As we go to press, the restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are increasing and creating a significant knock-on effect in many areas of life. Many of the items covered on these pages, from restaurant openings to events, will be significantly affected. In light of this, we are postponing publication of our annual Eating & Drinking Guide. Our intention is to use the delayed publication of the new guides which for the first time will be distributed free and in separate Glasgow and Edinburgh editions as an opportunity to support the hospitality industry in recovering from the impact of the coronavirus shutdown, and use the new-look guides to highlight the wealth of choice and quality we have in the restaurant scene in our two main cities. For more on this, see page 15.


News to nibble on

Factory are set to launch Paolozzi’s Restaurant on the fringe of the Old Town, where the established craft beer merchant

will serve its popular Paolozzi lager alongside a variety of beers and a full menu. Heritage enthusiasts will be pleased to know the ghost sign (‘Surgical Instrument Makers’) uncovered during renovation is being preserved as a feature of the building’s facade, and the inside will be adorned with Eduardo Paolozzi’s artwork. The hospitality industry is facing a tough time over the coming weeks and months. Some have closed and some are finding ways to adapt. Independent delivery services, takeaway options and voucher schemes are cropping up, so there are a few ways we can still support local businesses during this difficult time.

Spring is springing and green things are sprouting. What better way to celebrate the return of nature than to head out to Cardross Estate near the Lake of Menteith for the Scottish Wild Food Festival (postponed until later in the year). As well as all manner of activities, talks and workshops, there is a marketplace, demo tent and live music, with expert advice from famous forager Mark WIlliams, and food from Monachyle Mhor’s renowned head chef Marysia Paszkowska. A couple of Edinburgh’s craft beer breweries have been busy bees, getting ready to open new bars in the city to ply their wares. Campervan’s Lost in Leith bar and fermentarium combines a space for their barrel-ageing project and taproom for sampling. Meanwhile, the Edinburgh Beer

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