Eating out

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

Boathouse cafe & restaurant, Loch Leven, Kinross

The owners who took over the Boathouse  cafe and restaurant in Kinross in early 2015 have succeeded in making the venue an all-year round destination. With the addition of lamps, candlelight, fairy lights and sofas, the cafe is now a cozy winter venue. Under the previous ownership the opening hours in winter were intermittent and all the focus seemed to be on the decked seating area outside; admittedly the deck

Fire Station Creative: Open early evening on Fridays from 4 March

If you’re looking for somewhere different for early evening drinks and food then it would be worth considering Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline. From Friday 4 March FSC will open on Friday evenings until 9pm and the bar will be selling wines, beers and a few select cocktails.  Customers can also buy meat, fish and cheese sharing platters by chef Stuart Hazel.

New look interior for Purslane, Stockbridge

Paul Gunning, chef and owner of Purslane in St Stephen Street, Edinburgh has just completed a redesign of his Stockbridge restaurant. After four years of building up the clientele and a reputation for the food Paul decided the interior of the small intimate space needed a refresh. Together with Rebecca McClement, an interior design graduate from Heriot Watt University they created a cleaner look with the help of local joinery