Food and drink

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

Dunfermline’s Food and Craft Weekend, 5 & 6 May

Know your Columbian from your Costa Rican? Coffee …that is. Cafe Wynd, along with Unorthodox Roasters, will be giving you the low down at their coffee tasting at 5pm this Saturday 5 May, as part of Dunfermline Food & Craft Weekend. Prefer bubbles to Bolivian? Head for the prosecco van in the Kingsgate by local company, Dapper Drinks. For the craft part of the Food & Craft Weekend –  art

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,

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

Bowhouse Food Weekend, Fife, 23 & 24 September

Bowhouse Food Weekend, St Monans is this Saturday and Sunday, 23 and 24 September. Free to attend, the two-day event will showcase the produce that the harvest season brings in the East Neuk. Hosted in a beautifully restored barn, the market will also host regular tastings, talks and demonstrations from chefs and producers. Children’s activities, as well as information on local walks, and a chance to see a selection of the

Bowhouse Food Weekend – farm based food event this Saturday and Sunday

This looks a lovely event – a food festival and makers’ market in a revamped covered market barn in St Monans this weekend. Organisers  Bowhouse are food wholesalers who describe themselves as ‘a place where food makers work to make their products from the wonderful raw ingredients of the East Neuk and its coast.’ They hold regular food makers’ markets on their farm where customers can meet producers and taste

Bibi’s Little Baking School, Fife

Feeling the need to knead? Bread baking classes are being hosted at Bibi’s Little Baking School in Earlsferry, Fife by Fiona Pratt who already runs the successful Bibi’s Bakery in Hanover Street, Edinburgh. The school opened at her home in 2017 and classes include Scandi baking, marvellous macaroons and gluten-free baking. For parents or grandparents trying to think of things to do during the long summer holidays there are some parent

Heaven Scent Cafe at Dunfermline Carnegie Library Galleries

Here’s a sneak preview of the cakes on offer at the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries which opens to the public today, 18 May. The brioche buns (pictured below) are delicious and there’s a good selection of vegan and gluten free cakes. Heaven Scent, who already have a successful cafe in Milnathort and run the catering at Knockhill, won the tender to provide the cafe in the new award-winning

German beer tasting at Auchterarder deli

The Auchterarder deli, Corbie & Cheip is hosting a German beer tasting event on Wednesday 17 May from 5.30pm.  Owner Anne Schaeflein and her husband Max Schaeflien probably know a thing or two about German beer. Although they have lived in Scotland for the last 10 years, both are originally from Germany, and, the Perthshire deli reflects both nationalities; the local Scottish produce is complemented by the best of German

First class service from new Aberdour Post @ Pantry

At a time when much larger Dunfermline struggles to sustain interesting independent shops and nearby Burntisland is in the process of replacing its pet store with a vape shop, Aberdour seems to be on a roll with an impressive array of unique, high quality outlets. Joining the new Aberdour Bakery, the well established MacTaggarts Deli and a selection of vintage and interiors shops, is a new, innovative post office/deli combo