La Petite Mort, Edinburgh

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Forget the St Paul’s restaurant in London where love sometimes blooms over a first meeting; La Petite Mort is the perfect venue for a First Date, and provides the perfect recipe for romance, right here in Edinburgh! A short walk from Bruntsfield Links, La Petite Mort is additionally ideally … [Read more...]

Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers, Speyside

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It was my privilege to visit Gordon Castle Estate and the Gordon Lennox family, under whose stewardship, the highland estate of some 450 acres, is a growing business. Gordon Castle has been remodeled as a unique, exclusive use venue, located outside the picturesque Highland town of Fochabers in … [Read more...]

Gilmerton House, Athelstaneford, North Berwick, East Lothian.

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Being the proud owner of multiple, well-thumbed Jane Austen novels, and with a secret penchant for late 18th century living, the invite to visit and ‘make merry’ at Gilmerton House had me all aflutter. An exclusive use country mansion, in prime East Lothian countryside, Gilmerton hosts private … [Read more...]

The Atelier Restaurant, Edinburgh

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With the Food and Drink sector in good shape, the ever-challenging environment of the industry within the UK and demand for quality produce presents a golden opportunity for success and to establish a loyal following of foodies. Unconventionality within such an environment is not only a brave move … [Read more...]

Tutto Matto, Edinburgh

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There are pizza restaurants and there are PIZZA RESTAURANTS, Tutto Matto (of the two tomato fame) is certainly the latter. Opened by the Pinto Mexican team, ventures have spread from South America across to Europe in a taste extravaganza, where Tutto Matto reflects not only the best of Italian … [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...]

The Glenlivet, Speyside

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Pinto, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh

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The sombreros had another airing at the weekend for a return visit to central Scotland’s answer to a Mexican Fiesta. I was delighted to see another Pinto opening in Edinburgh, following their launch in Scotland’s capital at Lothian Road. Shandwick Place opened some months ago and, in the heart of … [Read more...]

The Flodigarry Hotel, Skye

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Guest post by Kirsty Allan As if the magnificent drive up to the north of Skye wasn’t enough, we were greeted upon arrival at the Flodigarry Hotel by their very own Lone Piper playing for us as we weaved our way down the hillside driveway. Silhouetted perfectly with two deer sculptures against … [Read more...]