Jay Thundercliffe

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A guide to the pubs and bars of Glasgow

30 Aug 2012

Bath Street, basements and back-alley bars: the top places to enjoy a drink

city centre The compact city centre means that most bars are within walking, or at least staggering distance, though there are some handy clusters, particularly on Sauchiehall Street and the increasingly eclectic Bath Street. One of the city’s great…

The best fish and chips in Edinburgh

19 Nov 2013

We've researched the options and present a guide to the best places in Edinburgh for a fish supper

We share the results of our local quest for plain, good old seafood with a side-order of chopped potatoes. We tried to ignore the distractions of saucing and vinegaring, and of cod-awful puns, as well as the reality that too much deep-fried food too…

The best fish and chips in Glasgow

19 Nov 2013

We've researched the options and present a guide to the best places in Glasgow for a fish supper

We share the results of our local quest for plain, good old seafood with a side-order of chopped potatoes. We tried to ignore the distractions of saucing and vinegaring, and of cod-awful puns, as well as the reality that too much deep-fried food too…

A guide to bars and pubs of Edinburgh

30 Aug 2012

The best bars in Old Town, Broughton Street, Leith Walk, Tollcross & West End

The best places in the vicinity are either nearest the bottom end around the Palace of Holyroodhouse or on some of the narrow side streets that seep down into the Old Town. Particularly recommended in the former category are the White Horse (266…

The best free and cheap things to do in Glasgow and Edinburgh

21 Jan 2011

Visit a library, go for a walk, bake a cake or see some cheap theatre

Beat the January blues with these guaranteed pick-me-ups, suggested by our writers and some friends of The List. They’re all free, or cost just a few quid, so you’ll come out of winter with your bank balance intact and a smile on your face

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Restaurant review: Glasgow's Riverside Museum café

3 Aug 2011

Stunning setting but uninspiring food

Dining out in with a view of the Clyde is so rare that the new Riverside Museum’s café is an attraction in itself – let alone for the spectacular building housing the expanded collection of the old Museum of Transport. Zaha Hadid’s realised design…

Restaurant review: Ox and Finch

23 Jun 2014

One of Glasgow's pop-up pioneers settles down to impress at a permanent venue in Finnieston

Jonathan MacDonald’s career trajectory of late is one of gradually applying the brakes. As former head chef for the McLaren F1 team, he was immersed in the most high-octane, jetsetting, supercharged mobile catering gig in existence, visiting a different…

The Kitchen at Glasgow Green's Live Zone to showcase best of Scottish cuisine during the 2014 Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

Vendors including world famous Loch Fyne seafood, Churchill's vension and Genius Gluten Free

Banish all thoughts of big event catering where prices are high, food quality is low and waste is mountainous. Glasgow 2014 is dedicated to showcasing the breadth and depth of quality produce from Scotland’s larder with a focus on sustainable and…

Special Award for Tapa among The List Eating & Drinking Guide Awards for 2013

25 Apr 2013

Glasgow bakery and coffeehouse given Judges Special Award in The List's annual restaurant round-up

Each year The List Eating & Drinking Guide presents a Judges' Special Award, recognising the outstanding contribution of an establishment, enterprise, individual or family to the food and drink world in Scotland. In 2013 the winner has been announced as…

Whole Foods Market opens in Glasgow

13 Jan 2012

A trolley-tour round Glasgow's popular new ethical food outlet

You have to hand it to the Americans – they certainly know how to create an impressive supermarket. The opening of Whole Foods Market in Giffnock has had foodies, healthy eaters and ethical shoppers from Glasgow (not to mention resentful Edinburghers…

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The best places for barbeques in Edinburgh and Glasgow

27 May 2011

Barbecue recipe alternatives to burgers and sausages

For the more discerning al fresco cooks and diners, here's The List's lowdown on how to spark up your barbecue summer.

Top day trips from Glasgow to escape the 2014 Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

Take advantage of the city's west-coast location with a visit to Scotland's lochs and islands

Within touching distance of Scotland’s Highland hills, expansive golden beaches and historical treasures, Glasgow is well placed for days out beyond the city. Scotland’s first of its kind, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a…

'Don’t have your head level with the axes...' - A beginner's guide to ice climbing

20 May 2014

'... and don’t stare at them when pulling them out. This helps avoid a face strike.'

From the first sight of Ben Lomond to the towering, snow-tinged tops cradling Glencoe, my journey from Glasgow to Kinlochleven is a tantalising preface to Ice Factor. Encircled by some of Scotland’s most popular mountains, this former Victorian…

The Wee Kelpie fish and chip shop in Helensburgh, Scotland

19 Nov 2013

Are fish and chips better by the seaside? We head down the Costa del Clyde to find out

Ships and Chips Are fish and chips better by the seaside? Jay Thundercliffe headed down the Costa del Clyde to check out The Wee Kelpie If there is one take-away meal that can be enhanced by location, it is a fish supper. This Clydeside chippy in…

An overview of the food and drink of Lanarkshire

9 Sep 2013

A round-up of what’s grown, reared, made and brewed in the Scottish region

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. Lanarkshire’s fruit cultivation may be a shadow of what it once was, but there are encouraging signs of the…

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Edinburgh's City Cafe introduces 7lb burger challenge

1 Feb 2013

The mega-sandwich will cost you £30, unless you can finish it in 45 minutes

The City Café has delved deeper into its 1950s Americana and come up with a food challenge that would floor most, but undoubtedly not all, of our supersized cousins across the pond. Their Ultimate Burger Challenge offers up Edinburgh's biggest burger…

The Vintage @ Drygate: destination drinking and dining in Glasgow

15 Jul 2014

The team-up between Tennent's and Williams Bros is an impressive and expansive cathedral to beer

Anyone drinking or dining out recently can’t fail to have noticed the rise of craft beer and independent breweries, not only across Scotland but globally. Such a phenomenon has this market become that mass producers are getting involved, too – hence…

Explore Glasgow on foot with a guide to the city's walks

9 Jul 2014

Routes through the top green spaces to get away from the crowds

With a name derived from Gaelic meaning ‘dear green place’, it’s no wonder that Glasgow is heralded as one of the greenest cities in Europe. It’s dotted with over 70 recreational parks and gardens, so those wishing to explore this city on foot (or bike…

New restaurant opening Singl-end provides Garnethill with some local nostalgia and proper Italian food

24 Jan 2014

The restaurant comes from the folks behind The Butterfly & the Pig

A casual Italian restaurant opening in Glasgow should not be as much of a surprise as this. Yet 2013's explosion of places that make a meal out of sandwiching various meat items between bits of bread means it feels like a real rarity. And in terms of…

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.

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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.

Restaurant review: Calabash

21 Sep 2011

Pan-African dining with a unique atmosphere

A year or so ago Glasgow’s African dining options encompassed much of the continent’s varied cuisine, but a rash of closures left only Egyptian and Moroccan restaurants standing. Now the Calabash has filled the gap, offering traditional dishes from…

Restaurant review: Glasgow's Barolo Grill

16 Aug 2011

Unflashy elegance and a fine choice for Italian food in city centre

It is an indication of the institution that L’Ariosto had become in Glasgow that even a month after being replaced by Barolo Grill the phone is answered with a cheery ‘Hello, L’Ariosto’. It also a reminder that the staff – some of whom have been around…

Restaurant review - Heavenly

21 Jul 2011

The newcomer to Glasgow’s vegan scene is a gift from above

Glasgow’s vegetarian and vegan dining options are hardly extensive, so a new arrival such as this city centre café-bar is something of a godsend. Heavenly joins the city’s small but established vegan/veggie scene, offering a similar philosophy of…

Restaurant review - Limelight Bar and Grill

28 Jun 2011

A Victorian building that once housed the city’s first power station

Much has changed for Glasgow in the last century. It lost claim to being the UK’s second city as the Clyde’s tide of industry became a trickle, yet successfully reinvented itself as a place of culture and commerce (OK, shopping). Encapsulating this…