Sunday, 26 August 2018

New jaw-droppingly refreshing fruit liqueurs to add to your drinks cabinet now

Jawbox Small Batch Gin has just launched two delicious, fruity gin liqueurs which are perfect for evoking thoughts of warm Caribbean evenings.  The Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur and Pineapple & Ginger Liqueur are equally as good on the rocks as when mixed with ginger ale or added to cocktails - and they look beautiful too!

Jawbox Pineapple & Ginger cleverly combines fiery ginger with the gin and finishes with the intense flavour of pineapple.  Jawbox Rhubarb & Ginger combines the finest ginger spice paired with the Victorian garden flavour of rhubarb and Jawbox Gin. 
With the heat-wave set to last, there’s still plenty of time to get your hands on a bottle and enjoy some sipping in the sunshine.
RRP: £25 for 70cl. ABV: 20% 
Available to buy online from Master of MaltAmazon31DoverDistillers DirectThe Whisky Exchange and Drink Finder.

Name Of Restaurant Opening on Edinburgh's Calton Hill Revealed

Dale Mailley, chef director of The Gardener’s Cottage, has revealed the name for his third Edinburgh restaurant.

The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is a partnership with Collective, the organisation currently re-developing the City Observatory site on Calton Hill into a new home for contemporary art.

Built on a cantilever so the restaurant is partially suspended over Calton Hill’s northwest slope, The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage will feature floor to ceiling glass windows and promises panoramic views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

As well as the restaurant, the new site on Calton Hill - to be called Collective - incorporates the restored City Observatory and City Dome, along with new purpose-built exhibition space The Hillside. 

An opening date will be announced later this year.


Caorunn Collaborate With Scottish Designer To Champion Craftsmanship
The premium Scottish gin Caorunn (pronounced “ka-roon”) is proud to announce a collaboration with multiple award-winning creator of cutting-edge kilts, Siobhan Mackenzie. Siobhan has created a bespoke kilt, the iconic handcrafted Scottish garment, celebrating Caorunn’s contemporary tartan which is officially registered by The Scottish Tartan Authority.
The collaboration will champion Scottish craftsmanship in which designer Siobhan Mackenzie has taken inspiration from the Scottish handcrafted gin Caorunn to create a bespoke kilt.
While the traditional kilt dates to the 1720s, Mackenzie’s extremely eye-catching, contemporary stance, sees her contrast multiple fabrics and colours, leading to unexpected style features. Chiming with her ethos, Mackenzie describes Caorunn as a particularly current brand underpinned by a strong sense of Scottish craft.
Siobhan Mackenzie says: ‘I was filled with inspiration on how to take the Caorunn tartan forward in a way which emulates the beauty aesthetic form of the Caorunn bottle. Master Distiller, Simon Buley’s attention to detail, his commitment to using the highest quality ingredients and the exquisite level of craftsmanship is what makes Caorunn.’
Proudly small batch, handcrafted premium gin distilled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands harnessing pure, natural Scottish water, and is infused with five locally foraged botanicals, being: dandelion, heather, coul bush apple, bog myrtle and rowan berries working in harmony with six traditional gin botanicals.
Caorunn is created personally, in a unique way by Gin Master, Simon Buley. Simon forages local Celtic botanicals on the hills around Balmenach Distillery and expertly oversees the infusion of Caorunn in the world’s only working Copper Berry Chamber. The slow infusion of this chamber sets Caorunn apart.
Simon Buley, Caorunn master distiller, says; “The terroir, the process and the people ensure passion, innovation and tradition are poured into every bottle of Caorunn Gin. We are proud others are able to take inspiration in what we do. I strongly believe in championing Scottish craftsmanship and Siobhan is the perfect example of what makes it so special.”
The unisex Caorunn kilt is formed of a staple black skirt replete with a swoosh of grey Caorunn tartan running through back pleats, finished with a touch of tartan on the waistband and fringe. ‘It can be taken from day to night in a heartbeat,’ says Mackenzie. ‘The daytime look may be teamed with a cashmere sweater, long riding boots and tights; for the evening, it can be paired with black heels and blouse.’ The menswear kilt, meanwhile, may be worn formally with black or grey Argyll kilt jacket and waistcoat, with black kilt socks and shoes, or casually with boots and a polo shirt or sweater.


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Edinburgh restaurant nominated as “Best Restaurant Outside London” for the third year running

Edinburgh’s Wedgwood the Restaurant has been nominated as the “Best Restaurant Outside London” in the Food and Travel Reader Awards for the third year running. Chef Paul Wedgwood’s eponymous capital restaurant originally won the award in 2016 and has been short listed for the annual awards since.
Entrants of the awards, organised by Food and Travel Magazine, are chosen through a nomination process by readers of the magazine at the beginning of the year, before being short listed and facing a public vote to reach the final in September.
Wedgwood the Restaurant is the only Scottish restaurant to be recognised in the category this year, and faces tough competition from four Michelin starred restaurants, including two starred The Raby Hunt Inn and Restaurant in Darlington. 
Edinburgh and Scotland have a strong showing in other categories with Pilrig Street’s Millers64 nominated for Best Bed & Breakfast; The Balmoral for Best City Hotel; Paul Kitching’s 21212 for Best Gourmet Bolthole; Gleneagles’ Andrew Fairlie for Chef of the Year, and world famous Bramble for Bar of the Year. Edinburgh itself is also recognised with a nomination for Destination City of the Year.

Paul Wedgwood comments on the well-deserved recognition for Scotland in the awards,
“Scotland has always been well known for its hospitality, and as an industry it’s really been coming of age recently. In Edinburgh we’ve seen large national restaurants like Dishoom and The Ivy open around St Andrews Square, but it’s brilliant to see the cities independent businesses represented in national awards such as this. It’s flattering to have been recognised by the readers of Food and Travel Magazine for three years running and to win again would just be the most incredible feeling, and to do so alongside so many neighbouring Edinburgh businesses would be even better.”
Winners of the 7th Annual Food and Travel Readers Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony in London in late September. You can support these local businesses and cast your vote at Voting closes in the 1st week of September.


Thursday, 23 August 2018

Sink Your Teeth Into Glasgow's Most Stylish Burgers

Three of Glasgow's top restaurants – The Butchershop, The Spanish Butcher and Hutchesons City Grill, part of the RUSK & RUSK hospitality and lifestyle group – have come together to bring high-rollers the ultimate feast for National Burger Day tomorrow!

The limited-edition selection, available from today (23rd August 2018) until Sunday (26th August 2018), features luxurious burgers crafted using 35 day dry-aged rump meat, with super premium additions such as lobster, black truffle and foie gras priced from £20 to £40.  

Here's a run-down of the epic burgers being served up across Glasgow, while stocks last:

The Butchershop, 1055 Sauchiehall Street

1. Signature Burger (£20): seared fillet steak burger, confit p ork cheek, foie gras, gruyere, iceberg lettuce, tomato, crispy cured ham, truffle aioli, brioche bun.

The Spanish Butcher, 80 Miller Street

1. Galician Fillet Burger (£20): drizzled with truffle cheese sauce, this smashed blonde patty is dry-aged for up to 35 days. Topped with all the good stuff, including iceberg lettuce, tomato, bone marrow, confit onion and crispy bacon.

2. Secreto Iberico Pop Tart (£40): Iberican pork patty, foie gras and black truffle sesame seed & gold leaf. Paprika skinny fries.

Hutchesons, 158 Ingram Street 

1. Lobster, Caviar and Oyster Beignet Sliders (£20)

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