Food and drink

Mimi’s Bakehouse, Edinburgh

Mimi, aka Michelle Phillips, wanted to create a cafe and bakery where customers felt like they were being given a big hug. That may sound sugary  but the pretty retro decor, designed by Eskimo, does indeed feel comforting and the huge old-fashioned shop counter of generously portioned strawberry cup cakes, rocky roads and millionaire shortbreads is a sight for sore eyes.  If none of that works then Scott Clearie, son-in-law

Fyfe Smokery, Dunfermline, Fife

Elaine Hardie was cooking oxcheeks when the gas engineer who was fixing her gas asked her if she’d like to manage the Fyfe Smokery with him. Peter Murphy realised that the oxcheeks were a clue to someone who was obsessed with cooking and food in general and could bring that passion to the independent fish retailer & smokery in Dunfermline, Fife. That was in 2013 after Murphy’s long career as

Sherry is not just for Christmas

By Paul Rudge, Reuben’s Wine Store, Dunfermline Ever since Sir Francis Drake raided the Port of Cadiz in 1587 and looted more than 3000 barrels of sherry or `sack` as it was known in those days, the Brits have been mad for the famous Spanish tipple. Britain has long been the most important export market for Spain’s most noted fortified wine. During its heyday it enjoyed an unrivalled position as

Abbot House, Dunfermline celebrates 20 Years

In summer the café at Abbot House, Dunfermline probably has one of the best views in Scotland. From the tables in the very pretty walled garden you can see the historic Dunfermline Abbey. With the 2016 opening of the new museum next door there are plans to link the Abbot House garden to the Museum’s modern garden, creating a larger, more diverse space. The garden is all the more impressive

Reuben’s Cafe & Winestore shortlisted for best independent eatery award

Reuben’s Cafe & Winestore has been shortlisted in the Best Independent Eatery category for The Scottish Independent Retail Awards. David Austin and Paul Rudge will be representing the Dunfermline store at the awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow on Sunday 7 February. Owner of the Dunfermline store, David  said: ‘We’ve worked hard to establish Reuben’s as a quality food and drink destination in Dunfermline. We opened 5 years ago

Ardnamurchan distillery makes it on to world’s hottest new attractions for 2015

Lonely Planet has included an Ardnamurchan distillery as one of the world’s hottest new attractions for 2015. Adelphi Whisky, based in Charlestown, Fife is delighted that their new distillery which is on the shores of Loch Sunart in the Western Highlands achieved a place on the much-coveted list.  In Autumn 2013 Avocado Sweet featured Adelphi when Prince Albert of Monaco,  the company’s most famous customer, along with Princess Charlene, planted a tree

The Uruguayans are coming – tackle a South American Wine Tasting at Reubens

by Paul Rudge, Reubens Wine Store  Overshadowed by its bigger South American neighbours for years, Uruguay has in the past few decades emerged steadily and quietly on to the world wine market. You cannot talk about Uruguayan wine without mentioning the iconic grape variety, Tannat which has played a pivotal role in the country`s rising wine status. The first Tannat vines to arrive in Uruguay were brought across the Atlantic

Islay and french gin; the latest on gin by Paul, Reuben’s Wine store

Paul from Reuben’s Wine Store gives us the low down on gin. The store will be hosting a gin tasting at The Bruery, Dunfermline this Thursday, 22 January. Shaken, not stirred! ……. …. There’s something very British about Gin, not just because of London Dry or the links with Imperial rule in the far-east but the way it’s been ever present in our society for so long and across so

Pot Still’s Whisky Girls Club, Glasgow

In Glasgow there’s a women-only whisky club. It was started by 29 year-old Geraldine Murphy after the Murphy family took over the Pot Still Bar three years ago. The traditional pub in Hope Street tends to have a male clientele and the assistant manager wanted women to be able to come in to the bar and feel happy asking staff about one of the largest selection of whiskies in Scotland.

Courses for Cooks in Cowdenbeath – pick up some skills in time for Christmas

Courses for Cooks is owned and run by Jenny Thomson. A cook and chef for over 20 years, Jenny trained at the Leiths School of Food and Wine, London. She  worked as a private cook in Scotland, France, Canada and the United States before coming back to Scotland to work as a chef in St Andrews. Jenny is passionate about good, seasonal home cooking produced with the minimum of fuss and