The Edinburgh restaurant scene expanded recently with the launch of Apiary Restaurant.
Taking over the Newington premises formerly occupied by Metropole, it promises modern British grub. They do all their own smoking and pickling, apparently.
A typical main course on the dinner menu is the free range chicken supreme stuffed with ham hock and cream cheese on warm smoky potato, gherkin and bacon salad with a mustard and veal jus cream.
The Apiary seems to be run by the same team as Three Birds in Bruntsfield.
So far, their naming scheme has involved the birds and the bees. What are the odds on their next venture being called The Educated Flea?
Great Bistro Bake Off
This weekend saw a new arrival at Edinburgh Larder Bistro. The popular West End Bistro relaunched earlier this year and is building on that new beginning with the addition of a bakery at the front of the restaurant.
Caroline Baker is the woman with floury hands. Previously, Caroline worked as Head Chef at the Fruitmarket Cafe and was at Loudons before that. Her CV also details a stint in the Rose Bakery in Paris.
Keen to ensure that everything looks more than good enough to eat, word has it that the bakery display is dangerously mouth-watering.
Mark Greenaway launch
Sticking with Edinburgh, this evening sees the launch of Mark Greenaway’s new restaurant: Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway. We’ll have a full report in the next couple of days. Once we’ve cleared the canape crumbs from our notebook.
New Garnethill restaurant
As always, Glasgow’s restaurant scene is boiling away. If it didn’t launch over the weekend, then you may want to keep an eye open for the imminent arrival of Singl-End in Garnethill.
Run by the team that looks after the Butterfly and Pig outlets, Singl-End is on Renfrew Street and it promises a deli and restaurant serving Italian and Mediterranean street food.
Aiming to open from 6am to 1am, Singl-End will serve everything from a breakfast banana on toast to grilled steaks, razor clams and spatchcocked chickens cooked in beer.