Food & Drink

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CALEDONIAN BEER FESTIVAL Caledonian brewery, Slateford Road, Edinburgh, Thu 6 June—Sat 8 June

Bitter and Twisted. Pale Rider. Radgie Gadgie. Old Hookey. Kamakaze. The names of these ales alone merit a visit to the annual Caledonian Beer Festival. where beers from more than 30 breweries will be poured. As ever. the range of suds is exceptional from historic breweries such as Theakstons (founded 1827) and Harvey & Son (established 1790) as well as relative industry youngsters such as Rooster's Brewery (opened in 1993) and Kelham Island Brewery (formed in 1990). Festival food includes Crombies sausages for the first time. For 933. the choice of Caledonian 80 - Sausage. Auld Reekie and Mediterranean Pork is available. Bean burgers. monk fish skewers. roast beef sandwiches and more will also be sold. Nightly entertainment features the Kings of Swing dance band. as well as

Blind Lemon R8.B group.

Beers to look out for include Belhaven 60/-, Caledonian Golden Promise. Harviestcun Bitter 8. Twisted. Isle of Skye Reo Cuillin and Orkney Raven Ale.

Entry is 27 (which includes a complementary pintl but aficianados might as well plump for the weekend pass (SOId only Thursday and

Friday) which costs £20 and offers three free

pints. (Barry Shelbyl

LANSDOWNE CAFE BAR 7a Lansdowne Crescent, Glasgow, 0141 334 4653

‘This city is too full of snobby chefs cooking what they want to eat.‘ says veteran Glasgow chef Scott Marshall. With a CV that includes the Puppet Theatre. Mitchell's and the Buttery. he's presumably met a few in his time. But Marshall‘s chef's hat is now firmly hung in the kitchen of the Lansdowne Cafe Bar in the city's West End. The descent to the Lansdowne's leafy. bijou courtyard belies a sprawling interior. A cosy. candlelit bar opens up into a split-level basement restaurant that houses a second bar and continues through to an airy conservatory. Meals - whether bar snacks. Sunday lunch or a la carte - can be eaten anywhere. Brian McDade. a former marketing director at Stakis hotels. bought the Lansdowne three years ago. transforming what was then Ragamuffin with a cool £2.5m refurbishment. Architect Bob Holmes converted the tenement cellar into a contemporary space with stone and wooden floors and deep pink and blue walls. Local artwork helps to create the Lansdowne's home away from home atmosphere. Paintings of West End scenes by artist (and former Hera/d

cartoonist) Alex Ewing are juxtaposed with the glazed clay. bottle-top collages of the late Colin Wilson.

‘The West End is saturated with corporate chains. so we had to create something significantly different here with the decor and the food.‘ McDade says. ‘Scott is a creative chef. He takes local produce like salmon. steak or chicken and adds a continental twist with his sauces.‘

‘lt's good. rustic fare.‘ Marshall says more modestly. “Something you can get your teeth into. Comfort food. right across the board.‘

No arguments there. The roast duck is sweet and tender. in a burgundy pool of pink and green peppercorn sauce. And Marshall's special of pan-fried sea bass is distinct indeed: firm white fillets on a mound of lemon risotto. encircled by

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vegetable ragout. (Louise Prendergast)

I The Lansdowne is open Mon—Thu 5pm— 72am, Fri 5pm— 7am. Sat noon— lam and Sun noon—midnight.