Fabric of my Life.

Tag: Scotland


when i was in edinburgh last month i was lucky enough to visit the scran & scallie, the more relaxed sibling to michelin star chef tom kitchin’s famous kitchin, for a lovely blogger’s dinner. founder along with another of scotland’s top michelin star chefs, dominic jack, the restaurant boasts a hearty menu of fresh, home-cooked dishes using quality seasonal local produce, that reflects the team’s ‘from nature to plate’ ethos. the rustic ‘hunting lodge’ interior preserves many of the old features of the building,

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Whole lotta beef

when i was in scotland with scotch beef a few weeks back i visited hardiesmill place in the borders, owned by alison tuke and her husband robin, where they farm 100% prime aberdeen angus and produce the most wonderful steaks and charcuterie. at hardiesmill they believe in breeding beef the traditional way – on grass in the summer and hay, silage and straw in the winter – and adhere to the age-old adage that the ‘happier’ the cow the better the quality of meat.

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i mentioned recently that i was headed to edinburgh for a ‘meaty’ weekend, and whilst in town we took the opportunity to dine in what is arguably one of the city’s best restaurants: lisa & andrew radford’s timberyard. rather aptly named for the building’s former warehouse incarnation, timberyard has a strong farm-to-table ethos with ingredients supplied by small, local, artisan growers, breeders, producers, suppliers & foragers, so was the perfect place to begin our scotch beef & scotch lamb adventures.

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ibis styles

hugely controversial i know, but i’ve never really much of a been a fan of edinburgh. a terrible birthday spent in the city visiting an ex a few years ago, coupled with my familial loyalty to glasgow (which i’ve not visited since i was eight!), meant i’d given the city a wide berth in recent times. so, when ibis invited me up to review their design-led styles hotel, i thought it was as good a time as any to revisit

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