese ten dish tasting menu and masterclasses with Nikka Whisky.

From 6pm until late on Thursday, 22nd June, the restaurant has drawn inspiration from Tokyo to Osaka to craft a menu that celebrates Eastern culture and customer favourites since they opened their doors to Glasgow two years ago.

For £20pp, the tasting menu includes a selection of ten dishes including homemade pork gyoza dumplings, Yaki Sake - marinated Scottish salmon cuts in a Japanese fusion of spices and soy, and the traditional marinated sizzling beef and vegetables, with steamed rice, lettuce wraps, and Korean barbeque sauce.

Sushi lovers can take delight in the head chefs showcase selection which puts the spotlight on their most popular sushi – from their epic and Instagrammable volcano rolls, tasty spicy tuna, delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese. The menu also includes a cocktail made with Japanese whisky, Nikka whisky from the barrel, lemongrass, then finished and topped with the nation’s favourite ginger – Irn Bru. This will complement a refreshing and artful dessert of mango mochi.

Diners can also explore tastings with Nikka Whisky as the Speciality Brands ambassador, will be sharing the Nikka heritage from founder Masataka Taketsuru’ time at Glasgow University to setting up the first whisky distillery in Japan.

The tastings complement the impressive and somewhat rare selection of oriental whiskies available from the Pickled Ginger bar.

Speaking of the event, general manager Ross Smyth said

“Pickled Ginger is a vibrant, relaxed restaurant and bar where you can sample a real flavour of the Orient.

“We’ve been slowly building our Japanese collection of whiskies, spirits and cocktails and we’re going to be unveiling some new sips for our customers to sample.

“The tasting menu has an influence of Korean and Japanese dishes and we wanted to mark our birthday by letting our customers enjoy our bestselling dishes and drinks at a very special rate. It’s brilliant value and a great way for anyone who hasn’t been to Pickled Ginger before to try our delicious food and join in our birthday celebrations!”

To book a table for the evening, contact the restaurant directly on 0141 328 8941.

As part of their birthday celebrations, the restaurant is offering different dishes and cocktails at £6 each, every week throughout June and July.

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From the Garden to the Shore: Gardener's Cottage Announces Expansion

Edinburgh restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage, is expanding with the launch of a new premises – Quay Commons – in Leith.
Renowned for a focus on seasonality and experimentation, Gardener’s Cottage is considered one of the capital’s most coveted dining destinations.
Since launching in 2012, the restaurant has secured glowing reviews from revered food critics, Jay Rayner and AA Gill, and awards such as ‘Waitrose Good Food Guide Reader’s Restaurant of the Year’.
Occupying a former bonded warehouse at 92 Commercial Street, Quay Commons is an open plan bakery, with a bar and eating space where patrons can enjoy a daily market menu alongside bread, house-cured charcuterie and carefully selected wines.
Co-Founder and Chef Proprietor, Dale Mailley, comments: “We are humbled to be opening a sister restaurant to our much-loved, Gardener’s Cottage, and that Leith – an iconic part of Edinburgh with such a rich heritage of food – will be our home.
“As we get up and running in our new premises, we extend an invitation to all, to visit us for a coffee, a glass of wine or a slice of freshly baked sourdough.”