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January 16, 2020

A quick rundown of some other recent and imminent restaurant openings.

We'll start with a little reminder that The Duke is due to open on Kilmarnock's John Finnie Street this month.

The latest project from Buzzworks Holdings, the former Lucky 7 is to become an all-day café bar.

Other Buzzworks venues include Lido in Troon and Prestwick; The Long House in Kilmarnock and Scotts at Port Edgar Marina, Largs Yacht Haven and Troon harbour.

Skipping over to Dumfries, The Imperial is a new pub which opened on Queensberry Street in the run-up to Christmas.

Operated by Amber Taverns, the site was previously home to a Farm Foods and, for those with long memories, it was a restaurant before that.

While Amber Taverns have nearly 150 bars in England and Wales, they only have a handful in Scotland including The Northern Way in Paisley and The Old Post Office in Coatbridge which opened late last year.

Rumour has it that another Amber Tavern may be on the cards for Kirkcaldy.

Family-run bar

On the outskirts of Edinburgh, The Balerno Inn, formerly Malleny Arms, is finding its feet after launching in November.

This family-run pub and restaurant with rooms offers everything from pub grub classics such as fish and chips to more bistro-style dishes like the seared scallop with smoked bacon, green pea cream and a dill dressing.

It also sells The Honky Burger, a reference to the pub's old nickname which came about when American servicemen from a nearby base used to frequent the establishment.

Since Balerno also revels in the name The Gateway to the Pentlands, the new venture looks set to appeal to walkers and cyclists.

£3m leisure destination

Sticking with the slight rural theme, Whitekirk Hill is a new £3m leisure destination just outside Whitekirk village in East Lothian. Main pic, by Mat Ward, show exterior with Bass Rock in background.

Formerly the Golf and Country Club, Whitekirk Hill has a luxurious day spa, all-inclusive health club, indoor play barn, airy café and 100-seater casual dining restaurant, all surrounded by 160 acres of mature Scots Pine and Spruce woodland, ponds and open grasslands.

Fraser Brash is in charge of the kitchen. He’s East-Lothian born and moved to Whitekirk Hill from flag-carrying airline Etihad where he was in charge of the first-class and corporate dining provision.

 The Grill restaurant at Whitekirk Hill rocks a charcoal-fired Josper grill and local suppliers include Buccleuch Estate, John Gilmour Butchers and Belhaven Smokehouse.

You can peruse the menus in the Grill and the Orangery here.