Donald Reid

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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…

Not visited Edinburgh since last year's Festival? Here are the top new restaurants to try in 2014

24 Jul 2014

The best new established restaurants and Festival pop-ups, featuring Caffè, Aizle, Enzo and more

Every year there are a handful of places that open up in slightly unseemly haste in the latter weeks of July, their opening fanfares accompanied by a screeching of brakes and clouds of builders' dust. Being open for August is just too important for…

Restaurant review: Aizle gives Edinburgh its first taste of 'bistronomie'

20 May 2014

The city's first 'neo-bistro' requires diners to surrender control of their menu choices to the chef

When Aizle arrived in early April this year, a lot had to be explained carefully. Aizle rhymes with hazel, we were advised, and the word itself was Scots for 'spark'. A 30-year-old Scottish chef, Stuart Ralston, and his American partner Krystal Goff, an…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2013: 89-80

11 Dec 2013

Anna Meredith, Neil Forsyth and Greg McHugh among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 69-60

11 Dec 2013

Limmy, Vox Motus and Red Note Ensemble among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 49-40

11 Dec 2013

Braw Gigs, Paul Wright and Neil Landstrumm among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 19-11

11 Dec 2013

Armando Iannucci and Boards of Canada among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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A guide to the best food in Perthshire

15 Nov 2013

Finding the best cafes, restaurants, bakeries and suppliers in Perthshire Scotland

Further details on the businesses with their own retail outlets can be found listed in the Where to Buy section of this guide. Fruit & Veg Perthshire’s famously fertile soil is historically strong on fruit. Growers mainly grow soft fruit both for…

Edinburgh chef launches competition for best dessert

8 Nov 2013

New Mark Greenaway Award established to find Scotland's most innovative dessert from an amateur chef

Mark Greenaway loves pudding. He loves the opportunities the dessert course offers to play games, blend flavours, mix colours and subvert textures. During his appearance on Comic Relief's Great British Menu earlier this year he unveiled a creation…

The best neighbourhood pubs and bars in Edinburgh and Glasgow

15 Oct 2013

The last few years have seen a revival of top notch watering holes beyond the city centres

Back in August, the Good Beer Guide 2014 declared that up to 4000 British pubs would go out of business over the next year, and that it was ‘high time they closed their doors’ to make way for new licensees with fresh ideas. Maybe what the editors…

Korean restaurant Ong Gie highlights an Asian cuisine on its way from novelty to familiarity

28 Aug 2013

The Edinburgh eatery offers seafood, kimchi and bulgogi barbeques

A decade ago, Edinburgh had just three Japanese restaurants and the consumption of raw fish was viewed with a raised eyebrow. This month, the opening of Ong Gie in Tollcross marked the arrival of the capital’s third Korean restaurant after subterranean…

Where to eat: new and notable restaurants for the Edinburgh Festival 2013

30 Jul 2013

Blackfriars, Field and The Scran & Scallie are among this year's unmissable foodie highlights

Blackfriars 57–61 Blackfriars Street, Old Town, 0131 558 8684, blackfriarsedinburgh.co.uk There’s more than a touch of art school hipness about this stripped-back bar and neighbouring restaurant where a former sous chef to Martin Wishart cooks robust…

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A guide to the best food in Aberdeenshire

2 Jul 2013

Looking for a taste of Aberdeenshire? This round-up introduces you to what the region has to offer

Fruit & Veg At various times of year, Aberdeenshire-grown vegetables, herbs and leaves can be found at most of the farm shops in the region. A number of organic farms, including Bridgefoot, J&M Fraser near Stonehaven, Glenview by Turriff), Lembas and…

Scottish festivals 2013 - An A-Z of the best summer festivals

17 May 2013

The best festivals of music, film, food, cycling and more taking place in Scotland 2013

When it comes to festivals, Scotland really doesn’t hold back. From Orkney to Byres Road, muddy fields to stately homes, the growing number of them cater to all tastes, styles and budgets. Our A-Z guide profiles Scotland’s best summer jamborees, the…

There is a place for good food in a pub setting - just don't call it a gastropub

22 Apr 2013

Tom Kitchin among those involved in new Edinburgh pub openings The Scran & Scallie and The Vintage

We all love a good pub. Not only are they familiar social spaces but in Scotland we venerate them as stimulating, democratic venues of inexpensive conviviality. When you eat in a pub you eat grub. It’s seen to be elitist – undemocratic, even – to wish…

The List Eating & Drinking Guide Awards for 2013 announced

18 Apr 2013

Winners of the annual Best Newcomer Awards in Glasgow and Edinburgh

With the publication of its Eating & Drinking Guide for 2013, The List announced the winners of its annual Best Newcomer Awards. Selected from restaurants opening in Edinburgh and Glasgow since April 2012, the winners are chosen by the guide's…

The List Eating and Drinking Guide - A historical timeline over 20 years

16 Apr 2013

The landmark openings, closings and highlights from the last 20 years of Scotland's food scene

1994. The List's first-ever Eating Out Guide to Glasgow and Edinburgh is published, with 400 entries. It was put together by an editorial team of seven. The places to go in Glasgow were Crannog's Seafood Restaurant, Froggies, Balbir's Balti Bar and…

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Hot 100 2012: 10-2

11 Dec 2012

John Tiffany, Andy Murray and Luke Fowler among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 29-20

11 Dec 2012

Chvrches, Cora Bissett and Grant Morrison among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 39-30

11 Dec 2012

Konx-Om-Pax, Ingleby Gallery and NVA among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 59-50

11 Dec 2012

Billy Connolly, Optimo and Kevin Bridges among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 79-70

11 Dec 2012

Dominic Hill, Ewan Morrison and LuckyMe among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.