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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.


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.

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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.

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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
Find out more about Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries at


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


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


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:

Twitter @StewartBrewing