Mum and I arrived at The Wee Restaurant on a dark, windy and wet February evening.
If, as US novelist and poet Gertrude Stein once said, we should forget grammar and think about potatoes then Forbes of Kingennie, a resort in a beautifully rural location mere moments outside Dundee, would be a very good place to let yourself come to a full stop and get back in tune with the land.
For years, I’ve driven through the tiny hamlet of Roundyhill (blink and you’ll miss it), near Glamis, and noticed a sign flagging up Armstrongs.
Having visited V&A Dundee several times without ever having tried the Tatha Bar & Kitchen, my partner and I decided to rectify that a week or so back by treating ourselves to lunch there.
Do you remember when top model Kate Moss popularised the use of the word ‘basic’ as an insult back in 2015? Used with food, however, ‘basic’ can be problematic; one culture’s cucina povera is another’s reductive, boring bowl of pasta. That’s how the taste cookie crumbles.
Location, location, location? If that’s the criterion for buying a house, purchasing a meal might just have other priorities built in, too. Suffice to say that when you take yourself off to The View at Wormit, right on the river Tay on the Fife side of the estuary, you get location, location, location and good, good food.
A trip to buy asparagus from the legendary Eassie Farm (rush there now before the very short season ends) led us to the beautiful conservation village of Glamis for lunch.
Despite having driven past The Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links, many times over the years, I had never eaten there. I confess to having been a little put off by the modern banqueting suite, partly obscuring the roadside view of the traditional gray stone manor house, and the signage referencing the hotel’s wedding and conference trade.
For anyone who enjoys eating out, it’s always exciting when a brand new restaurant comes to town. So when The Rav, a Nordic bar and restaurant in North St in St Andrews, opened its doors a few weeks ago, we were keen to visit.
We are always on the lookout for restaurants that are child-friendly without compromising on grown-up ambience or the quality of the food. In our neck of the woods they are few and far between, without trekking to St Andrews or settling for fish and chips every time we want to go out for tea. Well, it turns out there was one on our doorstep all along and I didn’t even know. Don’t you just love it when you find a hidden gem?