Eating out

A Scottish/Portuguese alliance at Garvock House Hotel Dunfermline

There are many occasions when the latest hipster bar or restaurant is not what you need.  The special celebrations that punctuate people’s lives, such as engagements, christenings or anniversaries, or even just a family get together -when grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and children are invited  – would be an acoustic disaster in the hard surfaces of industrial chic. Carpet, curtains and comfort are what’s required. Not to mention space, upholstered

Acoustic music & local Brew Shed beer, The Ship Inn, Limekilns

Acoustic Music at The Ship Inn, Limekilns, Fife this Sunday January blues? Here’s something to cheer you up. There will be acoustic music from 3pm, local Brew Shed Beer and food served from 12 noon until 7.30pm at The Ship Inn, Limekilns this Sunday, 29 January. Fans of chef Ian Cruikshank’s food will be quite excited by this news – normally food is served at lunchtime only. Call 01383 872247

Paesano Pizza, Glasgow

A short, simple menu coupled with industrial decor are the main ingredients of Paesano Pizza. Add to this, a no nonsense approach to toppings and a doughy rather than a crisp base.  All of which is more Neapolitan than Pizza Express – with their crisp bases and toppings that include raisins. Our visit was on a very busy Saturday afternoon but we didn’t wait long for our food to emerge

Tasty tacos at La Bodega, Leith Walk, Edinburgh

After eating their way around the world the guys who opened La Bodega on Leith Walk, Edinburgh applied what they learned in New York, Sydney, and even London, to their street-style soft flour tacos. This diminutive restaurant may at first glance appear to be Mexican but the fillings are inspired by food from pretty much everywhere including Japan and Korea. The portions in this taqueria are delicious but small –

Dishoom & The Refinery, two new restaurants, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Dishoom and The Refinery open in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh Until 11pm on Sunday 4 December Dishoom, the brand new Edinburgh branch of a London indian restaurant,  is offering a 50% discount on food and drink as part of their soft opening while they fine-tune service and systems. During this week they’re not taking bookings so it’s a question of turning up and hoping there’s a table. The other new

The beautiful Ardbeg Distillery, Islay

If you happen to be on the island of Islay check out the Ardbeg Distillery. Like many of the other whisky producers on the island, Ardbeg is housed in the immaculately restored white distillery buildings with the distinctive black roofs. The larger whisky distilleries are to Islay what the grand bank buildings used to be for the mainland – beautiful and impressive landmark buildings which have received significant investment. No

Buy locally-caught langoustines and lobster in Pittenweem

Locally landed lobster, crab and langoustine caught in the Firth of Forth, with no food miles, is now on sale to the general public at a brand new Seafood Kiosk in Pittenweem Harbour, where the shellfish are landed. The new initiative is led by the Fisherman’s Mutual Association (Pittenweem). The outlet, which will be open every day until the end of August and run by local fishmonger, George Allan, has

11 Brunswick Street; boutique hotel & restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh

No11 Brunswick Street was opened in 2012 following a £900,000 refurbishment to the grand town house by husband and wife team Hamish and Susan Grant. The boutique hotel and restaurant is in the centre of Edinburgh, close to The Playhouse and down a quiet street just off London Road. Originally built in 1822, the Georgian Town House was designed by the famous architect William Playfair. In the 1930s the building

Craig Millar@16 West End Restaurant, St Monans, Fife

On a clear sunny day, the terrace at Craig Millar’s restaurant, 16 West End, St Monans, Fife feels like it’s overlooking the Mediterranean rather than the Firth of Forth. The short brasserie menu had three fish choices, including fish pie, haddock and chips or cod on a saffron and gnocchi broth and the two meat options included slow cooked ox cheek, all of which around were around the £15 mark,

New Italian restaurant, Incontri, opened in Dunfermline

Cristiano Guarnacci, the chef pictured above, has been creating Italian food for diners in west Fife for many years; first as the owner of Italian restaurant, Taurasi, and then, as a chef at Ciao Italia. His latest venture, Incontri, also in Dunfermline, opened on 23 March. The Bruce Street restaurant is a joint venture with Paul and Nicola Mitchell; Nicola manages front of house while Cristiano runs the open plan