Venachar Lochside café/restaurant situated in the Trossachs won the best casual dining award in this year’s Scottish Thistle Awards so last weekend we decided to go on a wee tour and sample their lunch menu. As its name suggests, the restaurant sits on the banks of Loch Venacher, just a few miles from Callander in…

Is Scotland ready for edible insects? New university research has shown that despite TV shows like ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, which highlights the consumption of insects, Scotland is just not ready to embrace entomophagy. Entomophagy is the consumption of edible insects. Two billion of the world’s population currently eat insects as…

Connage Highland Dairy, alongside Corney & Barrow, last night (Tuesday 19 April) hosted a cheese and wine Tasting Evening at Castle Stuart Golf Club, Inverness as part of their role as Highlands & Islands Food Ambassadors of the Year. Owners of Connage Highland Dairy, Jill & Callum Clark were honoured to have been voted 2015…

We are going along to Foodies Festival at Inverleith Park in Edinburgh on 5th, 6th and 7th August with our homemade Loch Leven Scottish Tablet.  Hopefully the sun will be shining  so be sure to pop past our stall and say hello. Foodies Festival tickets went on sale today and are available on the Foodies Festival…

Edinburgh Juniper Festival Edinburgh, 2016. Scotland’s Best Gin Fest, The Juniper Festival is returning for its third consecutive year in Edinburgh, on the 10th-12th June 2016 at Summerhall. Following success in previous years, the 2016 festival is here to celebrate all things Gin, with added street food, local fashion, craft stalls and entertainment. Run by…

Boys Eat Scotland: The Huxley Review We often pop into the Huxley for a nightcap before heading for the bus home after a night out in town. It’s always got a very welcoming and cosy atmosphere plus the floor to ceiling windows provide a great view of the bustling West End. Last year, we popped in for…

Foodies Festival Announces a Lip-Smacking Line-Up of Top Chefs and New Culinary Features for 2016 Edinburgh Festival 5th to 7th August Scotland’s top chefs cooking summer recipes in the Chefs Theatre Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli launches his street food range serving Italian Burritos Focus on Brazilian street food on the Street Food Avenue More award-winning…

Arbikie does the double at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Arbikie Highland Estate picked up a Gold medal for its ‘Kirsty’s Gin’ and a Bronze medal for its new Chilli Vodka at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Since its introduction in 2000, the competition has become one of the most respected and…

Chef Scott Smith, a protégé of Michelin-starred Geoffrey Smeddle, owner of The Peat Inn, is taking over the site of The Plumed Horse on Henderson Street in Edinburgh’s culinary neighbourhood of Leith, with an exciting new restaurant venture – Norn. The 36 cover restaurant, which is set to open in early May, is named after…

New breed of nosing expert joins whisky club as ‘Master Sniffer’ It may sound barking mad, but the world’s first whisky sniffer dog has been appointed by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. A dog’s sense of smell is 50 times more sensitive than humans, so Golden Retriever Chaucer has joined the whisky club’s prestigious Tasting…