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A guide to the best tabletop games

29 Oct 2014

Featuring Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride and Forbidden Island

Settlers of Catan (Kosmos, 1995) In a nutshell One of the best-selling tabletop games of all time. Designed for three to four people, each player represents settlers founding a new colony on the island of Catan. How to play The board is made up of…

Q&A: Andrew Mitchell – Ubiquitous Chip

28 Oct 2014

Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? In years gone by, we have had silver birch trees, fairy lights and other magical Christmas Fayre. This year we have something special planned with…

Q&A: Paul Wedgwood – Wedgwood The Restaurant

28 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? We have minimal yet stylish decorations, all carefully chosen for a more winter theme rather then Christmas. What are the challenges in catering…

Q&A: Stuart Muir – Harvey Nichols

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Christmas is always an exciting time for Harvey Nichols and the Forth Floor. We are in full Christmas swing come December and there is always a great…

Q&A: Ken Chin – Nippon Kitchen

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? You may find some twinkly lights on our bonsai trees and some origami shapes on our Christmas tree but we don't go for the full tinsel and glitter…

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Q&A: Fred Berkmiller – L’escargot Bleu & Blanc

27 Oct 2014

Owner talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Both of our restaurants have put on our Christmas fur so we're extremely warm and winter friendly for the wintry season. What are the challenges in…

Q&A: David Haetzman – Kyloe Restaurant & Grill

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? The look that we are aiming for this year is ‘Disney for grownups’, maybe a little less corporate with emphasis on festive fun. Christmas is after…

Q&A: Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honoré

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Cafe St Honoré doesn't add much to its already wonderful Parisian-feel. We simply add a few twinkles to the lighting and have our own Christmas…

Q&A: Pi Su – Chaophraya Edinburgh

27 Oct 2014

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? December itself has a powerful effect on the restaurant, the grey skies and darker nights seems to enhance the Edinburgh scenery which can be enjoyed…

Q&A: Aisla and Rupert Staniforth – Wee Lochan

27 Oct 2014

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? The restaurant gets all twinkly. We have these fabby porcelain lights on each table The are lithographs and the light shines through the different…

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Q&A: Kaori Simpson – Harajuku Kitchen

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? There's always such a buzz in atmosphere at Harajuku Kitchen in the run up to Christmas. We have a lot of people who book their Christmas parties with…

Q&A: Kenny Mackay – Stravaigin

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, full of festive fun with a friendly buzz with quirky decorations in true Stravaigin style. What are the…

Q&A: Beth McDonald – The Hanoi Bike Shop

27 Oct 2014

Assistant Manager and Pho Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? We like to keep things as authentic as possible, even throughout the festive period, therefore we have very few decorations. We do however like to…

Highlights of Edinburgh's St Andrew's Day 2014 celebrations include The Hazey Janes

20 Oct 2014

Plus ice skating, ceilidh dancing, storytelling and a Scottish Market in St Andrew Square on 30 Nov

Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square will host a full day of free activities to mark St Andrew’s Day this year. From 10am–10pm on Sunday 30 November, a series of live music, dancing and storytelling events will take place in the square. Organised by…

Section 33: pop-up restaurant in Govanhill Baths transforms old swimming pool

15 Oct 2014

Sea of impressive food in edgy location with a resident DJ to complete underground dining experience

Pop-ups, along with street food, food festivals and the now fading supper clubs aren't just occasional food events. At their best, they offer challenges to well-established paradigms of eating out. Hospitality heads off piste, restaurant walls are…

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The best day and night activities in Glasgow and Edinburgh – Oct / Nov 2014

15 Oct 2014

Including the Good Food Show Scotland, Gordon Buchanan, Samhuinn Fire Festival and Close Fest

Good Food Show Scotland The food and drink extravaganza heads north again for another serving of celebrity chefs and star culinary attractions. Special guests include Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, James Martin and Tom Kitchin. SECC, Glasgow, Fri 17–Sun…

Restaurant Review: Salt Café

15 Oct 2014

Proper food with a bit of punch from ex-Bonham chef Neil Mulgrew

Despite the salty-seadog clinker boat, the prominence of North Berwick lobster and other seafood on the menu and some down-to-earth informality, a key inspiration for this new venue is the acronym of Seasonal and Local Thinking. This might be sound…

Five Reasons to go to The Fit Festival 2014

13 Oct 2014

Banish the post-summer excesses at a festival which forgoes guilt and embraces healthy change

Harder Working out the most productive changes to make to your lifestyle can often be the hardest part of getting fit. With over 70 confirmed exhibitors setting up shop, including personal trainers, chiropractors, yoga instructors and even a…

What to expect at the 2014 West End Beer Festival

10 Oct 2014

Head to Teuchters, The Melville, The Grosvenor, The Ghillie Dhu and Ryan's Bar to taste craft beer

The West End Beer Festival is set take place on 19 Oct at five of the city’s top West End bars, as part of the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival. Each venue has collaborated with one of Scotland’s finest microbreweries to bring a host of craft beers to the…

How Did You Get That Job? Stephen Scott, Sound Designer / Managing Director

3 Oct 2014

Managing Director of Bigmouth Audio Ltd discusses how he made it to the top

Name: Stephen Scott Job title: Managing Director / Sound Designer Company: Bigmouth Audio Ltd When did you start your job? 2012 So what does your job actually involve? My job involves juggling a lot of things. I work as the Managing Director…

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Edinburgh’s Christmas 2014 celebrations revealed

30 Sep 2014

Programme of festive markets, shows and events will kick off on Fri 21 Nov

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations for 2014-15 were revealed this morning, at the Assembly Rooms on George Street. Run by Underbelly and Unique Events, this year’s collection of festive markets, attractions and performances will open on Friday 21…

Highlights of the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival

23 Sep 2014

Events to showcase best of capital's cuisine include exclusive festival menus at top restaurants

Street Food Casual street food has taken an upward turn in various quarters of Edinburgh, not least when there’s the excuse for two or more vans to gather together. Look out for a DJ-soundtracked Street Feastival curated by Glasgow outfit Kiltr from…

Restaurant review: Victor & Carina Contini Caffè & Cannonball

23 Sep 2014

Italian-Scots food hub on the Royal Mile brings quality food to tourist trail

Carina and Victor Contini do projects like ducks do water. Or maybe, in fact, swans: a slightly confusing identity at first, plenty of paddling beneath the surface, but ultimately graceful and distinguished. Since decoupling from Valvona & Crolla ten…

Restaurant review: Hutchesons

23 Sep 2014

Minute attention to culinary detail ensures quality dining in a beautifully restored building

Anyone wandering in the Merchant City will invariably have their eye drawn to the imposing and elegant Hutchesons’ Hall. Built as a hospital in the early 19th century (relocating from the Trongate, from where it had operated since the 1640s), the…

Need a break? Read our guide on the best ways to travel on a budget

10 Sep 2014

Some tips on travelling the world for cheap, including couchsurfing, hitchhiking and charity work

Travel Bus, train, plane – however you chose to travel to your destination, make sure you get the best cut-price deals by checking Skyscanner, STA Travel and StudentUniverse before you leave. If you go by bus, Megabus operates in the UK, Europe and…