restaurant review

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June 3, 2019

I have a new favourite beauty spot in the north-east. I’d heard people speak very highly of Newburgh beach but despite having lived in Aberdeen for the best part of 20 years, I had never been.

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Review: Filling family fare at Dyce Farm

June 24, 2018

Not being a regular flier, it had been a long time since I’d been out by Aberdeen airport. So I was amazed to see the changes that have taken place when I found myself in the area recently. Not least the arrival of Dyce Farm, sandwiched in between the new Crowne Plaza and Moxy hotels, and opposite the Aberdeen International Business Park.

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Restaurant review: Dornoch Castle Hotel

May 26, 2018

Dornoch Castle Hotel is one of Sutherland’s landmark buildings and sits in a prime spot opposite the 17th-Century cathedral once at the centre of a media storm after pop singer Madonna – then at the height of her fame – and film director Guy Ritchie had their baby Rocco christened there 18 years ago.

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Do you like liver? Your starter for 10

December 15, 2015

The writing was on the wall: as we descended the stone steps into No. 10, words of financial wisdom painted on the walls came into view. The new, revamped No. 10 sprang to life with a distinct wheeler-dealer stock market theme inside. It was not surprising as we were in the bosom of the affluent west end of Aberdeen, with its mix of smart up-market houses, oil firms and financial institutions. No. 10 also happens to sit below the impressive offices of global fund and property managers, Aberdeen Asset Management.

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Eating out: Fairways Restaurant, Nairn

November 25, 2015

What had been a lovely autumnal day had taken a turn for the worse and as darkness fell so did the rain, hurling itself at the car windscreen like there was no tomorrow. As the wipers cleared, a wonderful sight came into view - the Golf View Hotel in Nairn, a golden glow emanating from its windows creating a welcoming beacon.

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A grand old lady

September 16, 2015

Atholl Hotel, Aberdeen The Atholl Hotel has enjoyed a bright new makeover since my last visit: new carpets and decor - plus a lift to the first floor - give this culinary landmark a fresh and attractive feel.

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Delicious Food… but no dolphins

August 5, 2015

Early evening, and the sun was still splitting the pavements, giving the picturesque village of Fortrose on the Black Isle a decidedly holiday atmosphere. Tourists were enjoying a wander around the village, waiting for the tide to turn.

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Eating to the manor born

June 3, 2015

The Manor House in Oban is steeped in history. Originally a Dower house for the family of the Dukes of Argyll, it was later the home of the Fitzroy McLean family.

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Feast your eyes on this

May 27, 2015

Typical. We set off on a sunny spring day for Newburgh, from Aberdeen, for lunch - and now it was a battle for survival: hail was pinging off our car like machine-gun fire.

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Treat for the tastebuds at Hotel Colessio

May 6, 2015

“I should be so lucky . . . ” I couldn’t get the Kyle Minogue song out of my head as I swept up the elegant stairs of Hotel Colessio in Stirling. As I arrived, in the middle of a torrential downpour, I suspected Kylie had made a more elegant entrance when she spent two nights here with her entourage before performing at the SSE Hydro.