Design Focus: Hawksmoor, Edinburgh

I thought Hawksmoor sounded like the name of a mythical bird of prey until I Googled it and discovered that it’s actually the surname of acclaimed English Architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. He designed Oxford University, and when weighing up the architectural importance and majesty of the recently opened Hawksmoor restaurant an...

Star Pubs & Bars to invest over half a million on Scottish Pub exteriors

Twenty Scottish Pubs in the Star Pubs & Bars are set to get revamped exteriors as part of a £550,000 investment in the estate this year. Nearly two thirds of t...

Goodbye Parlour, Hello Nauticus

Kyle Jamieson and Iain McPherson have taken over the Admiral Taverns tenancy at The Nauticus in Leith. Formerly known as the Parlour, the name is a nod to its histor...

A bar for all seasons

In the wake of the recent heatwave, weather-themed bar The Barologist doesn’t have a rain machine unfortunately, but it does have a snow machine AND a fog machine....

It’s a ‘yes’ for YOTEL

YOTEL is to open its second hotel in Scotland and its fifth in the UK in November 2019. The new YOTEL Glasgow will see the Westergate building on Argyle Street trans...

New £3M restaurant for Edinburgh’s Victoria Street

Work is underway on the Vittoria Group’s new £3M, 11,000 sq.ft, 270-cover restaurant on Victoria Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, in the former St John’s Church. It’s due to open in November. The property, a three-floor World Heritage site building, has been a bookmaker, a Bysantium market and an Indian r...

Potty about Pop-Ups

The world’s gone pop-up potty in the last few years – aka the (so-called) temporary bar. But to what extent are pop-ups a threat to permanent pubs? How easy is i...

Design Focus: Bracken, Erskine

Bracken is a fern that spreads pretty quickly in woods and on hills, and one quick swatch around the stowed out SKB Inns’ refurbished bar and restaurant of the...

Design Focus: VESTA, Edinburgh

David Hall brings his professional touch to new bar and restaurant, VESTA, on Edinburgh’s Queensferry Street, honed from years leading teams in the city’...

Name of new Calton Hill restaurant revealed

Dale Mailley, chef director of The Gardener’s Cottage, has revealed the name for his third Edinburgh restaurant will be The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage. An ope...

Scottish distillery openings continue to rise

The number of new distilleries opening in Scotland continued to climb last year, says a report for accountants UHY Hacker Young Group. The report also says that the sector is benefiting from a global trend among consumers to spend money on prestige drinks rather than globalised drinks brands. Of the 39 distilleries which opened ...

Crowdfunding campaign number two for Dornoch Distillery expansion

Two brothers who recently launched their own gin and whisky distillery are already eyeing an expansion of their business. Phil and Simon Thompson, who run the whisky...

Brunswick Hotel set for refurbishment following ‘seven-figure’ sale

Stephen Flannery and Michael Johnson (pictured) have sold Glasgow’s Brunswick Hotel to Alam Investments, former owners of The Clifton Hotel in Glasgow’s ...

Wetherspoon calls on pubs and restaurants to support VAT cut day

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin (pictured) is calling on pub and restaurant operators to show their support for a UK-wide Tax Equality Day on Thursday September 13. ...

St Andrews Brewing Co. exceeds crowdfunding target

Fife brewery St Andrews Brewing Co. has exceeded its crowdfunding target of £400k – and is continuing to accept investment to increase beer production to meet...

Diageo announces preliminary results for year ended 30 June 2018

Diageo GB has announced its full year results, with all categories performing well during a ‘good’ year in all. Commenting on Diageo GB’s full year results, Charles Ireland (pictured), General Manager, Diageo Great Britain, Ireland and France, said, “We’ve experienced a good year in GB, with net sales increasin...

SCOTTISH BAR AND PUB AWARDS FIRST FINALISTS REVEALED

It’s been a top scoring year for the 2018 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards with more than 3,000 nominations for bars and pubs received for the awards. This has made...

MCEWAN’S BAGS IRVINE WELSH FOR CAMPAIGN WITH PROSTATE CANCER UK

McEwan’s has recruited Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh to bare all for a major new campaign in support of Prostate Cancer UK – the leading charity fightin...

Winner crowned in Buzzworks Chef competition

Chefs from Buzzworks Holdings just went head to head Buzzworks Cook ‘n’ Crown, with Chef Gabriella Crawford from the Millhouse in Stewarton coming out on top wit...

First core range of aged single malts from GlenAllachie Distillery

The GlenAllachie Distillery has released its first core range since the distillery was acquired by Billy Walker last year. The release includes 10-year-old cask st...