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Updated: Aug 6, 2021

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Whisky & Art collide with unique collaboration

Spirit of Art has partnered with world renowned Scotch whisky brand anCnoc to create a unique limited-edition bottling containing a limited-edition signed print from acclaimed Scottish artist, Stuart Buchanan. anCnoc, distilled at Knockdhu Distillery deep in rural Aberdeenshire, is one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries where many traditional methods are retained. George Thomson, CEO and Whisky Curator at The Distillers’ Art, said: “We take pride in seeking out unique Cask and Canvas collaborations that can take our customers on a sensory journey through a fine single malt and the art it inspires. We hope many people will enjoy the experience of our anCnoc bottling and print.” As well as the anCnoc collaboration, there are currently five other limited-edition pairings from Spirit of Art including Craigellachie, Clynelish, Linkwood, Benrinnes and Caol Ila. Stuart, who lives in the north-east, was familiar with Knockdhu Distillery having passed it and admired the landscape many times. The painting, named ‘Autumn morning Knockdhu’, depicts the distillery as the leaves are turning. Stuart explained: “I went up on a fine autumn day in late October and tried to catch the essence of the place in one sitting. It’s a lovely distillery. There’s a lovely road that goes past it between Huntly and Portsoy on the Moray coast. I’m looking forward to heading back there again soon.”

Campervan Brewery creates new range of sour beers

A year since launching their Lost in Leith collection of drinks, Campervan Brewery have returned with two new additions to the series, a pair of sour beers.

The two new flavours joining the roster are the Foeder Cherry Sour and the Jasmine Brett Berliner, which was developed in collaboration with local tea merchant eteaket.

Those beers have spent over a year in development, allowing the brewers to experiment with different oak formats, wild yeasts and bacteria. In typical Campervan Brewery fashion, they have added a delicate twist to the two sours to help compliment and elevate the base beers.

Campervan’s brewer Patrick Smith, an avid tea drinker, has always admired the work of eteaket and when the idea of aging beer with tea came to mind, they seemed like the perfect fit.

“We've been fortunate to work closely with local tea experts eteaket, to produce a delicately balanced Jasmine-infused Berliner Weisse. Working with Sam Holburn has been a pleasure and with his help and knowledge we've produced a collaborative beer that we're very proud of.”

Strangers Brewing Co. launches in Linlithgow

A new microbrewery has launched in Linlithgow, West Lothian. From its base at eco-friendly market garden Narrowboat Farm, Strangers Brewing Co. will take inspiration and ingredients from the surrounding Scottish countryside to make hand-crafted beers.

The brewery plans to start brewing this winter and will produce a variety of drinks including craft-brewed lagers, pale ales and stouts, with specials influenced by the seasons.

Customers will be able to join a member’s community which will provide them with a monthly beer subscription and will also be able to support the brewery conversion through a crowdfunding campaign launching later this summer.

The brewery takes its name from the Linlithgow town motto: ‘St Michael is kind to strangers’. All customers who join the membership, by subscribing to the monthly beer deliveries or supporting the crowdfunder, will be invited to share feedback and suggestions for future beer specials.

Brett Welch, Founder and Head Brewer comments:“The name is meaningful to us, because the way we’ve set up our business is to invite everyone to be a part of it – they’re strangers no more. We know that people appreciate great beer with genuine local provenance, and they’ll be in good company here.”

Falkland kitchen farm wins best at BOOM Awards

Falkland Kitchen Farm, has won Best of Organic Farms under 10 hectares at the BOOM (Best of Organic Market) Awards 2021 – the UK’s only organic awards.

Falkland Kitchen Farm was deemed the best in the category after a judging panel, made up of organic industry professionals, assessed the work going on across the farm with a particular focus on the sustainability of farming practices.

The award comes at a time of an organic market growth, with figures suggesting the organic market is now worth £2.79bn.

Bryde and Nat who started the farm in 2014 said: “Winning the Best of Organic Farms under 10 hectares at the BOOM Awards 2021 is fantastic news. At Falkland Kitchen Farm we work incredibly hard to farm in a way that supports nature, encourages wildlife and helps protect the planet. This award will help us tell that story to all those we work with – and to our direct consumers.”

Roberta Hall-McCarron announces set of Edinburgh openings

Award winning chef, Roberta Hall-McCarron is set to open two new restaurants in Edinburgh this year with her husband Shaun McCarron (front of house).

These are; The [new] Little Chartroom (September 2021) – a relocation of her flagship restaurant - followed by Eleanore, a restaurant and wine bar set to take over where The Little Chartroom currently calls home (October 2021).

Moving only a short walk to Bonnington Road, The Little Chartroom’s latest incarnation will be an evolution as opposed to a diversion from its original guise. Leaving the six-burner gas stove behind, the restaurant’s new ‘grown-up’ destination, will enable an increase in cover numbers, state-of-the-art equipment and more comfort for the guests.

Meanwhile, Eleanore, which takes its name from the boat owned by Roberta’s family and named by her mother, is a restaurant and wine bar set to open where The Little Chartroom currently lives. Focused on relaxed counter culture with high-top dining, the restaurant will serve small plates from its open kitchen, highlighting the best of Scottish produce.

World-class mixologist aims to shake things up with Superico

A world-class Edinburgh mixologist has announced plans to launch the capital’s ‘best design-led cocktail bar' on Hanover Street from Thursday 22nd July.

Mike Lynch, 32, hopes to shake up Edinburgh’s bar scene with the opening of the 180 capacity Superico Bar and Lounge, which has already been shortlisted for the Top Bar, Club & Lounge accolade at the Hospitality Design Awards in New York this September.

Mike Lynch is a multi-award-winning mixologist and hospitality manager, having already won the title of UK’s Best Cocktail Bar for Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar in 2019. Mike was also part of the team that launched the Devil’s Advocate restaurant and bar in Edinburgh’s Old Town in 2013.

Commenting on the launch of Superico Bar and Lounge, Mike said: “I’m really excited to be bringing something groundbreaking, fun and vibrant to Edinburgh’s bar scene with our unique Latin American flair. We’re really lucky to have a stylish and beautiful venue where guests can enjoy some showstopping cocktails and bar snacks in a relaxed and sophisticated lounge bar setting.

Food lovers can also enjoy Superico Restaurant, which is located at 83 Hanover Street. Mike Lynch’s business partner and top Edinburgh chef, Scott Wyse, is now bringing his own brand of Latin flavour and style to the city. Signature South American dishes include ceviche and crudo, beef cheek with mole, and fresh mojo sauces inspired by Chile.

Rocca Group opens doors to latest Italian restaurant in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s latest Italian restaurant, Rico’s Ristorante, officially opened the doors to guests at 58A North Castle Street in the New Town on Friday, 9th July.

Scots-Italian Stefano Pieraccini, 25, has created the exciting new 56-cover restaurant and 20-cover bar on the former site of The Honours, previously owned by Michelin Star Chef Martin Wishart for 11 years.

Open five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday, Rico’s a focuses on top quality, Italian dishes made with the finest, locally sourced ingredients, including fresh pasta, made onsite daily.

Commenting on the launch of Rico’s, Stefano Pieraccini, said: “We think now is the time to bring something really different to Edinburgh city centre. The venue itself will be stylish, desirable and have a great atmosphere, but I also want it to be somewhere guests know they will get excellent, authentic Italian dishes and warm hospitality.”

Named after Stefano's grandfather Enrico Pieraccini, Rico’s is the latest addition to independent restaurant collection, The Rocca Group, which includes The Broughton on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street, The West Room in Edinburgh’s West End and The Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews.

Spanish Michelin starred chef launches first UK restaurant in Glasgow

Spanish Michelin-starred chef Miguel Angel Mayor has officially launched Rioja, Finnieston - his first-ever UK appointment in his culinary career.

The Glasgow based restaurant features an ever changing menu, offfering traditional Spanish tapas staples, alongside Chef Miguel's modern creations. The menu binds the high quality of Scottish produce and the history of Spanish cuisine together in a unique celebration of flavours.

The a la carte menu features a choice of tapas, starters, mains and desserts and will be available for lunch and dinner Monday - Sunday. Sample dishes from the menu include Venison Tartar De Cerdo Ahumado, Gambas Al Ajillo Con Pizza Aerea and Papada Con Puerros Asados.

Chef Miguel Angel Mayor said: "Our food will reflect the evolution of taste. An ever-changing menu that celebrates the finest of Scottish and Iberian produce paired with innovative techniques, Spanish gastronomy, creativity and the occasional surprise".

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