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You may not bee(!) aware of this but we are in the middle of National Honey Week.
The G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh are marking the event with a Meet the G&Bees in the hotel lobby from tomorrow until Sunday.
The G&V is home to the city’s largest colony of hotel-residing honey bees. For the last year, they have kept some 180,000 bees in three hives on the hotel roof.
Their honey is served at breakfast and used in cocktails in the hotel’s Epicurean bar.
Executive Chef Mattia Camorani also incorporates the honey into the dishes he serves in the award-winning Cucina restaurant.
From tomorrow, the five-star hotel will be relocating one of its bee hives to the ground floor lobby.
There will be a pop-up area offering honey-tasting, tips about beekeeping, and a giveaway competition of products made from the hives.
Guests and visitors alike will be invited to taste fresh honeycomb straight from the hive.
The team will also be serving up the hotel’s honey beer. Chef Camorani will be on-hand to offer guests honey sorbet mini cones and talk through his honey-inspired dishes.
You can book Cucina via 5pm Dining. You might want to try the afternoon tea which, among many other goodies, features honeycomb truffle.
Harajuku Kitchen pop-up in Cab Voltaire
A short walk away, on Blair Street, Harajuku Kitchen is starting a residency at Cabaret Voltaire.
Every weekend, from 5pm to 11pm, the Japanese pop-up will be dishing up a menu packed with pork and vegetable gyoza; aubergine with miso sauce; chicken kara-age and yakatori, bao and katsu buns, Korean-fried chicken wings and a range of sushi rolls.
Of course, you can always book into Harajuku Kitchen in Bruntsfield with 5pm Dining.
Malmaison cocktails get spooky
And finally, for this Edinburgh food news blog, we hear that Malmaison is serving Halloween-inspired cocktails this weekend.
If you fancy a Black Margarita or Mezcal Asylum, you know where to go.
We like the sound of the Corpse River. A variant on the classic Corpse Reviver, it is made with Beefeater 24 Gin, Lillet Blanc and a dash of absinthe.
Each cocktail costs £9 each and will be available in every Malmaison bar – including Glasgow – from Friday 27th to Tuesday 31st October.