Posts From Michelle McWilliams

Pop up Gin Bar, Old Town Barber Club: Launch of ’20 by Maygate Gin’

Twenty years on from opening Hope, their hair salon in Dunfermline’s Maygate, owners Brian and Debbie Jobson have created their very own gin, called ’20 by Maygate Gin’.  This weekend the couple are hosting a speak-easy pop up gin event in their second salon, the stylish Old Town Barber Club. Brian said:’The original batch of 120 bottles sold out in only four hours so we have obtained an occasional license

‘Is Dunfermline Rubbish?’

Design Dunfermline 2018, 25-29 April The forthcoming Design Dunfermline 2018, a four day community event to come up with a shared vision for Dunfermline’s town centre, has, like many things in Dunfermline, provoked two reactions. For the most part, the response is very positive and the Design Dunfermline team is pleased to report the bookings for free places at the event have been busy. Then, there’s the other reaction, from

Cafe Wynd Opens in Dunfermline

Stewart, 34 and Lynva Forrest, 33, have just opened a new cafe in Dunfermline called Cafe Wynd. After years spent studying a degree in film, and roles in location management, for productions such as Outlander, Stewart is returning to a former life in the cafe and restaurant business. Previous stints in the catering business included cooking for the boutique hotel restaurant, No 11 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh, and for Harvey Nichols

Win a meal for four at Basil, new Indian restaurant, Dunfermline

Basil, a new Indian restaurant, which recently opened in Dunfermline‘s Carnegie Drive is offering Avocado Sweet readers a meal for 4, up to the value of £100, as a competition prize. No restaurant opening would be complete without Sammy the Tammy, pictured above, with owner, Ram and DAFC captain, Callum Morris. Basil, is owned and run by Parsuram Sigdel, or Ram, who readers may remember from Ashiqs, an Indian restaurant in Bridge

Ross Forbes Exhibition, Fire Station Creative

Dunfermline artist, Ross Forbes, who is now based in Dundee, opens his first ever solo exhibition at Fire Station Creative today. Ross says, ‘I was offered a place at Edinburgh College of Art in 1999. I quickly became ill and had to drop out. It was not until many years later in a moment of inspired madness that I picked up a brush again. I was working at BSKYB at

Smashburger Dunfermline Opens

Smashburger opened its doors in Dunfermline in early December 2017 – it’s the company’s second branch in Scotland – following closely on their first Scottish outpost in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The chain may be new to Scotland’s burger scene but the company has seen a rapid expansion in the United States since the first restaurant opened in 2007 in Denver, Colorado. Indeed, the fashionable industrial interior tells us that it’s

Chilled afternoon tea and Christmas shopping at National Galleries of Scotland

It’s worth remembering that there’s an oasis of tranquility on Princes Street in Edinburgh. Hard to believe in the run up to Christmas but the National Galleries of Scotland is a calm retreat from the demented streets of the city centre.  Forget the bunfight in the retail hell elsewhere; instead enjoy Christmas shopping in both of the National Galleries’ stores. There’s the shop near the Princes Street entrance which has

Aelder, a new Scottish liqueur made from elderberries

Two inventive Scottish guys have avoided the crowded gin market and turned their attention to neglected Scottish liqueurs. Rupert Waites and Tom Chisholm have created Aelder – a rich liqueur made from wild elderberries, a range of botanicals and whisky. Instead of passing the port after dinner, diners can pass this lighter Scottish alternative. Still complex in flavour,  the subtle addition of whisky counterbalances the sweetness of the elderberries, and,

Andrew Carnegie & the Homestead Strike, 1892

Carnegie Lecture, Fire Station Creative, 7.30pm Tuesday 28 November, 2017 To mark the 125th anniversary of one of the most notorious strikes in American history,  the controversial Homestead dispute that took place in Andrew Carnegie’s Homestead Steelworks in Pittsburgh in 1892, is the focus of  a Carnegie lecture at Fire Station Creative. From Chartist Roots to Labour Unrest; Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead dispute of 1892 Professor of Scottish History at

Manna House Bakery opened in South Queensferry

The excellent Manna House Bakery has opened a second branch in South Queensferry – although baking for two cafes means even less sleep for the owner and baker, Drew Massey. The pastry may be flaky but bakers are anything but – daily 3am rises are not for the faint-hearted, and, in Massey’s case, he’s baking for his original Edinburgh Easter Road branch as well as the new shop.  One consolation