After my rant about Christmas menus, it was always going to be interesting at my own work’s Christmas lunch, this year. I was confident that Calistoga would see us right, though. It has a very solid reputation for December value, and a number of folk I know value it very highly as a regular dining …

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People occasionally ask me what the “K” in my “BKR” soubriquet stands for. If you asked me today, the answer would be “Ebeneezer” as I have a tale of Christmas humbug for you. Last year, we published a little guide to Christmas menus, and indeed included a section for those seeking to eschew the festivities. …

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Ingram Wynd

The festive dining season took me all the way to Glasgow’s Merchant City, this week, to sample the delights of Ingram Wynd. Things had started very well in Glasgow, as I was welcomed with Efes, the fantastically refreshing Turkish beer, in the pub where we first congregated. By the time we arrived at Ingram Wynd, …

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Inside Chez Jules Blythe’s Verdict With my evenings of festive merriment spread out from 25 November to 22 December, this year, I think it’s fair to say that a real sense of yuletide momentum has been a little difficult to achieve. Hopefully, last night’s trip to Chez Jules represented the lighting to the tinsel touch-paper. …

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We’ve been getting a bundle of requests for recommendations for places to go over the festive season, whether on the dreaded “Work Xmas Lunch”, when entertaining family and friends visiting our fair city over the festive period, or even just looking to take advantage of some of the intriguing Christmas menus that have recently popped …

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