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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Festive Favourites at Glasgow Mal

Malmaison is inviting the residents of Glasgow to join them this festive season to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style. From Festive Afternoon Tea to private party celebrations and indulgent meals with family and friends, Malmaison Glasgow has Christmas all wrapped up. 


Situated between the West End and the Centre of Glasgow, Malmaison is the perfect location to gather with your loved ones this winter. “We really know how to through a party here at Malmaison, so you can rely on us for a good time,” says General Manager, Graham Chalmers. “Whether you’re naughty or nice, there’ll be something for everyone at Mal this Festive Season.”


  • FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA   Related image


If you need some festive sustenance after a long day spent Christmas shopping, look no further than Mal’s festive twist on traditional afternoon tea.  Indulge in a glass of Prosecco, Christmas fruit cake, mince pies, ginger bread biscuit, yule log, sherry truffle, turkey, cranberry and stuffing wrap, Mal slider, scones, pigs in blanket brioche roll, and a choice of speciality tea. After all, you’ve earned it.  £25pp.




Providing everything you need for a private celebration, for £45* per person, Malmaison will provide a private dining room decked with Christmas finery, bubbles for all on arrival, a three course menu with tea, coffee and half a bottle of wine per person. *Minimum and maximum numbers will apply. See Hotel for more info.



  • Chez Mal Friday 1st December – Mal is offering a special package price of £35pp. Includes 3 courses & Half Bottle of wine per person. Available for groups of 8-80 people.
  • Private Dining - Saturday 9th December – We can offer our Christmas “Celebrate Like Nobody’s Watching” package from £35pp with FREE ROOM HIRE. Includes Prosecco Reception, 3 courses & Half Bottle of Wine per person. Available for groups of 8-60 people.


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Sit back and relax – you’ve got Christmas sorted, now let Malmaison look after Christmas Eve (Sunday) lunch.   Enjoy a selection of the finest unlimited hors d’oeuvres from the famous Chef’s Table, followed by a selection of classic warming dishes including roast beef or turkey with all the trimmings, plus a glass of bubbles. Finally, finish with an indulgent dessert while you cast your eyes on Mal’s legendary cocktail menus. £24.95pp. (Price includes a glass of Prosecco and party favours)


  • BOXING DAY BRUNCH   Related image


Keep the festive spirit alive with Mal’s truly decadent lunch. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and a selection of unlimited hors d’oeuvres from our famous Chef ’s Table, then dive into classic brunch dishes such as eggs Benedict, the big brunch breakfast or a prime rib Sunday roast, followed by a choice of the most indulgent of desserts. £24.95. (Price includes a glass of Prosecco and party favours)


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Let saxophonist Craig Nelson and resident DJ @AusDisco bring you into 2018 with banging beats at Glasgow Mal. Kick start the evening with a Glass of Champagne and Haggis Bon Bons, then enjoy our 3 course menu, with tea/coffee and petit fours to finish, before moving through to Chez Mal bar to bring in 2018 in style. £85pp.



Related imageNEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH Related image


Welcome the new year in style with the most decadent of brunches. The perfect cure for a squiffy head; we’ve a Chef’s Table with a selection to die for, a choice of divine brunch dishes and a glass of Prosecco for those who are ready to begin the celebrations all over again! £24.95. (Price includes a glass of Prosecco and party favours)


To book call: 0141 572 1020 or email:



Shetland Launches New Interactive ‘Shop Window’ for Food and Drink

Shetland, the most northerly point of the UK and one of the world’s most stunning island destinations, is to proudly promote its food and drink offering to the world through - a new interactive website. It is the first time that the breadth of Shetland’s food and drink businesses have come together in such an initiative.  

The website will serve as an online destination for information, and raise the profile of Shetland’s produce and outlets through its reach to people within and outwiththe Islands.  It will offer web visitors the opportunity to discover the range of food and drink delights that the Shetland Islands have on offer and order goods online, and highlight where produce can be tasted and bought.  

It is being launched by Shetland Food and Drink, the new membership organisation which proudly promotes the exceptional food and drink produced in one of the UK's most unique environments.  

Marian Armitage, Chair of Shetland Food and Drink commented: “Shetland has one of the most pristine environments in the UK and the food and drink which is produced here is exceptional.  Shetland has a wealth of great produce as part of its DNA, its heritage.  However, it has traditionally ‘kept its light under a bushel’ when it comes to promoting the wealth of produce we have here. So, with the growing interest both in and outwith Shetland in provenance of food and drink and regional production it is the perfect time for to be launched.”

Jill Franklin, Manager of Shetland Food and Drink said: “We want to be an online hub for everyone.  Whether you are someone considering having a holiday in Shetland, are a past visitor and fan from afar or you live here, you will find a wealth of information.  We want the site to be content-rich, informative, and ever-changing.  

“The funding we received from Shetland LEADER, the Shetland Islands Council, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and our many sponsors is to help create and develop a cohesive platform for the Shetland’s food and drink producers. The launch of is an important step towards this aim.” goes live on Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Highlights of include:

Interactive map of the best that Shetland has to offer 
The site features an interactive map, the first of its kind for Shetland, which has been developed so visitors can quickly find out where local food and drink is made and sold. Clicking on one of the pins in the map displays a brief summary of the featured business, along with a link to the individual producer or retailer.  

Online shop
Visitors to the can purchase gifts, event tickets and merchandise. First to go on sale are some great Christmas gifts – exclusive bags, peenies (aprons) and tea towels featuring the wonderful Shetland dialect; greetings cards and Christmas cards by local artist Monica Pothecary; butter, oatcakes and other non-perishable foods.  Books on sale include: the award-winning Shetland Food and Cooking by Marian Armitage; and the reprinted 1925 classic Cookery for Northern Wives by Margaret Stout (who graduated from the Edinburgh School of Cookery in 1915 and compiled the recipes for this book from what the Shetland housewives told her orally). Visitors can also click through to members’ own online shops.

Taste of Shetland Festival 2018
The website will also be the main source of information on the Taste of Shetland Festival, which has now become a key date in the Shetland calendar (in 2018 the Festival is being held on 5-7 October).  From early 2018, visitors can buy tickets for the event, local businesses can book stands, and there will be the chance to see recipes and other activities around the Festival as they are announced. 

Featuring news, special offers and a food and drink blog, there will be plenty to interest local residents, armchair travellers, food and drink fans, holidaymakers and visitors at
You will be able to find out more on the following producers and outlets:
Full members
● Anderson Butchers
● Frankie’s Fish and Chips
● Hayfield Croft Produce
● Jim Macmillan Butcher
● Mackenzie’s Farm Shop and Café
● Mirrie Dancers 
● Seafood Shetland
● Shetlandeli - COPE Ltd
● Shetland Distillery Company
● Shetland Farm Dairies
● Shetland Livestock Marketing Group
● Skibhoul Bakery
● Thule Ventus
● Viking Mead
● Waas Bakery
Associate members
● Aald Harbour Tearoom
● Brae Building Centre
● Beervana
● Caffe/Bistro Volare
● Da Kitchen Bakery
● Da Steak Hoose Ltd
● E.G. Farming Ltd
● Emma-Louise’s the Coffee Shop
● Event-tastic
● Katja’s Cakes
● LJ’s Diner and Pizzeria
● Peerie Shop Cafe
● Scalloway Hotel
● Scoop Wholefoods
● Shetland College UHI
● Sound Service Station
● Tagon Stores
● The Shetland Fudge Company
● Shetland Sea Salt
● The Shetland Times Bookshop
● The V Bird 
● Uradale Farm
Sponsors of Shetland Food and Drink are: Loganair (Gold); Cooke Aquaculture, NorthLink Ferries, Grieg Seafood, Scottish Seafarms, JW Gray, Harper Macleod, and Seafood Shetland (incorporating Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation, Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation and Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation Shetland) who are all Silver sponsors; and Bronze sponsors Shetland FM and RSM.
Some facts and figures

Research from the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway, Shetland
● According to latest research (2016) more fish was landed in Shetland than England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined, while only Peterhead was busier than Shetland in the UK. 
● Shetland boats landed £118 million worth of fish and shellfish in 2016, which represented a large increase in value from the previous year.

Shetland Visitor Survey 2012/13
● The most likely activities for visitors were walks (both long and short), visiting beaches/coastal scenery, shopping for local craft/produce, trying local food, bird watching and visiting archaeological and nature/wildlife sites.
● Visitors’ overall satisfaction with their visit was very high: 79% were very satisfied and a further 18% were fairly satisfied, giving a total 97% of visitors stating that they were very or fairly satisfied.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Opihr Oriental Spice Gin Christmas Gift Box

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin Christmas Gift Box

If you are looking for the perfect stocking filler or Christmas present for an adventurous, gin loving friend or relative, Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin has the answer. Their beautiful Christmas gift box which includes a 70 cl bottle of gin will soon be on the shelves. Stunning packaging and at a very reasonable price, RRP £23.00 for 70 cl. The Gift Box will be available from all major retailers.

The lucky recipient can toast Christmas with The Opihr 3 Kings Cocktail:
  • 40ml Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
  • 40ml Dubonnet
  • 20ml Aperol

Method - Stir in mixing glass with a dash of chilli pepper, double strain into tumbler over ice

Garnish - with an orange peel.

Opihr Oriental Spice Gin was inspired by a mysterious region in the Orient and the exotic flavours are carefully sourced from locations along the Ancient Spice Route, including Cardamon from India, spicy cubeb berries from Indonesia and coriander from Morocco.


Black Cow Vodka - the perfect stocking filler for the Vodka Lover

Looking for an extra gift under the tree, in the stocking or to complete the Christmas dining table?
Black Cow Vodka has the answer. Surprise and delight relatives or a loved one with either a 3 x miniature pack of Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka or the Whole Milk Gift pack which includes a 50 ml miniature bottle of vodka and a delicious cheese.

Not only are both items beautifully packaged but they are very affordable, The 3 x miniature pack of Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka RRP £15.00 and the Whole Milk Gift pack RRP £12.00.


Thomas Dakin Gin Winter Cocktail Suggestions to Get Everyone Into the Spirit

Thomas Dakin Gin winter cocktail suggestions to get everyone into the spirit

Christmas Eve - Dakin Gingroni

  • 35ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 35ml Aperol
  • 35ml Ginger wine

Build in rocks glass over ice and stir a few times with an orange peel twist.

Christmas Day - Tom & Tonic
  • 50ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 125ml Fever-Tree Mediterranean or Indian Tonic Water
  • Fill a tall glass with ice
  • Pour in Thomas Dakin Gin

Top with Fever-Tree Tonic Water Garnish with orange peel twist

Boxing Day - Manchester Fizzy Bee

  • 35ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 2 tsp of honey
  • 25 ml lemon juice Prosecco

In a shaker, stir honey with the Thomas Dakin Gin until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients then shake or stir with ice before straining into a Martini glass. Top with Prosecco and garnish with thin orange wheel float.

*The bee is the emblem of Manchester – a symbol of hard work

New Year’s Eve - Tom’s Manc-Hattan

  • 50ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 25ml Red Vermouth
  • 5ml Vimto (teaspoon)
  • 2 dashes of Liquorice or Angostura Bitters 2.5ml syrup from the cherry jar
New Year’s Day - Dakin’s Ramble (Raspberry Bramble)
  • 40ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 25ml raspberry puree
  • 10ml honey syrup or agave
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Top with a drizzle of Triple Sec or Cointreau

Pour raspberry puree into a rocks glass, add crushed ice. Shake lemon, Gin and syrup over ice and pour gently into the glass. Drizzle with Triple Sec and garnish with a fresh raspberry, a lemon twist then dust with icing sugar.

Gift Boxed Thomas Dakin Gin makes a very special Christmas gift

RRP £29.00 for 70cl

ABV: 42%

Gift box available in Waitrose and Selfridges from the end of November 2017.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Edinburgh's Newest Charcuterie & Bar Launches Autumn Menu Specials

As the nights get darker and colder, what better way to spend an evening than with a glass of wine or beer and some delicious meats and cheeses? Clark and Lake, a new charcuterie and bar in Edinburgh’s Tollcross is already proving to be popular since it opened in June this year, but they’ve now added some autumn specials to the menu that will make regulars and new customers’ mouths water.

In addition to the regular menu of meat and cheese boards alongside a selection of small plates, customers can now try out tasty mozzarella arancini balls served with marinara sauce and rocket, delicious whitebait with a homemade tartar sauce, homemade Spanish tortilla served with a sun-blushed tomato dip and a smoked mackerel pâté on garlic crostini with caper popcorn. Those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed either by a trio of chocolate truffles including dark chocolate & Tawny Port, milk chocolate & spiced rum and white chocolate & Lambrusco and soon to be added to the menu, chocolate sorbet and coconut ice cream from The Chocolate Tree in Bruntsfield.

Owner, Andrew Thompson said:

“Our regular menu has been really popular with customers but we thought as the autumn nights draw in, it would be great to add some specials to our menu. We feel the selection offers something for everyone, no matter their taste and we’ve really enjoyed sampling them while we get the dishes just right!”

Customers to Clark and Lake can accompany their choice of dish with a drink from the extensive wine list with each available in 125ml, 175ml glasses as well as 500ml carafes or by the bottle. These include an Albarino Lagar de Bouza from Galicia in Spain, a Cava de Ribeauville Riesling from Alsace, France, a Domaine Berrod Fleurie from Beaujolais and Santa Marena Espinos y Cardos Pinot Noir from Chile.

Those more tempted by beers will find an extensive selection of bottled beers available including Beavertown Gamma Ray, Neck Oil and Smog Rocket, Brooklyn Lager and Camden Gentlemen’s Wit.

Founded by Andrew Thompson after years of researching, planning and sampling eateries around the world,

Clark and Lake is his long term dream to bring a European approach to dining in Edinburgh. With a menu including a choice of sharing platters with meats and cheeses from Spain, France, Italy as well as across the UK, the relaxed and informal setting is already proving to be a welcome addition to the burgeoning restaurant scene around Tollcross and Bruntsfield and with the choice of new specials on offer, it’s sure to continue.


Have a Caribbean Christmas with Aluna Coconut

You may not be off the the Caribbean this Christmas, but let Aluna Coconut transport you there and warm you up with all-natural toasted coconut, vanilla pod and cocoa flavours…

Swap your standard Rum & Coke for something special, an ’Aluna Cola’.

Aluna Cola

  • 1 part Aluna Coconut
  • 3 parts Fever Tree Colah
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Stir with cubed ice
  • Garnish - lime twist

Something to wash down the Christmas turkey? A coconut rum naturally lower in sugar than others on the market means ‘Aluna Coconut Ice’ will go down a treat.

Aluna Coconut Ice

  • Pour 100ml Aluna Coconut over coconut water ice cubes.

With love… A bottle of Aluna Coconut makes a wonderful Christmas gift - why not treat someone this Christmas?

35% ABV

RRP: £24.95

Available from, Master of, and Harvey Nichols stores nationwide