Looking for new places to visit in Central Scotland? Tuck into The Grill by HW, The Jolly Gin and Craft plus Boardwalk.
Opened in March, The Grill by HW is a new restaurant in Bridge of Allan. It is in the former Old Bridge Inn premises on Inverallan Road.
It serves locally bred, speciality Wagyu beef and Wagyu crossed with indigenous breeds.
Serving Wagyu raised on their farm outside Dunblane, the new restaurant is another string in the bow for Mohsin Altajir and Martine Chapman, the husband and wife team behind Highland Wagyu.
The Grill by HW: Wangus and Wagyu
Wagyu is prized for its finely marbled meat and, last year, the farm had a breakthrough moment when they saw the quality of the meat from one of their best Fullblood carcasses.
Apparently, the meat had reached what the Japanese describe as an A5 BMS 12th Grade, the highest grade found in Japan.
If top quality beef gets your juices flowing then The Grill by HW would be delighted to see you.
Taking pride of place on the menu are the cuts of beef from Wangus cattle. Wangus are Wagyu which are cross bred with Aberdeen Angus.
Given enough notice, The Grill by HW can also serve pure bred Wagyu.
As you might have guessed by now, this is very special beef. It costs a lot to raise and, by the time it reaches your plate, it comes with a price tag which is far from budget.
A prime Wangus steak is £65 while skirt is £35. Plus sides. A prime pure bred Wagyu steak is £95 with skirt at £55.
If that seems daunting, you could order up the Wagyu beef burger from the daytime menu for £18.
Naturally, if you are keen to celebrate a special occasion, The Grill by HW has a wine list that matches the quality of the beef.
New Central Belt bars: The Jolly Gin And Craft
Offering a rather different experience, The Jolly Gin And Craft bar opened recently on Wooer Street in Falkirk.
Offering some 80 gins; an indoor gin garden and a range of craft ales, The Jolly Gin And Craft is run by PG Taverns.
Among other venues, PG Taverns also run The Jolly Botanist in Edinburgh.
Just outside Falkirk, close to the Falkirk Wheel, Boardwalk has replaced The Wheelhouse on Millennium Wheel Drive.
Run by the same company that has The Duck Bay and Coast, Boardwalk is looking light and airy after an extensive refurbishment.
From breakfasts and burgers to steaks, afternoon tea, curries, pastas and salads, the menus cover most bases.