Eden Mansion, St Andrews

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When 1st Earl Field Marshall Douglas Haig’s family built their family home, on the outskirts of St. Andrews in 1860, it epitomized the era and displayed all the elements of grand Victorian design. Amidst 5 acres of landscaped grounds incorporating a sweeping drive and walled gardens, Eden Mansion … [Read more...]

The Honours by Martin Wishart at Malmaison, Glasgow

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Award-winning chef Martin Wishart is certainly no stranger to the restaurant business, having opened his first, in Edinburgh in 1999. Michelin starred, since 2001, his further ventures have seen him opening on Loch Lomond at Cameron House Hotel and his first ‘The Honours’ in the heart of … [Read more...]

Hawthorn Restaurant, Benderloch, Oban

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Passing trade is something that Hawthorn Restaurant cannot exploit, although with kerb appeal in bucket-loads and a frontage which prompts inquisitiveness, it sits in the Benderloch countryside, 8 miles north of Oban. The village of Benderloch’s derives it’s name from Beinn eadar dà loch, meaning … [Read more...]

Norton House Hotel and Spa, Ingliston, Edinburgh

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In the lead up to their fabulous win of “Best Hotel Health Club Facility 2013” at the National Fitness Awards, I was delighted to be a guest at the beautiful Norton House Hotel and Spa. Within expansive and mature grounds at Ingliston, on Edinburgh’s western fringes, Norton House, although well … [Read more...]

Champany Inn, Linlithgow – Pol Roger 2004 Scottish Launch

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An honour indeed to be invited to Restaurant of the Year 2013, and even more so to attend one of the Champagne calendar’s more recognised events; I was delighted to find myself at The Champany Inn, near Linlithgow. A bonny little building, nestled around a cosy courtyard and dating back to the … [Read more...]

The Allanton Inn, Allanton

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A recent visit for dinner, following a search for a country pub type establishment; offering a good menu and excellent wines; the Allanton Inn ticked all the boxes. The quintessential village pub, the inn sits on the main street of the small Berwickshire conservation village of Allanton, thus … [Read more...]

The Craw Inn, Auchencrow, Berwickshire

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The Craw is not somewhere I just stumbled upon but a little village inn, with accommodation, I have known for some years and would love to adopt as my “local”, geography allowing. Quaint, cosy, welcoming and serving some fantastic wines from an extensive list; what more could anyone wish for? Oh … [Read more...]