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Thomsons Bar, 18 Morrison Street, Edinburgh – June 2012



Looking to cross off another pub in Edinburgh, we nipped into here for a quick half.  I’m glad we did. Excellent selection of real ale on draught as well as old pictures, mirrors and some excellent wood panelling to keep the eye entertained.  I fancied staying for another but food needs had to be met and other plans.  Definitely one to go back to.

Pies and toasties available, £2.50 for toasties, unsure of pie prices.


WIN tickets to see Taste of Edinburgh, The Meadows, Edinburgh


Taste of Edinburgh is a bright spot in what can be a dreich Scottish summer. The festival will be returning to The Meadows for a sixth year of unforgettable eating, drinking and entertainment.


Showing the world what delights are found in Scotland’s larder, celebrity chef Valentine Warner will be joining a star studded cast that includes Masterchef TV favourite Loyd Grossman, Michelin Star talent Jeff Galvin, Gordon Ramsey’s protégé Jason Atherton and Channel 4’s culinary duo, The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Michelin starred Peat Inn’s Geoffrey Smeddle will also make a special appearance, while master patissier of Cake Boy, Eric Lanlard, will show guests with a sweet tooth how to perfect the art of homebaking.  


Guests will be able to sample the finest produce from over 100 exhibitors to the live music of the band from Edinburgh’s premier entertainment venue, Ghillie Dhu.

It’s well worth a trip to Edinburgh, but even better when you have a chance of winning one of our FREE TICKETS! Like, Comment, Share , Tweet and follow with this: “I’d love to visit Taste of Edinburgh for free thanks to @tasteofed and @glasgowfoodie”.  Please leave a comment letting me know you  have followed etc for an extra entry 🙂

Free ticket is for Sunday evening session (4:30pm start)

Good luck!

Competition closes at midnight, Wednesday 4th July so you can plan your weekend, good luck again!

Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh – 28th – 30th June


The Scottish Real Ale Festival is back! and this time it is at Corn Exchange Edinburgh.

Admission costs are £3 for CAMRA members or £5 for non CAMRA members, tickets available at the door.  Readmission to the festival is free at later sessions on presentation of your badged glass.  No under 18’s admitted and challenge 25 will be in force .    Included in admission is either a pint or half pint souvenir glass.

Opening hours are:-

Thursday 28th June – Noon – 11pm

Friday 29th June – Noon – 11pm

Saturday 30th June – Noon -9pm

Drinks Pricing
ABV ½ Pint Pint
<3.2% £1.30 £2.60
<4.0% £1.40 £2.80
<5.0% £1.50 £3.00
<6.0% £1.60 £3.20
>6.0% £Variable
Ciders £1.60 £3.20
Beer and cider of 6% ABV or less can be bought on presentation of your souvenir glass in half‑pint or pint quantities. N.B. Pint glasses also have a half‑pint line marking.

Beer and cider of more than 6% ABV can be bought on presentation of your souvenir glass in third‑pint or half‑pint quantities. N.B. glasses also have a third‑pint line marking.

More information can be found HERE.



The Finnieston, 1125 Argyle Street, Glasgow – June 2012


Punting itself as a seafood restaurant and a gin cocktail bar, we of course had to go

Small but interesting would definitely be the decor, part library, part galley, part public toilet! (the tiles).  The push is towards food I would say, which is a shame as the bar is fully stocked ( Aperol!) and would be a great place to while away the time.

After eyeing up the crab on the way in, I went for the whole Orkney Crab, served with fries £12.95.

The crab was delicious, dressed with extra lemon to add extra zing, although there was a fair amount crab chewy bits that could have been better picked out. Also cracking or providing some cracking devices for the legs would have been handy too.  The leg meat was picked out eventually and disappeared quickly.  Fries were crispy  and some mayo/brown bread as a side would have been better methinks.

The man went for the daily fish, £14.95 today was Hake, grilled with rosemary and orange butter, two sides were chips and mixed greens.  Perfectly cooked fish, moist and tender.  Butter could have had a stronger flavour however it was there as a hint.  Chips looked a little rough but tasted crisp and fluffy.

We ordered two half pints of Finnieston Ale which we noticed on the way in, £3.20.   Considering its a Gin joint and the lovely beer, wine was all that was listed on the menu 😦

Lovely half pint glasses

Ladies Toilet Sign

Overall, we would return.  The food was good, beer good.  However waiter was a bit overrun (more staff!) and had to remember lots of dishes that were off.  Would be nice if it seemed confortable to just come in for a drink rather than the full meal business.   £31.10 all in.

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#totalfoodgeeksglasgow meet up at The Arches, Glasgow


Anything Edinburgh can do Glasgow can do better… well we hope!  Inaugural meet up of a band of bloggers who like their food (and drink!) in The Arches thanks to the organisation skills of @Scotslarder and the culinary skills of @chefski27.

The choice on the menu left me speechless (for once!) but eventually plumped for

Rabbit and Ham Hough Battenburg with Sage Crisps and Cider and Honey Jelly.    I love ham hough, it is a much neglected piece of Scottish food history.  This dish certainly did it justice.  The Sage melted in the mouth but gave the ham a nice kick, the jelly dissolved into honey goodness :).

The man had the Coconut and Carrot Soup (as he is a soup fiend),

soup tasted good, as carrot soup but I couldn’t really taste the coconut or get anything from the chilli oil either, bread wasn’t the freshest 😦

Part two, Cairnhill farm roasted chump of lamb with pistachio dauphinoise, confit shallots and baby turnips with a Bitter and Twisted ale jus.  Pinky lamb with a strong jus, the dauphinoise was cooked perfectly so a happy me 🙂

Pan seared mackerel fillet with glazed beetroot, cauliflower and horseradish mousse, seaweed and spring onion and rapeseed dressing

the man said mackerel was lovely, cooked just right, button beetroots were cute but again horseradish was subtle, i like strong flavours!

With a title like Chocolate Nemisis I couldn’t not order that. Never had bee pollen before and it was an interesting decoration on the chocolate shard, as well as giving a warm honey vibe.  The nemisis itself, wow.  Im not a big chocolate cake fan however… was like eating a  spanish hot chocolate that’s gone cold.  Thick, velvety chocolate that melts in your mouth.

Tart was very nice, ice cream, lovely but the best bit was the unusual “tart” taste from the balsamic

Well done Chef!

Please visit the other bloggers who shared this great night :-








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The Earl of Marchmont Bar, 22 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh – June 2012


Popped in to watch a bit of football whilst waiting to go to a gig.  Good mix of clientele in, menu was well priced and a wide selection (especially for such a small kitchen!).  Beers on tap were Addlestones Cider, Carling, San Miguel, Amstel, Belhaven Best, Guinness, Leffe, Hoegaarten and two real ales.  Good selection of bottled beers too (Innis & Gunn etc).

Noticed the lots of bowls of nachos appearing and empty bowls going back so we ordered a sharing one.

£5.95 for this, which is a bowl and not just a plate,  Kicking jalepenos and lots of cheese.  Well worth it.

Menu can be found here

Friendly staff, sparkling toilets, good nachos, excellent beer selection and nice area.  Quite fancy nipping in again.

Hidden Lane Festival – Date Announced!


We heart the hidden lane, and so when snooping around online I saw that they had settled on a date for the festival I was woohoo!  OK, I am easily pleased but Hogroast, food from Aye Sushi and the Hidden Lane Tearoom as well as beer from the Ivy Bar, a mini Jazz club,  live bands and DJ’s from the likes of lane residents Radio Magnetic.what is there not to love.

The action is set for 23rd June starting from 12 until around 9pm.  Keep an eye out HERE for more details

Update Universal, Glasgow


Universal Glasgow

Valentine Meals


So it’s Valentine’s Day again. You’ve put the dozen red roses in water, got dressed up now where to go?

Click HERE for a map showing all of the places that Food and Drink have visited for some inspiration.

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