Category: restaurants and bars

The Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, Scotland

Held captive by its formidable mountains and blood-stained history, Glencoe is an iconic location that deserves to be on everybody‚Äôs bucket list. Its ominous beauty is worth a visit any time of year, so a mellow night sipping some superior scotch at the Clachaig Inn nestled casually by the murderous signal stone, after a day in […]

Glenlochy 1979 – 40 year old

Malt of the month for September. 40 year old whiskies are exceptionally rare, can be incredibly complex and should always be treated with respect. Opening a bottle is a great privilege and roadtesting the Glenlochy 1979 in a traditional setting is a double delight. Whiskies this age can lose up to half their volume to […]

Far from the madding crowd

Edinburgh during the festival is a seething mass of humanity of all shapes and sizes from all over globe. When the sun’s beating down and you have to fight your way through the crowds… It’s time to head for the cool haven of Scotch, in the Balmoral Hotel for some soul revival.

In the Doghouse

In the Doghouse. Again. Still? Well, I guess that’s what happens when the mixer for your whisky is a pint of beer. So kids, please don’t try this at home. Now, beer may not be my usual mixer of choice, but Brewdog’s new Boilermaker Series of Whiskies certainly warrants my attention. Now Tuesday has often […]

Rocky Mountain High

It started out as a quiet night drinking some new fashioned Old Fashioneds in Aspen’s J-Bar … Check out on the road in October and we’ll tell you all about it.

Scots wha hae…

These pipers know how to live right. Dropped into the Piping Centre in Glasgow for a weed dram and some gnarly pibroch.

Recognise this?

When was the last time you saw one of these on a bar? They used to be all the rage. The water faucet on the bar at the Pot Still, Glasgow, Scotland.

When the party’s over …

When the party’s over and it’s time to go.Downing the last glass of Sazerac Rye in Milroy’s, Soho. London’s first whisky bar, and still going strong 45 years later.

Taps aff – Finsbay, Milngavie, Scotland

‘Rainy days and Mondays always get me down’ sang the Carpenters, but I never fancied that, so I resolved long ago to make sure I met them head on and hands free. This can lead to some peculiar decisions, so this particular rainy Monday I wasn’t surprised when I found myself confronting the voluminous orange […]

Keeping up with the Joneses

While doing some work with Public, mentoring GovTech start-ups for the GovStart programme – a great initiative from Daniel and Alex with a great team behind them – I discovered the joys of the Jones Family Kitchen in Victoria. (Though I’m sure they’d say the wonderfully renovated Eccleston yards are really part of Belgravia.) Here […]

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