Restaurant Andrew Fairlie Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perth & Kinross  PH3 1NF 01764 694267          www.andrewfairlie.co.uk The Bill (2015 Prices) Dinner  3 courses £95.00   Dégustation Menu  (7 courses) £125.00 The Score Cooking 10/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 24/25 The good news for all of us, not least for the beleaguered restaurant…

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After a little prompting your replies have come in thick and fast with where you’re going to go and eat once lockdown permits. Space doesn’t permit mention of all of them, and in some cases initials have been changed for reasons of modesty. You’ll see why. A lot of you have been pining for your…

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The Wee Restaurant, 17 Main Street. North Queensferry. KY11 1JG If you still remember how, pick up a pen, pencil or other implement and sign your name. Put it to one side and read on. Oi, moosh! I hear you cry. Not only do you not do takeaways, you’ve written almost eloquently about why you…

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The Greenhouse – Alas, no more What would Spiderman* do? If you are a prescient child who is foreseeing a problem, you might ask such a question. Having an issue with filling a restaurant review column, I posited a similar query. Next week it will be answered by all of you who responded to my…

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Unknown Never mind a COVID test. Today, Tom Eats! requires you to take a mood test to ascertain if you are a fit and proper person to be its reader. Are you in jabtastic mode, or are you Googling about blood clots? Are you viewing spring with a springy step, or are you an institutionalised…

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With current reviews impossible, It was fortuitous that I came on the diary of a long lost relative, Binkie Johnston. This is his account of a memorable dinner. North Atlantic, April Well, the Doc had been badgering me about the old vital organs. A bit of sea air, old chap, is what you need. So I…

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HOME BY NICO  Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast Liverpool, Manchester, London Delivery UK Wide   www.sixbynico.co.uk Some of you may well be familiar with Six by Nico, although none of the energetic Mr Simeone’s restaurants has as yet been reviewed in Tom Eats! Starting in Glasgow he now has a total of six restaurants, as far apart as…

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Ondine Restaurant 2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD 0131 226 1888  www.ondinerestaurant.co.uk   Now, unless you have just returned from the planet Zog, it will not have escaped your notice that restaurants remain closed. Sadly, given this week’s announcement which was as definitive as the predictions given by Punxtsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, they…

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three birds 3 – 5 Viewforth, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh EH10 4JD 0131 229 3252  www.threebirds.co.uk The Bill (Takeaway) Starters £5.00 – £7.50 | Mains £10.00 | Afters £5.00 – £6.00   Birds do it, bees do it Even educated fleas do it Let’s do it, let’s fall in love Nearly a decade has elapsed since three…

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The Cottage Inn, 26 Broad Lane, Upper Bucklebury, West Berkshire, RG7 6QJ 01635 864 544  www.thecottageinnupperbucklebury.co.uk/   The Bill Mains £9.00 Kids Menu £6.00 Bucklebury, in the North Wessex Downs, lies to the north of the A4 between Reading and Newbury, and yes, the name does ring a bell. We became famous, briefly, when Catherine…

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Kings Head Queen Street, New Buckenham, Norfolk NR16 2AL 01953 861247    www.kingsheadnewbuckenham.co.uk   The Bill Burgers £7.00 – £9.00 Chips Kings Head £3.50 Aunt Bessie £1.25 for 900g at Sainsbury’s (I’d vote for the Kings Head any day – Ed) Our little country village has a long history, reaching back nearly 900 years. Regular…

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The Bill 4 courses for 2 with a bottle of wine £71.50 The Score Not applicable for takeaway food, but Miranda praised it to the skies and would have scored the food 10/10 (She clearly hasn’t read the scoring criteria recently – Ed) Finding a good restaurant that’s open on a Monday has always been…

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  Dine Murrayfield 8 Murrayfield Place, Edinburgh EH12 6AA 0131 374 4800  www.murrayfield.scot The Bill Breakfast £2.50 – £9.00 Lunch & Dinner Starters  £5.00 – £8.50 | Mains £10.00 – £17.50 | 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 Regular readers of Tom’s…

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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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