Haar has received a succession of glowing reviews since it opened in April this year – not least in this paper where it scored a remarkable 49/50 just after the fog had lifted enough to peer in the door.
From whichever direction you come, the drive to the Glenisla Hotel is pretty magnificent, with the beautiful Angus Glens unfurling their dramatic grandeur as you drive deeper in. At this time of year it’s especially moving to see the farmland being prepared for autumn and winter, a poignant reminder of the power of nature, the cycle of life – and possibly where your lunch is coming from.
Malmaison hotels have gone through various owners since their quite brilliant launch by ace Scottish hotelier Ken McCulloch in 1994 and sadly it’s fair to say that they have got less special as the years have gone by.
For me, vegetarianism is a bit like macrame or fishing in that, if you choose to do it, you really need to do it with total conviction and rigour.
REVIEW: Go to Newport’s new eatery overlooking Tay for the food, view, interior and charming service
In 1890 Oscar Wilde wrote that ‘it is only shallow people who do not judge by appearance’. Well, some of the old maestro’s aphorisms have weathered the test of time better than others but, with buildings rather than people, what else do we have to judge on apart from appearance and functionality?
RESTAURANT REVIEW: The Agacan Turkish Restaurant in Dundee is a riot of colour and fantastic flavours
This is the story of what happens when boy meets grill.
It wasn’t so many years ago that, had a tourist asked for directions to the nearest fine dining restaurant in Dundee, you would have pointed them towards the station and the 10.30 train to Edinburgh.
Not for a long time have I been to a restaurant quite as captivating and considered as East Pier Smokehouse, straddling the shoreline of the ridiculously pretty St Monans before the expansiveness of the North Sea opens up beyond and below.
The Apex City Quay Hotel in Dundee opened in 2003 and finally brought an idea of modern hotel living to the city.
Entering Calders Bistro at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel (currently on sale for a cool £10 million) you’re struck by...nothing much really.