Avoid over indulging: sit near the window

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We've all been there. You arrive at the restaurant determined to order the salad, with a few glasses of sparkling water your only beverage. Hours later you roll out after chowing down a burger and chips and almost a full bottle of wine along with the entire dessert you bought intending to share with your friend. How did it happen? Do you really have such little willpower? If you're nodding along in wry recognition, think back to where in the … [Read more...]

Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin unveils new look

Tom Kitchin in his new dining room. Photo by Marc Millar.

Last week, the 5pm Dining blog was at the launch of Tom Kitchin’s recently expanded restaurant in Leith. It is impressive. Not just because the Michelin-starred restaurant has doubled in size but also because of its clever, eye-catching design. ‘I can happily grow old here,’ grinned Tom as he showed the blog around. ‘I want The Kitchin to be an institution and this development gives us the space to realise our ambitions.’ The Kitchin … [Read more...]

2015 Scotland Year of Food and Drink

The Campbells haggis production line has been in full swing.

Following on from the success of the initial Scotland Year of Food and Drink in 2010, the Government has decreed that 2015 should also be a Scotland Year of Food and Drink. As well as a new, food-related slant on established events such as the Borders Book Festival (11-14 June), the Orkney Folk Festival (21-24 May) and the Glasgow Science Festival (5-15 June), there will be a number of new events designed to inspire and engage diverse … [Read more...]