Thursday, 28 September 2017

Cafe St Honoré named among Top 20 most sustainable food service businesses

Cafe St Honoré has been named on the shortlist for the much coveted award for the most sustainable foodservice business alongside two Michelin starred restaurants, a fish and chip shop, country pub and street food stall, as well as cookery schools, a workplace and university caterer.

Chef Director of Cafe St Honoré, Neil Forbes, said: “We are all thoroughly delighted to be in the top 20 businesses at the annual Food Made Good Awards. To be shortlisted alongside some of the most highly regarded places in the UK is a real honour. It’s due to the hard work and commitment from my team at Café St Honoré, and we are all looking forward to the awards in October. Fingers crossed!”

Restaurants from Denmark, Ireland, France and the United States are vying with 14 of the UK’s finest for the Food Made Good Business 2017 award which will be presented to the restaurant or foodservice business that has received the highest Food Made Good rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) in the last year, at the Food Made Good Awards on 5th October.

Andrew Stephen, Chief Executive of the SRA, said: “These 20 businesses prove that it’s possible to serve creative, delicious and sustainable food in any setting, whether fine dining, pub grub or college café. They should all serve as an inspiration to the whole sector to serve food that not only tastes good but does good too.”

SRA President Raymond Blanc OBE and Vice President Prue Leith will present the 17 Food Made Good Awards at a special ceremony on 5th October at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall where Raymond Blanc is also curating the lunch to be served to the 300 guests.

The Food Made Good Awards recognise restaurants and food service businesses whose accomplishments in the last year have driven progress in the industry and demonstrated that all food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable.

The SRA has updated its Food Made Good rating in 2017 and assesses businesses on their policies, operations and influence across ten key actions which define what a ‘good’ restaurant or foodservice business should do.

A full list of all of the Food Made Good Awards 2017 categories and the shortlisted restaurants is available here.

 

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Aluna Coconut in Harvey Nichols across the UK

Aluna's 'Tropical Temper' is the exciting new cocktail of the month in Harvey Nichols stores around the UK.

Tropical Temper is the delicious cocktail developed by Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge bartender, Antonio Pellarin, winner in last month's cocktail competition, contested by bartenders from all the Harvey Nichols stores. Available until the end of September, Tropical Temper is now on drinks menus in Harvey Nichols bars around the country, including the Fifth Floor Bar in Knightsbridge and the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie. Priced between £9-£14, depending on location, this exclusive cocktail is made with a unique blend of Aluna Coconut, Kings Ginger, pineapple, lime juice and a touch of syrup, shaken and double strained.
Throughout September, customers buying a bottle of Aluna Coconut from Harvey Nichols will get a free voucher for two Tropical Temper cocktails - one to enjoy with a friend - in a Harvey Nichols bar. Additionally, there will be instore tastings of this new spirit in both Knightsbridge and Birmingham throughout the month.
Aluna Coconut is a sublime blend of rums from Guatemala and the Caribbean, with all-natural toasted coconut flavours. Aluna contains only a fraction of the sugar found in competitor brands and is made with virgin sugar cane ‘honey’ (miel de caña) for a lighter and smoother rum with a natural subtle sweetness. All natural, lightly toasted coconut flavours give a delicious new taste dimension to the rum and the addition of coconut water adds an amazingly smooth and clean coconut finish.
Harvey Nichols are retailing Aluna Coconut at £28.50 in all stores nationwide (70cl bottle, 35% ABV) and harveynichols.com

 

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Earth Moving Launch forTomatin

Scotch whisky distiller, Tomatin, will this month launch its third expression in its popular Five Virtue Series - Earth.
The natural elements involved in its whisky production process has inspired Tomatin's limited edition single malt series, Five Virtues: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The Wood and Fire expressions were well received when the Highland distiller launched them earlier this year, heightening anticipation for the Earth launch.
The Earth single malt has a distinct character, as a consequence of having been distilled with peat-dried malted barley; giving it richly intense and, unusually for Tomatin, peaty flavours. The Earth expression offers an alluring mix of vanilla, burning heather and black fruit aromas with sweet, light smoke on the palate.
Graham Eunson, Tomatin Distillery Manager, responsible for curating the Five Virtues collection, said: "The Earth expression is unique within the Five Virtues series – and indeed our entire range of single malts - because of its peaty profile. We only distil with peated barley for two weeks of every year and this spirit is never usually released under the Tomatin brand name.”
Jennifer Masson, Tomatin Distillery Marketing Manager, said: "Off the back of our incredibly successful Five Virtues launch, we are very excited to bring the third expression in this limited edition series, Earth, to the global market.
"The Wood and Fire expressions have been extremely well received in all of our international markets, with buyers eager to add Earth to their collection."
To celebrate the launch of the third in the Five Virtues series, Tomatin have collaborated with Scottish adventure bloggers, North, and created the Tomatin Route 501 to give whisky fans an opportunity to bring to life their limited edition ‘Five Virtues’ series of whiskies through stunning Scottish landscapes that reflect the elements and names of the five single malt whiskies – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The adventure can be viewed here: www.tomatin.com/route501
The Tomatin Five Virtues series comes uniquely packaged in cartons adorned with contemporary art, created by Eva Ullrich. To mark the launch of the new Earth expression, Tomatin will exhibit all five of the stunning paintings by Eva Ullrich in a gallery within the distillery's Still House.
Earth, the third expression in the Five Virtue Series will launch at the Whisky Exchange Show in London on 29 September 2017. It has a limited run of 6,000 bottles and can be enjoyed from specialist whisky retailers from 30 September 2017 at £49.99 for 70cl.
The final two expressions, Metal and Water, will be released early 2018. For additional information, please visit www.tomatin.com/5virtues.
Tomatin was awarded 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.

 

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Hard Rock Cafe Serves up the "Poppy Burger” Inspired by Cinema Release of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

International Restaurant Brand Partners with MARV Films &Twentieth Century Fox to Deliver

Explosive Flavour with Limited-Time Offering


This Autumn, guests can combat hunger at Hard Rock Cafe by sinking their teeth into a blockbuster-inspired burger, offered in partnership with MARV Films & Twentieth Century Fox.

In celebration of the cinematic release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Hard Rock is offering the brand-new Poppy Burger at Hard Rock Cafe’s London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and at select locations around the world from today, Friday 22 September until Friday 6 October 2017. The Poppy Burger is a dangerously delicious take on the man-made burger prepared by the motion picture’s villain, Poppy, played by Julianne Moore.


Matthew Vaughn, Film Director and Producer of the Kingsman Series said, “As godson to Hard Rock Cafe’s co-founder Peter Morton, you can certainly say that I’ve always been a fan of the Hard Rock brand. My first job was a bus boy in the Hard Rock Cafe and it is a brand that I will always love for the fond memories it gave me. I feel privileged they are now my partners.”

While sinfully enjoyable, in no way is this burger made with Poppy’s preferred ingredients! Hard Rock’s limited-time menu item begins with a juicy half-pound burger patty, seasoned with BBQ spices, topped with pulled brisket in a bourbon whiskey glaze and finished with melted cheddar cheese. All served on a toasted sesame seed bun brushed with garlic aioli and Golden Circles (onion rings) on the side, this burger is sure to impress both food and movie critics.


Stephen Judge, President of Cafe Operations at Hard Rock International said, “Thanks to director, producer and long-time Hard Rock fan, Matthew Vaughn, Hard Rock’s latest collaboration is one of our most exciting and we are honoured to work with such an incredible film. The limited-time Poppy Burger allows fans to take their love for the film to the next level, and is the perfect excuse for dinner and a movie.”


For more information on the Hard Rock’s new Poppy Burger or to find the nearest Hard Rock location, visit, please visit www.HardRock.com.

 

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AELDER - The Versatile Festive Tipple Created From Scotland's Wild Larder

Move over gin, there's a new drink on the bar that's destined to be top of every food & drink lover's gift list this festive season - Aelder.

Handcrafted in small batches Aelder infuses wild Scottish elderberries with a host of Scottish botanicals and spices before blending with young Scottish whisky.

The result is a rich, dark and complex liqueur, that is just as perfect enjoyed neat in front of a roaring fire as it is topped up with fizz for an indulgent Yuletide aperitif.

Five years in development by the duo behind the Buck and Birch pop up dining experiences, Aelder was finally launched last November and the response was incredible. Fast forward a year and Aelder is now an award-winning elixir building a following of celebrity chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from the top restaurants and bars around the country.

It is a testament to its versatility that Aelder has been delighting diners paired with the best game dishes, desserts and cheese boards as well as inspiring a multitude of contemporary cocktails and libations whipped up by the drink world's elite.

Beautifully presented in a black ceramic bottle, Aelder is a sophisticated drink based on an age-old recipe with a contemporary twist, using produce from Scotland's natural wild larder.

This is a liqueur like no other, born in a kitchen not a laboratory and from a passion for showcasing the very best of the Scottish wilds.

RRP £25.00- £28.00 Per 500 ML 17% ABV. Available from Harvey Nichols, online at buckandbirch.com and from selected independent retailers including Royal Mile Whiskies. Full list of stockists on aelderelixir.com

 

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Jewel in the Crown of Edinburgh's 'Cuisine Quarter': Gauchoto Open £1.5m Luxury Restaurant and Bar in St Andrews Square

Gaucho – the celebrated Argentinian steak restaurant – is to open a flagship restaurant and bar in Scotland, officially opening its doors mid-November.

4a St Andrew Square will be transformed into a sophisticated yet welcoming dining destination for business lunches, intimate evening dining, private dining and special events.Edinburgh restaurant-goers can enjoy Gaucho’s globally renowned steaks as well as specially created fusion dishes – such as haggis empanadas - made using locally sourced Scottish produce.

Diners will be guided through the menu via the Gaucho beef board – a selection of signature prime cuts, including lomo, ancho and cuadril, brought to their table by a highly trained, dedicated host.

Gaucho’s wine list will provide a choice of more than 200 exclusive Argentinian wines, alongside a wide range of Scottish whiskies, gins and an extensive cocktail menu.

Director of Wine – Phil Crozier – is personally involved in the creation of many of the wines, including the Vina Patricia and Loro labels which are produced at Gaucho’s own vineyard in Mendoza.

From opening day, Gaucho will introduce all aspects of its brand to Edinburgh, including its famous Electro Brunch menu, wine tasting and beef masterclasses as well as its ‘mini Gaucho’ and ‘young Gaucho’ menus for families with children.

Gaucho’s Edinburgh location is a homecoming for the restaurant’s free-to-roam, grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef which comes directly from 45 specially chosen farms known as ‘estancias’.

Originally from Scotland, Aberdeen Angus was first introduced to Argentina in 1879 by Don Carlos Guerrero.

Today, all Argentina’s Aberdeen Angus are direct descendants of Guerrero’s original Scottish cattle – Cinderella, Aunt Lee and Virtuoso, the bull.

The launch of the Edinburgh restaurant will also see Chef Director – Jamie Robertson – return to his roots.

Born and raised in Bonnyrigg, Robertson worked alongside celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, before joining Gaucho in 2012; overseeing menu development and supply chain.

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Commenting on the new Edinburgh restaurant, Chef Director, Jamie Robertson, said: “Being from Bonnyrigg, this is something of a homecoming for me. I’m enjoying the opportunity to create exclusive dishes for our new Edinburgh restaurant that celebrate and fuse the provenance of Argentinian beef with Scotland’s enviable natural larder.

“If there’s one thing Scots know, it’s good beef, so I’m looking forward to bringing Gaucho’s world-famous menu back to a home crowd.”

Tracey Matthews, Group Chief Operating Officer at Gaucho said: “Right in the heart of Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital, the iconic St Andrew Square provides an ideal location for Gaucho to open our flagship Scottish restaurant and bar.

“Edinburgh’s food and drink scene is flourishing and we see Gaucho making a significant contribution to this.

“We can’t wait to open the doors and welcome the people of Edinburgh to the Gaucho experience – one that combines quality food and great drinks with the highest quality service in an unforgettable environment.”

 

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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh Launches Mini Jazz Festival

Following its success last year, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian has announced the return of its ‘Jazz Week Festival’ from 4th – 8th October.

The hotel’s famous Peacock Alley will host a range of events with world-famous jazz and swing band, Rive Droite Rive Gauche. Flying in from France for the event, the jazz orchestra is composed of five musicians who have travelled the world performing with some of the greatest French and American jazz artists. The festival will include jazz-themed evenings of cocktails, oysters, gin & dancing.

The programme of activity throughout the week will run as follows:

Featuring three bespoke cocktails named after jazz legends including The Franklin,The Sinatra and The Fitzgerald, this event will include a ‘nine o’clock pop’, an interactive sabrage demonstration.

An evening of oysters, fizz & jazz, this event offers a variety of deals on shucks, including 12 oysters for £15 or oysters for two with a glass of bubbles for £30. The event will also include a sabrage demonstration.


On Friday, Peacock Alley will set the stage for a special dinner dance to the sounds of Rive Droite Rive Gauche. Prices start at £35 per person for a three course meal or £89 per couple for a three course meal and a bottle of wine.

An exclusive Edinburgh Gin tasting will be held at 5pm, before guests are invited to enjoy dinner at the hotel before dancing the night away. The ‘nine o’clock pop’ will also feature with guests having the opportunity to try out sabrage.

On Sunday, the hotel’s autumnal afternoon tea offering will be complimented by jazz music all afternoon. Prices start at £40 per person for a traditional afternoon tea.

Events must be booked in advance. For further information on deals or to make a booking, please call reservations team on 0131 222 8945 or email Caledonian.marketing@waldorfastoria.com.

 

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Hotel & Restaurant Review - Hotel Colessio & The Grill Room, Spittal Street, Stirling

Stirling is only 30 miles from Glasgow but I've only visited the medieval market town on a handful of occasions. Steeped in history, the town is home to Stirling Castle as well as the National Wallace Monument, which overlooks the site where William Wallace scored an important victory over the English at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. Plus with the site where the famous Battle of Bannockburn took place just a short drive away, there are plenty of reasons to visit the historic town but I've never seen it as a go-to destination, often heading to Edinburgh whenever we have a free day to fill.
That was to change recently though when we were asked if we would like to spend the night at Hotel Colessio, one of a number of hotel venues owned by The Aurora Collection. After a quick check of the diary, we arranged to stay on a Friday night at the start of July, ending what turned out to be a very busy week at work with a relaxing start to the weekend.
We both finished work at 5pm and less than a hour later, we were parked up in the hotel car park and looking forward to checking in.
The Aurora Collection own a small but growing portfolio of luxury hotels and lodges across the central belt of Scotland and pride themselves on offering their guests wonderful accommodation set within unique character buildings.
As Stirling's newest boutique hotel, Hotel Colessio is setting a new standard for hotels in the city. Housed within a converted Victorian landmark building, the hotel boasts 40 rooms and suites which have all been decorated to a high standard.
As soon as you walk through the door, you are welcomed with a huge open foyer with the bar area to the left and The Grill Room restaurant on the right. We were quickly checked in and shown to our room for the night which turned out to be The Bruce Suite, one of two suites at the hotel.
The Bruce Suite is huge with one half of the living area dominated by a huge king size bed and diamanté set headboard whilst the other half is filled with a separate seating area with 42" LCD TV, leather corner sofa and even a desk area for those that fancy doing a little work whilst they spend the night in Stirling. The decor might not be to everyone's taste but if you like the stylings of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen then you'll love the feel of Hotel Colessio. There's no shortage of bling scattered throughout the hotel which put a smile on Nicola's face.
The bathroom is massive and decorated to a high level with white marble tiles covering the floor and walls. I can't remember the last time I had a bath but the huge double bath was calling me but for some reason, Nicola seemed more interested in her gin than joining me in the tub?
The huge monsoon style shower is also big enough for two to share and the shower does pack enough pressure to blow the cobwebs away after a few cocktails in the bar from the night before.
After a quick freshen up we were ready for dinner and made our way downstairs to The Grill Room where we were shown to our booth for the evening. Again, the decor is opulent with plenty of mirrors, and black polished wooden tables filling the restaurant space while the black and white damask patterned carpet dominates the overall view.
No expense was spared when it came to table decoration with each tenable adorned with fresh Phylanopsis orchards. These delicate flowers don't come cheap - we should know as Nicola's wedding bouquet was made entirely from these beautiful orchids. I'm not complaining as they made a great background for some of my photos.
The wine list isn't the longest but there's enough choice to suite most tastes and budgets and we opted for a an easy drinking Trebbiano from Monte Di Cello which was light and crisp with plenty of citrus notes.
The Grill Room is open to hotel guests and locals alike although with a number of other restaurants all within walking distance, The Grill Room has done a good job of keeping its menu attractively priced and when we went downstairs for dinner, the restaurant was already very busy.
The menu is split into appetizers, salads, fish & seafood, meat, vegetarian and Josper Grill, so there is no reason why even the fussiest eater will struggle to find something that they enjoy.
To start, I was drawn to the tartare of Scottish smoked salmon, baby capers, lemon & dill creme fraiche, avocado and citrus salad which was for the most part, very good. Although this was a dish that was the classic example of a chef not knowing when to stop. The smoked salmon was diced finely and sat atop a bed of ripe mashed avocado that was lacking in seasoning - this wasn't a big deal as the smoked salmon was already very salty. The creme fraiche dressing was packed with lemon flavour but no dill that I could detect which was a shame as dill and salmon are best friends. The scattering of baby capers looked like more of an afterthought whilst the citrus salad was nothing more than two inedible chunks of lime and grapefruit. The dish was garnished with peashoots which added a fresh balance as well as a little elevation to the plate. Had the chef stopped at smoked salmon, avocado and lemon & dill dressing, this could have been a very good dish.
Nicola opted for the shredded duck bonbons with chilli hoisin dressing and mango & cucumber salsa. This was a generous serving of six crispy bonbons which were packed with well cooked duck and worked well with the spicy hoisin dressing. The mango and cucumber salsa was well seasoned although we both felt that the mango was too sweet for the salt & chilli flavours on the plate. Looking back, perhaps an Asian slaw or salad would have been a better balance? Once again, a garnish of peashoots sat atop Nicola's starter - in fact peashoots were used to garnish all of our dishes including breakfast the next morning.
I like peashoots but surely there's a time and a place?
In recent months, Nicola has developed a real love for fresh lobster so when she spotted lobster frites on the menu, her mai course was an easy choice.
This was a dish of simple pleasures - grilled lobster, garlic butter and chips. The lobster was deliciously sweet and had been cooked perfectly although the half lobster that Nicola was served was very small. We fed this back at the time as we felt that had we known how small the lobster was, we would not have ordered at the £20 cost.
That said, the balance of rich garlic butter and soft sweet lobster was very good whilst the hand cut chips were as good as we've had, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside - great for dipping in the garlic butter! The dish was also served with a side salad of dressed mixed leaves and roasted vegetables that complemented the other big flavours.
Earlier that week I had been lucky enough to have eaten two very good steaks that had been cooked in the Josper Grill so decide to go for my third steak meal of the week. My previous cuts had been D-Rump and Bavette so decided to try the 8oz Sirloin which was served with grilled mushroom, tomato and fries and onion rings.
When my steak arrived it looked great, showing tell-tale signs of the hot Josper Grill and although it had been cooked medium as requested, I learned a valuable lesson in meat. The steak was charred on the outside and nice and pink on the inside but as the sirloin has much less fat content than other cuts of meat, I felt that the high temperatures of the Josper Grill were too fierce for The Sirloin resulting in a piece of meat that was much drier than I would have preferred. This might be done to personal taste but in future I will be sticking with fattier cuts of meat next time I see the mention of a Josper Grill on the menu.
I can't really fault the Kitchen on this, they cooked my steak as I had asked and the accompanying fries, mushroom and tomato were all as I would have expected. In fact, I didn't finish my streak as happy to tuck into the pile of fries on the side. I just wish I had went with my gut and ordered the 10oz rib-eye which I'm sure would have put up a better fight with the Josper.
As is often the case, we really didn't have room for dessert but our waitress was very persuasive and we decided to share the Baked Alaska with raspberry coulis. I've seen baked Alaska begin to reappear on quite a few menus in recent times and have actually had three different baked alaska puddings in the last few months. This retro pudding which consists of sponge and ice cream encased in Italian meringue is a favourite of me and Nicola and we actually served it up as the pudding at our own wedding.
The Grill Room 'Alaska' was very nice with Victoria Sponge and creamy vanilla ice cream working well with the meringue topping while the sharp raspberry coulis cut through the richness of the sweet meringue. This is a good sized dessert and perfect for sharing - we actually struggled to finish it between the two of us.
Over the few hours that we had dinner, the restaurant had filled and the adjoining cocktail bar was also getting pretty busy but we fancied a nightcap and were lucky enough to grab the last table in the bar.
Is there a better after-dinner cocktail than the espresso martini? If so, I've yet to find it. We both ordered an espresso martini although I opted to have mine with rum replacing the traditional vodka base. Both martini's were well made and they were the perfect end to an exhausting week before we made our way upstairs to bed.
I wouldn't hesitate on recommending Hotel Colessio to anyone looking for an overnight in Stirling. The staff were friendly, efficient and keen to deliver top quality service throughout our stay. I've mentioned a few negatives aspects to our dining experience in The Grill Room but there was nothing that would stop me from returning. All of these issues were fed back to the restaurant manager on the night and were taken as constructive feedback, not a personal attack on the kitchen.
Our stay plus dinner and breakfast was complimentary but my review above is an honest account of our experience on the night. I would like to thank the staff and management for their hospitality and generosity and wish them all the best for the future.
Keep up to date with news and offers from Hotel Colessio on Facebook and Twitter.
 

 

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ibérica Glasgow and Terras Gauda Wine Paring Dinner

To continue showcasing the wide diversity of Spain’s wine scene, Ibérica Glasgow bring you new additions to their wine list by Terras Gaudas Winery.

Join Iago Becerra from Terras Gaudas Winery who will walk all dinner guests through the different wines each paired with Ibérica’s dishes.

When - Tuesday 26th of September at 6.30pm

Where - Ibérica Glasgow, St Vincent Street, Glasgow

Cost - £50 per person

Purchase here: https://pairing-dinner-with-terras-gauda_ibericaglasgow.eventbrite.co.uk

All dishes will come to share as per Ibérica’s style and served with 100 ml glass per person of each wine.

Terras Gauda O Rosal. Albariño

paired with Manzanilla Olives and Jamón Ibérico Juan Pedro Domecq

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La Mar. Caíño blanco and Albariño

paired with Octopus a la Gallega and Green Asparagus with Manchego and Truffle Oil Toast

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Petit Pittacum. Mencía and Godello

paired with Croquetas de Jamón

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Sardón. Tempranillo, Malbec, Garnacha

paired with Twice Cooked Lamb

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Val de la Loba. Mencía

paired with Pitu Chicken Rice, Grilled Pork Secreto and Skinny Chips

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Sherry Néctar. Pedro Ximénez

paired with Spanish Rice Pudding

Note tickets are for a shared table hosted by Terras Gaudas Winery.

 

 

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Divino Enoteca Launches Edinburgh's First Italian Afternoon Tea

Award-winning Italian restaurant Divino Enoteca is the first restaurant in Edinburgh to launch a traditional Italian Afternoon Tea.

The Afternoon Tea for two features beautifully hand-crafted sweet and savoury Italian treats presented on an elegant three-tier cake stand. Exquisitely presented, the top tier features the classics - tiramisu and fruit panettone served with chocolate sauce. The middle tier features delicate cannoli pastries filled with rich pistachio mousse and figs glazed with pistachio cream, while the bottom tier features savoury dishes including bruschetta, focaccia with ricotta cheese and fried capers, and gnocco fritto filled with smoked swordfish, pickled beetroot and samphire.

From Monday 11th September, the Afternoon Tea is available Monday to Saturday from 3pm to 5pm and is served with a selection of teas and coffees for £30, or with tea or coffee and a glass of Italian Prosecco for £40.

Divino Enoteca, part of the Vittoria Group, focuses on fresh, seasonal Italian cuisine, using carefully selected local produce to ensure each dish is packed with genuine Italian flavours. The intimate restaurant and wine bar, located on Edinburgh’s Merchant Street, has been awarded 12 industry accolades since opening in 2010. Awards include ‘Best Italian in Scotland’ in The Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards 2016.

Mattia Palumbo, general manager at Divino Enoteca, said: “At Divino we are well known for our authentic Italian cuisine, fine wines and intimate, sophisticated setting. We want to offer our customers something a bit different, bringing a unique Italian indulgence you won’t find anywhere else. We have combined the traditional Italian ‘Aperitivo’ course consisting of small pre-dinner bites, with our take on the classic Afternoon Tea. It’s the perfect Italian treat for any occasion from meeting friends to family celebrations!”

Divino Enoteca’s Italian Afternoon Tea is freshly made in-house daily and must be booked in advance at: www.vittoriagroup.co.uk/divinoenoteca/ or phone 0131 225 1770.

 

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Perfect your favourite seasonal drink at home with Tipplesworth Bramble Cocktail Mixer

The nights are getting longer and the temperatures are dropping so it’s time to embrace the Autumn chill – what better way to do this than to whip up an Autumnal cocktail at home. Tipplesworth has recently launched 3 premium cocktail mixers that make it easy for anyone to mix up a delicious, fuss-free cocktail at home.

If you want to make the most of the seasonal flavours, why not enjoy their Bramble Cocktail Mixer with your favourite gin. To make a Bramble, simply pour mixer with gin over ice, stir and serve. This is a handcrafted and all-natural non-alcoholic mixer which can be purchased separately or as part of a package of 3, Raspberry Mojito and Expresso Martini being the additional mixers.

The three cocktail mixers are packaged in 500 ml glass bottles and when mixed with spirits make 5 or more tasty servings.

Individual bottles RRP: £4.99 - £6.99 and stockists include Selfridges, Ocado and Liberty

3-pack RRP: £15.99 and stockists include Lakeland, Selfridges, Liberty

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Glasgow Distillery Sips National Success at The Scottish Gin Awards

Glasgow Distillery Company wins two golds at the first ever Scottish Gin Awards at a glitzy award ceremony in the Hilton Double-Tree last night.

Over 100 Scottish gins were entered in the inaugural awards with MAKAR Old Tom winning gold in the best specialty gin category and MAKAR Oak Aged coming out top in best cask aged gin.

Celebrating the artisan and quality small batch gin production across Scotland, over 100 of country's best gins and over 75 gin brands were quaffed in a strict blind tasting from a panel of 12 of the industry’s finest including spirit enthusiast Blair Bowman and Dr Annie Hill, programme director of distilling at Heriot Watt university.

The distillery, which was shortlisted in four out of the 15 categories including London Dry Gin of the Year, Cask Gin of The Year, Speciality Gin of The Year and Scottish Distillery Of The Year, had five finalist nominations – one for each of their portfolio.

Sponsored by the Scottish Gin Society, the new national competition recognised 31 producers and 51 gins in their first ever awards.
Co-founder and CEO of Glasgow Distillery, Liam Hughes, said:
“To receive two golds at the first ever Scottish Gin Awards is a really special achievement for Glasgow Distillery. Our team is committed to producing premium quality spirits and this recognition from such an esteemed panel judging 75 Scottish gin brands is simply fantastic.
“Scotland is known across the world for producing premium quality spirits and these awards recognise how strong and buoyant the Scottish gin market really is.
"It’s been a pleasure to be part of the celebrations and massive congratulations to all the worthy winners and a special mention to the Scottish Gin Society for driving forward Scottish gin on a global scale.”

 

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