Monty’s Our Beer Man’s Verdict Monty’s in Morrison Street – formerly Carter’s Tap – is never a place that had registered on my beery radar.Exterior It’s almost directly opposite the dependable Thomson’s and just a little too far from places like the Bat or Cloisters to form part of any beer-focused crawl. But its unexpected …

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Maison Bleue at Home Social Bite has been a considerable force for good since first opening its doors in 2012 and I’ve been a regular visitor to their Edinburgh and Glasgow branches.Exterior I was intrigued when they announced their first restaurant project in partnership with the folks at Maison Bleue (as well as some involvement …

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Otro The Cavalry Club had pretty much run its course but rather than sticking around for another ten years of moribund dreariness, it bowed out in relative style at the start of February. Exterior In its place has arisen a partially formed new idea from the team behind the New Chapter. Called Otro, we visited …

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Honeycomb Tearoom February/March seems a popular time of year for cafes to open. In 2016 we had a little outcropping including Zest & Co and Strumpets, both of which happily celebrated their first anniversary and continue to thrive.Exterior This year I had a little spate of a new cafe followers with Twitter profiles mentioning “opening …

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Thomson’s Bar Our Beer Man’s Verdict In times of great change and uncertainty, it’s reassuring to know there are some unshakable certainties. Something solid to cling to.Exterior A pet hate of mine is the cynical rebranding of the traditional Scottish boozer to attract a newer, younger clientele: “going craft”. Done well with the right intentions …

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