Save and splurge out on an extravagant meal outside the cities. See Backlist leature p.58 for profile on the man behind one olthe best. the Peat Inn.
I Cromlix House Kinbuck. Dunblane. 0786 822125. Edinburgh 42 miles; Glasgow 33 miles. Open every day. meals 12.30—2.30pm. 7—l0pm. llistoric family house in a 5000 acre estate. which provides much of the game. fish and lamb for the restaurant. ChefMark Salter is a rising star in mode rn Scottish cooking and makes good unfussy use of his wonderfully fresh ingredients. Set lunch £10.50 and £18: dinner (six courses) £24 and £29. 88:13 from £65 single. £100 double. Tennis. fishing. golf.
I Murrayshall Country House Hotel Scone. 0738 51 I71. Edinburgh approx 75 miles. Glasgow approx 100 miles. ()pen every day. meals 12.30—1.45pm. 7—9.30pm. Large 1920s' house with slightly flouncy decor but a very welcoming ambience. Bruce Sangster‘s cooking
is consciously Scottish and enthusiastic. often with alcohol-ﬂavoured sauces. and his puddings are said to be exceptional. Set lunch £12.75; set dinner £22.50. B& 8 £55 single. £80 double. Tennis. golf. I Inverlochy Castle lnverlochy. Fort William. 0397 2177. Edinburgh 136 miles. Glasgow 107 miles. Victorian castle in large grounds with great views of mountains and loch. This is the big splurge— the one you‘ll need a sugar daddy'mummy or some adventure capital for. But rumours from on high have it that this is the only place to have that divorce reception party (ifyou’ve just said so long to Mr Spielberg) and ifyou‘rc really keen on classy clear-cut cooking and well over-the-top puds. In fact. ifyou go for lunch and choose one of the many reasonably priced wines it‘s not as expensive as some of the others. The first Scottish hotel to get a Michelin star (and no Scottish establishment has more than one). Set lunch £17.50; set dinner £35. B&B£105 single. £145 double. Tennis. fishing. golf.
I Gleddoch House Langbank. Strathclydc. 047554 71]. Edinburgh 63 miles. Glasgow 17 miles.
Chef Mark Price used to preside at the Pompadour in Edinburgh and has now blossomed fully in this setting. once the home of a Clyde shipping magnate. with fantastic views over the Clyde and luxurious accommodation and public rooms. Food is in the new tradition of classic/nouvelle French technique applied to the best and freshest of local produce. with imaginative presentation and a light touch. Set lunch £9.25;set dinner £22. also a la carte. B&B £62.50 singlc.£88 double. Swimming pool. sauna. golf.
I Cellar 24 East Green. Anstruther. Fife. 0333 310378. Edinburgh 46 miles. Tue-Sat [2.30—1.30pm; Mon—Sat 7.30-9.30pm. Wonderful. popular seafood restaurant set in an old cooperagc with bare flagstones and open fires. Definitely worth the trip even ifone of you hasto drive straight back and so miss out on their fine selection of Alsace wines (perfect with fish). Alsoa decent selection of dessert wines. Lunch a la carte; set dinners£18.95 and £25.
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I This month sees the sad demise ofthe Epicure restaurant and delicatessen in West Nile Street. which has finally fallen victim to developers. Time to snap up the bargains and say goodbye to the old place while you can.
I The latest addition to the purveyors of gourmandise in Princes Square is to be a bespoke sandwich shop. catering for your lunch-time needs to your own specification.
I The Marche Noir in Eyre Place is on the up-and-up. New chefs Laurent de la Torre (head chef) and James Davie are if anything even better and more inspired than previous incumbents (ex-head chefMorna Macdonald is now working in llong Kong). They've only been in occupation for a couple of weeks but are rapidly getting into their stride.
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I Brian oonn'n ollhe Edinburgh Oyster Bars has bought the old three-storey warehouse opposite Bannermans in the Cow-gate. with plans to open an 'Old Town Oyster Bar' if all goes well (no date yet). Let‘s hope the weird beer policy extends to this one (watch out Pelican).
I Mr Chowdhury ol the ever- trendy Indian Cavalry Club in Atholl Place has acquired the premises next to the Marche Noir (most recently Scots Restaurant) in Eyre Place. and hopes to open the ‘New Town (‘avalry (‘Iub‘. Mr (‘howdhury was an economics lecturer before going into'the restaurant business. so presumably knows when it's sensible to expand and invest.
I Drew Larg. once chef at Madogs. has bought the New York Ste'am Packet
in Rose Street Lane and will be taking possession sometime in July (due to open 1 August).
. The numerous fans of one of Edinburgh’s best French restaurants Plane Victolre in Victoria Street. will be pleased to hear that a new venue has been added to the menu. No longer will we have to quell gastronomic fantasies and be turned away. The first venue covered a staggering average of 100 people a night. a figure now doubled. Pierre Victoire Mark II. at 8 Union Street. opened on 22 June and is serving from noon—1am. Run by the same staffand following the same menu. which changes every day. the new place has a sumptuous selection of imaginatively balanced dishes for very reasonable prices.
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