Eating out

A Californian Thanksgiving in Edinburgh at Calistoga

The whole of America will be travelling to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones tomorrow. In Edinburgh, Calistoga, the Californian-inspired restaurant is welcoming people to their version of the holiday with a Wine Fair, buffet and dinner. But apart from being the first to embrace every new food trend going what exactly is Californian food? At Calistoga, their version of a Californian menu seems to be comfort food – pork loin

Bridge Street Kitchen, new restaurant in Dollar

Bridge Street Kitchen may ‘ feel like a restaurant in the west end of Glasgow’ but the rural backdrop is the beautiful tiny town of Dollar in Clackmannanshire. The city centre ambience probably has a lot to do with the owners previous stints at Terence Conran restaurants such as Zinc Bar & Grill in Princes Square as well as The Metropolitan in Glasgow, Harvey Nichols & One Devonshire Gardens. Kerry

Potter About Cafe & Ceramics, Burntisland, Fife

The small town of Burntisland is not the bustling economy it once was but there some attractions for families if you are in the area.  It’s produced it’s fair share of famous sons and daughters as well –  David Danskin, the founder of Arsenal Football Club as well as pioneering female mathematician and astronomer who also has an Oxford College named after her, Mary Somerville. There’s the blue flag beach

Tilly’s Vegetarian Cafe, Carnock, Fife

The tiny village of Carnock in Fife is the unlikely home of a new vegetarian cafe.  Sharon Sutherland, a vegetarian for the past 30 years, and her partner, Steven Smith opened Tilly’s Organic Coffee House and vegetarian cafe on 6 September 2014.  Luckily for them, their son Robbie Sutherland (pictured above) is the chef and has worked at Pillars of Hercules in Falkland as well as The Adamson and Rocca

McTaggart’s Cafe, Fife Coastal Path, Aberdour

The ever popular Fife Coastal Path has a number of great pit stops along the way. In March 2013 another cafe joined the route when Lis McTaggart gave up language teaching at Woodmill High School and opened McTaggart’s in Aberdour. Taking her inspiration from Delivino in Crieff, Perthshire, Lis commissioned Burns Design, who also design Tom Kitchin’s places, to create the interior. The menu includes salads, breakfast, panninis as well

Cramond Falls Cafe, Edinburgh

Handy for both Fife & Edinburgh,  the dog-friendly Cramond Falls Cafe is five miles from the centre of capital and about 10 miles south of Dunfermline. Owner, Elaine Stuart has made sure there’s a welcome all year round – there’s lots of outdoor seating by the scenic River Almond for the warm weather and log burning stoves inside for the winter walkers.  After seven years building up the custom at the Cramond

Beachside snacks at Sands Cafe in Aberdour, Fife

Like many beach side sites seasonality has proved a problem for cafes in Aberdour over the years. That was until Nova and Ervin Gamble took over Sands Cafe two years ago. Now the Bistro at Silver Sands is open all year round. In winter the cafe is still busy with walkers on the popular Fife Coastal Path and since a travel site highly rated the cafe’s disabled access the location

Silver screen sushi & steak pie at Guy’s Restaurant, Glasgow

There’s something of the Paris bistro about Guy’s in Glasgow’s merchant city. The decor, with its white wood panelling, wall hung china plates and modern art may be eclectic but it’s a welcome change from the many interior-designed eateries in the city. It’s also an interesting lesson in how important the shape of the location is to a restaurant’s atmosphere; the ‘busy neighbourhood bistro’ feel is largely down to the

The Birks – a state-of-the-art ‘Cinema Paradiso’ for Aberfeldy

Did Sir Norman Foster get as much pleasure from designing The Gherkin as architect Robin Baker did from designing Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy? It seems unlikely. ‘It’s been such a privilege to work on this project and now that it’s finished it will feel like a bereavement. For the past 18 months it’s been my life.’ But Robin, who lives in Aberfeldy, will soon be able to watch movies at

RE and other finds in Corbridge, Northumberland

Newcastle may be home to the best hen and stag weekends in the country but you don’t need to don your pink feather stetson to enjoy this brilliant area. Not necessarily a weekend destination in itself Corbridge is still worth the 30 minute drive west of Newcastle if you fancy a trip into the countryside to visit some interesting independent shops and have a good choice of eating places. It