Katie’s Katie’s Diner was a bit of an institution with its neon signs bathing a little corner of the Meadows in pink and blue. After a slow and tortuous decline it wound things up earlier in the year. The name lives on, at least in part, but Katie’s, which opened at the start of May …

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L’Antica I was feeling done-in on a Friday evening so reached for the takeaway menus to see what delights they held this week.Pizza Top of the pile was L’Antica, a chip shop pizza takeaway on Broughton Road. It seemed like a simple choice. As has been my recent trend I opted for the Hawaiian pizza. …

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Seriously Good Venison The Edinburgh Food Social’s monthly indoor market is now firmly on my regular cycle. This was my first visit to their Saturday session having previously visited on the Sundays of their weekend show.Menu board It was good to see a good blend of new and regular people both in terms of traders …

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Black Pig and Oyster The hospitality businesses down on Commercial Quay have taken quite a pasting of late with only the Michelin charms of The Kitchin and all-round appeal of Cafe Tartine enduring.Exterior New in the slot that was International Starters for many years comes the Black Pig and Oyster, a Spanish restaurant showcasing…well, black …

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Allanwater Brewhouse Our Beer Man’s Verdict An early finish to a meeting and a later pre-booked train ticket home recently offered an excellent opportunity to see what beer delights the Stirlingshire town of Bridge of Allan had to offer.Exterior Initially, it didn’t appear too promising – but a quick Google threw up the intriguing prospect …

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