Monday, 29 May 2017

Gins to Help You Celebrate World Gin Day on the 10th June

With just over two weeks until World Gin Day it is time to start planning how you want to celebrate! Why not create a delicious cocktail or visit a stunning bar?

BLOOM Gin

BLOOM Gin is the gin for summer cocktails, inspired by nature with the flowers of chamomile and honeysuckle, and citrus fruit pomelo contributing to the delicate gin drinking experience. A perfect drink on World Gin Day is BLOOM Gin and Tonic with Strawberries:

  • Quarter two strawberries, place in a balloon glass and add ice.
  • Pour 50ml BLOOM Gin over the ice and top with 200ml high-quality tonic water.
  • Stir gently to ensure that the flavours are well mixed.

The Pennethorne's Bar in Somerset House, described as one of London's 'hidden gems' will be serving gorgeous BLOOM Gin cocktails, which have been specially created by their Head Mixologist. The three cocktails to help you celebrate World Gin Day are Rose BLOOM, BLOOMING Love and Spring Blossom:

Pennethorne's Bar, Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA T: 020 3751 0570 is open from 10am-10pm on the 10th June 2017. http://pennethornes.co.uk/

BLOOM Gin is available from: Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Harvey Nichols, Tesco, Asda, Ocado, Morrisons and 31Dover.com. RRP: £24.00 for 70cl. ABV: 40%

http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/gin/bloom-gin-70cl

Thomas Dakin Gin

Thomas Dakin Gin is a classic style London Dry Gin which takes its name from the forefather of English gin, Thomas Dakin, who created the world's first quality gin in 1761. 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) which gives Thomas Dakin its long, lingering finish. A delicious cocktail for World Gin Day is Thomas Dakin The Bee's Knees:

  • In a shaker stir 2 tsp of honey with 35ml Thomas Dakin Gin until dissolved.
  • Add ice and 25ml of lemon juice, shake and strain into a martini glass.
  • Garnish with a thin orange wheel float.

If you live near Preston why not visit Thomas Dakin Gin Garden pop-up at 1842 Preston at the Old Corn Exchange, Preston, on World Gin Day. It will be a brilliant location to celebrate the festival this year with a wide selection of Thomas Dakin cocktails.

Thomas Dakin Gin Garden at 1842 Preston, The Old Corn Exchange, Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NN. Tel: 01772 821 768 Open from 10am-2.30am on the 10th June.

http://bar1842.co.uk/

Thomas Dakin is available from: Waitrose and Harvey Nichols stores nationwide. It is also available in Amazon, Booths, Tescos, thedrinkshop.com, Ocado.com, 31Dover.com and GinFoundry.com. RRP: £29.00 for 70cl. ABV: 42%

http://www.waitrose.com/shop/DisplayProductFlyout?productId=485765

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin

The heritage of Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is firmly rooted in the Ancient Spice Route, what better way to conjure up images of the heat of the Orient during the long summer evenings than drinking an Opihr cocktail.

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is a unique style of London Dry Gin created by the Master Gin Distiller, Joanne Moore, using exotic botanicals, herbs and spices. Traditionally merchants would travel thousands of miles along the route, trading exotic spices and botanicals from distant lands. Opihr's hand-picked botanicals epitomise the exotic intensity of the Orient, with spicy cubeb berries from Indonesia, black pepper romIndia and coriander from Morocco.

A delicious margarita Opihrian style is the Phoenician Rita, which is a great cocktail, where you will discover the botanicals and spice of Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin with a courageous citrus boost. A half salt rim for the adventurous souls!

  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Pour in 50ml Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, 20ml Cointreau, 20ml lime juice, 10ml sugar syrup and 2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters.
  • Shake and fine strain into a coupe glass.

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is available from: Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Ocado, Booths, Sainsbury's, seven regional Harvey Nichols stores nationwide and 31Dover.com. RRP: £23.00 for 70cl. ABV: 40% https://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=285353514

On the 10th June to celebrate World Gin Day pan-asian style, Oka Restaurants have created a bespoke cocktail, The Opihr Zen Garden Cocktail, which will be served at Oka Restaurants across London. This summery cocktail combines the exotic flavours of Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin with an Asian twist of lime lychee and soy sauce. Oka Restaurants are open daily but it might be worth checking their website for opening times as they vary at each restaurant. www.okarestaurant.co.uk. The cocktail costs £10.

 

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Great British Menu Returns To Our Screens - The Scottish Heats

The Great British Menu is back and celebrating 140 years of Wimbledon. Ally McGrath from Osso Restaurant in Peebles will be returning to our screens as the only Scottish chef actually cooking in Scotland.
He will be reunited with Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees in Brighton, also a contestant on last years show. The on screen chemistry between Ally and Michael was a joy to watch and despite a tie-break situation, it was Michael that went on to the final heats. They are joined by newcomer to the show, Angela Malik, a private caterer in London.
The brief is to create exceptional dishes fit to serve at this year’s banquet held at the All England Tennis Club. Their creations must celebrate ‘A Taste of Summer’ reflecting the tastes, smells and colours of this time of year and paying tribute to the history and prestige of the Wimbledon Championships. Guest judges will include tennis royalty, icons such as Sue Barker, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski and Judy Murray. Holding eight Michelin stars between them the Veteran Judges include Daniel Clifford, Angela Hartnett, Nathan Outlaw, Tom Aitkens and Michael O’Hare.
For each region, the chefs will each create a starter, fish dish, main course and dessert for the judges. The two contestants with the highest score will then compete against each other to go through to the final heats and a chance to cook at the banquet.
The Scottish heats will be Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June on BBC2 at 7.30pm
Here’s a little more about all our Scottish Chefs:
Ally McGrath, Osso, Peebles
Ally is the only chef on this year’s Great British Menu currently cooking in Scotland, and Osso is the only Borders restaurant to hold a coveted Bib Gourmand Award in the 2017 Michelin Guide, the 7th year in a row. Osso also won Best Neighbourhood Restaurant in last week’s Scottish Food Awards. His dishes on last year’s show not only demonstrated a great understanding of his ingredients but also showed a flair for the dramatic when naming them. Osso will be offering diners the chance to sample Ally’s competition dishes in the restaurant once the shows have aired.
Ally returned to his native Peebles in the Scottish Borders and opened Osso in 2007 after earning his stripes under the likes of Richard Corrigan. He and his wife Helen run the restaurant as a relaxed, welcoming, family-friendly venue serving up local produce in an unfussy, natural way. Ally will also be stepping up to the plate as new Executive Chef at Peebles Golf Club.

@OssoAlly

Michael Bremner, 64 Degrees, Brighton

Born in Aberdeenshire, Michael apprenticed at The Pittodrie House Hotel before moving down to London and gaining pastry experience at the Michelin-starred Orrery Restaurant. He then moved over to become head pastry chef at Quo Vadis when it was run by Marco Pierre White, before travelling around Australia.

After stints in Brighton and Canada he returned to Brighton in 2007 to become head chef of Due South. He opened 64 Degrees in October 2013. Focused on social dining it has gone on to win several awards and was listed at number twenty-four in the 2015 National Restaurant Awards.

www.64degrees.co.uk

@michaeljbremner

Angela Malik, Private Caterer, London

Angela was born in Delhi and raised in Edinburgh. She is founder and chef/patron of the Angela Malik Modern Asian Deli in Acton and Ealing. After an early career as a chartered accountant, Malik began her culinary training at Leith’s School of Food & Wine in West London, followed by work experience at top London restaurants including Bibendum, Vong and with chef Tom Kime. In 2006, she founded The Angela Malik Cook School and Deli in Acton and Flavours of the Eastern World' in Gaynes Hall, Cambridgeshire, which run cookery courses and masterclasses in Thai, Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines for beginners to professionals.

Angela was a finalist of the search for a British female chef which was run by the T.V show 'The F-Word' on Channel 4. Angela has also won the Daily Mail's 'Best exotic cookery course' for 2007/8.

www.angelamalik.co.uk

@angelamalik

 

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

New Aluna Coconut Offers More Flavour and Less Sugar

Aluna Coconut launches this week, making its debut in Harvey Nichols stores across the UK and online with 31Dover.com. A sublime blend of rums from Guatemala and the Caribbean, with natural toasted coconut flavours and a fraction of the sugar found in existing brands, it is completely on-trend and set to be the drink of the summer.

Aluna appeals to a new, empowered generation who look for better, lower sugar products and actively seek mind, body and spirit satisfaction, connecting with the world around them. Aluna translates as ‘to the moon’ and the label adopts a lunar phase mandala design, which is a spiritual symbol for the universe.

The Guatemalan rum in the blend is made with first press virgin sugar cane ‘honey’ (miel de caña) which is fermented using a strain of yeast extracted from the pineapple plant, then lightly aged in oak. This makes a lighter, smoother rum with floral, fruit aromas and subtle natural sweetness, removing the need for large quantities of sugar. Selected Caribbean rums add firmer, classic rum notes and a little heat, giving balance and structure to the blend, whilst lightly toasted natural coconut flavours give a delicious new taste dimension. After marrying, Aluna is cut with the perfect amount of coconut water for an amazingly smooth and clean finish.

Aluna Coconut’s Heather Graham comments: “We’re delighted to be launching Aluna Coconut at this time. Aluna’s world is built around a central theme of empowerment - particularly amongst women for whom this generation has conferred greater independence, liberty and self-determination.

We’re confident that our positioning, alongside the delicious flavour affinity of rum and coconut, coupled with a lower sugar content and clean, natural taste will appeal to our target market of women and men aged 21+”

Signature serves include Aluna Colada, Aluna Mojito, Aluna & Apple and Aluna Espresso Martini, as well as being delicious on its own, over coconut water ice cubes.

Tasting Notes

  • Appearance: Clear and pure
  • Nose: Light and floral with subtle coconut and fresh banana
  • Flavour: Rum, toasted coconut, vanilla pod and cocoa
  • Finish: Nutty, smooth and clean
  • Strength: 35% ABV

 

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The Pompadour By Galvin Appoints New Head Chef

Daniel Ashmore takes the helm at iconic Edinburgh restaurant

Daniel Ashmore at The Pompadour by Galvin

Chris and Jeff Galvin are delighted to announce the appointment of new head chef Daniel Ashmore, who leads the team of chefs at The Pompadour by Galvin, located at 5-star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian.

Daniel comes to the role with a wealth of culinary experience from many reputable establishments including Fischers at Baslow Hall, The Square in Mayfair, Restaurant Tom Aitkens and La Trompette. Daniel’s previous appointment was sous chef at Number One at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.

Daniel commented: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Chris and Jeff Galvin at The Pompadour, one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the country. Also, to have the chance to showcase the best seasonal, Scottish ingredients I'll be cooking with care and simplicity is a chef’s dream.”

Jeff Galvin commented: “Chris and I are very excited to welcome such a talented chef to the Pompadour. Daniel has an amazing pedigree and his knowledge of the Edinburgh culinary landscape make him a wonderful addition to our Scottish team.”

The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe were established by the Michelin-starred chef brothers as part of the hotel’s £24m refurbishment in the autumn of 2012.

The Pompadour is open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, and lunch on Saturdays. At the heart of the offering are tasting menus of 5 and 7 courses that showcase the very best seasonal ingredients in dishes that are both modern and imaginative. Also on offer is a 3-course a la carte and regularly changing 3-course seasonal menu priced at £35.

Since his appointment, Daniel has been creating new dishes as well as adding his own spin on the presentation of Galvin classics such as North Berwick crab lasagne and apple tarte Tatin.

 

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Supermarket Introduces Range of Scottish Craft Beers with ‘Isle of Ale’

As the trend for craft beer continues to grow, Lidl has announced the launch of its first Scottish craft beer festival, which will be on sale from 25th May for a limited time only across all of it 94 stores in Scotland.
The new ‘Isle of Ale’ Scottish Craft Beer festival consists of 20 craft beers sourced from 13 Scottish micro-breweries. The line-up includes Disco Forklift Truck from Drygate in Glasgow, St Andrews Mocha Porter from St Andrews Brewery in Fife, Tempest Pale Armadillo from the Tempest Brew Co in Galashiels,Fierce Ginga Ninja from Fierce Beer in Aberdeen, Barneys Volcano IPA from Barney’s Beer in Edinburgh and Orkney Gold from the Orkney Brewery.
The craft beers, which come in a mix of eye-catching cans and bottles, include lager, pale ale, golden ale, blonde ale, IPA, dark ale, black IPA, and porter. All products will be found in Scottish stores under the ‘Isle of Ale’ section from 25th May.
The beers are further evidence of the supermarket’s ongoing drive and commitment to support Scottish suppliers. Currently, Lidl stocks around 300 Scottish products, with Lidl set to increase this number by a further 25% this year.
Paul McQuade, Head of Buying at Lidl in Scotland, said: “The Scottish craft beer industry is continuing to grow and we are proud to be working with some of the best breweries in Scotland. Our new ‘Isle of Ale’ event will shine the spotlight on this amazing array of beers being created across Scotland and give our customers the opportunity to experiment with some top quality beers. This selection is also an extension of our ongoing drive to stock more Scottish products in our stores with demand for local produce being as high as ever.”

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Scotland’s “Curry King” Condemns Manchester Suicide Bombing

Scotland’s “Curry King” has issued a fierce condemnation of the Manchester suicide bombing, calling it “a barbaric atrocity against all humanity and an affront to the Muslim faith.”

Matin Khan, a prominent Muslim who owns and runs Bangladeshi restaurants in Midlothian’s Dalkeith and Loanhead, said he had been unable to sleep since Monday’s attack.

“There is no place in any decent society for such cruelty,” said Mr Khan, who has made the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the most holy city of Muslims. “The Manchester attack is particularly tragic as it was targeted against defenceless young people.“

He went on: “For a true Muslim, killing just one other human being is an attack on all humanity. This mass murder has to be condemned in the strongest terms by those of all religions and of none. It has no place in our faith.”

Earlier this month Mr Khan’s Itihaas restaurant in Dalkeith was voted Scotland’s best curry restaurant. In 2014 he was named Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year. He moved to the UK from his native Bangladesh as a teenager.

In 2014 he organised a demonstration in Edinburgh against so-called Islamic State.

 

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Graduation Celebrations at Hotel Colessio!

Celebrate your graduation in the Grill Room at the Hotel Colessio, Stirling’s most stylish hotel, with an amazing menu created specially by our award-winning chef. Enjoy a delicious 3-course Lunch or Dinner for just £30pp - available on Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th June, 12 Noon until 9.30pm.

Alternatively indulge in a fabulous Celebration Afternoon Tea for just £24.95 including two cocktails. Available Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th June, 12 Noon until 5pm.

View menus & make a booking http://www.hotelcolessio.com/offers/dining-offers/

 

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Celebrate Your Graduation at Airth Castle!

Graduating is a huge milestone in your life, so why not celebrate in style with your family & friends and enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch or dinner in the Grill Room at Airth Castle Hotel? Only £25 per person! Available Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th June, 12.30pm - 9.30pm.

View menu & book http://www.airthcastlehotel.com/latest-offers/food-drink/graduation-dinner/

 

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Artisan café Heaven Scent to open in Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Popular Milnathort-based coffee shop, Heaven Scent, is announcing that it will open a new outlet at Dunfermline’s prestigious Carnegie Library and Galleries.

Due to open on 18 May 2017 as part of the major Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries development, the mezzanine café will boast stunning views over the landscaped garden to Dunfermline Abbey and the Heritage Quarter of the town. In keeping with Heaven Scent’s ethos of using ethically and locally sourced products combined with creatively prepared dishes, the new café, which seats 60, will serve a mixture of classic soups and sandwiches, as well treats such as milkshakes and delicious homemade baking. Dishes include toasted flat breads, a warm tart of the day and a range of breakfast options. Free-from catering for those with special dietary requirements (those on gluten free diets, for example) is a particular strength with Heaven Scent a finalist in the national Free From Awards for three years running.

The spectacular £12.4million award-winning new building has been designed by Richard Murphy Architects and has already won the EAA Building of the Year award. It links superbly with the world’s first Carnegie Library and houses a new museum, exhibition galleries, local history reading room and new children’s library. Nestled in Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter, the building will provide a new home for culture in the town.
Heaven Scent owner, Andrew Scott said:

“We are beyond thrilled to take Heaven Scent to Dunfermline in such a stunning venue. We’ve long had customers that travel regularly from Dunfermline to Milnathort for our barista-made coffees, milkshakes and delicious menu. In a world where town centres have become ever more homogenised by bland international retail and catering outlets, Heaven Scent’s character and success stands out. Our customers seek us out because they know Heaven Scent’s personality is ingrained through its outstanding service, fabulous food and drink and personal approach. We’re really looking forward to developing our menu for both locals and visitors to Dunfermline.”

Heaven Scent was awarded the contract by Fife Cultural Trust, which aims to provide creative, entertaining and learning experiences that enhance the quality of life, through their partnerships and in their museums, galleries, libraries and theatres.

Kirsty Keay, Commercial Director at Fife Cultural Trust, said:

“The Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries is a massively exciting project and one that the people of Dunfermline have already taken to their hearts. We’re delighted to have Heaven Scent on board and recognise the company’s ethos as matching our aims to deliver fantastic service and a great quality product. We’re confident that Heaven Scent at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will really add to Dunfermline’s food scene and be at the heart of the town’s cultural quarter.”

The new Dunfermline opening adds a third outlet to the original charming Heaven Scent coffee shop in the Perthshire village of Milnathort and the lively restaurant at Knockhill Racing Circuit. Heaven Scent also operates a professional catering service.

Heaven Scent has won a string of awards including independent Coffee Shop of the year, Excellence in Business Innovation from Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best accreditation and TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for four years in a row.
For more information on Heaven Scent, visit http://heavenscentcoffeeshop.co.uk.
Find out more about Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries at http://www.onfife.com.

 

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Sumayya Usmani Chats Culture, Community & Cakes at SocieTEA

EDINBURGH, UK – (18 May 2017) – The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian welcomes Pakistani-born food writer, broadcaster and cookery teacher, Sumayya Usmani as its special SocieTEA guest speaker on Thursday 1st June to discuss her latest book, ‘Mountain Berries & Desert Spice’.

Influenced by her homeland, Sumayya’s award-winning ‘Summers Under the Tamarind Tree’ (2016), and her recently launched second book are bursting with colourful stories and family recipes. In both books, she explains the sensory journey of discovery she has been exploring through certain ingredients and will share some of her anecdotal stories and inspiration with guests attending this special afternoon tea.

Passionate about Pakistani food and culture, Sumayya will bring to life the rich cuisine and diversity of the dishes she enjoyed growing up in a country that has evolved under the influence of its people over the past 70 years.

Dale MacPhee, General Manager of The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian said: “Food and conversation are the cornerstones of our society, we have become increasingly experimental not just when we eat out, but when we cook for family and friends at home. Sumayya’s enthusiasm for Pakistani food is infectious and we very much look forward to hearing more about her culinary experiences and influences to create what I’m sure will be another award-winning book.”

The Caley launched SocieTEA in 2016 with the aim of bringing interesting speakers to an afternoon tea experience at the hotel, that would inspire guests with stimulating and diverse subjects and conversation.

Tickets for the SocieTEA event on Thursday 1st June are priced at £50 and include a donation to Sumayya’s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Time: 1-4pm

Venue: The Pompadour by Galvin

Guests will be served a glass of bubbles in The Pompadour’s Salon on arrival. Afternoon Tea includes freshly cut, handmade sandwiches; freshly baked scones and a delicious selection of sweet pastries.

For further information call 0131 222 8945. Bookings are by email only at afternoontea.reservations@waldorfastoria.com

 

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Double Gold for Glasgow Distillery at The World Spirit Awards

Glasgow’s first gin and single malt distillery since 1902 has received two golds at top industry awards that received entries from 70 countries worldwide.

Glasgow Distillery Company received a double gold medal for its Independent Bottling Prometheus 27-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Best Independent Single Merchant. This prestigious accolade is awarded to entries that receive a Gold medal by all members of the esteemed judging panel and follows on from the whisky winning a double gold last year.

World Spirits Competition

2,100 superior spirits were sampled by the director of judging and master mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim and the 41-person panel at the 17th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Blending passion and experience, these awards are the oldest of its kind and most influential due to the strict judging methods by industry-respected experts to discern quality.

Gin also brought home success for the distillery as their limited edition Makar Mulberry Wood aged gin picked up a silver medal.

Distillery Gold

Liam Hughes, Co-Founder and CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company, said:

“At Glasgow Distillery Company one of our main aims is to ensure everything we release - whether the wonderful craft products made at the distillery, or Independent Bottlings we have meticulously sourced - are exceptional for our customers, and these three awards are a testament that.

“Prometheus 27 Year Old is the second bottling in the range following the highly successful launch of our 26-Year-old, and we’re exceptionally proud for it to receive the highest recognition from such esteemed judges. It cements our confidence in this wonderfully rare, aged Speyside single malt whisky which we are extremely proud to be the guardians of.

“To also receive a silver award for our limited edition Mulberry Wood Aged Gin is incredibly rewarding and highlights the commitment from our team of distillers to continue achieving our vision of producing premium quality spirits.”

This achievement follows on from many other award wins this year for the distillery, including silver medals at the International Spirit Challenge.

About Prometheus:

The Prometheus bottlings comprise a selection of “rare” single malt whisky casks, aged for around 30 years, which were acquired by The Glasgow Distillery Company in 2014.

Prometheus is a legendary Speyside with the Titanic strength of barley malted by burning peat. A whisky of sublime sophistication and balance, bottled at the peak of its powers.

Appearance: Rich amber with coppery hues.

Nose: A warm and welcoming bouquet with sweet notes of butterscotch, aromatic heather, orange zest and smoky charcoal.

Palate: Satisfyingly longlasting, creamy and peppery with aromas of roasted nuts, nutmeg and clove entwined with hints of Madagascan vanilla, dark chocolate, rich fruitcake, heather honey, candied fruits and smoke.

About Makar Mulberry Wood Aged Gin:

A limited edition offering, Makar Mulberry Wood Aged Gin, is made by filling Mulberry Wood casks with Glasgow Distillery’s Makar Glasgow gin and then storing it for approximately 10 weeks before bottling.

During ageing, the gin gains complexity and flavour as well as a little colour and the result is an intriguing hint of lemon, thyme and sweet vanilla and a peppery finish. Try it as a dry martini with a classic olive garnish.

For more information or to buy Prometheus 27-year-old whisky or Makar Mulberry Wood Aged Gin visit www.glasgowdistillery.com

 

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Stewart Brewing Celebrates Radical Road Win at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards

Leading Scottish craft brewer, Stewart Brewing, is celebrating after winning a top prize at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards last night. The brewer’s popular beer Radical Road fought off tough competition to win the Brewing award, which was introduced for the first time this year and is sponsored by Heriot Watt University.

The awards ceremony, which took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 18 May, recognised businesses and individuals in Scotland who are leading the way with innovation, enterprise and quality. There was a record number of 820 guests in attendance with a grand total of over 270 entries across all the award categories.

Jo Stewart, Stewart Brewing co-founder, commented: “It’s such an honour to be recognised at this prestigious level so we’re incredibly proud, especially when the competition was so strong. It’s been a huge team effort to get us to where we are today and it feels great to know all our hard work has paid off. Thanks so much to our customers and to Scotland Food and Drink for their continued support.”

Radical Road pours golden with long lasting white foam. The nose is bursting with American hops; tonnes of pine, grapefruit and citrus combine to make a tantalising hop cocktail. The taste is medium bodied with long lasting smooth bitterness and alcohol kick. Waves of hop flavour come from the triple hop brewing technique which gives a complex flavour profile.

Radical Road is available in the Stewart Brewing brewery shop in Loanhead and the new Stewart’s Dockside Tap shop in Leith, as well as in select Edinburgh pubs and bars.

The Stewart Brewing brewery is located at Bilston Glen Industrial Estate, 26a Dryden Rd, Loanhead.

For more announcements, follow Stewart Brewing on social media:

www.facebook.com/stewartbrewingedin

Twitter @StewartBrewing

 

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New Beginnings at Seasons Restaurant and Bar

This spring, Seasons Restaurant and Bar is enjoying its own rebirth - one year on from opening. The fresh new frontage at its home on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street heralds the new beginnings within the form of a brand new bar with its own bijou a la carte menu.
The new menu has been designed by Executive Chef and owner Matt Urry with the help of new recruit, Head Chef Cameron Laidlaw, who has recently joined from Restaurant Mark Greenaway. The new style menu sets the 10 seater bar apart from the ethos of the main restaurant: Small yet perfectly formed it has been designed for casual dining in mind and will be available from 2pm until 8pm accompanied by a list of 30 wines by the glass. The new bar wine list has been carefully selected by Matt who aims to make more inaccessible wines available to drink by the glass.
Bar Menu
  • White onion veloute, burnt onion, seasonal herbs - £4.50
  • Wye valley asparagus, gremolata and roasted hazelnuts - £7
  • Aged beef carpaccio, whipped goats cheese and wild garlic, crispy shallot, parmesan granita, beef fat flat bread - £10.50
  • Slow cooked Lamb leg, beer pickled shallot, charred spring onion, pomme puree, celeriac - £11.50
  • Poached Langoustine, quinoa, burnt apple, channel wrack, Langoustine bisque - £12
  • Rhubarb, custard honeycomb, gingerbread, doughnut - £7
  • Chocolate, pistachio, granola - £7
www.seasonstasting.co.uk
To book call 0131 466 9851 or email bookings@seasonstasting.co.uk
Images courtesy of David Brooks Hall Photography

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Summer Offer at The Wee Restaurant Edinburgh


The Wee Restaurant has a fabulous offer at their Edinburgh restaurant this summer. Every Saturday in June and July between 3 - 5pm, 2 people can each enjoy their famous Shetland mussels with bacon, fresh basil, pine nuts & Parmesan cream with a glass of wine for £15.

Chef owner Craig Wood developed the unique recipe for the menu at The Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry when they opened over 11 years ago, and they've been serving them every day since. They are very popular indeed.

61 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH

Tel 0131 2257983

www.theweerestaurant.co.uk

 

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Upmarket Steakhouse Opens in Lanarkshire

A new steak house is open for business in Lanarkshire. Cocktails and Steaks, is located on Uddingston’s Main Street in a former newsagent. The building has been stripped out and refitted as part of a dramatic renovation, costing £200,000.
The one-time busy newsagent, was once a traditional tobacconist store. David Mungall, owner of Mungalls Newsagent, sold the shop to family-run business, Uddingstons, who acquired the building in July 2015.
The new owners, the Cowley family, are local to the area. They are Florence Cowley and her two children Anthony Cowley and daughter Renee Smith.

It was mum Florence who noticed the building was for sale and she saw its potential. While the ownership is under the Uddingstons company, the family members have a strong track record in property developments as well as the hospitality industry. Anthony Cowley is Property Development Director for the Manorview Group. The Manorview Group own nine bespoke hotels across the Central belt of Scotland, which include Cornhill Castle near Biggar in Lanarkshire, Boclair House in Bearsden, Glasgow and The Busby Hotel in Glasgow’s south side.
Although Anthony was instrumental in getting the restaurant up and running, from redevelopment to becoming fully operational, looking after the day-to-day business will be Anthony’s sister, Renee, and mum Florence will also be on hand. Renee, who runs her own catering company has a proven track record of delivering a smooth efficient service to large high profile external events.
Anthony said, “This has been a long-running family project which has taken a while because we’re all busy elsewhere. The initial idea came from my mum, who fancied getting herself a coffee shop, but the idea evolved and changed, and I’m delighted I’ve helped my sister and my family. It’s now over to Renee to run the business, and I know she’ll do a great job”.
As head of development Anthony was responsible for the vision and project management of creating a working kitchen area and fully functioning restaurant and bar. Space was tight and the basement floor, where the kitchen is housed, had to be lowered to create a comfortable working kitchen area. A totally new mezzanine floor was added to create an additional upper level which can cater for an extra 16 people, and provides excellent space for a private party.

The feel of the restaurant is upmarket but inviting. Sit inside and you could be in any of the trendy eateries in Glasgow’s Finnieston area. Cocktails and Steaks is Uddingston’s first restaurant with a strong focus on steak, and the Cowley family were keen to give the Lanarkshire people more choice for staying local when it comes to dining out.
Renee explained, “Uddingston Main Street is thriving, we’re a local family, we know the area and the customers. There’s lots of great places here and we want to encourage people to stay local. If you want a good meal, a great steak and an accompanying cocktail, you don’t have to go to Glasgow to get it, and we also hope to attract more people outwith the Lanarkshire area to come to Uddingston and visit”.
The décor includes lots of interesting touches. Anthony is adept at picking up random pieces during his many redevelopments and he’s always looking for ways to recycle. At Cocktails and Steaks, you’ll find an old cistern which came from a bar in Glasgow, an old bicycle which was used to deliver ice cream in Perth. What Anthony is most proud of however – are the tiles on the staircase wall. These date from the 1960s and they were ceiling tiles, sourced from an old apartment in New York and shipped over. Once they arrived they had to be specially prepared and lacquered.
The light fittings were custom made to fit the low mezzanine ceiling and a fantastic spider-like chandelier spans the downstairs area. Dark wooden surrounds and comfortable leather effect seating complete the look, while lots of old black and white photos of butchers create an air of nostalgia. As you walk downstairs from the mezzanine floor, you’ll be met by a portrait of Daniel Day Lewis, as Bill “The Butcher” Cutting from the movie Gangs of New York. An addition from Anthony, who is a fan of Martin Scorsese.
Cocktails and Steaks, takes its meat seriously and are supporters of Scottish Beef. Produce is sourced from two Scottish farms with a long legacy of raising grass-fed cattle. Beef is aged for a minimum of 21 days and cooked using a Josper. This combination of a grill and oven prevents food from drying out or burning, and ensures steaks are cooked to their most tender and juiciest.
Renee, said, “We’re very focused on serving good quality meat, food and drinks. We’ve put a lot of thought into everything, from the décor, to the menus, the service and all the little unique touches. We’ve only been open for a few weeks and already we’re seeing lots of repeat business and great feedback from customers”.
Cocktails and Steaks, 193 Main Street, Uddingston, G71 7BP
Phone number: 01698 768118
http://cocktailsandsteaks.co.uk

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