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News to nibble on . . .

• The Grill Room at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand has raised the ‘beef stakes’ in Scotland by introducing Australian prime Wagyu beef [pictured] to its menu. A version of the vaunted Japanese Kobe, it’s hand-massaged and fed on a diet of grain and beer. Call 0131 229 9131.

• People planning to attend Shakespeare in Glasgow’s Botanical Gardens can order an ‘Elizabethan’-style picnic hamper from the nearby Grosvenor Hilton. For £35, a basket for two will include roast pheasant, spinach tarts, bread, chutney and cheeses. Call 0141 339 8811.

• For the Montpelier group of New Town Edinburgh bars, a champagne summer has begun. Participating venues, such as Rick’s, Opal Lounge, and Tigerlily offer bubbly promotions such as £17 glasses of Dom Perignon ‘99.

• In Glasgow’s Merchant City, the new premises of Café Cossachok, the Russian diner and cultural centre, have opened on Albion Street, while around the corner on the Trongate the Gate and Secret Garden dining room have opened next to Maggie May’s. Up the way in the Merchant Square development, the once French Bistro Julienne has been converted by owners into the Italian Lombardi’s. Nearby, the delayed opening of Gandolfi Fish may have occurred by the time you read this.

• On the West Coast the first Cowal ArtsFeast (01369 840 253) from 22-24 June brings together local galleries and a food trail that includes Chatters restaurant, Codfathers fish mongers and Delicate Essence catering in Dunoon, as well as Fyne Ales brewery and Inver Cottage restaurant among others.

• Another highlight on the foodie calendar is the annual Tarbert Seafood Festival, which takes place in the fishing village on 7 and 8 July. As well as cookery demonstrations and displays, it features live bands, street performers and a boat rally.

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