Kincraig Castle Hotel, Tomich, Invergordon, Ross-shire

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There’s a fine balance to strike within the country house hotel market; that between high-end luxury and a skilled service tempered with a relaxed ambience and casual professionalism. Kincraig Castle Hotel sits firmly in the middle, hitting that balance with balanced measures of competent … [Read more...]

Nonna’s Kitchen, Edinburgh

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An old Edinburgh favourite; previously The Patio, in the city’s New Town; has been relocated by the Stornaiuolo family to Morningside, under the name “Nonna’s Kitchen”. A welcoming sight on the Morningside landscape, Nonna’s Kitchen; a superb, long established Italian restaurant; was buzzing and … [Read more...]

The New Inn Restaurant and Bar, Coldingham

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The villagers in this close-knit community are quite rightly very proud of their local pub and justifiably so, as my experience verified, in the New Inn, Coldingham. A quaint, stone-built establishment which sits in the middle of the small Berwickshire village, most prominently known to divers, … [Read more...]

The Waterside, Haddington

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How lovely to be able to give a second chance – I know the Waterside of old; when, at the height of its adoration, customers would travel a distance to eat there; pre-booked of course; there was no chance of sitting down otherwise; such was its popularity. Sadly, for a time, new owners didn’t … [Read more...]

The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha

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Following a gorgeous day on the Loch, our party of 7 hungry sailors began the hunt for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed supper prior to heading in our different directions for the night. Having passed by the Oak Tree Inn earlier in the day where every surface, both outside and in, appeared to be … [Read more...]

The Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum

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An unbelievable little find in Tyndrum’s busy main street is The Real Food Cafe; an unassuming little building, not externally attractive, but what a find! A fish and chip shop with a difference, the Real Food Cafe, promotes locally sourced good food and exceptional service, backed up with a … [Read more...]