AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Lorde, Green Light

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Lorde, Green Light

Hottest Record of the Week? This one’s so hot, you better watch your eyes don’t burn as you read this. Yes, Kiwi sensation Lorde returned today with her long-awaited comeback single, Green Light – and it’s an absolute belter. The 20-year-old New Zealander’s newbie was premiered tonight. Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, the singer said the track “had to be really special” and that it couldn’t “sound the same as the old stuff”. She…

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Thistly Cross launches first ever Up Helly Aa Cider

Thistly Cross launches first ever Up Helly Aa Cider

East Lothian-based cider maestros Thistly Cross have teamed up with Shetland & Orkney wholesaler JW Gray to develop and distribute the first ever Up Helly Aa Cider for the 2017 Fire Festival season. Due to be formally launched at Lerwick’s Grand Hotel in Shetland on 30 and 31 January, this new 5.5% abv special edition will be on sale in local pubs and shops through JW Gray. Thistly Cross’ own Orcadian Viking Luke Fenton said the idea…

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Edinburgh beer enthusiasts to launch new festival

Edinburgh beer enthusiasts to launch new festival

Two Edinburgh-based beer enthusiasts are planning on revolutionising the local beer scene with the launch of a brand new festival. Richard Servranckx and Dan Quille have organised The Craft Beer Revolution Festival, which will feature tastings, masterclasses, quizzes, fun games and street food. The three-day event is set to take place in Assembly Roxy from Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 November and will showcase more than 60 different beers from 13 of the duo’s favourite…

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Cocktails at Juniper

Cocktails at Juniper

It’s located in one of the most sought-after locations in Edinburgh and yet funky cocktail bar Juniper still seems to be one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Sitting directly opposite Waverley Station, inside the Royal British Hotel, the award-winning cocktail bar strikes the perfect balance between being a slick, trendy destination bar and a friendly, relaxed place to meet with friends for a casual drink. Visually, Juniper is a strikingly modern bar which is full…

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Glengoyne launches World Whisky Day festivities on Calton Hill

Glengoyne launches World Whisky Day festivities on Calton Hill

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is kicking off Scotland’s World Whisky Day celebrations today in style by taking a pop-up restaurant and special whisky cask to the top of one of Edinburgh’s most iconic locations, Calton Hill. Award-winning chef Tom Lewis is bringing his unique mobile restaurant from the wilds of the Trossachs to Calton Hill in Edinburgh to co-host a special breakfast and lunch event alongside Glengoyne. A shipping container from the outside,…

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Gin expert to host Edinburgh masterclass

Gin expert to host Edinburgh masterclass

A teacher and researcher at Heriot-Watt University with more than a decade of distilling to his name is preparing to launch a special masterclass for Edinburgh lovers of gin. Matthew Pauley, a graduate of Heriot-Watt, has returned to the university as Research Associate and Teaching Fellow after years spent as a distiller of gins such as Bombay Sapphire and premium boutique brand Oxley. And now he brings his Distiller’s Nose tutorials to the Capital for the first time later…

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Foodies Festival Christmas – Preview and Competition

Foodies Festival Christmas – Preview and Competition

Christmas is set to come early in Edinburgh this weekend (November 13 – 15) when the EICC is transformed into a spectacular culinary wonderland for the Foodies Festival Christmas. Scotland’s top chefs will join award-winning artisan producers and international street food vendors at the event, which will also feature a Champagne Ski Bar and a Scottish Gin Theatre. Mark Greenaway, Brian Grigor (Number One at The Balmoral), Fraser Allen (The Pompadour) and Peter McKenna (The…

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Coca-Cola truck is coming to Edinburgh

Coca-Cola truck is coming to Edinburgh

It’s become as synonymous with Christmas as mince pies, mistletoe and tins of Quality Street – and now the Coca-Cola truck is set to return to Edinburgh as part of its annual nationwide tour. The iconic red truck will visit 46 locations across the UK and fans in Edinburgh will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the famous vehicle when it stops outside of ASDA at The Jewel on Monday, November…

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Get in the spirit at Ghillie Dhu

Get in the spirit at Ghillie Dhu

In Scottish folklore, Ghillie Dhu was a gentle and kind-hearted mountain spirit, or a rather unusual nature fairy that guards trees. In Edinburgh pub terms, Ghillie Dhu is a West End watering hole that’s warm, welcoming and full of charm. Situated at Rutland Place, this grand bar’s central location – just a few steps from Princes Street – makes it a popular stop for locals and tourists alike and, with live music every night from 9.30pm onward, it’s…

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Food review: One Square, Edinburgh

Food review: One Square, Edinburgh

For those of us who often amble past the One Square restaurant on Lothian Road, there can be a tendency to think: “It’s too posh for me. I wouldn’t feel welcome.” Or, “I’d feel out of place.” Wrong. As mid-to-upmarket city centre restaurants go, it couldn’t be more accommodating. From the second you walk through the door, there’s a sense of space and comfort, a real buzz about the place. But before we get to…

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