Rhodes & Co
It's a story that began at the Amsterdam Hilton in 1979 and finds its latest chapter playing out in Edinburgh's Princes Street exactly twenty years later. Not many would have thought that, when nineteen- year-old Gary Rhodes took up his first appointment after leaving college, he'd quickly rise to become one of the most celebrated and famous chefs in the UK.
His latest venture is Rhodes & Co, a new restaurant and bar opening mid-September in partnership with Gardner Merchant and Jenners; situated in Rose Street, it's immediately adjacent to the capital's most famous department store. Rhodes holds Executive Chef status, with Dean Eccles, formerly of dell'Ugo and One Ninety Queen's Gate in London, as Head Chef. lain ; Archibald, whose previous positions include general manager at Hadrians in The Balmoral Hotel and Conran's Mezzo in London. is the new premises' manager.
The Edinburgh Rhodes & Co is the second restaurant of that name, following on from its Manchester sister which opened in February. The menu reflects a modern British brasserie style, with dishes including warm papperdelle noodles with walnuts, parsley and gorgonzola (£4.95); salt and peppered duck breast with spicy plums (£14.80); steak and kidney sausages with mashed potatoes and onion gravy (£10.95); and whisky rice pudding with fresh raspberries (£4.95). Starters begin at £4.45, main courses from £9.50 and puddings from £4.95; red and white wines are priced from £12.50
In keeping with the contemporary feel of the food. the design combines dark rosewood, and dark blue and brown leather seating with oriental details for a smart,
All Rhodes lead north: Gary Rhodes comes to Scotland
stylish look. The
ground floor bar (seating 40) is
connected to the first floor restaurant (seating 100) by a
As a man who's no stranger to Michelin stars - one each during his tenure at Taunton's Castle Hotel and London's City Rhodes and The Greenhouse — Gary Rhodes doesn’t take on a new venture without due
he's here in Edinburgh at all confirms
Rhodes' belief that the Scottish capital ‘is one of the fastest growing foodie cities in the UK.’ (Alan Morrison) I Rhodes & Co opens on Mon 73 Sep at 3—75 Rose Street,
Edinburgh, 220 9790. Open daily for lunch, noon-2.30pm,
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What's the score?: Three Quarters Sports Bar
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Five bars . . .
that are good for watching sport.
Three Quarters Sports Bar Stands to reason that this is one of the tOp places in town for sporting action. And it's not just footie on those weekends and special occasions that fills the screens — here you can catch all manner of games and contests on screens scattered around the walls, which themselves are filled with team strips and other sporting paraphernalia. Three Quarters Sports Bar, 4 Grassmarket, 0737 622 7622.
The Rock How shall we put this? Perhaps when watching sport - particularly football - in Glasgow, a neutral venue is desirable. Even the most heated of Old Firm derbies pass in a friendly atmosphere in this big- screened West End pub, which also serves plentiful plates of superior pub grub. Recommended for the rugby, too.
The Rock, 205 Hyndland Road, Glasgow, 0747 334 6977.
McChulll's If, however, you’d rather take in a game and experience more than a little green-tinted bias, you can't
Mon—Sat for dinner, 6—70.30pm. Coffee and pastries served daily, 9—7 7.30am, Mon-Sat for light meals noon—5.30pm. Bar open Mon—Thu 7 7am—7 7 pm, Fri & Sat 7 7am—midnight.
get better than McChulll’s. The big screen rolls down at the end of one cavern-like half of the pub, the Guinness flows like a waterfall and the mu5ic before and after the match is suitably themed.
McChulll’s, 40 High Street, Glasgow, 0747552 2735.
The Mitre As well as acting as an escape from the Royal Mile’s tourist trekkers, The Mitre has one big screen in the middle and a couple of small TVs elsewhere. Watch the game and sink their big value jugs of ale. You have to trust this pub for its passion for the game — it's named after a type of football, after all.
The Mitre, 733 High Street, Edinburgh, 0737524 0077.
Fibber Magees If you can get down the front, this is arguably the best big screen experience in the capital. Though perhaps not for the self- conscious, as yOu have to duck under the screen to get to the toilets. There are other small screens available downstairs as well as up, and you may have to get there early on big European nights.
Fibber Magees, 24 Howe Street, Edinburgh, 0737 220 2376.
Spit or swallow
It’s all in the best possible taste. Anyone watching the qualifying rounds of Euro 2000 Will have seen the French football team go from dominating the world to struggling against y0ung upstart countries. in recent years, a similar thing has happened to French Wine. There IS still little to compete With the t0p wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, but unfortunately these he out of the price range for most of us. However, some French Wine-makers have risen to the challenge thrown down by the New World, and now good value, interesting Wines are appearing from regions such as Alsace, thne, Lowe and Southern France.
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(Alsace, 1997, £5.69) This has a sugary nose full of syrup and peaches. The perfume is delicately followed through to the
. palate with rich flavours of honey and almonds, all combining with a long, dry finish. Its substantial weight makes
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it the perfect partner with food espeCially Chinese, Thai or milder curries.
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La Mission, Cotes Du Ventoux (Rhone, 1997, £3.69) This wine has a modern lightness to it (its production was supervised in France by an Australian wine-maker) with a delicate, clean nose of summer fruits. The flavours of redcurrant, raspberry and cranberry make it very easy to drink and, on a warm autumn day, it COuld even stand
a light chilling. Great value and perfect
for glugging on its own or with a light meal. (Jane Quinn)
I Both wines are available from Threshers Wine shops across Scotland.