Birnam Brasserie, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder: Guest Reviewer David Dickson

  Birnam Brasserie Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire PH3 1NF 01764 694270  www.https://gleneagles.com/eat-drink/the-birnam-brasserie     The Bill Starters  £9.00 – £17.00 | Mains £14.00 – £40.00 Desserts (from the reviewer’s memory)  £5.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5  Value 4/5 TOTAL 21/25 Gleneagles Hotel sits amidst the lush greenery of…

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Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Edinburgh

  Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen 4 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD 0131 252 5200  www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com The Bill Starters  £7.50 – £14.50 | Mains £16.50 – £48.00 Desserts £5.00 – £7.00 The Score Cooking 7.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5  Value – Beef 2/5, The rest 4/5: Average 3/5 TOTAL 19.5/25 It ain’t…

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Review of the Year 2021 Part 2: 1 – 14

Dean Banks It’s been a long year. This is article 139. Trust me on two things. Firstly, this is definitely the last in 2021; and secondly there won’t be nearly so many next year. I really really do plan to get out more. It must be said, however, that we ate out to very good…

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Review of the Year 2021 Part 1: 15 – 27

  Tom Eats! in 2021 Another tumultuous year. You may remember that places were shut down on Christmas Eve 2020 (sound familiar?) They were closed for a good few months. Having reopened, with many of them desperate for a decent Christmas trade to get some cash in, they were hammered by Government “advice” to cancel…

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Where Will Tom Eats! Pop Up in 2022? – Part Two: Edinburgh

  I had expected to be slagged for last week’s column of non-reviews. Instead some of you were kind enough to praise the resourcefulness. This week should have seen me basking in the Algarve. Not so, alas, though it was fear of the unknown – a possible eight day quarantine just before Christmas – which…

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Where Will Tom Eats! Pop Up in 2022? – Part One: London

  SARS-CoV-2 (that’s COVID 19 to you) has played havoc for nearly two years now. One of its most insignificant consequences is the impact it’s had on Tom Eats! Writing restaurant reviews avoiding takeaways has been a challenge, though it did give me the opportunity to revive some golden oldies, and it did introduce you…

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Dusit Thai, Edinburgh

  Dusit Thai 49A Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY 0131 220 6846    www.dusit.co.uk The Bill Dusit Banquet £29.50 pp A la carte Appetisers £5.50 – £10.50 | Mains £11.95 – £22.00 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 19.5/25 You are in heaven in Thailand. A masked…

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The Bay Tree Hotel, Burford, Oxfordshire

   The Bay Tree Hotel  Sheep Street, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4LW  01993 822791    www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/the-bay-tree-hotel The Bill A la carte Starters £7.50 – £13.50 | Mains £16.00 – £30.00 Puddings £6.50 – £9.00 The Score Cooking 7/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4.5/5  Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 20.5/25 Stand at the top of the hill before…

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The Palmerston, Edinburgh

  The Palmerston Restaurant & Bakery 1 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AF 0131 220 1794    www.thepalmerstonedinburgh.co.uk The Bill Set Lunch (Wednesday  to Friday) 2 courses £16.00 | 3 courses £19.00 A la carte Starters £6.50 – £10.00 | Mains £15.00 – £22.00 Desserts £5.00 – £6.00 The Score Cooking 8.5/10 | Service 5/5 |…

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The Crusoe, Lower Largo, Fife

  The Crusoe 2 Main Street, Lower Largo, by Leven, Fife KY8 6BT 01333 406775 The Bill Nibbles (excluding oysters) £4.00 – £5.50 | Starters £5.50 – £10.00 Mains £14.00 – £27.50 | Desserts £1.50 – £7.50 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 19.5/25 The Kingdom of…

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Land, Birmingham – Guest Reviewer Miranda Heggie

  Land 30 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham B2 5HU 0121 236 2313   www.land.restaurant The Bill 4 courses £30 | 6 courses £39 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 21/25 When thinking of Birmingham’s architecture, you’d be forgiven for conjuring up a mental image of sprawling…

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Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant, Pitlochry

  Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5HT 01796 473473  www.knockendarroch.co.uk The Bill Dinner Only: 3 courses £49.00 The Score Cooking 7.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 20.5/25 The power of the staycation. For those who don’t now it, Pitlochry is a pretty Scottish village just off…

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Chow’s Eating House, Parkgate, The Wirral, Cheshire

  Chow’s Eating House The Parade, Parkgate, Neston, The Wirral CH64 6RW 0151 336 2385  (No active website) The Bill Starters £3.00 – £16.00  | Mains £9.00 – £22.00 Desserts £3.50 – £6.00 | Set Menus £10.00 – £42.00 p/p The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 18/25…

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Sholeh Persian Restaurant, Glasgow

  Sholeh Persian Restaurant 146 – 148 Nelson Street, Glasgow, G5 8EJ 0141 418 0796  www.sholehglasgow.com The Bill Set Lunch 2 courses £10.50 | Set Dinner 2 courses £12.50 A la carte Starters £3.90 – £4.95 (5 for £16.95 including naan) Mains £8.95 – £18.45  Desserts £1.95 – £5.95 The Score Cooking 7/10 | Service…

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Pepe Nero, Edinburgh

  Pepe Nero 1 – 3 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4 1HU 0131 332 9977 www.pepenerostockbridge.co.uk The Bill Starters £2.95 – £8.95  | Mains £8.50 – £24.50 Pizza £8.95 – £11.50 | Desserts £1.65 – £6.95 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 19.5/25 Shall we begin with the…

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The Potted Lobster, Abersoch, North Wales

  The Potted Lobster High Street, Abersoch, Pwllheli, LL53 7DS, North Wales 01758 431432  www.thepottedlobster.co.uk/abersoch/ The Bill Starters £8.00 – £12.00  | Mains £9.00 – £45.00 Desserts £2.50 – £9.00 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 (Decor 5/5 | Health and Safety 0/5) TOTAL 20/25 I don’t usually…

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Rico’s, Edinburgh

  Rico’s 58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3LU 0131 332 6750 www.ricoristorante.co.uk The Bill Antipasti £9.00 – £16.00  | Primi Piatti £16.00 – £25.00 Secondi Piatti £18.00 – £32.00 | Dolci £6.50 – £8.50 The Score Cooking 7.5/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 20.5/25 Here’s a Q and A…

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The Raeburn, Edinburgh

  The Raeburn 112 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4 1HG 0131 332 7000 www.theraeburn.com The Bill Starters £6.00 – £8.00  | Mains £11.50 – £28.80  Desserts £5.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 5/10 | Service 3/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 16/25 In life, sadly, there are winners and losers. The good news this…

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Stravaigin, Glasgow

Stravaigin 28 Gibson Street, Glasgow G12 8NX 0141 334 2665  www.stravaigin.co.uk   The Bill Starters £5.50 – £8.00 | Small Plates £6.50 – £14.00 Mains £14.00 – £18.00 | Desserts £3.50 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 7.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 21.5/25 Stravaig – To wander; to go about…

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Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, London

 Kerridge’s Bar & Grill The Corinthia Hotel 10 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AE 020 7321 3244   www.kerridgesbarandgrill.co.uk   The Bill Starters £15.50 – £95.00 | Mains £28.50 – £49.50  Desserts £13.50 – £16.50 The Score Cooking 7/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 2.5/5 TOTAL 19/25 Proper lush! That seems to be a catchphrase…

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45 Jermyn Street, London

 45 Jermyn Street  St James’s London SW1Y 6DN 020 7205 4545 www.45 Jermyn Street.com The Bill Starters £9.75 – £76.00 | Mains £17.50 – £52.50 | Desserts £4.50 – £14.25 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 22/25 I’m occasionally (well, very occasionally) asked how I choose places…

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Rhubarb, Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

  Rhubarb Prestonfield House Priestfield Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UT 0131 225 7800 www.prestonfield.com     The Bill Lunch  2 courses £30.00| 3 courses £35.00 Dinner  3 courses £44.00 A la Carte Starters £10.00 – £18.00 | Mains  £18.50 – £49.00 Puddings £6.00 – £11.00 The Score Cooking 7/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 |…

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LeftField, Edinburgh

  LeftField  12 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4HP 0131 229 1394 www.leftfieldedinburgh.co.uk The Bill Starters £7.50 – £13.50 | Mains £14.50 – £40.00 | Desserts £5.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 7/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 21.5/25 The idea of something coming out of left field is that it…

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