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Craft beer festival at Drygate

Anyone fancy a pint?

Anyone fancy a pint?

If you like craft beer then you will love the Craft Beer Rising festival which takes place at Glasgow’s Drygate for three days from Friday.

More than 3,000 people are expected to turn up and sample beers from more than 35 of the world’s leading craft breweries.

Local brewers such as WEST, Williams Bros. and Fyne Ales will be dispensing brews alongside international favourites including Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon and Bellerose.

Burger Bear of London, Meat Hook (sausage specialists), Meat Merchant (authentic biltong) and Aye Love Real Food (rare breed Scotch eggs) will provide a street food-inspired menu.

Live brewing

There will also be beer cocktails and live collaborative brewing.

Music at Craft Beer Rising will focus on local talent. Headline acts include Glasgow club legends Optimo on Friday, a hip-hop set from Mia Dora on Saturday afternoon, and producer The Revenge on Saturday night.

Mungo’s HiFi, followed by DJ Andy Smith (Portishead, Prodigy) and Boca45, will wrap-up Sunday’s event.

Colin Johnston – Operations Director at Drygate Brewing Co. – explained more:

‘As a young craft brewery, it’s an honour to host so many of our peers here at Drygate.

‘From day one, we’ve been inspired by the spirit of collaboration, something that resonates with Craft Beer Rising and this new wave of cultural craft beer festivals that absorb elements such as music and food into the mix.

‘The opportunity to experience new things and exchange ideas – for festival goers and exhibitors alike – is really exciting.’

Tickets for Craft Beer Rising can be purchased here: http://www.craftbeerrising.co.uk/

Craft Beer Rising takes place over four public sessions from 6pm – 1am on Friday 19th, 12pm – 6pm and 7pm – 1am on Saturday 20th and 12pm – 6pm on Sunday 21st September.

The line-up

Brewers attending Craft Beer Rising at Drygate Brewing Co. are: Thornbridge, Harbour Brewing, Siren, Belhaven, Bellerose, Islay Ales, WEST Beer, Frontier, Chimay, Sierra Nevada, Firebrand, BrewDog, Stewart Brewing, Blue Moon, Franciscan Well, Eden Brew, Camden Town Brewery, Innis & Gunn, Williams Bros, Barneys Beer, Knopps, Alechemy, Bearhug, Fyne Ales, MoR Brewing, Menabrea, Heverlee, Lagunitas, Greene King, Hawkes Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Harry Brompton, Thistly Cross Cider, Woodchuck, Chaplin and Cork.

Arches Cafe Bar: Please Wait To Be Seated

As you may have noticed, there's a big referendum coming up this Thursday.

You might be wondering what this has to do with the 5pm Food & Dining Blog. Don't worry, we're not going to tell you how to vote, we're just here to let you know about a fascinating project at Glasgow's Arches Cafe Bar, which is encouraging diners to bring politics to the table.

Please Wait To Be Seated

"Please Wait To Be Seated," is an interactive exhibition encouraging restaurants diners to debate issues related to the referendum and analyse their decision making process.


Before their meal customers will be presented with a debate topic related to life in Scotland after the referendum, regardless of the outcome. Questions include "Should there be a monarchy?" "Should there be a minimum living salary given to every member of society?"  or "Should we pay for a tv license?"

Each table at the Arches Cafe Bar is split into four sections: yes, no, don't know and don't care. Throughout their meal diners will debate their topic before putting their plate on the square of the answer they have chosen.


The debate is accompanied by posters displaying marketing profiles of different income brackets, encouraging diners to think about the outside factors which frame their decisions.


At the end of the meal, diners are encouraged to take photos of their plates and tweet or instagram them with the hashtag #pleasewaittobeseated.

Decision Making

The exhibition was created by Glasgow based performance artist Adam J Scarborough.

He said: "The thing that interests me with the referendum is not whether you are going to vote yes or no - it's how people are making those decisions and what's framing those decisions."

"I believe that every individual is capable of making a decision based on their own ideas and their own beliefs but I think sometimes we don't think about the elements that do frame our decisions."

"It's a little bit goading - you are immediately presented with income brackets which a lot of people aren't comfortable talking about. It's invading someone's privacy a little bit. People can engage with it or choose to ignore it."

"The referendum is the perfect subject to debate as 97% of people are registered to vote compared to around 40% at the last election. It is clearly a decision that means a lot to people."


That's all very well and good but the vote on Thursday certainly is a divisive one, with passionate feelings on both sides. Isn't the Arches Cafe Bar worried about plates flying through the air?

"I think that would be great!" Georgia Riungu, Marketing Manager of the Arches said. "I'm really proud to have the Arches as a space to facilitate these sorts of debates and in the cafe bar, not just in a traditional arts setting."

"Some of our audience only visit us as an arts setting, some only for gigs, or clubs or dining, and we are always striving to get more of a crossover."

"So I think this project is fantastic, and I hope there are some plates flying (just don't tell our bar manager.)

Please Wait To Be Seated is part of the Arches' Referendum Festival. For restaurants offers at the Arches Cafe Bar, visit their profile on 5pm dining.

Tequila tasting

Topolabamba will be toasting with tequila tonight.

Topolabamba will be toasting with tequila tonight.

Tequila has not always had the best reputation. While not as notorious as Buckfast, it has, nonetheless, made quite the name for itself as a formidable commotion potion.

That is not really a fair judgement though. It is true that, for many, their only experience of tequila will have been as a shot followed by a slice of lemon. However, there is more to tequila than necking it as part of a riotous night out.

Top quality tequila

Years back, the blog went on a tutored tequila-tasting class and we wrote about it here. Suffice to say that after a couple of hours spent sipping top quality tequilas we developed a new found respect for the much maligned Mexican spirit.

Tonight, a tequila-tasting event at Glasgow’s Topolabamba restaurant aims to be similarly enlightening.


A brand ambassador from Jose Cuervo will be talking guests through five different tequilas. £20 gets you a margarita on arrival, the tutored tasting and lots and lots of chips and salsa. Live music is also promised.

Email eat@topolabamba.com for tickets.

Oh yeah, today is a Mexican Independence Day so you may wish to raise a glass of tequila to our Mexican chums.

Eat, Drink, Discover Scotland this weekend

Tony Singh, presumably without the giant chasing tomato, is one of the chefs demoing at the event.

Tony Singh, presumably without the giant chasing tomato, is one of the chefs demoing at the event.

It’s a big weekend in Scotland’s culinary calendar. Eat, Drink, Discover Scotland, one of the flagship events of the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, is taking place over the next three days at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.

Taking place from today until Sunday, Eat Drink Discover Scotland will play host to over a hundred food and drink companies – many of whom are smaller producers.

Artisan producers

Artisan producers from Mara Seaweed to Thistly Cross Cider via Strathearn Distillery and The Puffer Food Company are among the diverse range of businesses showcasing their Scottish produce at the event.

The show will be laid out in eleven regional zones - Perthshire, Grampian, Dundee & Angus, Kingdom of Fife, Highlands and Islands, Ayrshire, Arran & Argyll, Greater Glasgow & the Clyde Valley, Loch Lomond The Trossachs and the Forth Valley, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Edinburgh and Lothians.

Eat Scotland in a day

The idea is that visitors will be able to eat their way around Scotland in one day and under one roof.

As well as cooking demos from some of the nation’s best known chefs, the weekend will also reveal ‘Scotland’s best kept secret ingredient’.

Celebrity chef Mark Greenaway has been on a mission to discover the secret ingredients that Scottish cooks just simply have to have in the pantry.

Chef Greenaway has been travelling all over Scotland to unearth the country’s more unexpected ingredients.

Secrets revealed

A shortlist of the best entrants has been invited to join Mark in a cook-off. The producer or retailer who supplied the winner with their secret ingredient will be given a free exhibition stand at next year’s event.

Tickets, timetables and other FAQS are all here.

5pm restaurants and Scottish Food Fortnight

Roast monkfish tail from Shetland is one of the specials at Hutchesons.

Roast monkfish tail from Shetland is one of the specials at Hutchesons.

Lots of 5pm Dining restaurants are offering special menus or running different menus during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.

Among them, Maggie May's in Glasgow will be hosting nightly specials showcasing some of the finest Scottish cuisine. Every dish is freshly prepared with local produce by the team of chefs in Maggie's kitchen.

A short walk away at Hutchesons, Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight is being celebrated with two of their favourite dishes - monkfish from the waters of Shetland and 100% Scotch beef from Ayrshire.

Shetland monkfish

The two ingredients feature in the following specials:

Roasted Shetland monkfish tail with a choice of four sides and bottle of house red or white wine for £60 per couple.

35 day dry-aged Chateaubriand with a choice of four sides and a bottle of house red or white for £70 per couple.

Both specials are available from Sunday-Thursday, noon-10pm and Friday/Saturday, noon- 5pm, during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.

T-bone time

Hutchesons’ sister restaurant, The Butchershop, is showcasing their signature Scottish steaks in celebration of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.

They offer a melt-in-your-mouth 500g cote de boeuf, T-bone or the Chateaubriand with your choice of four sides and a bottle of house white or red for £70 per couple.

Available Sunday-Thursday, noon-10pm and Friday/Saturday, noon- 5pm, during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.

The funky bar at One Square

The funky bar at One Square

Hip to be square

Over in Edinburgh, One Square is running their Fayre and Square seasonal tasting menu until the end of September.

Proving that it's hip to be square, this menu pairs three delicious courses with three gin cocktail tasters - each named after a famous square in the gin's country of origin.

The gastronomic journey begins at home, with pressed Ayrshire pork belly and black pudding, matched with a St Andrew Square cocktail made with Caorunn gin and seasonal fruits.

Next, a slow cooked salmon fillet and heritage tomato dressing comes with a Plaza Cataluna - a Mediterranean blend of Gin Mare, basil and rosemary.

To finish, a dessert of vanilla parfait, orange meringue, cardamom crumble and marmalade mousse is paired with a Da Dam, a refreshing G&T mixed with Sloane's Gin from Amsterdam.

The menu, with gin tasters, is £22 per person.

Best of Scottish

At L’Escargot Bleu, chef patron Fred Berkmiller has always been a massive supporter of Scottish producers. For September, Fred has created a special menu celebrating the best Scottish suppliers.

Take it slowly

Dashing across to Edinburgh’s West End for Monday 9th September, Edinburgh Larder Bistro on Alva Street is playing host to Slow Food Edinburgh’s Big Table.

Guests will meet local supporters of the Slow Food movement and find out more about local produce.

Heather Anderson of Whitmuir Farm will also be on hand to discuss their project to create the first community owned farm in Scotland.

A menu full of treats from Whitmuir Farm is promised.

Fun quiz time!

Try our quick and fun quiz to see which Scottish food you are most like :)

(Click on the blog title link above to access the quiz)



LUAC no more but the oink is on



Little Urban Achievers Club on Glasgow's Great Western Road is no more.

Look out for The Crafty Pig which opens in its place tomorrow from 2.30pm.

Billed as a 'brewhouse and smoke pit' our new porcine pal 'promises fourteen draught craft beers on rotation, over 60 bottled craft beers, local cask ales and a huge range of tequilas and rums.

'The menu is packed with slow-cooked smoked meats including sixteen-hour smoked pulled pork, handmade burgers (with beef exclusively sourced from the herd of a Lanarkshire farm), half-meter pizzas and a unique slow-cooked ribs menu.

The Crafty Pig will feature a games room screening all day live sports coverage, pool tables and beer pong.'

Glengoyne – it’s worth the wait

Glengoyne comp pic

The 5pm Dining blog has often enjoyed a dram as a splendid way to round off a good meal.

Thanks to our friends at Glengoyne, 5pm customers can also enjoy the same treat at a number of tremendous restaurants across Scotland.

We have teamed up with the makers of Glengoyne to offer a dram of Glengoyne to 5pm diners at selected restaurants.

Simply look for the Glengoyne logo when browsing 5pm Dining for great offers.

Great selection of participating restaurants

Participating restaurants in Glasgow include, among many others, Arisaig, Barca, Barolo Grill, Cafe Andaluz, Ingram Wynd, Mediterraneo, Soho on Miller Street and Two Fat Ladies in the West End.

Edinburgh restaurants include Tower Restaurant, Amarone, Restaurant Mark Greenaway, 56 North and Edinburgh Larder Bistro.

Making whisky for over 200 years

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is world renowned as one of the finest Highland single malts.

The distillery takes its name from ‘Glen Guin’ or ‘Glen of the Wild Geese’, and has been producing exceptional single malt whisky for nearly 200 years.

Book into any of the participating restaurants and enjoy a superb Glengoyne to round off your meal.

Win a Glengoyne Whisky & Chocolate Matching Experience

Glengoyne 21We are also running a competition with Glengoyne for two lucky winners to experience two of life’s greatest pleasures - whisky and chocolate.

The competition is for two people to win a tour of Glengoyne Distillery at Dumgoyne, near Killearn, followed by a unique whisky and chocolate experience.

The winners will enjoy a dram of the 12 Year Old on arrival followed by the tour and then a sensory experience that will live long in the memory.

Visitors will match two more whiskies (including the multi-award winning 21 Year Old) with four handmade chocolates from local chocolatier Nucoco.

To enter and be in with the chance of winning this fantastic prize, go to our Facebook page, like and answer the following question:

What type of drink is Glengoyne?
a) Gin     b)  Rum     c)  Whisky

Anchor Line prepares to launch

Anchor Line

The Anchor Line

The 5pm Dining blog is getting all excited about The Anchor Line restaurant which is taking shape in the Anchor Line building on St Vincent Place.

It is always good to see someone take on these big, we imagine expensive projects, and try to do something with real ambition.

Glasgow’s restaurant scene certainly didn’t stagnate during the worst years of the recession but large scale, prestigious openings were thin on the ground.

The Di Maggio’s group, which already has the popular Di Maggio’s, Amarone, Barolo Grill and Cafe Andaluz restaurants, are behind The Anchor Line project and they are aiming to open in late September.

Best of Scottish produce

Word has it that The Anchor Line will showcase the best of Scottish produce with influences from both sides of the Atlantic.

We are told to look out for ‘fresh oysters, lobster and scallops, the finest scotch beef, ribs and burgers to die for. There will be an extensive cocktail list with classics lying alongside some of our own signature twists, and a drinks list with a strong whisky, bourbon and gin influence.

'New York and Glasgow craft beers, and a wine list incorporating some of the finest America and the rest of the world have to offer.’

Original features

Original features

A-listed building

Di Maggio’s have completely restored the A listed building. Built in 1906, it was designed by the renowned Scottish architect, James Miller, and original nautical emblems can still be seen on the façade, with shells, anchors and ships all featuring.

The Anchor Line shipping company, which was housed in the building, played a prominent part in Glasgow’s maritime history. From the 1880s until the 1940s the company was famous for its sleek cruise ships and for the comfort it offered its travellers at very affordable cost.

The company played on its Scottish roots and employed Scottish crew and cabin crew, advertising ‘Scottish ships and Scottish crew for Scottish passengers’.

Canada for two quid? Pic from University of Glasgow.

Canada for two quid? Pic from University of Glasgow.

Bringing back memories

Di Maggio’s have been researching the company’s history and are keen to hear from anyone who had a relationship with the company or the building.

If you have any memories of either, or knew someone who did, ping Di Maggio’s an email at info@theanchorline.co.uk.

The Anchor Line is also running an exclusive competition for the chance to win an invitation for two to the VIP champagne reception and dinner pre-launch event.

Simply click this link, enter your details to sign up for The Anchor Line newsletter and you will be entered into the competition.

New arrival announced

There will be plenty of sides on offer at BRGR.

There will be plenty of sides on offer at BRGR.

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be about the latest royal sprog. Delightful as we are sure it will be.

Instead, if you are in Glasgow’s West End tomorrow then you may witness the birth of the city’s latest burger joint.

Or rather, it’s first BRGR restaurant. As we mentioned last week, BRGR is a new place on Western Road which has set up in the premises formerly used by Black Rabbit.

Hawd me back

Unique to BRGR will be the aptly named 'hawder', a device which 'hawds' your burger and ensures less mess, fewer spills and, apparently, an all-round better burger eating experience.

It is a fun idea but, having not seen one in action, we like to imagine that it will be the cutlery equivalent of those hats that hold two beer cans and have straws leading to the wearer’s mouth.

Anyway, where were we? The new venue boasts six different varieties of meat-based burgers, including three beef choices, as well as a seventh vegetarian option.

All the burgers are handmade using the freshest ingredients and can be teamed with a range of sides including wings, mac ‘n’ cheese, charred corn with jalapeno butter and a selection of fries.

Local suppliers

Although owner Chris Lessani has been inspired by many of the burger joints he encountered while visiting America, BRGR is firmly focused on Glasgow.

Suppliers include Rodgers Butchers and George Mewes Cheese on Byres Road, Big Bear Bakery in Glasgow and Glasgow's Direct Foods for fruit and vegetables.

Free burgers

To celebrate its opening tomorrow, BRGR, with support from Rodgers Butchers, will be giving free burgers away, while stocks last, from noon to 8pm.

As part of the giveaway, hungry burger fans will have the option to make a donation to the Scottish charity, Unite Against Cancer. The charity will receive all the proceeds from the day.

Fancy a free BRGR?

Fancy a free BRGR?

West End burgers


Owner Chris Lessani commented: ‘Burgers are hugely popular in Glasgow's city centre, but in the West End there aren't that many options if you are looking for a really high quality burger in a great dining experience.

‘We have some fantastic suppliers in the city and we wanted to celebrate this in the creation of our braw burgers. We have kept our menu quite small but with enough variation so that people can get what they are looking for. We will also have a kids menu for our little BRGR diners.’

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