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 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.

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

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…

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The quest for the best cup of coffee in Glasgow and Edinburgh

8 Oct 2010

Delivering the verdict on quality coffee dispensers in Scotland

Coffee drinking has become a serious business, with roasters, baristas and drinkers all equally concerned at the quality of the product. Shiny espresso makers with their levers and dials and steamy bits are a familiar sight, but they remain intriguingly…

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 places for hot chocolate in Glasgow and Edinburgh

20 Jan 2011

The cafes and chocolatiers who serve up the sweet stuff

Temper Chocolates 148 Woodside Terrace Lane, Charing Cross, 07886 215209 This tiny café-cum-shop-cum-factory makes for a pilgrimage for hot chocolate lovers. Chocolatier Kirsty Shepheard’s own blend of 70 per cent organic dark chocolate with chilli…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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: 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…

Glasgow curry house Green Chilli Café explores pot-style home cooking

19 Jan 2011

Succinct menu is dominated by Indian tapas or small plates

Glasgow does love a curry. Recently crowned Curry Capital of Britain for a record fourth time, the city’s passion for the spice has yielded a long and illustrious history of curry houses. What began with Green Gates and Taj Mahal in the 1950s, exploded…

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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…

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 - 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…

Scottish gin fast-becoming the nation's new spirit

17 Sep 2010

Producers Spencerfield, Blackwoods and VC2 all on the rise

It's seen as quintessentially English, but gin is now being produced by a number of Scottish distillers, as Jay Thundercliffe reports

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: 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.

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…