Ondine Restaurant, Edinburgh – A Golden Oldie Review

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, Edinburgh – Guest Reviewer Fiona Garwood

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, Upper Bucklebury – Guest Reviewer Anne Hillerton

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, New Buckenham – Guest Reviewer Ross Marshall

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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Cafe St Honoré At Home – Guest Reviewer Miranda Heggie

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, Edinburgh

  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

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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Review of the Year 2020: Part 2

    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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Review of the Year 2020: Part 1

    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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Miranda Heggie’s Zoom Wine Tasting

  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, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

  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, Edinburgh

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, St Andrews

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, Lowick – Guest Reviewer Fiona Garwood

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, Birmingham – Guest Reviewer Miranda Heggie

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, Bordeaux – Home to the Worst Service in the World

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, Leith, Edinburgh

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

  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, Edinburgh

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, Melrose

  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, St Monans

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, Elie

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, South Queensferry

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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

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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