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August 16, 2019

There are oooodles and oooooodles of new restaurants and bars on the horizon plus our chums at Edinburgh Gin have created some tasty looking new gin.

We're going to go through them at a gallop so saddle up.

After refurbing, renaming and relaunching Damm 27 and Basil's in Edinburgh, Star Pubs and Bars - the leased pubs arm of Heineken UK - are continuing to invest with three new bars/refurbs.

In Winchburgh, Broxburn, The Tally Ho Bar has re-opened under Trevor and Yvonne Spence with their chef son Aidan taking care of business in the kitchen.

The menu bills itself as 'decent pub grub'. Burgers, steaks and pub classics such as steak pie, fish 'n' chips and chicken Kiev feature prominently alongside veggie, vegan and gluten-free dishes.

The main pic (taken from the bar's Facebook) shows Tally Ho's hot smoked salmon salad. Made with their own hickory-smoked salmon served on a hearty salad with horseradish cream dressing.

The interior has been revamped to let more light in. New folding doors give on to a gorgeous terrace with a retractable roof and sides.

The Cartvale and The Broughton

In Busby, The Cartvale is being revamped with the aim of opening in late August.

A new kitchen means the family-friendly bar will serve food and The Cartvale promises to have one of the best beer gardens in the area.

Last but no means least on the Star Pubs and Bars front, anyone swanning up and down Edinburgh's Broughton Street will have noticed that the recently beleagured Phoenix Bar is undergoing some TLC.

When it reopens, after a reported £340,000 refit, it will be called The Broughton and will have less of an emphasis on sport than it did before.

Get cosy at Noodles Home

Noodles Home: making a home on Nicholson Street in Edinburgh.

Noodles Home: making a home on Nicholson Street in Edinburgh.

Sticking with Edinburgh, the former Shri Bheemas venue opposite the Festival Theatre has become Noodles Home, a Chinese restaurant.

Judging by the menu, it is perhaps geared towards the community of Chinese and South East Asian students in the area.

You won't find any Anglo-Chinese dishes like chicken chow mein here. Instead, you can order up dumpling soups; stewed potatoes with spare ribs on rice and beef flank noodles in broth.

Switching across to the other side of the M8, we note that opening Bar Vini wine bar and restaurant is pencilled in for opening on Victoria Road, Glasgow.

More info as we get it.

Lemon and Jasmine Gin

Finally, we were delighted to see that Edinburgh Gin have produced a new expression: a full strength Lemon and Jasmine Gin.

Apparently, it celebrates 'the refreshing contrast between zesty, fresh lemons and the heady, sweet scent of jasmine'.

All we're hearing is, 'Hello Martini night!'