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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Left Field, Edinburgh

  Left Field  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…

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La Piazza, Edinburgh

  La Piazza 97 – 99 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4SD 0131 221 1150 www.lapiazzaedinburgh.com The Bill Lunch and Dinner Starters £3.25 – £9.95 | Mains £9.15 – £20.95 | Desserts £4.50 – £4.95 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 19/25 A caricature is a curious and…

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Dean Banks at The Pompadour, Edinburgh

  Dean Banks at The Pompadour Waldorf Astoria (Caledonian) Hotel Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB 07770 451668  www.deanbanks.co.uk     The Bill Dinner Only (Wednesday to Sunday) 5 course Tasting Menu £85.00 The Score Cooking 9.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 24/25 Come with me softly, up a staircase and…

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Rajpoot Indian Restaurant, Inverurie

  36 West High Street, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 3QR 01467 620200 www.rajpootinverurie.couk   The Bill Starters £3.95 – £6.95| Mains £8.95 – £16.95 | Sides £2.00 – £3.95 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 3.5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 21.5/25 In Rajahstan, Rajputs are people of high caste, second only behind Brahmins.…

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Aurora modern eatery, Leith, Edinburgh

  Aurora modern eatery 187 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5LQ www.aurora.co.uk   0131 554 5537 The Bill Lunch  2 courses £24.00| 3 courses £29.00 | Cheese supplement  £7.00 Dinner 5 course tasting menu £45.00 The Score Cooking 8.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 23/25 Having booked online, I was…

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Pineapple Grill and Seafood, Meldrum House Hotel, Oldmeldrum

  Pineapple Grill & Seafood Meldrum House Country Hotel Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0AE www.meldrumhouse.com   01651 872294 The Bill Dinner Starters £6.00 – £12.00| Mains £16.00 – £26.00 | Desserts £7.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 18.5/25 At least they kept the tiger tied up.…

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Fishers in The City, Edinburgh

  Fishers in The City 58 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EN 0131 225 5109 www.fishersrestaurants.co.uk The Bill Lunch and Dinner Starters £4.25 – £15.00 | Mains £14.25 – £45.00 | Desserts £4.00 – £6.75 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 20.5/25 No, familiarity does not breed contempt.…

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Golden Oldies – Strangers’ Dining Room, London

Strangers’ Dining Room, House of Commons, St Margaret’s Street, London SW1A 0AA   See below for details of the bill   Well that’s it! Democracy has gone mad! Is nothing sacred? For this, Scotland’s last week of restaurant free existence, for the final period of no eating out unless you succumb to the horrors of…

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Golden Oldies – Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles Hotel

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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Where You’re Going To Eat After Lockdown

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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Wee Deliveries – The Wee Restaurant At Home

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 by Gary Rhodes, mid 1990s

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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Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained

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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Dinner at Sea – Guest Reviewer, Binkie Johnston

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 – Guest Reviewer Miranda Heggie

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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