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June 20, 2022

If you fancy a little jaunt doon the watter then Troon has a couple of fantoosh new eating and drinking options.

Marine Troon hotel has had a revamp and revealed The Rabbit and The Seal, a restaurant and bar respectively. The Rabbit prides itself on seasonal menus using local produce such as Ayrshire mussels with nduja, fennel, cider and lovage. Or the grilled Orkney scallop with Nantaise sauce and sea vegetables. More meaty options might be the grilled Middle White pork chop with rainbow chard and rhubarb or the roast lamb rump with grilled onion, gem, peas and thyme.

As well as cocktails and afternoon tea, The Seal runs an all day menu along the lines of beer battered haddock and chips, the Marine and Lawn burger plus buffalo burrata with heritage tomato and a peach and heather honey dressing. The main pic, taken from The Rabbit and Seal Facebook page, shows some of the restaurant's dishes.

Golfers' paradise

As golf fans are probably already aware, the hotel overlooks the Royal Troon course which will host The Open Championship once again in 2024. The restaurant is named after hole 17, the course's most challenging par three while the bar is named after Troon's opening hole.

The Rabbit and The Seal are set within Marine Troon, a striking Victorian sandstone hotel with unrivalled views of Royal Troon Golf Club’s Old Course, which is set to host The Open Championship once again in 2024. An hour outside of Glasgow, the western Scottish coastline is an ever-popular destination for visitors and walkers in addition to boasting world-class golf.

Marine Troon is the sister operation to Rusacks St Andrews and Marine North Berwick.

Rioja unveils new summer tapas

Dashing back up the coast to Glasgow, Rioja in Finnieston has just launched its new tapas-based summer menu. Formerly a chef at the renowned El Bulli, Chef Miguel Angel Mayor has looked to Catalonia for inspiration. Look out for Scottish mackerel tempura, breaded aged beef shin with brava sauce and aioli plus roast leeks with salmorejo, a thicker, creamier take on gazpacho.

Rioja is bookable via 5pm and they have some rather tasty looking deals.

Very briefly, we note that The Luchador on Pollokshaws Road has become The Last Rodeo. Tex Mex menus are the name of the game with a range of tacos, burritos and wings. Yeeha!

New tapas dishes on the menu at Rioja.

New tapas dishes on the menu at Rioja. Pic: Maguires Agency/Calum McMillan