News to nibble on and wife owners of the suburban bistro, who received one of our Eating & Drinking Guide awards back in April. They were one of only two new Bibs in Scotland, the other being Sugar Boat in Helensburgh. Glasgow restaurants again received no stars despite a feeling the city has a couple of contenders. Scotland as a whole is at a low ebb on the stars as we received no new ones and lost two to kitchen changes Albannach at Lochinver, and Boath House in Nairn and another one, Martin Wishart at Cameron House, due to the fire.


Leith’s Chill Fest went down so well in August, they’re doing it all over again for Christmas. Leith Yule Fest runs from 5 November until 5 January and aims to celebrate everything good about the area’s vibrant bar scene. After buying a £5 wristband (proceeds go to the excellent Hidden Door and Leithers Don’t Litter), you can have a very merry time enjoying a signature cocktail for a fiver in one of 13 bars, as well as a range of discounts. A big congratulations to Monadh Kitchen in Glasgow’s Bearsden for picking up a Bib Gourmand in this year’s Michelin Guide, announced at the start of October. The gongs are stacking up for the husband

If you’re slowly facing up to the fact that Christmas shopping is A Thing, we’ve got a couple of solutions. Two local chefs have cookbooks out just in time for the festive season (which are also very easy to wrap, you can thank us later). Masterchef The Professionals winner Gary MacLean’s Kitchen Essentials: The Joy of Home Cooking features 120 recipes ranging from quick and easy to showstoppers, with a chapter on how to get kids involved in the kitchen. Or if you’re buying for wee ones, Mary Contini and Pru Irvine’s Easy Peasy! is a great way to get the small people in your life doing all the work under the guise of gifting.

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