Category: Food & Drink

Ideas for whisky-related holidays in Scotland

Whisky trails in Scotland – whisky tastings in Scottish distilleries – whisky flights – whisky & food pairing menus

With so many whisky distilleries in Scotland it’s only to be expected that ideas for whisky-related holidays simply flow from all corners of the country.

The Royal Scotsman

Hop on board The Royal Scotsman for aspecial Classic
Whisky Journey by rail through Scotland in April 2013

There is a Scottish malt whisky three-day trail in Speyside; special whisky bars; whisky tasting weekends; Scotch whisky one-day excursions from Edinburgh and Glasgow and to the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Enjoy fine whisky on The Royal Scotsman

Visit Scottish distilleries and enjoy fine whisky on The Royal Scotsman

Whisky enthusiasts can join a ‘training school’ and immerse themselves in a world of whisky in Edinburgh; become members of exclusive Scotch whisky clubs; enjoy combined golf-whisky holidays; and have fun at one of Scotland’s popular annual whisky festivals. You’ll discover a whisky-infused spa treatment here; a whisky marinated soufflé there and, elsewhere, creative chefs preparing exquisite whisky and food pairing menus.

There’s obviously something VERY special about Scotch whisky…. so read the full article here >>

Mark Greenaway at 12 Picardy Place

This is a must-visit restaurant in Edinburgh

Chef Mark Greenaway uses the best of produce. Recently enjoyed fab meal. How about this menu to make your mouth water…

  • hand dived Orkney sea scallops with pomme fondant, tomato jelly, baby herbs, parsley mayonnaise
  • a tasting of Robert Morris free range chicken with Scottish mushrooms, summer pea puree, shallot rings, red wine tarragon jus
  • Mark’s modern-day Eton Mess – custard jelly, frozen espuma, meringue, raspberry cells, cream
A Mark Greenaway creation

Mark’s Modern Day Eton Mess
(Image copyright Linda Jackson)

It’s great when you meet people with passion. How blessed is Edinburgh with fantastic restaurants, you can’t go wrong eating out with all the skilled Chefs in the city!

Check out Mark Greenaway’s restaurant here >>

Recipes for Christmas Cava cocktails

Cava cocktails , Champagne, sparkling wine cocktails for Christmas festivities and birthday celebrations

Check out my website – – for 20 cool recipes for Cava cocktails for your Christmas celebrations. They’ll add a touch of fizz to your festivities and are great Christmas cocktails whether using Cava, Champagne or sparkling wine. Enjoy!

Cava cocktail recipes for special occasions and summer days

Click here to go direct to the page containing 20 Cava cocktails recipes >>

Afternoon tea in London

Afternoon tea… how very British, and what a nice break in the middle of a shopping spree or sightseeing in the city.

How very British?  Not!  Here’s a scrumptious afternoon tea with a very Asian twist – right in the heart of London.

Grand Imperial London – afternoon tea with an Asian twist

For this little bit of afternoon heaven, pop into the Grand Imperial London, right next to Victoria Station.

You’ll be welcomed with the glamour of the Orient and have an opportunity to unwind in an ambiance created by a Feng Shui Master.

Incidentally this afternoon tea is available from 3pm until 5pm, so think about having it before the theatre or as a delectable snack after or during a shopping spree.

Choose from a selection of soothing Oriental teas, or add a little fizz to your day by opting for a glass of Balfour Brut English Rosé.

Believe me… this is the most delicious afternoon tea ever.

For more information visit Grand Imperial Restaurant –

Fisher Pond Great House: the best Bajan Sunday lunch in Barbados

Having a holiday in Barbados? Then you’ve just got to book Sunday lunch at Fisher Pond Great House – a 350-year-old plantation house in the centre of the island (St John) which has been lovingly restored by former hotelier John Chandler.   

Fisher Pond Great House, Barbados

Make sure you book the Sunday Bajan lunch well in advance, it’s very popular with Barbadians and visitors.

The house is elegantly furnished – tables are set up indoors, in different rooms, and outdoors in the beautiful Barbados tropical gardens.

The Sunday Planter’s Buffet Lunch that John and his wife Rain put on is truly fantastic – a Bajan banquet – catering up to 80 people at exquisitely dressed tables.   

Even Michael Winner raved about the Sunday lunch at Fisher Pond Great House (read Michael Winner’s restaurant review at Times Online) so that’s saying something!  

John, the owner and a real character, has loads of interesting and amusing tales to tell too if you can get him to spill the beans!  

Barbados wedding venue – exotic location for weddings

Full of old world charm Fisher Pond Great House also makes a beautiful and romantic venue for wedding ceremonies which are held either in the colourful tropical gardens or in the antique setting of the plantation house.  

Elegant dining in Barbados

The wedding floral displays, petal-strewn aisle in the garden, and gorgeous settings that John and Rain organise for wedding couples on their special day is extraordinary. The colours of the tropical flowers are AMAZING.  

Fisher Pond Great House just has to be one of the most beautiful and romantic places to get married in Barbados, and definitely one of the best places to eat in Barbados.  

For more information on weddings contact Rain at Chandelier Weddings

Click here for more information on Fisher Pond Great House Sunday Bajan lunch

Fishing in Scotland… just go with the flow

Want to learn how to fish in Scotland?

Fancy going fishing, but never tried? Maybe you’re a proficient angler and considering entertaining corporate clients with a fishing day. Yes? Then have I got a treat in store for you, so read on…

The treat is fishing in Scotland… but in a style you might never have dreamed of. Yet!

Corporate fishing days in Scotland

Imagine beautiful views across the water; a large dining table at the water’s edge, white linen, gold-plated cutlery, a centre decoration of pine cones and heather to give a true taste of Scotland. If you think that sounds nice, how about this…

Gourmet lunch beside a Scottish loch

Gourmet fishing day in Scotland

Imagine the aroma of hot sizzling bacon and freshly made coffee. That will be the bacon rolls and coffee for your breakfast. And for your gourmet lunch… a mouth-watering pheasant casserole cooked in a redcurrant and port reduction, with minted peas and sautéed organic potatoes. There will be several wee drams of Scotch malt whisky, to enhance the spirit of Scotland of course, and a number of corks will be popping from bottles of fine wine. Mmm! Sounds like a nice restaurant doesn’t it? Wrong.

Gourmet fishing days

It’s not a fine-dining restaurant in Scotland; this setting is ‘on location’ at a specially organised fishing day beside a scenic Loch in Scotland. These gourmet fishing days in Scotland are organised by Alba Game Fishing: a luxury Orvis Endorsed guide service that will deliver whatever type of Scotland fishing experience you fancy. You won’t forget the day in a hurry as it is recorded onto DVD-ROMs with photographs.

Exclusive fishing beats in Scotland

Elegant hotels and exclusive fishing venues off the beaten track are what Alba Game Fishing offers clients; they get the whole place to themselves for the day. Most of their clients tend to be beginners; on corporate days three-quarters have never fished before, and the number of women interested in fishing is rising year on year. Wait for it guys… the women often catch more than the men!

Now… is that down to expert instruction, natural born skill, or is there really something in that tale about female pheromones?

For more information on luxury game fly fishing in Scotland for salmon, trout, pike and sea trout, contact Alba Game Fishing >>

For facts and figures on river and loch fishing in Scotland, read on…

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