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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Brand New Eat and Drink Festival Joins Ideal Home Show Scotland

Brand new Eat and Drink Festival joins Ideal Home Show Scotland under the same roof

Celebrating the best the country has to offer in the world of food and drink, Eat and Drink Festival comes to the SEC Glasgow for the first time on 26-29 May 2016, co-locating with the Ideal Home Show Scotland.

From the team behind Scotland’s leading homes event, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, the new foodie festival brings together a feast for the senses, with artisan producers, chefs and food vendors on hand to showcase the latest flavours and food trends.

A treat for the taste buds, Eat and Drink Festival has something for everyone, from those who might already be a dab hand in the kitchen to the budding chefs, ready to learn the basics.

Rob Nathan, Group Marketing Director at Media 10 said: “From artisan food and wine tasting, to live cooking demos from the country’s top chefs, the new Eat and Drink Festival will highlight the best of Scottish food and drink.

“The new format gives visitors the very best of both homes and all things food related, meaning visitors get two shows for the price of one – all under one roof.”

The show’s fresh ingredients include highlights such as:

  • The Chef's Table, serving a specially created menu made up of favourites from the show’s street vendors
  • The Foodie Lab, featuring live demonstrations from top chefs, foodie favourites and experts
  • The Great Eat, a selection of the world’s best flavours, selected by the country’s celebrated street food visionaries
  • Artisan Producers Market, showcasing the freshest selection of handmade food and drink products for shopping and sampling
  • To quench your thirst, The Drinks Station, offers creative cocktails, distinctive wines, beers and spirits, paired with the valuable knowledge and insight of Scotland’s top mixologists

The perfect spot for eating, drinking, shopping and picking up some tricks of the trade, Eat and Drink Festival is sure to make a great day out for Scotland's foodie fans.

Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the 24 Hour Ticket Box Office on 0844 858 9071.

For further information about the show, visit the website https://www.eatanddrinkfestival.com/

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Opening Hours:

Friday 26 May 10am - 6pm

Saturday 27 May 10am - 6pm

Sunday 28 May 10am - 6pm

Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 10am - 5pm

Grab yourself a bargain and get two show tickets for just £16 by ordering online here and using the Promo code: IHSSBLOG

*T&C’s: Book before 25th May 2017. Advance booking offer only. 2 Adult tickets for the price of 1 (on the door rate of £16). Concessions not included. No booking fee. Children aged 15 and under go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (Maximum 2). Ideal Home Magazine included in this offer.

 

Ideal Home Scotland Celebrates Major Milestone with Slice of Food & Drink Heaven

Ideal Home Scotland celebrates major milestone with slice of food and drink heaven

The Ideal Home Show Scotland makes a welcome return to Glasgow on 26-29 May and is set to bring something a little bit different to whet the appetites of home show visitors at the SEC.

Scotland’s leading homes event celebrates a major milestone this year with its 70th Anniversary and promises to be bigger and better than ever before with the addition of a pioneering food and drink festival.

The Eat & Drink festival; a live experience featuring the country’s top artisan producers, will offer a buzzing hub of leading street food vendors showcasing flavours from all over the world and masterclasses from top class chefs as well as the drink industry’s celebrated mixologists.

Rob Nathan, Group Marketing Director at Media 10 said: “The new format gives visitors the very best of both homes and all things food related, meaning visitors get two shows for the price of one.

“From interiors to home improvements to garden inspiration, artisan food and wine tasting, high tech gadgets, fashion, beauty and entertainment plus fantastic shopping opportunities- it’s all under the one roof at the award winning Ideal Home Show Scotland”.

“Of course, the Ideal Home Show Scotland wouldn’t be complete without one of its inspirational full-sized Show Homes for visitors to discover the very latest trends in homes and interior design.”

Making a welcome return, The Ideal Super Theatre is the ultimate place to hear how the experts do it with talks and demonstrations on topics from interior styling to decoration tips visitors will be inspired to take on those DIY challenges or bigger renovation projects.

With up to 400 exhibitors and eight show sectors, inspirational room sets, stunning show gardens, and top experts speakers the award winning show will be bursting with creativeness and offering a unique shopping experience.

All this and so much more make it the Ideal destination for a fantastic day out for all the family so join us at the SEC Glasgow from 26 -29 May 2017.

Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the 24 Hour Ticket Box Office on 0844 854 2014 or by visiting www.idealhomeshowscotland.co.uk. For further information about the show, visit the website www.idealhomeshowscotland.co.uk.

Standard advanced ticket bookings through the official Ticketing Agent, and FREE copy of Ideal Home Magazine* (worth £3.90). One copy per household whilst stocks last, terms and conditions apply see website for details.

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Opening Hours:

Friday 26 May 10am - 6pm

Saturday 27 May 10am - 6pm

Sunday 28 May 10am - 6pm

Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 10am - 5pm

Grab yourself a bargain and get two show tickets for just £16 by ordering online here and using the Promo code: IHSSBLOG

*T&C’s: Book before 25th May 2017. Advance booking offer only. 2 Adult tickets for the price of 1 (on the door rate of £16). Concessions not included. No booking fee. Children aged 15 and under go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (Maximum 2). Ideal Home Magazine included in this offer.

 

Restaurant Review - Number 10 Hotel, Queens Drive, Glasgow

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A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to visit Number 10 Hotel in the south side of Glasgow and try out their new restaurant menu. I'll be honest and say that before that initial email, I hadn't heard of the boutique hotel which is based in the Queens Park suburb of Glasgow. Located just ten minutes from the city centre, Number 10 Hotel is perfectly positioned for anyone looking for some rest & relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the Scotlands largest city but still close enough that they sample the big city lights if they want to enjoy a night out.
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Having arrived a little early for our booking, we took a seat at the bar and enjoyed a much need drink after a long day at work before taking our seat in the adjoining restaurant. Our booking was for 6pm and at the time we thought that we might be the only ones dining that night but it didn't take long before the restaurant started to fill with a mix of hotel residents and local walk-ins too. In fact, by the time we finished, there was only a couple of tables in the restaurant that weren't occupied.
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Number 10 Hotel work hard to use the best ingredients and fresh produce for all of their menus, sourcing from local butcher William Christie and Son, the fruit and vegetables coming fresh from McClouds at the Glasgow Fruitmarket, and all our fish coming from local fishmonger Alan Beveridge.
The menu reads like a lot of typical pub grub menus and I'll be honest and say that if I wasn't there to review the food, Number 10 Hotel probably wouldn't be somewhere that we would normally go for dinner. That said, there was enough choice available for us each to easily select two courses.
For my own starter, I ordered the chilli & coriander tempura chicken with sweet chilli and soy dipping sauces. The tender strips of chicken were coated in a light and crispy tempura batter, accompanied by dollops of chilli sauce that packed a great amount of heat but lacked any detectable coriander flavour but I didn't mind as it was a great partner for the the crispy chicken strips. The only let down for me was the recently decanted sweet chilli and soy sauce dips that were served on the side. I would have been happy with more dollops of the fiery chilli sauce.
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As is the way, as soon as Nicola spotted scallops on the menu, she had an easy decision. I have to say that when her her trio of pan seared scallops with Stornaway Black Pudding and pea purée arrived, I was slightly jealous. The scallops were cooked well with nice caramelisation across the top and bottom and were resting on discs of crumbly black pudding. In an unusual twist, the chef had kept the scallop roe attached giving the dish a stinger taste of the sea. I know that the roe isn't to everyone's taste but Nicola enjoyed the combination of flavours along with sweetness of the well seasoned pea purée. Overall' this was a nice balance of texture and flavour.
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Both of the starters had given us an idea of what the chef was capable of and by this point, we were both looking forward to our main course.
I had given serious thought to ordering the Number 10 House Burger but in the end I opted for the rump of lamp with red wine jus, cauliflower purée, sautéed potatoes, mushrooms and peas. I had a picture of Sunday roast in my head but what arrived couldn't have been further from my thoughts.
The lamp rump was presented on a bed of cauliflower puree, and surrounded by a medley of fresh garden peas, various varieties of mushrooms, sautéed potatoes with the red wine jus drizzled over and around. For me, this was a confusing plate of food. There were elements that I really liked but also a couple of things that didn't tick my boxes. The lamb was seasoned well and cooked to a perfect pink finish and working well with the sweetness of the peas. The sautéed potatoes were nice but could have been taken just a little further in the pan to a crispier finish which would have added a little texture to the overall dish. I'm not the biggest fan of mushrooms and can't recall having had them with lamb in the past - It might be down to personal taste but they just didn't work for me. The red wine jus was rich and full of flavour and done a great job of pulling the dish together however as it had been poured all around the dish, it completely overpowered the cauliflower purée. I would have preferred the jus to be served on the side for me to pour as I need. It's a shame as the lamp, peas and potatoes were all very good and I'm sure with a few tweaks, this dish isn't far from perfect.
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I had expected Nicola to order the fish and chips but she had her eye on the Number 10 traditional steak pie with roasted root vegetables and creamy mash potatoes which was a huge serving and one that even Desperate Dan would have been happy with.
I'm not going to get into the debate about when is a pie a pie because I know the purists will immediate shout out "that's not a pie" but when you're cooking for numbers, it is a lot easier to serve up the steak pie filling with a separate puff pastry top - which is what we had at Number 10 Hotel. That's how I do it at home and I don't have a problem with restaurants doing it either!
The steak pie filling was fantastic. Packed with tender melt in the mouth beef, the steak pie filling was well seasoned in a rich meaty gravy and the puff pastry crust on top was light and flaky. The roasted carrots, parsnips, courgettes and swede were all cooked well however the mashed potato was sadly lacking in seasoning or butter so wasn't as creamy as Nicola would have liked.
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Both of our main courses were generous in size and we really didn't have room for pudding but our waitress talked us into sharing the hot chocolate fondant with milk chocolate sauce and pistachio ice cream..... and I'm glad that she did.
The fondant was cooked to order allowing us fifteen minutes to relax after dinner and finish our wine. When the fondant did arrive at the table, we were both looking forward to it. Hats off to the chef on the perfectly cooked chocolate fondant which was soft and spongy on the outside but gooey and molten in the middle. If this wasn't too chocolate-y, the fondant was surrounded my a creamy milk chocolate sauce, the accompanying pistachio ice cream done a great job of cutting through the rich sweet pudding. The pudding also accompanied by a piece of homemade shortbread that was light and crumbly but didn't really go with the indulgent fondant.
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By the end of dinner we were both stuffed. The portion sizes were huge and having checked out the food served to the other diners, it looks like hearty servings is something that Number 10 Hotel specialise in and based on the fresh local produced used in the kitchen, the prices on the menu offer really good value for money. Ok, so there might have been a few little things that could have been done better but these weren't enough to spoil or enjoyment on the night. We never had the chance to see much more of the hotel but I do intend to get back for a better look in the coming weeks.
We dined as guests of the hotel but the review above is an honest account of our evening. Any negative comments were fed back to the management on the night.
We would like to thank the staff and management of Number 10 Hotel for their hospitality and generosity and wish them all the best for the future.
So if you're use looking for somewhere to eat in Glasgow's south side, I can recommend Number 10 Hotel for great value for money hearty cooking. Check out the website for their latest offers.

 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Fabulous Lunch at Cucina from just £18!

Dine at the award-winning Cucina and discover the rich, comforting flavours of Italy effortlessly married with the finest seasonal Scottish produce created by renowned Executive Chef Mattia Camorani.

Matched with an exciting and extensive selection of wines and service that’s second to none, Cucina translates G&V’s inimitable style and attitude into an exceptional dining experience.

Available daily 12 Noon – 3pm. View menu & book online https://www.quorvuscollection.com/en/gandv-hotel-edinburgh/dining

Cucina, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

0131 240 1666

gandvhotel.com

 

Ibérica Launches Spring Menu

Ibérica in Spinningfields has introduced a selection of new seasonal dishes to its menu for spring.
As the sun starts to make an appearance in Manchester, Ibérica, which sources top quality products from Spain, has added a number of lighter dishes and some additional seasonal tapas to sit alongside its long-time classics, such as their Ibérico Hams, Croquetas de Jamón or Traditional Paellas.
New vegetarian dishes added to the spring menu include: Baby Carrot Tempura, Crispy Cauliflower and Pak Choi and a Strawberry and Beetroot Salad.
Chicken Wings with Canarian Mojo Sauce, Chickpea Puree and Ensaladilla Rusa are some further highlights from the new selection of tapas. The much celebrated Twice Cooked Lamb makes a welcome return, alongside 28 days dry aged Ribeye Steak to please all meat lovers.
Every dish is cooked to order with care by the team at Ibérica to provide every guest with an authentic Spanish experience, all designed to cater for everyone’s taste and everyone’s pocket. The new menu launches 10th of April.
Ibérica Spinningfields is the perfect place to share tapas and a drink with friends, enjoy a light bite, or to sit at the bar and indulge in an unrivalled wine list, that include over 50 wines – some not available anywhere else in the UK - G&Ts or original sangrías.
In addition, from April onwards, children under the age of 10 will be able to eat for free every Sunday.
Ibérica will also continue to offer their weekdays lunch menus, the homemade daily Stew and one tapa for £10.95 per person, grilled meat or fish for £10.95 or three tapas for £15.
Aside from a la carte menu, they also offer a snack menu available by the bar to nibble on Spanish small bites (starting from a £1) while you drink, and a pre-theatre menu for early birds dining 5pm – 6.30pm that includes three tapas and a dessert for £22.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Stewart Brewing Announce Collaboration Brews - From Ice Cream to Flying Pandas

Stewart Brewing - who will play host to the Edinburgh Beer Festival on Saturday 13 May - has announced several limited-edition collaboration beers that will be available at the festival this year, including an ice cream style ale with Over Langshaw Farmhouse Ice Cream and a kiwi hopped double IPA in partnership with local brewer Cross Borders.

New collaborations include:

  • Cross Borders: kiwi hopped double IPA with lime zest – exclusive to the beer festival
  • Liverpool Craft Beer: Blood Orange Saison – exclusive to the beer festival
  • Eyeball Brewing: Rye lager
  • Top Out: two fruit infused Berliner Weisse brews
  1. Peach & Passionfruit
  2. Raspberry/Blackcurrant and hibiscus
  • Over Langshaw Farmhouse Ice Cream: strawberry & black pepper ice cream style ale
In addition to these new creations, Flying Panda - which was conceived when Stewart Brewing’s Head Brewer teamed up with Head Brewer at PandaBrew in China - will be back on the menu.Problem Solved, a successful collaboration with De Molen in the Netherlands, and Cross Roads, last year’s beer festival trans-Atlantic collaboration with the Crux Fermentation Project, will also be back by popular demand.

Jo Stewart, Stewart Brewing co-founder, commented: “We really enjoy getting together with quality craft breweries and seeing what we can create when we combine forces. It’s always a fun and educational experience and the results are fantastic!

“Of course we’ll have all of our old favourites available at the festival but we’re excited to be able to offer something completely different to the norm.”

Tickets to the Edinburgh Beer Festival cost £15 per person which includes entry, a souvenir glass and can of beer on arrival. Children accompanied by adults can attend free of charge.

Tickets are on sale now from the Stewart Brewing website:

https://www.stewartbrewing.co.uk/item/TicketsandVouchers_StewartBrewingBeerFestivalTicket_208_0_2360_0.html

The Edinburgh Beer Festival takes place at Stewart Brewing, Bilston Glen Industrial Estate, 26a Dryden Rd, Loanhead and is easily reached from Edinburgh city centre by bus, routes 37 and 47.

For more announcements, follow Stewart Brewing on social media:

www.facebook.com/stewartbrewingedin

Twitter @StewartBrewing

 

Celebrate St George's Day on 23rd April with Thomas Dakin

Thomas Dakin, the quintessential English Gin, is the perfect gin to celebrate St George's Day on the 23rd April 2017.

A patriotic cocktail is The Thomas Dakin Cottonopolis, which celebrates Manchester's role in the Industrial Revolution putting Britain's cotton mills on the map during the 17th, 18th and 19th century:

  • Chill a large Martini glass with ice and remove the ice.
  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker and add 35ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 1 teaspoon of marmalade
  • 2 squeezed lime wedges
  • 30ml cranberry juice and a few drops of Peychaud or Angostura bitters (optional).
  • Shake hard and strain into the Martini glass ensuring you remove any bits of marmalade.
  • Garnish with an orange peel twist.

If you are in Manchester why not visit the Gin Garden at 1842, The Corn Exchange, Lime Street, Preston PR1 2NN. T: 01772 821 768 where you can try many delicious Thomas Dakin Gins. http://www.bar1842.com/

Thomas Dakin Gin is a classic style London Dry Gin which takes it name from the forefather of English gin, Thomas Dakin, who created the world's first quality gin in 1761 in the North West of England. Distilled in small batches in a baby copper pot still, the Master Distiller uses a secret recipe of eleven botanicals including some traditionally used for making cordials in the 18th century, as well as juniper, orange peel and English coriander with the unique addition of red cole (horseradish) to give the gin its long, lingering finish.

Available from: Waitrose, Harvey Nichols, Booths, Ocado.com, 31Dover.com, GinFoundry.com as well as fine bars and restaurants in Machester and throughout the UK, as well as World Duty-Free Airport shops in the UK and Spain. RRP: £29.00 for 70cl. ABV: 42% http://www.waitrose.com/shop/DisplayProductFlyout?productId=485765

 

New Dishes on the Menu at One Devonshire Gardens

Glasgow's iconic One Devonshire Gardens is getting ready to launch a new Sunday lunch menu bespoke to the hotel, a first for the Hotel Du Vin Group.
The sumptuous new menu has been carefully crafted by head chef Barry Duff and his executive team and will be available at One Devonshire Gardens from Sunday 23rd April.
Commenting on the new menu, Alan Brady, food and beverage manager at One Devonshire Gardens, said: “We’re excited to launch our new Sunday Lunch menu and are looking forward to sharing it with diners and guests from later this month. The menu offers a true taste of Scotland using the best ingredients from our nation’s larder and we hope guests enjoy the dishes over Sunday lunch with friends and family.”
Served over four courses, the new menu brings to life Barry’s passion for Scottish cuisine created using fresh, seasonal, locally sourced and wherever possible, organic produce.
To start, guests can dine on a choice of Dunkeld smoked salmon, duck liver parfait, Stornoway black pudding, whipped goats cheese, beetroot, carrot and fennel pickle and walnut crumb or pumpkin and parmesan veloute.
The choice does not end there with a selection of five mains available from roast rib of Cairnhill Farm beef to Newtonmore venison navarin, or butter roasted cod to globe artichoke served with spring vegetables, carrot purée and poached egg.
Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy hot chocolate fondant and vanilla ice cream, apricot cheesecake with raspberry sorbet, banana panna cotta, toffee sauce and honey ice cream or sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream. There will also be a selection of cheeses available from renowned local cheesemonger, George Mewes.
Those looking to complement their meal with a bottle can chose from One Devonshire Garden’s extensive wine selection housed within the hotel’s very own cellar. Sommeliers will be on hand to help diners find the prefect wine pairing to their meal.
Situated in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, Hotel du Vin offers the ultimate dining experience with a whisky snug, cigar shack and bar all set within rooms that have been carefully converted to retain their original Victorian features.

The new menu will be available from Sunday 23rd April and is priced from £29pp. For more information on One Devonshire Gardens or to reserve a table, please visit www.hotelduvin.com or call 0141 378 0385.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Quick Review - Tommi's Burger Joint, Berwick Street, Soho, London

I'm just back from a week in London after completing the first week of training for a new job. As many of you will know, I love London. Nicola and myself try to get down to the London at least a couple of times a year with food and drink normally top of our things to do. I had been looking forward to my trip although I was a little wary of being in London without Nicola as the capital can be an incredibly lonely place when you're on your own. That said, the plus side of being on my own was that I could try out a few places to eat that we might not normally visit as a couple.
Whilst scrolling though my Facebook wall I eyes were drawn to a sponsored post for a newly opened burger bar in Soho called Tommi's Burger Joint. Social media marketing rarely catches my attention but as I needed to find places to eat, I clicked through the advert to find out more about the brand. As it turned out, Tommi's is a bit of an institution, as Tómas Andrés Tómason launched his first burger bar in Reykjavik back in 1981. After selling over one million burgers in just a couple of years, Tommi sold the business then took some time out in Los Angeles. Whilst there, he met Isaac B. Tigrett, the owner of Hard Rock Cafe London & Hard Rock New York and they worked on a joint venture of opening Hard Rock Cafe Reykjavik before opening a grillhouse and a hotel and running all three businesses successfully for ten years before Tommi decided to get back into the burger game with the launch of Burger Joint in the Icelandic capital. There are now three Tommi's in Iceland, one in Germany, one in Denmark and the Berwick Street venue becomes the third Tommi's in London.
The Facebook campaign was working a treat and when I arrived there there was a small queue of burger lovers, waiting patiently outside keen to benefit from the opening offer. I found out later that there had been a constant queue outside for the majority of the day. I'm not sure how big the other two London branches of Tommi's are but I could see that even if I did eventually make it through the door, I was going to struggle to get a seat - the website does warn that there is limited seating and that customers are served on a first come first served basis and that there is a quick turnaround on tables - fortunately, it wasn't too long before I was served and found a seat at the end of the bar running along the window.
The menu is pretty simple with just a few burgers to choose from and in the end I ordered the 'Offer of the Century', which was a Classic burger, fries and a soft drink for £10.90 although I did add cheese and bacon plus I also upgraded by soft drink to a can of Beavertown Gamma Ray American Pale Ale, this brought my bill to just under £18 including the 12.5% service charge that seems to be common place in London. Of course with the opening offer 50% discount it meant that my burger, fries and craft beer cost less that £9 which isn't bad for city centre London.
So was it worth the 1.5 mile walk from Blackfriars to Soho? Absolutely! Tommi's have worked out that to make a good burger, you just have to keep things simple. The beef patty was well seasoned and cooked over the grill, served pink in a toasted brioche bun that held together all the way to the final bite. The addition rich cheddar and smoky crispy bacon worked well with the charred flavours from the grill. When beef tastes this good, there's no need to go over the top with lavish garnishes or overpowering sauces.
It wasn't long before I had finished my burger and fries and felt the need to free up my seat at the window, in the 30 minutes that I spent at Tommi's, there was a constant queue outside and I felt bad about hogging a seat.
So would I go back to Tommi's and pay full price? Maybe I would. The food was fresh, cooked to order and very tasty and at just £10.90 for the 'Offer of the Century', Tommi's would certainly be somewhere to keep in mind if you're struggling for lunch in Soho.
Keep up to date with news from Tommi's Burger Joint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Friday, 7 April 2017

Tomatin Distillery Boss Named Keeper of the Quaich

Tomatin Distillery has revealed that one of its board directors, Stephen Bremner (41), has been inducted into the exclusive Scotch Whisky society, The Keepers of the Quaich. Stephen joins the likes of Prince Charles, Jackie Stewart, Ronald Reagan and Alex Salmond in his exclusive new role.

Stephen was raised in Inverness, where he now lives with his wife and children. He has worked with Tomatin for 13 years, joining as a Logistics Coordinator before progressing to his current position as Sales Director, where he is tasked with developing the businesses portfolio of brands around the world.

His induction took place earlier this week at the spectacular Blair Castle, the ancient home of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl, where 41 new Keepers and six Masters were welcomed at the bi-annual event. This years inductees come from 16 countries around the world, and have amassed 900 years of experience amongst them.

Founded to represent the Scotch Whisky industry worldwide, The Keepers promotes the goodwill of the industry and honours those who have made a recognisable contribution.

Stephen Bremner, Tomatin Sales Director, said, "Being invited into The Keepers of the Quaich is an incredible honour. Our CEO Bob Anderson was made a member back in 2015 and I'm hugely grateful to be joining him and to be part of the society's esteemed membership."

"This recognition is testament to the continued growth of Tomatin and the commitment of the wider team behind our fantastic distillery."

The ceremony, led by the Grand Master Mrs Sarah Troughton, and guest speaker Rory Bremner, sees members entertained at a banquet with the finest of Scottish hospitality.

Tomatin recently won Distiller Of The Year 2016 and Brand Innovator Of The Year 2017 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards. Tomatin currently ranks in the Top 10 Single Malt brands in the USA and is one of the fastest growing in the UK.

Chef Jérôme Henry Unveils Le Roi Fou in Edinburgh

This April, Chef Jérôme Henry will open his first restaurant, Le Roi Fou in Edinburgh’s vibrant New Town. Over the last 20 years Swiss-French Jérôme has cooked in in some of the best kitchens including seven years as head chef at Anton Mosimann’s Private Dining Club, as well as the now fabled Les Trois Garçons.
Le Roi Fou, a Restaurant Des Artistes, is a collaboration between Jérôme and creative director Isolde Nash. Both were drawn to open their first restaurant in Edinburgh due to its outstanding appreciation of food and culture, two of their personal passions.
A bijou relaxed fine dining restaurant, Le Roi Fou will serve modern European dishes influenced by Jérôme’s French roots across a variety of dining options including daily prix fixe, à la carte, tasting, vegetarian and weekend brunch menus.
“At the centre of most dishes will be the best fresh Scottish produce prepared simply and elegantly, always ensuring that natural flavours are the star of the show. Consistency of quality is vital, and while we will be serving some of the great classics and wonderful fresh fish dishes, I also love to explore my memories of cooking and eating abroad.” - Jérôme
“Le Roi Fou is a neighbourhood restaurant, which we hope will also have a sense of ‘home’ for people living and working nearby and in the arts. I always loved the European tradition of bars and restaurants where artists and writers hang out. Le Roi Fou is also about continuing the legacy and tradition of the ‘Salon’: Edinburgh has a genuine love for the written and spoken word, so we’re looking forward to seeing how the restaurant develops.” - Isolde
Le Roi Fou has a Bar and a Salon dining room created by Isolde in collaboration with contemporary British artists and designers. Influences include 20s Austrian architect Adolf Loos, Dada and the Absurd. She has designed the bar and lighting with award-winning Scottish furniture designer, David Watson. It has an Austrian modernist feel to it, in glowing golds and oak, with bespoke hand-crafted tiles by Karak. Meanwhile, the Salon is in the tradition of the ‘Belle Époque’, decorated in red velvet and dark grey greens, white tablecloths, fine china and crystal, and this spring will be hung with paintings by Darren Coffield and Geraldine Swayne.
All in all, Jérôme and Isolde’s restaurant embodies a love of food, word and image: its name roughly translates as “The Mad King” – ‘fou’ meaning ‘crazy’ in French and ‘drunk’ or ‘replete’ in Scots. Isolde explains that “ ‘Le Roi Fou’ is our gastronomic version of the character ‘Ubu Roi’, invented by French pataphysical writer Alfred Jarry. The character is always identified by the spiral on his belly”; according to Jérôme, “Le Roi Fou thinks with his stomach”.
From name to concept, food and design, every last detail of this new Edinburgh restaurant has been beautifully considered with the signature Le Roi Fou poster by Le Gun illustrator Steph von Reiswitz and Le Roi Fou branding logotype by Mike Dempsey RDI.
Covers
30-35 & ‘Chef’s Table’ private dining for 16
Menus - daily prix fixe, à la carte, brunch
Address - Le Roi Fou, 1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX
Phone - 0131 557 9346
Website - www.leroifou.com
Twitter - @LeRoiFouEdin
Facebook - LeRoiFouEdinburgh
Instagram - leroifou_edinburgh

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Masterchef in Manchester

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TV show winner looks to open first restaurant at First Street.

The North West’s only Masterchef winner, Simon Wood, has today announced that subject to licensing his much anticipated restaurant will launch at Manchester’s First Street.

Simon comments; “For me Manchester is the best city in the country; it’s friendly, vibrant, busy and has incredible night life complemented by some great restaurants. What’s more its food and drink culture is thriving and we see our restaurant enhancing that already amazing existing offering.

The restaurant will be located on Jack Rosenthal Street on First Street.

On the choice of location Simon continues; “I was instantly attracted to First Street and see this very much as the next go to place in an already vibrant and exciting city.

It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of a thriving community which boasts, HOME – the Contemporary International Arts Centre, bars, a hotel and onsite secure parking, all positioned around a new public square that will play host to a range of exciting outdoor events this summer.

Simon Wood, WOOD Manchester, Masterchef Winner, Manchester restaurants

First Street is everything you could need in a brand new high quality leisure and hospitality development and I share the estate’s vision as an up and coming destination.

It is close to many key Manchester venues and has excellent public transport facilities nearby with Oxford Road train station, Deansgate train station and Deansgate/ Castlefield Metrolink station within a few minutes’ walk. Oxford Road train station is due to undergo a huge multi- million-pound redevelopment too and so the location is accessible, modern and inviting.

First Street felt right for me and I am looking forward to being part of this new Manchester community.”

Commenting on Simon choosing First Street for his first restaurant launch, Leon Guyett, Development Director at Ask Real Estate, said: “We are delighted that Simon has chosen First Street to debut his very first restaurant in Manchester. We have really enjoyed working with Simon over the last few months to bring his vision of a premium dining venue at First Street to life.

“Simon’s enthusiasm for First Street is great and his new restaurant will be a fantastic addition to the host of independent operators on the estate.

“First Street is fast becoming a thriving new neighbourhood, so we look forward to continuing to support Simon in making his first restaurant venture a big success in the city.”

Former Data Manager, Simon (40) started cooking when he could ‘reach the top of an oven’. His passion began when, at eight years old, he won a competition to be anything for a day and he chose to be a chef. Thirty years later Simon’s MasterChef win saw him fulfilling a dream he has had since he was young.

Since 2015 he has worked as executive chef at Oldham Athletic FC and Oldham Event Centre, most recently launching ‘The Boardroom by Simon Wood’.

His areas of passion include fine dining, the art of plating, and teaching. His debut cookbook At Home with Simon Wood – Fine Dining Made Simple launched earlier this year.

For more information about WOOD Manchester visit http://www.woodmanchester.com.

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