According to The Herald, Nick Nairn is to open a new restaurant in Aberdeen.
Like the Kailyard in The Doubletree by Hilton at the Dunblane Hydro, his new venture will be part of a hotel – the Hilton Garden Inn.
Called Native, the new restaurant will use locally sourced ingredients to make traditional dishes such as potted heid pate and Cullen skink. Upmarket burgers and Nairn’s own monkfish curry are also likely to feature.
Having previously sworn off cooking full time in commercial kitchens, Nairn said that he has been tempted back to the stove after seeing just how buoyant the Aberdeen economy is.
Nairn opened his second cook school in the city last year.
As the fabled Edinburgh trams near their much delayed completion date, a couple of West End bars have revamped their offers. The long running and hugely successful Indigo Yard has been remodelled and has given its beer list a boost. They now serve 26 draught and 30 bottled beers.
Their neighbours at Sygn have also had a rather cool makeover as well as introducing a new menu. We’ll bring you more details on that next week.
Finally, Amicus Apple have had the joiners in at the Frederick Street bar. The centre piece of their new look is a giant tree sculpture which flows across the ceiling.
New Glasgow openings
Look out for Kokomo, a new nightclub/late night bar which is scheduled to open later this month on West Register Street. We hear that Buddy’s BBQ, finalists in the Takeaway category at the Scottish Restaurant Awards, will be supplying the finger-licking grub.