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Monday, 26 June 2017

Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates 4th of July with Freakshakes for One Week Only

Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow is getting set to celebrate its American roots with rockin’ plans this 4th of July. From Saturday 1st July to Sunday 9th July, Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow will be serving up Freakshakes especially for the occasion. These super-sized, utterly epic drinks will come filled to the brim with sweet goodness for one week only. The Cafe will undergo an all-American makeover with American themed decorations to authentically fit the occasion.
In honour of its American heritage, Hard Rock Cafe is giving milkshake lovers across Europe the chance to try the all-new Freakshake. A luscious vanilla flavoured milkshake laced with strawberry syrup and topped with pretzels, sweet popcorn, whipped cream and a wedge of chocolate brownie. A creamy, thick and cakey mash up of delectable joy served in a Hard Rock Mason Jar! Customers will also be treated to a soundtrack of the biggest and best Stateside artists, in a true celebration of the most famous American holiday.
For those going to see Green Day at Bellahouston Park on American Independence Day, celebrate with Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow before the show as DJ Jim Gellatly serves up a set inspired by the Californian punk rockers along with many more party anthems from across the pond.
What: Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates 4th July with Freakshakes
When: Saturday 1st of July to Sunday 9th July, 2017
Where: Hard Rock Cafe

Address: 179 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2JZ

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com

 

Edinburgh’s Maison Bleue launches Street Chic Food Menu

Edinburgh’s Maison Bleue launches Street Chic Food Menu

Stalwart family-run Maison Bleue brings tapas-style dishes back to the menu

Edinburgh-based restaurant Maison Bleue – introduced French tapas style dining which they called ‘les bouchees’ in Edinburgh when they opened in 1998 – and almost 20 years on have reinvented this popular style of dish with their new Street Chic Menu. The new menu is available at their flagship Victoria Street restaurant and Maison Bleue at Home on Queensferry Street from 12pm – 10pm every day, and customers are encouraged to share the dishes as the flavours all compliment each other.

The new street food menu will feature ‘street-chic style’ North African, Creole and Asian dishes including, meatball tagine, king prawn and crab Vietnamese nems, and south eastern Asian Cullen skink. There will be a lunch or early dinner option where guests can enjoy three dishes for £14.50 or three dishes and a cocktail for £20. In addition, a new cocktail menu has been launched with the Street Chic Menu.

The family-run restaurant Maison Bleue specialises in French, North African and traditional Scottish cuisine, using cooking influences from each of the regions and local Scottish produce to create their eclectic and exciting dishes. The Maison Bleue brand comprises three restaurants in Edinburgh; the flagship Maison Bleue restaurant on Victoria Street, Maison Bleue Le Bistrot in Morningside and Maison Bleue at Home on Queensferry Street, a collaboration with Social Bite which launched in summer 2016 where 100% of the profits are donated to charity.

Maison Bleue opened on Victoria Street in 1998, offering diners a new way of eating by featuring many small dishes on the menu which were designed for sharing.

Dean Gassabi, owner of Maison Bleue, says: “We are really excited to launch our street food menu – bringing our chic style of street food to Edinburgh with dishes featuring North African, Creole and South Asian spices and flavours infused with French and Scottish ingredients.

“When we launched our Victoria Street restaurant in 1998 we were the first non-tapas restaurant in Edinburgh to offer tapas dishes on the menu and they were a huge hit, so we’re delighted to be bringing this style of dish back with our new street food themed menu.

“It’s perfect for a quick bite to eat whilst in Edinburgh, or for those looking to enjoy a cocktail and flavoursome food for a light lunch or on the way home from a busy day shopping.”

 

Kokoro Gin Announces UK Deal with Mangrove

Kokoro Gin, a Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin, has agreed an exclusive UK distribution deal with Mangrove, the specialist spirits agency.
The deal will see the gin being marketed to on-trade, off-trade, wholesalers, independents, supermarkets and other retailers through Mangrove’s network.
Kokoro was launched in September 2016, with its first batch selling out in two months. Its core ingredient, sansho berries, are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan. Used extensively in Japanese cuisine, sansho berries have a distinctive pepper flavour with a citrus aftertaste. Combined with eight other botanicals, the sansho berries give Kokoro Gin its unique flavour.
James Nicol, managing director at Forest Spirits, which produces Kokoro Gin, said: “Our deal with Mangrove will allow us to take Kokoro Gin to a larger market. We know that Mangrove only works with the highest quality products, so this is a perfect partnership. It is a significant step for us in growing the brand.”
Nick Gillett, managing director of Mangrove, said: “Kokoro Gin expands our gin selection, offering a point of difference for our customers. The addition of sansho berries produces a gin with oriental nuances, adding unique flavours compared to the traditional style of gin.”
Forest Spirits was formed by entrepreneurial duo, James Nicol and Barry Darnell. The brothers-in-law, who are financial consultant and design agency head by day, were inspired by a family connection to the Afan woodland in Japan, where sansho berries grow. James’s uncle, CW Nicol (affectionately known as Uncle Nic), is a lifelong environmentalist and author. He bought the Afan woodland in the 1980s and donated it to the Woodland Trust. It is now home to over 50 endangered species.

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. https://skygarden.london

 

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

www.galvinbrasseriedeluxe.com

Instagram: @galvin_edinburgh

Twitter: @galvinbrasserie

FB: @galvinbrasseriedeluxe

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

For more details:

Hashtag: #StaySmooth

Twitter: @whyteandmackay

Facebook: www.facebook.com/whyteandmackay

Website: http://www.whyteandmackay.com/

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.”

BOILER PLATE INFORMATION

• 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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