LOCH TAY WEEKEND!

Loch Tay Marina

Loch Tay MarinaHolidays. It’s not often we get them and when we do we chase the sun. Period.

This particular weekend was going to be different. We were going to ‘do Perthshire’….in June, in the rain. The rain wasn’t exactly part of the plan but hey, you can’t have it all.

Bags packed, mini packed, off to Loch Tay Marina we go!

The lovely folk at Loch Tay Marina offered to put the Monkfish crew up for the weekend to try out all that they have to offer. We LOVE this part of the world and it’s a perfect part of Scotland to really get in to the local food scene, beautiful scenery and seek out the best that Perthshire has to offer…including the midges.

Weather aside we were going full on with our weekend activities, including the awesome hot tub at our beautiful loch side chalet. Sorry folks, no hot tub pics available at time of going to print…..!

If you don’t know this part of the world you’ll find that Loch Tay is the perfect base for exploring Aberfeldy, Pitlochry, Dunkeld plus further North too.

If you want to stay closer to home and embrace water sports then there is just so much to do. Loch Tay Marina even has a slide that you can launch yourself down straight in to the loch, crazy we know. Their ‘Hot Box’ draws the crowds from near and far too. It’s a very cool loch side sauna fired by a giant crackling wood burner where even the mighty Ed Sheeran has recently visited, FACT.
Loch Tay MarinaDisclaimer – weather was NOT like this when we visited but this is proof that Scotland does indeed have a Summer…

So, itinerary was set…
Coffee, brunch, lunch, tea and cake, castles, hot tubs, sleep, highland safaris and Ballintaggart Farm.

We did ALL of the above and more. Let the pictures speak a thousand words 🙂

The accommodation at Loch Tay got a 10/10 from us. Great views of the Loch, the bonus of a hot tub, restaurant within spitting distance, and above all it was soooo sparkly clean and so well thought about. A dream of a kitchen with every gadget you’ve ever needed plus THREE BATHROOMS! Sorry, had to shout that one out, we had one each, the joys of that are indescribable!

If you fancy staying there then you can click through to their website right HERE.

And finally here follows our list of recommends to see and do in the Loch Tay area whatever the weather!

Habitat Cafe, Aberfeldy – coffee and cake stop
Highland Safaris – mid morning brunch stop, deer, owls, playground, walking trails, four wheel drives into the wilds of Perthshire if you pre-book
Blair Castle – a brilliant day out, lots to do for kids, walking, horse riding, tractor ride, history, colouring in, lunch
Watermill Book shop in Aberfeldy – one of the most lovely book shops we know
Pitlochry Dam Visitors Centre – worth a stop on a rainy day, lovely visitors centre which is very interactive and keeps the kids occupied for an hour or so,

On the drive home we surprised Mr Monkfish with a Father’s Day lunch at Ballintaggart Farm. Literally 20 minutes from Loch Tay Marina. If you’ve not been you simply must. A delicious seasonal Sunday lunch menu and plenty of fresh air afterwards to blow away the cobwebs. We’ve shouted about Ballintaggart before and will continue to do so!

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Thank you so much to the team at Loch Tay Marina. We loved our stay and will be heading back next time it rains…ha ha!

 

WHITE HORSE OYSTER BAR, EDINBURGH

WHITE HORSE OYSTER BAR, EDINBURGH, OUR REVIEW FOR OLIVE MAGAZINE….

IN A NUTSHELL

Opening in one of the oldest inns on the Royal Mile, the White Horse Oyster Bar is the latest venture from the team behind the city’s Chop House Bar and Butchery (read our review here).

Who’s cooking?

Chef Scott Ralston heads the kitchen.

white horse oyster bar

 


What’s the vibe like?

With exposed stone walls and leather banquettes the restaurant has an upmarket feel akin to its two sister restaurants in Market Street and Leith. Interior-design lovers will love the work that’s gone into the extensive refurb, from the cast iron radiators to the stunning marble green bar top which gives the restaurant a luxurious bistro feel. The vibe is casual, unstuffy and very cool for this part of town.

Read our full review over on Olive Magazine dot come HERE!

white horse oyster bar

 

White Horse Seafood and Oyster Bar
266 Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8AA

WHITE HORSE SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR

THE CHEESE…AND THE BAXTERS CHUTNEY

CHEESE & BAXTERS CHUTNEY TASTING AT BAXTERS HQ!

One minute I’m in the gym leg pressing a 160kg (personal best!) the next I’m eating Baxters Chutney. Here’s how….

The phone rings…it’s one of those ‘shall I, shan’t I’ moments when you’re in the zone and work calls can wait or at least go to voicemail for half an hour.

However,  Mrs Monkfish is, to quote Fireman Sam, ‘always on duty’ so what the heck, I answer. Is this is the call I’ve been waiting for?  “hi Hilary, you’re invited to a cheese and chutney tasting over lunch but you need to be here in the next hour….oh, and it’s going to be filmed. Is that ok with you?” FINE!

Within 60 minutes I’m showered, changed and heading up to Baxters HQ, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh for a cheese and Baxters chutney tasting over lunch. So glad I picked up the phone 🙂 Continue reading

CIVERINOS SLICE, EDINBURGH

CIVERINOS SLICE, EDINBURGH, OUR REVIEW FOR OLIVE MAGAZINE….

In a nutshell

Civerinos Slice opened in Edinburgh’s Old Town in May 2017. This second city centre destination for the award-winning Civerinos has 80 covers and serves 11 different pizzas by the slice in an informal, New-York-style street food dining room, where eating with your hands is strictly encouraged.

Civerinos Slice Edinburgh


Who’s cooking?

From Italian heritage, Michele Civiera, founder of Civerinos, has worked with the very best pizza chefs from Sardinia to Sicily to ensure that the pizzas here are as authentic as possible.

 

Read our full review over on Olive Magazine dot come HERE!

Civerinos Slice, 49 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QP

Bringing a little bit of NYC to Edinburgh’s Old Town, and that ain’t a bad thing right?

WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH

Wagamama St Andrews Square Edinburgh

WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH
Wagamama St Andrews Square Edinburgh has landed. Another Wagamama????? Does that hit you like the news that yet another Pizza Express is opening in your home town even though there’s 11 already? Or that Starbucks thinks that 20 stores is seriously not enough in Edinburgh so they’re now trying to squeeze in 4 more? Well, it probably does, although this particular Wagamama has landed in the most perfect position possible. It’s nestled between the awesome Dishoom (we do go on about it I know) and the *yet to be ventured into as* Refinery….
Yes it’s a chain but there has been some serious thought put into the layout, decor, interiors, (call it what you will), of this particular Wagas as it’s pretty funky and is definitely more interesting than it’s sister outposts on Lothian Road and Ocean Terminal. Both of these have looked rather tired of late so this restaurant makes them look like they really know what they are doing rather than following the same old format. All good so far! Continue reading