Newcastle Beer Weekend Our Beer Man’s Verdict A January jaunt to Newcastle has been a regular fixture for a while now and this annual pick-me-up seemed particularly necessary after 2016 rained down a shit storm of global and personal bad news. The usual team was joined on this occasion by Blythe – although that didn’t …

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Fatty Owls Cafe Plus traded for many years on Bread Street, bucking the trend that has seen change as the only constant in terms of the eateries on the street. It finally succumbed and has recently been replaced by Fatty Owls. I visited shortly after it opened and had a pretty good bowl of soup. …

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East Meets West I’d been given a tip that Gorgie Road’s East Meets West was a pretty good spot for breakfast rolls. On a lazy Saturday I strolled there to investigate.Exterior The welcome was exceedingly warm with the counter folks full of good cheer and banter. They were just putting some new fish in their …

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The Empress of Broughton Street Our Beer Man’s Verdict I first visited the Empress on its opening night before Christmas, but it was so busy I struggled to get a proper sense of what it was actually like.Exterior My initial feeling on that brief visit was that it was okay – nothing special – but …

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No.1 The Grange I’d been made aware of a few changes at No.1 The Grange by the new kitchen team so had had it on the list for a visit for a little while. In that betwixt and between period after Christmas but before New Year I popped in for a visit.Exterior From the same …

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