New bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh plus a new restaurant in St Andrews? The 5pm Dining blog has all the skinny.
As has been widely reported, the latest Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen opens on Ashton Lane today at noon.
Billed as the flagship for the brewer’s embryonic chain of bars, it joins existing units in Edinburgh, Dundee and St Andrews.
As the name suggests, beer will be prominent with brewing taking place on site. Three 250L tanks of fresh beer feeding the bar will ensure that no-one goes thirsty.
In addition to a rotational draught list, there will be dozens of canned and bottled beers plus hoptails, cocktails, beer flights and boiler makers.
And the wine list ain’t too shabby either.
Leaving no stone unturned, the food menus offer breakfast, brunch, lunch and Sunday roast options alongside separate restaurant and bar dinner menus.
Whether you want a quick Scotch egg or an 8oz, 28-day hung, rib-eye steak, the staff can fix you up as well as recommending a beer to go with your choices.
New bar in Edinburgh
We promised new bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh, so here is our Edinburgh contribution:
This summer will see the opening of the White Horse Oyster Bar on Canongate. Oysters, seafood and cocktails are on the menu.
Established in 1742, it is said to be the oldest pub on the Royal Mile.
The pubs, salons and cafés of the Royal Mile, and the vennels leading off it, were once famous for selling vast quantities of oysters. Back then, they were plentiful, cheap and a food of the poor.
Times have changed but, in some respects, The White Horse Oyster bar looks to be taking things back full circle.
New restaurant in St Andrews
That’s our new bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh, time to roll out our St Andrews news.
Kinnettles Castle in Angus is an exclusive wedding and events space. This month, it launches a sister hotel on North Street in St Andrews.
The five star Kinnettles Hotel will host nine luxurious suites, a state of the art spa, an experience shower, a sauna, a Jacuzzi, a nail bar and hair salon.
Of more interest to the 5pm Dining blog is that it will also play host to a second branch of The Tayberry restaurant run by the much celebrated chef Adam Newth.
Chef Newth opened the first Tayberry Restaurant in Broughty Ferry at the end of 2015 having already been awarded the prestigious titles of Young Scottish Chef of the Year and Young Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year.
Before flying solo, he had worked for Michelin-starred restaurants Number One at The Balmoral in Edinburgh and Martin Wishart’s at Cameron House on Loch Lomond.
We wish them all the best of luck.