The weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful, and if you've no place to go, then hope that the gritter lorries have done their amazing work so you can head towards Callander for a delightful lunch.
Well, the clocks have fallen back, Halloween and bonfire weekend have been and gone. Does this mean that we can now look ahead to the big one, the royal icing on the perfectly marzipanned cake?
A lavish new restaurant has joined Dundee's dining scene. Courier restaurant reviewer Kerry Moores was there to see how Dynasty shaped up on its opening night.
Gleneagles' place on the global map of fine hotels has long been assured. Whether you are lucky enough to be staying in one of the grand bedrooms, using the spa or strolling around 18 of the most scenic holes in Scottish golf, it's an establishment which prides itself on offering something special. There are a variety of levels to the luxury though and the newest string to the dining bow, the Birnam Brasserie, is a more casual, all-day dining affair. I went along to find out if it's destined to be a relaxed alternative to fine dining when staying at the hotel - or whether this French Bistro is likely to become a destination in itself.
On a Friday night - well, actually on any night of the week - when we've had a hard day, Mr Kerry and I will order a carry out curry. We know what we'll order without looking at the menu, we know there'll be some left for breakfast and we know we'll both be loosening our belts and complaining that we shouldn't have had that last chunk of keema naan.
There is such an extraordinary wealth of of historical monuments and beauty spots in Scotland that it would be perfectly plausible to spend a lifetime visiting them and never need to leave this great country at all. This week, I visited a village in Perthshire that is so beautiful, Robert Burns himself wrote a poem about it which can still be seen today, inscribed directly on to the wall of the bar by the man himself.
Dundee is a city full of hard working people, many of whom may not have the luxury of leaving their workplace at lunchtime; but for those who do, there is a vast amount of choice for just grabbing a bit to eat. Having options is wonderful, but when thrown into making a decision quickly about where to grab a swift lunch with a friend, I wanted quality and convenience - so to Avery & Co we went.
Set on the roadside in the quaint village of Strathtummel sits this small hotel which is just finding its feet amongst the plethora of good food establishment in Perthshire and Angus. The views of the grand Loch Tummel make a lovely backdrop and Maggie and Mabel, the sweet little dogs, provide a lovely sleepy welcome.
Following the roaring success of The Tayberry in Broughty Ferry, chef Adam Newth has spread his talented, award-winning wings to partner with the Kinnettles Hotel & Spa in St Andrews.
We tend to have favourite places to go, depending on our mood or the occasion. The cute cocktail bar for a night with the girls, the candlelit posh place for a romantic dinner, or the place with great pancakes for brunch with the kids.