Design Focus: Chester Hotel, Aberdeen

The Chester Hotel, formerly Simpsons, in Aberdeen opened last month, almost a year after owners Gillian and Graham Wood closed it for a complete refurbishment and exactly two years after the couple bought it. Susan Young paid it a visit. There’s nothing better than going to see a new hotel on a sunny day, and […]


Design Focus: Garvie & Co, Milngavie

The Cross Keys in Milngavie’s Station Road has been totally transformed by new owners Rahul and Bubbles Randev. The brothers, who bought the pub from Punch a year ago, have turned what was a tired pub into a stylish restaurant, bar and bakery with a Whisky bar too. What was basically a pub with a […]


Design Focus: The Crafters Barn, Edinburgh

The Crafter’s Barn in Edinburgh is a project born of passion. Managing Director Byron Holland and his partner Amber Rashid spent five years working on private motorboats around the globe. During a stop-off in the US Virgin Islands, the couple visited a pizzeria and beer bar, where Amber asked for a glass of wine and […]


For the Love of Spirits – Licensee Interview: Ian McColm

Ian McColm is one of a new breed of bar owners. He owns Glasgow’s Tiki Bar and is in partnership with with Billy Milligan at the newly opened Pacific. Susan Young reports. Over tea and cake at one of Glasgow’s trendy wee tearooms Ian and I sat down for a catch up. After we got […]



Dunns Food and Drinks is making a name for itself across the Scottish on-trade. Business has been brisk for the family-owned, Blantyre-based company, which is one of the few wholesaling businesses still in independent hands. Run by Jim Rowan and Julie Dunn, the company is now turning over in excess of £21m, with sales this […]


Cider Feature: Have you got the bottle?

When I was asked by my editor to write an article on cider it struck a certain nerve. I spent almost ten years as a General Manager of bars and restaurants, most of which featured expansive beer gardens, it has become almost second nature to begin worrying about cider as soon as the sun first […]

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Lord Elcho relaunches without age statement

Lord Elcho is the latest blend from Edinburgh based boutique spirits company Wemyss Malts. Originally launched in 2012 as a 15 years old blended Scotch, Lord Elcho is now also available without an age statement. The whisky is named after Wemyss Malts founder’s 18th century ancestor, who was a loyal supporter to Bonnie Prince Charlie […]

New Packaging Benromach 10 Years Old

Benromach gets a revamp

Benromach 10 Years Old has been given a make-over by owners Gordon & MacPhail, who distill the brand at the Benromach Distillery Company. The new packaging say the company “reflects the handcrafted credentials of the single malt whisky which is made in the traditional, time honoured way by just three experienced distillers at the Benromach […]

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Renewed focus on Fernet Branca

Hi-Spirits, the UK distributor of Italian liqueur Fernet Branca, is working with bars to promote serves which spotlight the distinctive bitter flavour of Fernet Branca. Dan Bolton, managing director of Hi-Spirits, said, “Our sales team has had training sessions with Fernet Branca brand ambassador Eduardo Branca and can now help bars appreciate authentic cocktails such […]


Apple-Guava from Rekorderlig

Rekorderlig has launched a new flavour for the summer, Rekorderlig Apple-Guava. The new addition to the range is a fresh semi-sweet cider which has the flavour of green guava and a hint of sweet apples. The suggested serve is over ice with a squeeze of lime. Linsey Adams, Customer Marketing Manager at Chilli Marketing said, […]

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