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Festive 3-course lunch or tea

Available from Mon 9 Dec ‘96 Noon- 7pm

All food Suitable for vegans 8 vegetarians

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7 Old Fishmarket Close Edinburgh

lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday all day Friday and Saturday Sundays dinner only

80 Glassford Street Glasgow OH! 553 I638

telephone 0131 225 5428



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I The Counting House The England-based H). Wetherspoon chain of pubs is set to move into Scotland with its branch opening in Glasgow on Friday 20 December. Called The Counting House. it will occupy the former site of the Bank Of Scotland building on the south-west corner of George Square. Wetherspoon is a well- known chain down south with 154 pubs across England. It has an unusual policy of deliberately searching out old premises and revamping them while keeping the original design in mind. In fact. the Standing Order pub in Derby. converted from a former batik. won an award for its sensitive restoration.

Wetherspoon pubs differ from other bars in a number of other ways as well. There is a firm ‘No Music‘ policy which should interest those who prefer to drink without piped muzak. jukeboxes. bands or any other distraction; food. at around £4 a main meal. is served right through the day from llam to closing time and one third of the bar‘s massive 5000 square feet will be non-smoking.

Along with all the usual spirits. wines. draught and bottled beers. The Counting House will offer up to six real ales and is looking at the opportunities for serving Scottish cask-conditioned brews.

As you may have surmised. The Counting House aims to eschew many of the fripperies which new bars opt for and is going for the

basics: food and drink in pleasant surroundings. ‘There is nothing clever about what we do.’ said a spokesman. 'But we do it well.‘

You can‘t really say clearer than that. Edinburgh can look forward to its first Wetherspoon pub in 1997 which will be on a former bank site on George Street.

I Flares Good news on the trouser front for anybody who still has a wardrobe full of loon pants lurking in a forgotten part of their bedroom. ()n the former site of Phileas Fogg on Bath Street. a new 70s theme bar has sprung up. complete with lava lamps. glittered walls. mirror balls and this is the bit you've all been waiting for -- a twice-nightly

. dance routine from the

Flarettes who will be a'jiggling and a'capering to top tunes such as ‘Carwash'.

Top notch nights of quality entertainment are promised with the likes of the WigWamBams. a glam rock tribute band. in case you didn‘t guess. and karaoke nights on Sundays. Following a particularly embarrassing stint on the mic you will. unless you are devoid of any sense of shame. need to drink to forget and the bar will be happy to serve drinks on the 70s theme. Heaven or Hell? It all depends on where you stand on the Bee Gees question.

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I Antique lunches Would-be Lovejoys and Antiques RUitt/.\‘/imi' fans can nip along to the Balmoral on Sunday 24 for a spot of lunch and a talk on the joys of antique silver and jewellery given by Susan Rumfitt. one of Phillips's leading antique specialists.

The three-course lunch and talk costs £24.50. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Susie Lang at The Balmoral on 556 24H.

I The Rainbow on Craigmount View. Edinburgh has set a challenge. Dave Clunie. the soon-to-be bloated licensee pictured above. reckons that he is serving the biggest meal in the city.

His new menu‘s signature dish includes the following: one 401 rump steak. one 407. gammon steak. two rashers of bacon. two pork sausages. a chicken breast. black pudding and a fried egg. accompanied by chips. peas. corn on the cob. mushrooms and onion rings. In fact. there is so much food that it fills a l5in plate.

Judging from the response he's been getting. Clunie reckons that this dish signals the end of noin'elle cuisine in Edinburgh. It looks to 'litbits much more like the signal to a boom in elasticated waistbands and the return of four-hour lunch breaks. We just liked the picture.

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108 The List 15-28 Nov 1996