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April 6, 2012
It’s an Easter squirrel, obviously.

So, Easter weekend. A time for renewal and sure sign that spring is here; even if the weather does keep on forgetting and slipping back into January mode.

While most of us will be putting our feet up and scoffing too much lamb/chocolate/gin (delete according to taste), Scotland’s hardworking restaurateurs and barkeeps will be slogging away to keep us happy.

Two new places in particular will be busy, busy busy.

In Glasgow, The Pour House opened recently on Argyle Street in Finniston. Real ale, gourmet pub grub, decent wine and an interior that looks a little like a New England beach house are the attractions.

If you are in the area then it’s pretty hard to miss: there’s a giant squirrel drinking from a beer tap on the exterior.

Over in Edinburgh, Earthy is set to open its third branch in the city in Canonmills. Taking over the space left vacant by Dionika, the new Earthy, which is pencilled in to open today, joins the existing outlets in Portobello and the Southside.

Possibly Edinburgh’s most ethical food shops and cafe restaurants, Earthy sells locally grown goodies from small, artisan farmers and producers.

As well as selling groceries, ready to eat dishes and gourmet sarnies, the new Earthy promises a cafe restaurant which will be open in the evenings. Healthy, tasty food that hasn’t been mucked around with very much looks set to be the dish of the day.

Have a fab Easter.