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October 1, 2018

First up, congratulations to Monadh in Bearsden and Sugar Boat in Helensburgh. Both have just been awarded a Bib Gourmand by the latest Michelin Guide.

The award denotes 'exceptionally good food at moderate prices'.

In Edinburgh, The Dogs, Scran and Scallie and Galvin Brasserie Deluxe retained their awards.

In Glasgow, The Ox and Finch kept its Bib Gourmand but, curiously, The Gannet lost theirs.

The only other Scottish Bib Gourmands are held by the Kilberry Inn in Kintyre and Osso in Peebles.

The new Michelin star awards will be announced by live feed from 4.30pm tomorrow. Will Scotland get any more stars? Will it lose any?

The live feed will be here.

New Glasgow bar: Cùl Cùil

Turning our attention back to Glasgow, a new late night bar, Cùl Cùil, launched last weekend.

The former Courtyard Bar on West Nile Street has been transformed into a new venture offering 'character, comfort with casual dining and socialising combined'.

As well as the bar area, there are booths for casual dining.

The lunch menu is a soup and sandwich affair while the evening menu branches out into sharing platters, loaded chips and pasta, cous cous and salad options.

The sharing platters include seafood, cheese and antipasti platters. The hot platter includes delights such as sticky cocktail sausages, mini Scotch pies and meatballs.

When the weather begins to turn warm again, the garden space at the back of the venue is sure to be popular.

Apparently, it's heated so customers will be able to nip out for an al fresco pint/natter/ciggie even if the weather is nippy.

We don't know who measures these things but the outside drinking space is said to be one of the largest in Glasgow.

The 5pm Dining blog wishes Cùl Cùil every success and fingers crossed that Scotland's restaurants have something to cheer when the Michelin man starts handing out the gongs this afternoon.