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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.”


BLOOM Gin celebrates British Summer with Limited Edition Strawberry Cup Gin

BLOOM Strawberry Cup is a limited edition, rich and luxurious ruby red spirit drink launching this June in Asda, Booths and online with BLOOM Strawberry Cup is a delicious infusion of rich jammy strawberry flavourings and BLOOM London Dry Gin, produced in exceptionally small batches and created by Joanne Moore, one of the first female master distillers in the world.
Inspired by BLOOM Gin’s signature serve of a G&T with quartered strawberries, Joanne has combined fresh strawberries with the floral gin, giving a strawberry coloured liquor which can be drunk with lemonade, ginger ale or as an ingredient in cocktails. The signature serve of BLOOM Strawberry Cup and lemonade, mixed as a long drink, lends itself to pitcher serves, as an alternative to other fruit cups on the market. The perfect drink for you and your friends to enjoy whilst watching great British sporting events over the summer months such as tennis at Wimbledon, cricket at Lords or Golf at The British Open!

Master Distiller, Joanne Moore comments: “BLOOM, Strawberry Cup is rich clear red colour, with a strawberry aroma up front on the nose. On the palette, a slight zingy taste from macerated strawberries which opens up on the mouth feel to allow the softness of BLOOM London Dry Gin to come through.”

Try it in a BLOOM STRAWBERRY CUP, Serves 4

  • Add ice and 4 strawberries quartered into a jug or pitcher
  • Pour in 200ml BLOOM Strawberry Cup
  • Top up with 400ml good quality lemonade


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Restaurant Review - Mussels & Wine at The Wee Restaurant, Frederick St, Edinburgh

It's not uncommon for myself and Nicola to jump in the car at the weekend and head through to Edinburgh for a day trip. With its mix of Old Town history and New Town grandiose, the capital has enough going on to catch the attention of tourists and locals alike.
That said, when we do visit Edinburgh, we always struggle when it comes to finding somewhere for a light lunch. Don't get me wrong, there are no shortage of restaurant dotted about with national chains and independents offering plenty of options at lunchtime, although most of them are serving up a two or three course set lunch menu at a cost of anything from £10 per head. By the time a glass of wine or beer have been added on, the lunch bill is running at £30. This is all well and good if you're after a big meal but not so good if you just want something light to keep you going before dinner later.
However, when I was sent a press release with news that The Wee Restaurant on Frederick Street would be serving up mussels and wine for two for just £15, I had to check it out. It turns out that this offer will only be running 3-5pm on Saturday afternoons through June and July. So with little time to waste, I started making plans for a return to the capital earlier this month.
The Wee Restaurant is operated by husband and wife team Craig and Vicki who have a working ethos of serving simple good food and wine in a truly relaxing atmosphere. Chef Craig is well regarded by his peers, having been crowned CIS Chef of the Year 2015 and the original Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry has been wowing guests since it opened in 2006.The Edinburgh restaurant opened last year with Craig installing Michael Innes as Head Chef. Craig first met Michael 15 years earlier at Malmaison when Craig was executive chef and Michael was a young commis chef. The appointing of Michael isn't about sentiment though as he is joining from three-Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, where he was head of production.
This was our first visit to The Wee Restaurant and we were immediately impressed by the interior of the 40 cover restaurant. Tan leather seats that wouldn't look out of place in a millionaire bachelor pad dominate the floor space before the eye starts to appreciate the high ceilings, ornate mirrors and sanded floors. The interior design goes some way to creating the relaxed atmosphere that Craig and Vicki promise and as we settled at our table, overlooking a rain drenched Frederick Street, we knew that this wouldn't be our last visit to The Wee Restaurant.
Th summer deal promotes 'Mussels & Wine for 2, for £15' and our waiter explained that we had a choice of white, red or rose wine from three specially selected wines. The deal includes a 175ml each although for a surcharge, you can upgrade and have the whole bottle - which is what we done.
The wine list at The Wee Restaurant is extensive and thanks to working with wine distributor L'art Du Vin, there are a range of wines available from producers that you are unlikely to find on the supermarket shelves.
We decided to go for a white wine with our mussels and the Finca Fabian Verdejo that we chose was a great match. The Finca Fabian bodega is located halfway between Madrid and Valencia and uses organic grapes to produce red, white, rosado and even a sparkling espumoso. Our Verdejo was full of citrus and pineapple notes on the nose, with a slightly acidic, green apple taste - a good match to cut through the creamy sauce from our mussels.
As we waited on our mussels to be prepared, we were served a board of homemade bread alongside a small bowl of homemade tapenade. (This is not included in the £15 offer price but I do advise that you order bread, not only so that you can mop up the sauce from your mussels but also because the tapenade is one of the best I've tasted!)
The homemade tapenade is a wonderful blend of black olives, herbs, garlic, mustard, capers, lemon, thyme, rapeseed oil and rich Orodeal Extra Virgin Olive Oil and is usually served as an appetiser at both restaurants. If you like olives then you'll love this tapenade, in fact it's so good that even Nicola (who doesn't eat black olives) was massively impressed by it.
I half expected the Summer Mussels & Wine offer to be served as a big sharing bucket like you see in Belgium but The Wee Restaurant is a classy affair and it transpired that we would each receive a bowl of mussels. This was great news as we could now try out both of the flavoured sauces that the kitchen serve with their Shetland mussels.
One of Craig's trademarks is his Shetland Mussels with bacon, fresh basil, pine nuts and Parmesan cream which he created 11 years ago and has been serving up every day since.
I could go nuts with superlatives when describing this dish but I'll stop short by simply saying wow! The balance of flavours from the salty bacon, to the delicate basil fragrance and the creamy Parmesan sauce were all a joy, and a wonderful accompaniment to the plump, meaty Shetland mussels. The pine nuts gave a nice earthiness whilst a garnish of fresh garden peas and red onion added another layer of flavour and some much needed texture.
Our other bowl of molluscs was a more classic Mariniére style with garlic, white wine and parsley working well with the meaty Shetland mussels.
As I mentioned earlier, it would be a wise choice to order bread because once you've worked your way through the generous serving of mussels, there is still plenty of delicious sauce left in the bowl for dipping.
So, did The Wee Restaurant serve up simple good food in a relaxing atmosphere? Absolutely! The food was delicious, the restaurant is cosy and intimate, the service was attentive and the value for money was fantastic. This was a great way to spend an hour over a late lunch and certainly the type of lunchtime offer that ticks my boxes and if we can get through to Edinburgh again before this offer ends, we'll be tucking in to more Shetland mussels at the The Wee Restaurant.
I would like to thank the staff and management for inviting us in to try this Summer deal and although our mussels and wine were complimentary, my review above is an honest account of our visit.
Keep up to date with news from The Wee Restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.


Monday, 12 June 2017

Masterclasses at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, Edinburgh

Please see details below of the latest series of monthly masterclasses at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. These informal and relaxed events are a perfect way to discover exciting new food and drink pairings whilst relaxing with friends.

Craft Beer and Artisan Cheese

  • Thursday 22nd June
  • 6pm
  • £19 per person

Beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages, and one that we often forget to enjoy with food! Join the Brasserie’s sommelier Damien as he shares the unique flavours of Scottish craft beers alongside a selection of British cheeses.

Summer Fruits and Wine

  • Thursday 27th July
  • 6.30pm
  • £19.50 per person

In the July masterclass, head chef Jamie will showcase summer desserts featuring peaches, apricots and cherries, each accompanied with a matched wines selected by sommelier Damien.

Truffle and Wine

  • Thursday 31st August
  • 6.30pm
  • £19.50 per person

Watch head chef Jamie share his secrets as he prepares a delicious truffle risotto from scratch. Sommelier Damien has selected a variety of wines to match and will lead the way through a delicious tasting.

Oysters and Champagne

  • Monday 11th September
  • 6.30pm
  • £19.50 per person

September's masterclass is led by head chef Jamie, who will share how to buy, prepare and serve oysters, whilst sommelier Damien will serve a selection of different wines and champagne to match.

Autumn Beer

  • Thursday 26th October
  • 6.30pm
  • £19.50 per person

Enjoy a flavour of autumn as head chef Jamie prepares 3 dishes with delicious pumpkin and squash. Sommelier Damien will present matched beers to enjoy alongside each dish.

For more information, please call us on 0131 222 8988 or email us at

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Edinburgh

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

New events agency, Established Events, launches in Scotland

Set up by Georgina Coleman, born and raised in Aberdeenshire, after 15 years in London, she returns home with wealth of expertise and experience to tackle the Scottish events industry.

Compared to over 1200 agents in London and the south-east of England, the events agent is something of a phenomenon in Scotland. Established Events organise events for both private and corporate clients, from weddings to gala dinners across Scotland.

“I see a huge opportunity here in Scotland. People often think working with an events agent is expensive. In fact, it costs nothing, as we make our money from our suppliers. We help time poor, value savvy clients source the very best Scotland can provide.”

Established Events is working with Scotland’s very best historic living homes. Specialising in properties that are not usual open to the public allowing for a completely unique experience. Working with properties such as Cardross in Stirlingshire, Kincardine and Monymusk in Aberdeenshire and Kinblethmont and Turin in Angus, these are just a few estates that are keen to be involved in the events industry.

“Scotland offers a whole host of wonderful venues that are truly unique. Castles and stately homes in this day and age need to be enterprising in how they make money. We bring clients to these venues that would usually not be aware of them. I am especially excited to be working with the US market introducing some of Scotland's hidden gems”

Established Events not only offers a venue finding service, but work with events suppliers across Scotland to delivery extraordinary events.

Andie Bradford of Kincardine Castle said:

“As one of Scotland many private historic homes, we are working with Established Events to increased our outreach to overseas and UK clients who are looking for a venue that is completely unique. Running an estate is a fulltime job so, having an agent representing us and getting our world class product out to the events market is invaluable.”

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The Counter® Custom Burgers Now Open In Glasgow

The Counter® Custom Burgers, the premium build-your-own-burger LA restaurant offering over a million possible combinations, opened its first UK restaurant earlier this week at The Quay, Glasgow.

The Counter brings mouth-watering, premium burgers and ‘The Counter Culture’ to hungry diners in Glasgow. The Counter offers a checklist-style menu of over 100 ingredients, through which guests are granted the freedom to build the burger or salad that suits their specific palates and lifestyles. From 6 proteins—vegan/veggie patty, beef, chicken, turkey, and salmon (single or double) —to the 14 cheeses, 23 sauces, 34 toppings, six buns, four fresh green bases (on lettuce blend, mixed greens, spinach or kale), and nine sides, guests have an abundance of options.
“We are proud to open The Counter in Glasgow and bring the ultimate burger experience from LA to the UK,” said Khalid Iqbal chairman of Daniel Johns Group, who holds the master franchise license in the UK. “We have exciting plans for developing The Counter in the UK committing £20m to this new venture over the next five years.”
The Counter Glasgow also offers vegan and gluten free options, in addition to a kids’ menu. For those who would prefer to forego the step-by-step burger building process, The Counter offers a list of expert builds and signature burger suggestions. The Counter prides itself on using only the best of humanely-raised and handled, antibiotic and hormone-free, vegetarian-fed, 100% natural halal beef, chicken and turkey and vegan veggie burgers, all grilled to order.
Alongside your custom made burger they serve a selection of handmade ice cream shakes, floats, craft beers and wine, cocktails, mocktails and ‘spiked shakes’, including Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate, Red Velvet or Minted. Or in true The Counter style you can ‘create your own’ shake.
Jeff Weinstein, founder and co-CEO of The Counter, said: “We built The Counter as a space for guests to create burgers without limits and to have fun in the process. We’re excited to work with Khalid Iqbal and Daniel Johns Group to expand the concept throughout the UK.”

The restaurant which can seat up to 100 covers is designed to reflect the brand’s LA roots. With the focal point of course being the counter, booth style seating, USB ports and plug points available at all seats, and an open serving hatch offering a ‘live’ experience into the kitchen. The restaurant is industrial in decor with bold neon-style signage and graphics, while a wall-long façade featuring Santa Monica Beach pays homage to The Counter’s LA roots.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Make the Perfect Negroni for World Gin Day

Not only is it World Gin Day on Saturday 10th June but this week is National Negroni Week!!!

Why not try making a Negroni with the following gins:

Thomas Dakin Negroni

  • Combine 30ml Thomas Dakin Gin with 30ml Sweet Vermouth and 30ml Campari in a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir until chilled.
  • Strain into rocks glass with ice.
  • Garnish with orange peel.

You can have a Thomas Dakin Negroni during Negroni Week on World Gin Day at Randall & Aubin, which has just opened in Manchester and looks great!

Randall & Aubin, 64 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 T: 0161 1007.

Randall & Aubin also have a restaurant in London: 16 Brewer Street, Soho, W1 T: 0207 287 4447.

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin Negroni

  • Combine 30ml Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin with 30ml Sweet Vermouth and 30ml Campari in a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir until chilled.
  • Strain into rocks glass with ice.
  • Garnish with orange peel - so easy to make and delicious