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Bliss ' Changes are afoot at three of Edinburgh’s more well-known bars. The Belhaven-owned Green Tree on the Cowgate has been uprooted to make way for a development that is scheduled to open later this year. Once it’s been built that IS. Apparently, rt Will trade under the name of Sea Glow which, it has to be said, has a lot more mystique than Green Tree. On a similar note, two other Belhaven boozers are being given a radical make-over. The St James Oyster Bar has been gutted and is in the process of being refitted as Pivo which just happens to be Czech for beer. Meanwhile, back at the Cowgate, the former Bare Story (an anagram of Oyster Bar, fact fans) is about to reappear as Bliss. At the time of writing, the place is far from ready but looks as though it’s going to feature lots of little glass panels and indigo thUng.

Groucho St Judes

A branch of the Groucho club is to open in Glasgow, the first time that the club has ventured outside London.

The Groucho has gone into partnership With Glaswegian entrepreneurs Bobby Paterson and Paul Wingate. A former Love and Money member, Paterson's first steps into the restaurant and bar trade resulted in the highly successful Moio.

The partnership are in the process of renovating a four storey Victorian townhouse on Bath Street. Once work is completed, hopefully in late June or early July, Groucho St Judes Will feature a basement bar, a fine dining restaurant and two floors of guest bedrooms.

Unlike the Soho club, Groucho St Judes won’t be a private members club but Will be open to the general public.

The Soho club is Virtually a home to the likes of Stphen Fry.

(Jonathan Trew)

Is there a Scottish Stephen Fry?

The Basement

10a-12a Broughton

Street. 557 0097.

Restaurant quality food at pub—grub prices, served 'til 10pm in lively, colourful surroundings.


15 Charlotte Lane,


225 6060

Open 7 days a week for pasta parties. Bookings taken for parties of six or more. (Next door to lndigo yard).

32c Broughton


Global food With stylish decor, Tuesday - Saturday nights, Sunday lunch. We

DSK K 478 7246 need ’U' to tun DSK to D’U'SK.

Filmhouse 88 Lothian Road. a 229 5932 FILMHOUSE

Relaxed, atmospheric cafe bar, sewing great value snacks, salads, specials and brilliant cappuccinos 10am till late.


7 Grassmarket (With shop). % 229 7884. E w

lvlon-Sat 10am-6pm,

Sun 12-5pm. Excellent

vegetarian coffee house

servmg really tasty food,

Pancho Villas

240 Canongate. 557 4416 Mexican-born owner

Mayra Nunez says ’lf you're gomg to

eat MeXican, then don't be bland.‘ Lunch until 5pm, dinner until 11pm,

Passepartout 24 Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge. 332 4476. Cosmopolitan Ciiisine With daily set price clinner menus from £12.50 (booking adVisablel, light lunches, coffees, beers and wines.

Peter Sellars

11-13 Willliam Street, 226 3161 Icelandic experience, new cuisine

comes to Edinburgh on Sundays With the best of Nordic food - FOOD OF THE GODS!

famous beer garden in Edinburgh, the Pear Tree is also celebrating its 250th birthday this year. Before the place was a pub, it was a private residence that enJOyed Visits from acidic Wits Boswell and Johnson as well as a certain Robert Burns. Poetry and Wit- tiCisms are still bandied abOut here, especially after an afternoon of


drinking Cider in the Sun 38 West Nico/son Street, Edinburgh, 0131 667

Lock 27 Once a hive of industry as sweating Clydesdales hauled whatever it was they hauled up and down the Forth and Clyde Canal. this is now a great place for idling away an afternoon in a bucolic reverie. Sit outside, look

at the canal and imagine the horrendous ml which once happened here

1 100 Crow Road, Glasgow, 0141 958 0853 The Big Blue This is a funky little Italian restaurant and bar that has a buou beer garden 0n the banks of the Kelvm La dolce Vita, indeed 445 Great Western Road, Glasgow, 01413571038.

Art Lover’s Cafe Bellahouston Park. 353 4779

Fine Food and Wine in stylish parkland setting. Open 7 days and most

evenings. Brel bar : restaurant

39 Ashton Lane.

342 4966. {

Belgian beers

(draft Leffe and Hoegaarden);

fine Wines; rustic food; cool music; relaxed atmosphere.

Caffe Latte

58 Virginia Street,

Glasgow, 553 2553. Pizzas, Pastas,Salads, SandWiches, Snacks L

Licensed until midnight,

seven days. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Cafe Serghei

67 Bridge Street,

Glasgow, G5 9JB

429 1547

Authentic Greek cuiSine. Lunch, pre-theatre set-dinners. Greek night every Friday. Expect to be impressed.


20 Woodlands Road.

353 3278,

Scare-free food, organic groceries, excellent bread, fine cheeses, herbs and spices, wholesome foods yum, yum. Mojo

158a Bath Street

331 2257.

Much acclaimed stylish bar a uniq blend of modern brasserie cooking in an intimate setting.

The 13th Note

King Street. 553 1638. Bar/cafe/venue With a totally vegan menu of wholesome food Within a relaxed atmosphere.


The Ubiquitous Chip 12 Ashton Lane.

334 5007.

One of Glasgow's finest restaurants servmg modern Scottish fayre.

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Tron Bar and Restaurant Chisholm St.

552 8587

Contemporary European style bar and newly- refurbished restaurant, serVing excellent Cuisine and Wine in comfortable, relaxed surroundings. Bar __ _> Open till midnight. Restaurant


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