Fin & Grape 19 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DP 0131 452 8453   www.finandgrape.com The Bill Lunch Menu 3 courses for £15 (Small Plates) Larger Plates/Specials £11.00 – £22.00 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 Total 19/25 Back in the day when I used to be involved in the…

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    This is the second part of the Tom Eats! review of 2020. The Top 12 scores feature below after a short, sombre musing.   Those We Have Lost – and Gained There will be many lost. Especial favourites of Tom Eats!, The Wee Restaurant, Edinburgh and L’escargot blanc have both closed their doors…

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    2020 – Did Anything Happen? Oh, yes, The Great Plague. And The Great Miracle is that so many restaurants are still going despite a combination of Government capriciousness and ignorance in treating them in the same manner as traditional pubs. In Part 2 we’ll consider those whom we have lost and, remarkably, those…

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  For this, the last Tom Eats! of the year (apart from the annual review, which will be over two weeks on Wednesday 16 & 23 December) thanks are once again due to our glamorous and prolific guest reviewer, Miranda Heggie. Fancy a tutored wine tasting, but can’t buy alcohol out because of Tier 3?…

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  Rollo Restaurant & Wine Bar 108 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1HH 0131 332 1232   www.barrollo.com The Bill Bites £3.80 – £10.00 | Bowls £12.00 Plates £11.00 – £14.50 | Puddings  £7.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 5/5 Total 20.5/25 It was a chance meeting…

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One20 Wine Cafe 120 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ  0131 556 1911 www.one-20.co.uk The Bill Starters £4.75 – £13.50 | Mains £12.75 – £14.75 Dessert (Tiramisu)  £4.75 The Score Cooking/Produce Selection 6.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4.5/5   Value 4/5 Total 19.5/25 Has COVID made you less active? Have your mental facilities slowed as a…

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The Räv 80 North Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AH 01334 208580   www.therav.co.uk The Bill Lunch and Dinner Starters £6.00 – £11.00 | Mains £13.00 – £21.00 | Desserts £6.50 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4.5/5 Total 19.5/25 We’ve been coming to St Andrews for a short break…

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The Black Bull Inn 2 – 4 Main Street, Lowick, Berwick on Tweed TD15 2UA 01289 388375   www.blackbulllowick.co.uk The Bill Lunch and Dinner Starters £5.50 – £11.95 | Mains £10.95 – £23.95 | Desserts £6.50 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 Total 20/25 There are several pubs in…

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Craft The Terrace, ICC, 8 Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2EA 0333 772 9329   www.weare-craft.co.uk The Bill Lunch and Dinner Two Courses  £33 | Three Courses £39  | Four Courses £45 Afternoon tea £25 with Hot Beverage or £30.00 with a Glass of Sparkling Wine or Craft Gin Cocktail The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 5/5…

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Le Chapon Fin 5 Rue Montesquieu, 33000 Bordeaux, France +33 556 791 010  www.chapon-fin.com The Bill (Euros – 2018 Prices) Lunch  Set Lunch 35€ Dinner Set Menus 69€ – 99€ A la Carte  Starters 29€ -33€ | Mains 37€ – 55€ | Desserts 16€ The Score Cooking 5/10  Service Sommeliers 5/5, Waitresses 0/5 – Average…

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The Kitchin 78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX 0131 555 1755   www.thekitchin.com The Bill Lunch  3 courses £39.00 | 4 courses £51.00  Dinner A la Carte  2 courses £75.00 | 3 courses £90.00   Tasting Menus Surprise/Vegetarian Surprise £100.00 Prestige Surprise £150.00 The Score Cooking 9.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 4/5…

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  Whiskers Wine Bar & Bistro 48 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1HL 0131 343 3681   www.whiskerswinecafe.co.uk   The Bill Lunch  2 courses £16.00 | 3 courses £19.00  Sunday Roast Lunch 2 courses £20.00 | 3 courses £24.00  Dinner Starters £7.00 – £10.00 | Mains £15.00 – £25 | Desserts £2.00 – £7.50 The Score…

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Pizzeria 1926 85 Dalry Road, Edinburgh EH11 2AA 0131 337 5757   www.pizzeria1926.com   The Bill Bites/Starters £3.95 – £7.95 | Pizzas £9.95 – £13.95 | Desserts £4.00 – £4.50 The Score Cooking 5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 3.5/5 TOTAL 17/25 What do you look for in a great pizza? For me there…

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  The Townhouse Hotel Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PQ 01896 822645  www.thetownhousemelrose.co.uk     The Bill  Soup & Sandwich – £6.95 (Lunch only, I think) 3-2-1 Menu | 3 courses plus bottle of house wine – £60 for 2 A la Carte Starters £3.00 – £7.95| Mains £13.95 – £22.95  Desserts £2.50 – £6.95 The…

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Craig Millar @16 West End 16 West End. St Monans, Fife KY10 2BX 01333 730327   www.16westend.com   The Bill Lunch 2 courses £25 | 3 courses £32 | 4 courses £38 Dinner 4 courses £55 | 5 courses £65 The Score Cooking 9/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 24/25 I…

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The Ship Inn The Toft, Elie, Fife KY9 1DT 01333 330246  www.shipinn.scot   The Bill Nibbles £3.50 – £5.95 | Starters £6.95 – £10.50 Mains £13.95 – £29.95 | Desserts £2.00 – £8.50 The Score Cooking 4/10 | Service 3/5 | Flavour 3/5 | Value 2.5/5 TOTAL 12.5/25 There is nothing to suggest that the…

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  The Boat House 22 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9PP 0131 331 5429   The Bill Lunch and Dinner Starters £3.95 – £12.95 | Mains £10.95 – £25.00 | Desserts £6.45 The Score Cooking 5.5/10 | Service 3.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 17/25 Can it be that every COVID has a…

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Delta Indian Takeaway 27 Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5NG 0131 346 8973   www.deltaindiantakeaway.co.uk     The Bill Starters £2.95 – £5.95 | Mains £6.95 – £13.25 | Desserts £2.95 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 19/25 While this column may be influenced by all manner of external…

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  Duck’s Inn at Aberlady Main Street, Aberlady, East Lothian, EH32 0RE 01875 870682 www.ducks.co.uk The Bill Lunch and Dinner 2 courses £19.95 | 3 courses £23.95 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 21/25 Malcolm Duck was a fixture on the Edinburgh restaurant scene (latterly Duck’s at…

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  Whighams Wine Cellars 13 Hope Street, Edinburgh EH2 4EL 0131 225 8674  www.whighams.com The Bill A la Carte Starters £4.95 – £6.95 | Mains: £10.50 – £38.95 | Desserts £5.95  The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 19/25 Envy, if thy jaundiced eye, Through this window chance…

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Soleto Bistro Trattoria Italiana 11 Commercial Road, Southampton. SO15 1GF 023 8023 4044  http://www.soleto.co.uk/ The Bill A la Carte Starters: £3.50 – £16.00 (includes sharing portions)  Mains: £12.50 – £23.00  The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 21/25 Living south of the border sometimes has its advantages, and…

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Peat Inn Exterior

When I first set up the predecessor to this blog, my good friend Michael G, now a proud resident of County Cork, suggested that I was making a rod for my own back. Five years on, I felt well qualified to say I had proved him wrong. That, however, was before lockdown. Other reviewers have…

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The article on Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale in this week’s On The Side blog attracted a lot of interest. Many were completely unaware of the existence of the stuff, as was I before a trip to Bologna, capital of Emilia Romagna, and now my favourite Italian city. The highlight was the food tour. Now before you…

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Balsamic and Cheese

This week I had my first post lockdown pint. The Raeburn in Stockbridge has opened its outdoor bar as a takeaway. They have a large beer garden, which they can’t use just now, so you have the daft sight of people leaning on the street side of the railings, looks of rapture on their faces.…

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