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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

New Bar Line Up Unveiled for 2016 Royal Highland Show

Royal Highland Show 2016, Food Blog Glasgow, Gerry's Kitchen

Organisers of the Royal Highland Show (23-26 June), the country's biggest celebration of the best in farming, food and rural life, have released details of the new bars and licensed restaurants showgoers can look forward to at the four day event, held at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston.

The changes to the licensed premises are in line with recent upgrades to the award-winning event, including last year's launch of Scotland's Larder Live, and new for this year is the 13th Avenue Arcade, an upmarket shopping area with an eclectic range of lifestyle products for him, her and home.

Designed to provide showgoers with more variety, the licensed premises located around the 110 acre showground will give visitors plenty of places to relax in between the endless activities and attractions on offer at the Show.

Royal Highland Show 2016, Food Blog Glasgow, Gerry's KitchenIn a nod to the gin revolution sweeping the country right now, new bar ‘The Botanical Garden', run by award winning Edinburgh catering company Hickory, will provide a juniper lover's sanctuary in the south east of the showground. Offering a range of artisan Scottish gins and mixologists in one section, and craft beers and live music in the other, this is set to be a popular hangout in secret garden surroundings.

The Stetson, the Show's first country music themed bar and licensed food outlet, will sit behind the Lowland Hall. Managed by Gilchrist's, the people who run the popular Merry Monk bar on 4th Avenue, and, with a capacity of 1000, there will be plenty of room for line dancing when the live country music starts up.

Royal Highland Show 2016, Food Blog Glasgow, Gerry's KitchenIn the revamped 13th Avenue Arcade shoppers can look forward to enjoying a glass of fizz at the new Prosecco bar. Run by award-winning gin producer, Gordon Castle, this new bar is perfectly located to relax and take a break from shopping with a refreshing glass of something chilled.

For those with a taste for real ale, craft beer and cider, Eden Brewery will be returning to host the Real Ale bar in the Lifestyle Village, the German Bar, run by Gilchrists, will be back on 4th Avenue (opposite the Forestry Arena) and there will be an always popular Cider Bar in the Countryside Area.

Royal Highland Show 2016, Food Blog Glasgow, Gerry's KitchenOld favourites such as Cheers Bar, Quaich Bar, Strathmore Restaurant, Stockmans Bar & Restaurant on Avenue M, MacPhersons Bar & Grill off the Floral Walkway and The Stag, will all be returning in 2016 at their usual locations.
For those looking for somewhere to dance away the day's losses, or continue the win celebrations, the Show Dance returns in 2016. Under the cover of marquee, the dance will have extended opening hours this year and will also now open on Wednesday 22 June from 18:00-23:00.
David Jackson, Show Manager, said: "We are really pleased to now be able to share our new bar line up for the Show. Our new direction means that we are focusing on quality, not quantity, which will make things more socially orientated. We feel that by introducing these new smaller venues we can offer people real variety in their choice of where they head to drink, eat and socialise.
"I know that some people are disappointed that the Herdsman won't be back, but all I ask is for them to give these new venues a chance, they won't be disappointed."
The Royal Bank of Scotland, partner since 1981, continues to support the Show and the agricultural industry in Scotland.
Showground licensed restaurants are open Wednesday 22 June 18:00-23:00, Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 June 12:00 -22:00 and Sunday 26th June 12:00-17:00. Licensed bars are open Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 June 12:00 - 22:00 and Sunday 26th June 12:00-17:00.
The Show Dance will open earlier from 18:00 - 23:00 on Wednesday 22 June; 20:00- 01:00 on Thursday 23 June and 20:00 - 02:00 on Friday 25 and Saturday 25 June.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Good Service Charter by Fred Sirieix

Fred Sirieix, The Good Service Charter, Galvin at Windows, Gerry's KitchenCustomer-service expert Fred Sirieix reveals the ‘secrets of service’ he developed over a quarter of a century in a unique download aimed at businesses around the world.

General Manager of award winning Michelin-starred restaurant and bar Galvin at Windows and host of Channel 4’s First Dates, Sirieix has encapsulated the keys to ideal customer service in his own Good Service Charter.

“Service,” he says, “is like a religion. It takes passion, commitment and exquisite attention to detail - but the good news that is that excellence is within anybody’s grasp. It’s something you can learn.”

Sirieix describes his Charter as “a set of principles and practices to follow that will define exceptional customer service for your business”. It reveals how great customer service drives long-term business survival and profitability.

As General Manager of Galvin at Windows - the Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of London’s Park Lane Hilton - Sirieix is a multiple award winner, stacking up one title after another - including Personality, Educator, Manager and Legend of the year at industry awards in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Fred Sirieix, The Good Service Charter, Galvin at Windows, Gerry's KitchenA French national from Limoges, Sirieix was presented with a British Citizen Award earlier this year for his charity work.

The Good Service Charter is a product of Sirieix’s own company, Fred Sirieix AOS ltd - and is now available on Fred Sirieix’s website (

Visitors to the site will be able to download a free-of-charge change model - The ‘Good Service’ Pyramid - designed for use with the Good Service Charter.

The complete Good Service Charter can be downloaded at a cost of £50. 50% of the Charter’s profits go to a charity set up by Sirieix and DMTF, The Right Course - designed to teach young offenders professional kitchen and service skills that will help them get jobs in the hospitality industry after completing their prison terms. (

Businesses and individuals who want to take the training further, can sign up for The Good Service programme - a series of face-to-face training offers ranging from a one-day introductory course to a long term immersion programme.

The long term immersion programme leads to a “Passport to Good Service” for successful team members that will be recognised by approved organisations and customers throughout the UK.


Monday, 23 May 2016

5 Questions - Ruaraidh (Rury) Campbell, Junior Sous Chef @ Hilton Glasgow

Rury Campbell, 5 Questions, Hilton Glasgow, Junior Sous Chef
The Ideal Home Show Scotland rolls back into Glasgow on Friday, just in time for the Bank Holiday Weekend. From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest high tech gadgets, to fashion beauty and gifts, you'll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show. You'll also find some of Scotland's best independent food and drink producers selling their wares plus you'll have the chance to see some of the best chefs in Glasgow being put through their paces at the a Super Theatre. Rury Campbell, who is Junior Sous Chef at Hilton Glasgow, will be on stage on Saturday, Sunday and Monday cooking a few classic dishes to help you throw the perfect dinner party. I caught up with Rury earlier this week and put my 5 Questions to him.
Rury Campbell, 5 Questions, Hilton Glasgow, Junior Sous Chef
Here's Rury's story;
How did you get started?
I started off working front of house at Hilton Glasgow before I went to college. Over time, I moved into the kitchen and have worked my way up from there.
What advice would you give to any aspiring chef?
You've got to stay focused and always be willing to learn. Grab every opportunity by the horns. Finally, it's a tough industry so you'll need to have a good bit of drive and determination.
Where would you like to see your career in 5 years time?
In 5 years I’d see myself as a head chef in a hotel or restaurant.
If you could only cook one of your own recipes, what would it be and why?
That's a tough one. Not sure about the recipe but I love to work with fish and shellfish. Whatever I cook, I'd be keeping it fresh and simple but also try to be innovative at the same time.
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal - Who would it be and why? ...and what's on the menu?
I’d love to invite Albert Roux for dinner, just to hear about his experiences as a chef and his thoughts on the industry.. As for the menu, it would have to be some great quality Scottish seafood. Simple food, cooked well - perhaps a Bouillabaisse and a few glasses of Sauvignon Blanc to wash it down.
Rury Campbell, 5 Questions, Hilton Glasgow, Junior Sous Chef, Albert Roux
Rury will be cooking live on stage at The Ideal Home Show Scotland so if you're planning on heading along to SECC this weekend, you can catch him at The Super Theatre at the times below;
Saturday 28th May 11:00 - 11:45, Twice Baked Mull Cheddar Soufflé, Pear and Watercress Salad
Sunday 29th May 11:00 - 11:45, Ballontine Salmon, Avocado Ice Cream
Monday 30th May 11:00 - 11:45 AND 13:00 - 13:45 Twice Baked Mull Cheddar Soufflé, Pear and Watercress Salad (Both demos)
Rury Campbell, 5 Questions, Hilton Glasgow, Junior Sous Chef
If you fancy a little bit of luxury after watching Rury at the Super Theatre, Why not take a trip to the sumptuous Champagne Bar sponsored by Hilton Glasgow which is the perfect place to rest and recuperate with a glass of bubbly.
Accommodating up to 60 visitors at a time it is the ideal spot to meet friends and talk over the days events. Or simply add a touch of luxury to your day!
Hilton Glasgow are delighted to be sponsoring the Ideal Champagne Bar ……….Jozef and his team will be there over the weekend serving up Laurent Perrier and Heidsieck Monopole
Beers ,wine and soft drinks will also be available whilst Cheese,Salmon and charcuterie boxes will be also be on sale.
Tickets to the Ideal Home Show can be bought on the door or you can save yourself a little time by calling 0844 854 2014 or ordering online here.
Finally, I would like to thank Rury for taking the time out to answer 5 Questions and wish him every success with his career in the future.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Daffy's Manor Racing Edition Cocktails

Daffy's Gin, Limited Edition Daffy's, Manor Racing, gin cocktails
The zesty character of Daffy’s Manor Racing Edition, make it the perfect cocktail ingredient, adding a further dimension to classic serves. Daffy’s Brand Ambassador and Head Mixologist, Lindsay Blair, has created a range of cocktails, inspired by the F1 circuit’s famous host destinations. Together they also give a visual nod to Manor Racing’s colours, orange blue, orange and white.

(Surakarta, Hockenheim, Monaco Sunset)

Monaco Sunset
A subtle and playful twist on the classic Negroni, the softer flavours from the peach balance perfectly to all the fresh citrus of the gin to shine through.
25mls Daffy’s
25mls Campari
25ml Rinquinquin
Stir all ingredients together with ice and strain into a rocks glass over cubed or blocked ice.

Bold flavours and German Riesling combine to create a crisp and refreshing cocktail that complement the zesty character of the gin.
40mls Daffy’s
25ml Riesling
25mls fresh lime juice
12mls sugar syrup
10mls Crème de Cacao
10 Cardamom pods
Absinthe rinse
Shake ingredients. Rinse coupette or mini wine goblet with a drop of absinthe. Strain into glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Inspired by the flavours of Indonesia, the fruit, citrus and herbal notes pair with the gin to make a truly unique drinking experience.
50mls Daffy’s
20mls Blue Curacao
12.5mls fresh lime juice
10mls sugar syrup
1 passionfruit
Top with cold green tea
Scoop the contents of the passion fruit. Shake the ingredients together and serve in a highball glass over ice.