Here is your food and drink news for the weekend.
Gazing into our crystal ball, we see that 7 Saints is looking to expand from its Prestwick base and open a second branch in Kilmarnock.
The burger, beers and cocktail bar aims to open on John Finnie Street in Kilmarnock in September.
We like the cheeky attitude of the original. Especially the ever changing WiFi passwords. Previous passwords have included ‘Yer Da sells Avon’ and ‘I licked it now it’s mine’.
Sticking with future openings, Glasgow’s branch of The Ivy has had its launch put back to the spring of 2019.
The Ivy Collection were to have launched their latest venture on Buchanan Street this spring. However, plans for renovation work have delayed the new project.
Staying in the West, the whisky firm Douglas Laing and Co are about to launch a new, limited edition, Glasgow version of their Epicurean Cask Strength spirit.
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Based in Glasgow and now celebrating their 70th year, the firm is to release 3000 bottles with labels that pay homage to Glasgow landmarks.
The images include the Finnieston Crane and the Riverside Museum. Our favourite is the label which shows a young dandy – The Epicurean – wearing a traffic cone instead of his usual top hat.
According to Douglas Laing and Co, ‘the limited edition bottling takes our hats off to the city’s famous Duke of Wellington statue, rarely spotted without his own iconic traffic cone hat’.
If we shift our food and drink news focus across the M8, we see that The Carnivore appears to be on the cusp of opening.
Located on the corner of the Cowgate and Blair Street, the new gastrobar has been a long time in gestation.
According to their website, the Cowgate’s name derives from medieval times when cattle were herded down the street on market day.
Meaty menu at The Carnivore
Fast forward to the 21st century and The Carnivore echoes the neighbourhood’s past with a distinctly meaty menu.
We’ll go into greater detail when The Carnivore opens but steaks, burgers and deluxe sarnies are all on the menu with plenty of bourbon to wash it all down.
This scribbler is a big fan of beef and bourbon. I’m less sure about the rather menacing cow-faced butcher that illustrates their web presence…