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Animal-loving pubs and cafes in Glasgow and Edinburgh

13 Feb 2015

Read our Tiplist to discover the best animal-friendly places to eat and drink

The opening of Edinburgh’s first cat café is a reminder that when we go out to eat and drink we don’t just eat animals but can also get convivial with them. Here’s our Tiplist of suggested venues for dog (or cat) friendliness and other animal magic

New Year's Resolutions: take more classes

30 Dec 2014

From drawing to dancing, and singing to stitching, build your skills

In the spirit of trying something new for 2015, we thought we’d point out a number of classes and events which go on all year round in the Central Belt and which allow participants to get actively involved. So what do you want to do? Art’s a good one…

Chef's Choice: Garry Noble on Glenkiln Spring lamb

17 Mar 2015

Garry Noble, head chef at Arran’s Drift Inn loves adding locally reared Glenkiln spring lamb to the

‘We try very hard here to produce food that’s of the highest standard and to do that it’s essential to have fantastic ingredients. I’ve tasted lamb from across Scotland and I have to say that I’ve never had better than Kenny Bone’s Blackface spring lamb…

Chef's Choice: Mark Davidson on Nethergate Larder

17 Mar 2015

Mark Davidson of Aye Love Real Food swears by Nethergate Larder’s ethically reared pork

‘Ayrshire is famous for the quality of the bacon and pork that it produces and in our opinion nobody does this better than Nethergate Larder. They breed and rear free range Tamworth pigs on their farm just outside Dunlop where all the animals are…

Chef's Choice: Tyron Ellul on creel fishing in southwest Scotland

17 Mar 2015

Tyron Ellul, head chef at Glenapp Castle, explains a little about the sustainable lobster fishing

‘In the early days of spring when the weather starts to settle down, the waters round our local shores start to get busy with small local fishing boats heading out to drop their creels, mainly for lobsters and crabs. Creel fishing, also known as potting…

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Chef's Choice: Keith Braidwood on local lobster

17 Mar 2015

Chef at Braidwoods Michelin-starred restaurant is a fan of lobster, caught a few miles in Ardrossan

‘We recently discovered HQ Shellfish, literally on our doorstep selling lobster caught from Ardrossan to Portencross, which is 8 miles from Braidwoods. Two brothers with their dad’s boat started catching lobster in homemade creels then when one of…

Chef's Choice: Jacques Troquet on Scottish lobster and brown crab

17 Mar 2015

Jacques Troquet, head chef at Jacques' Table sources his seafood from Ayr fish market

‘Here in Ayrshire, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to sourcing from the area’s top quality food producers. It means I can source the freshest seasonal ingredients the area has to offer; meat, fish, poultry and seafood, are all readily…

Food of Angus round-up

13 Mar 2015

Looking for a taste of Angus? Here's our guide to the region's best grown, reared, made and landed

Much of Angus is given over to fruit, cereal and potato fields, and much of the resulting produce makes its way into the supermarket chains, via conduits like the Abbey Fruit packing plant in Arbroath, which handles the produce from PJ Stirlings fruit…

Competition keeps Edzell buzzing

12 Mar 2015

A thriving food scene shines in a village described as the jewel in Angus Crown

It is testament to the quality of food and produce on offer, that the village of Edzell can boast three cafs and two hotels all situated along the main street and all doing a roaring trade. Sharon Greasley, owner of No.63 a caf, florist and gift…

Potato distilling not limited to vodka belt

12 Mar 2015

Arbikie Highland Estates distillery can claim to be first of a very distinctive brand of operation

With a family-run arable farm on site and its own sunken lake providing fresh water, the Arbikie distillery touts itself as the first hand-crafted farm-to-bottle operation seen in Scotland in centuries. Not just whisky either, but white and brown…

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Micro-breweries thrive in Angus

11 Mar 2015

Two Angus ale-makers are giving a whole new meaning to the term 'homebrew'

'I don't watch a lot of telly, put it that way,' says Colin McIlraith, who spends much of his spare time in his garden shed instead. That might not seem an unusual way to while away an hour or two, but not many sheds can boast their own micro-brewery.

Highland Game making a name

11 Mar 2015

The unique habitat of the Angus glens is ideal territory for a variety of game

When Dundee-based Highland Game set out to supply venison in the late 1990s, many of their contemporaries in the food industry thought they were foolish to focus on what was then, in Britain, a very niche product. But almost 20 years on, venison has hit…

Local Angus jams with near east ties

11 Mar 2015

Jam and marmalade have a long connection with the berry fields of Angus and wharves of Dundee

Jam originates in the Middle East where cane sugar grows naturally, and the secrets of jam-making came to Europe with returning Crusaders in the Middle Ages. It was the inventive and sweet-toothed Scots, however, particularly in and around Angus, who…

Inspiring women from history

6 Mar 2015

Celebrating International Women's Day with a diverse selection of historical role models

When you've got all of history to choose inspiring female role models from, the question is really who to leave out. In the end, these eight women were chosen for their combination of guts, inspiration and determination. Artemisia I of Caria (fl. 480…

Most inspiring women in film and TV

6 Mar 2015

Celebrate International Women’s Day by recognising the industry’s pioneers, radicals and role models

This week we're celebrating International Women’s Day by recognising inspiring female role models across the arts world. Here we look at women in the film and television industries – who stands out and why they deserve recognition as we approach IWD…

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Farmers diversify with agritourism

5 Mar 2015

Angus’s agricultural richness helps the county lead the way in establishing substansial agritourism

Covering a diverse range of farm-based activities, agritourism is anything from an overnight camp-out in a field to outdoor pursuits, gift shopping and, most naturally, a direct connection with our food and drink landscape. There are clear-cut…

Restaurant review: Spit/Fire

13 Feb 2015

The Hanging Bat’s new sister venue aims to heat up Edinburgh's meat and beer scene

This two-storey venture in the former New Town Bar, just downhill from the Portrait Gallery, comes from the talented crew who brought deliciously dirty hot dogs and tasty schooners of local brew to Lothian Road’s Hanging Bat. If that venue proved a…

Fifty Shades of Bricks

6 Feb 2015

Animators recreate the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer in Lego form

If you have a working internet connection, then there’s a fairly strong chance that you will have come across the official Fifty Shades of Grey trailer. Evidently, animators Antonio and Andrea Toscano did, as the pair have recreated it in Lego.

Miley Cyrus writing about Patrick's parents

24 Jan 2015

Music gossip

Miley Cyrus is writing songs about Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 22-year-old singer, who is dating the former couple's son Patrick Schwarzenegger, is reportedly planning to vent about her issues with them on her next album following…

Celebrate the Bard with a Burns Supper

7 Jan 2015

Make sure you mark the Bard’s birthday with food, drink and a bit of banter

It’s that time of year where Scots and honorary Scots all over the world raise a glass in tribute to our national poet. Perhaps our nation’s most famous figure, Robert Burns penned some of Scotland’s most evocative poetry and prose, with 'Auld Lang…

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New Year's Resolutions: do more sport

30 Dec 2014

Time to get physical with everything from parkour to pole-dancing

New Year’s resolutions come and go, but it helps to keep things interesting if you’ve decided to try your hand at staying fit by doing something out of the ordinary. For those who caught Commonwealth Games fever in the summer and are waiting for…

Restaurant review: The Percy (closed)

24 Dec 2014

Joseph Malik cooks up a hearty storm in the Leithier suburbs

Having built a very well-deserved reputation as head chef at Leith-and-thereabouts bar establishments Joseph Pearce, Lioness of Leith and the Safari Lounge, Joseph Malik has gone it alone with his own place in the former trattoria in the side room of…

Restaurant review: The Scullery

24 Dec 2014

A bright and buzzing atmosphere offers food designed for casual dining

Finnieston’s latest opener is every bit as hip-looking as the numerous newish spots up and down the road, with an attractive, crisp and modern interior with big windows and period detailings, all done up in wood and brick. Time-served Ubiquitous Chip…

The Hot 100 2014: The Gin Crowd

11 Dec 2014

Mother’s ruin has come a long way and here we round up some of our favourite gins, both old and new

Hendrick’s producer William Grant & Sons not only showed the way for the country’s gin renaissance but demonstrated to the world that, beyond the legally required juniper, gin was a blank canvas for creative concocting. Their addition of crisp cucumber…

Five Christmas Markets To Visit

5 Dec 2014

Five Christmas markets in Glasgow and Edinburgh selling unique gifts, festive fayre and Glühwein

European Christmas Market Whether it's authentically German or not, Edinburgh's biggest Christmas market certainly takes its cues from similar events across Europe. For your fill of festive wooden toys, meaty sausages and Glühwein, there's nowhere…