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October 14, 2014
Carters bar and restaurant at the new look Busby hotel.
Carters bar and restaurant at the new look Busby hotel.

As always, the ever enterprising restaurateurs of the Central Belt have been hard at work planning, building, launching and refurbishing new restaurants.

In Clarkston, The Busby Hotel re-opens to the public on Thursday 23 October.

Since being taken over by the Manorview Hotels and Leisure Group last year, the property has had a reported £2.5 million lavished on it.

Judging by the pics on their Facebook page, pretty much every penny of that spend is evident in the fittings and fixtures.

One of the major changes is the new bar and restaurant. Called Carters at The Busby hotel, it promises craft beer and a restaurant menu with a distinct Italian flavour.

If you can’t wait until next Thursday, you can see what 5pm offers are available at The Busby’s sister restaurants at The Lynnhurst, Bowfield Hotel and Country Club, The Torrance or The Redhurst.

Charcoal grill

In Edinburgh, Pera Turkish has opened on Elm Row on Leith Walk. Operating as a cosy café during the day and bistro at night, it has a wide range of hot and cold meze plus charcoal-grilled kebabs.

Intriguingly, their website also has a page dedicated to the history of Turkish cooking as well as an explanation of typical ingredients used, regional variations and the place that food has in Turkish culture.

The 5pm Dining blog has a fairly strong food geek element which enjoyed the page much as we would a large bowl of humus.

Pera is BYOB, which always warms the cockles of our hearts.

[Eye, eye! Pera has opened on Elm Row.][13]
Eye, eye! Pera has opened on Elm Row.