From the Games to the Ryder Cup, this is a big year for Scotland and our restaurateurs have been working flat out to provide visitors and Scots alike with all manner of groovy new places to eat.
In Edinburgh, The Raeburn Hotel is making waves after opening a couple of weeks or so back.
Originally built in 1832 as a Georgian home, the Stockbridge landmark has been given a new lease of life as a boutique hotel with bar, restaurant, library, private dining, conference room and outside terraced area.
The Evening News ran a decent piece about the building’s chequered history here.
Your blogger is booked in for dinner but, at the time of writing, has yet to scoff there. However, we hear lots of good things.
Local sourcing is to the fore in a menu comprising traditional and contemporary British cuisine. You can see menus here. Their steaks sound tremendous.
28-day aged steak
Sticking with steak, look out for a branch of the Miller and Carter group of restaurants opening in the old Cramond Brig premises.
The 25th April seems to be the official opening date. The house speciality is 28-day aged steak.
New Glasgow openings
A mid-May launch seems to be the plan.
On the other side of town, Bell & Felix promises to be Shawland’s newest cafe and bistro. Home-made meals and fresh baking are on the cards.
We’re also intrigued about developments at Cup Tea Lounge on Renfield Street. Come May, the venue promises to be a tea house by day but gin bar at night.
Some 71 gins are said to be on offer hence the name Gin 71.
We’ll bring you more info in due course.