Polentoni I remember being super-impressed with Polentoni when I first visited back in 2014. I’ve been a regular customer since then, not least because I’ve been living close by in recent times. I thought it was time for a re-appraisal so popped in for breakfast on a recent sunny morning. The set-up remains much the …

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Mosque Kitchen Our Beer Man’s Verdict It’s been many years since we reviewed the Mosque Kitchen, so I took the opportunity to revisit this venerable Edinburgh institution when I was in that neck of the woods. While its ethos – quick and cheap communal eating – hasn’t changed since then, there have been some minor …

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Blue Bear Cafe I remember visiting Blue Bear when it was in its first flush, back in 2013. It was drawing rave reviews for its breakfasts and built a very appreciative audience. I was slightly less convinced. Since then, it has changed hands but remains solidly committed to breakfast and lunch options, with local sourcing …

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Thirsty Pallet I was sad but not surprised to see Filos close its doors after a fairly brief tenure on Elm Row. I liked their stuff but they just didn’t seem to get enough customers through the door.Exterior Taking over the premises comes Thirsty Pallet. Ploughing a fairly similar furrow, I popped in for breakfast …

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Caravanning in Dumfries & Galloway Our Beer Man’s Verdict A weekend in a caravan in Dumfries in Galloway may not sound like everyone’s idea of fun – but this is a beautiful and largely under-appreciated corner of the country. Boasting golden beaches with pale blue waters and rolling picturesque countryside, there are few places I …

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