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IMG_0032OK, hang on a minute, where did the summer go? Has it actually been? Well, there was that day in July when temperatures peaked at 26.5 in Edinburgh but aside from that it’s not exactly been a scorcher. And now we’re greeting Autumn with a slight chill in the air and thoughts of “should we or should we not flick the central heating switch to ON”…

Apart from the weather the ‘summer’ has been good in terms of eating. Festival madness brought lots of exciting places to eat including a ‘pop-up’ from the Lobster Shack which usually resides in North Berwick. There was a pretty cool Artisan Roast pop-up just off George Square with not only coffee (black OR white, nothing else…) but also the added bonus of Twelve Triangle Doughnuts to boot. We ventured to a new bar/restaurant called Checkpoint which, if our drinks only visit was anything to go by, will hopefully be a great new addition for Edinburgh. Think Amsterdam chic, industrial lighting, shipping container with tables and chairs in, hard to imagine? Go visit.

And there’s plenty of new places to look forward to eating and drinking in too.

The Chophouse in Leith opens this month promising to bring red meat of the highest quality to your mouths.
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British bred beef, butchered and dry-aged in house, cooked over an open flame charcoal grill….mouth watering stuff. From the people who have brought you The Westroom, Sygn and Monteiths we’re sure it will deliver. Mrs M will be popping along early October to check it out.

Brasserie Les Amis on Morrison Street opened a few weeks ago and has already had some great reviews. Bringing ‘the best of French and Scottish cuisine as well as beautiful wines, craft beers and spirits’….definitely one to try.

Our friends at Alright Treacle have just released their last three dates for suppers in 2015. Yes, sadly AT HQ will be closing at the end of the year as Anna moves on to pastures new.
static1.squarespaceGet your tickets while you can – click HERE to book.

Over the summer we’ve read about these new places too…



Both based slightly further afield than Edinburgh but not that far! Put them on the To Do List…

The Monkfish Famille have been lucky enough to try out some new places over the summer including The Star at Harome. Regaining it’s Michelin Star in 2015 it’s such a beautiful spot for lunch and a chillax if you’ve got a spare couple of hours. If you like your bread served in a Flat Cap (we were in Yorkshire after all…) then we think you’ll like it.
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So, as usual, there’s been lots of eating by us and plenty of coffees have been slurped to keep us going.

Even though we’re waving the Summer goodbye (kind of), there is plenty to look forward to. We’re already planning a trip here…..


Sounds very exciting, read The Guardian’s review HERE. We may need to invest in a boat to get there though.

And we’re also going to stop by here…..


Part of the Tom Lewis Monachyle Mhor group, a budget motel with a great restaurant. Looking forward to trying it out.

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to food. Enjoy your Autumn eating and let us know where you stumble upon too, just in case we haven’t been already…




enroot This warrants it’s own blog post which we’ll do following our visit next week (v v excited) but we wanted to share this with you while it’s hot off the press!

food news June 2015
food news June 2015

This month a group of chefs, artists, and activists dedicated to sustaining small scale farming in the UK, will come together to form Enroot.

Enroot is a travelling, grass roots kitchen that hosts farm-to-table events in collaboration with farmers and small business. The Enroot team strongly believes that there is an ever-increasing disconnect, between the food people eat and the farmers who produce it, which comes from the consumer’s lack of knowledge of where their food comes from.

Enroot’s goal is to bridge this widening gap between producers and consumers by removing the barriers separating them, and preparing dinners on the farm itself. During the months of June and July, 12 dinners will take place on four different farms throughout the UK. The food the team provides will be carefully sourced from the communities surrounding each farm, in an effort to create menus that reflect the produce of the communities themselves. Diners at the events will enjoy not only this site specific menu, but will also enjoy the company of the farmers and community members who will have all worked to make the evening possible.

The Enroot Collective was co-founded by Edinburgh born, Angus Buchanan-Smith and his great friend DeVonn Francis, the two young men met while Angus was attending The Cooper Union University in New York. Angus grew up on Cockburn Farm Dairy, located just outside Edinburgh and was deeply affected by the closure of the dairy in 2003, due to the collapse of the dairy market in the UK and has since become an advocate for small scale farming. DeVonn grew up working on his father’s restaurant in Virginia, USA, and is the chef who will be crafting Enroot’s menus.

To make this pop up series of dinners actually happen they have been seeking support from crowdfunding in order to turn their dream into a reality.

Dates for forthcoming events are Saturday 6th June (SOLD OUT), Friday 12th June, Saturday 13th June. £35 per head hosted at Cockburn Farm Edinburgh, Scotland.

If that ticks all of your boxes as it does ours then click on the website and book your spot now before they sell out. Jamie Oliver has already ‘got wind of them’ so strike now, before it’s too late….and remember, you heard it from the Monkfish first!

In other food news….

HOPETOUN FARM SHOP 4TH BIRTHDAY – Hopetoun Farm Shop have announced a family BBQ day on Saturday 13th June, 12-4pm to celebrate their 4th birthday. Loads going on including beer tasting, mural painting for kids, meet the farming team and of course some tasting BBQ food.

seafood-supper-1172x856HARVEY NIX SUMMER SEAFOOD DINNER – Wednesday 17th June, 7pm, £75 per person includes Prosecco on arrival, four courses with matched wines and tea or coffee. Hosted by executive chef Stuart Muir and Stevie ‘Fish’ the duo will talk you through four incredible courses (all with matched wines) describing the sourcing, provenance and cooking techniques involved in creating beautiful seafood dishes. The dinner will take place in the Forth Floor Restaurant, Edinburgh. To make a reservation or for further information contact the Reception Team on 0131 524 8350 or email

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– – CRAIL FOOD FESTIVAL – The 5th annual food festival runs from 12-14 June 2015. Lots and lots going on, check out the website for more details. Highlights include the opening night film showing of ‘Chocolat’ and the Food and Drink Emporium which showcases produce from jam to gin. There is something for everyone and if it rains don’t forget your pac-a-macs, you’ll be in Fife after all…

RHS 2015 Creative Landscape– – ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2015 – this year the Royal Highland Show celebrates it’s 175th anniversary and runs from 18-21 June at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh. Tonnes more detail over on the website so click HERE now. If it’s anything like last year the Food & Drink hall will be well worth a visit and considering 2015 is the ‘Year of Food and Drink Scotland‘ it’s going to be moo-hoosive…to quote their publicity material….
food news June 2015

CAKE FEST EDINBURGH – 21 June, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. As if the Royal Highland Show wasn’t enough the very same weekend you can ‘have your cake and eat it’ quite literally. Cake fest promises a free day of cake, entertainment and Scotland’s best food and drink. Head on over and check it out for yourselves. One of our favourite street food fans, CREMA CARAVAN will be there.

SAVOUR – Savour is back again following a successful event in 2014. Taking place at Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sunday 5th July, 1-6pm, while away your Sunday afternoon eating and drinking your way around The Dissection Room, The Wine Lab and The Pudding Hall plus more! Tickets available via the BITE magazine website HERE.

– FOOD HATS – come on, you know you want one. Follow ChiliPhilly on Instagram now, he’s sure to put a smile on your face and stop you talking about the weather!

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PIZZA IN THE WILD – no food news to speak of but just because we like the pictures. see more HERE

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Yep, we’re here to inform as well as entertain! That’s your food news for this month, till next time Monkfish Fans. Get knitting, clickety click….or perhaps chuck your pizza over a traffic light and instagram it pronto 🙂





March….another very busy month in the world of eating and drinking in Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond! We’re over halfway through the month, so much has happened already so we’re including a tiny bit of what you might have missed but a lot more of what you won’t miss. Boom.

This, is priceless….and we guarantee you’ll watch it to the end….

– Slow food BIG TABLE suppers Mrs M attended the most recent Slow Food BIG TABLE supper at Cafe St Honore which was pretty yummy.  Chef Neil Forbes served up Grierson Organic brisket of beef and we learnt a lot about soil from the lovely Sascha Grierson. You can find details of future slow food events HERE.
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–  Where have Cult Espresso been all our lives? We’ve just found our new favourite coffee spot on the Southside of town. Serving Roundhill Roastery and guest espressos make it the next thing on your TO DO list.

– A couple of new supper clubs have sprung up in town – Buck & Birch and Haymarket Supper Club– we’ve updated our Supper Club directory to include further details. The ‘supper club scene’ continues to grow which is fab news for Edinburgh.

– Mrs M has ‘gone live’ on STV this week with a cheeky wee appearance in an advert for Fish is the Dish! Blink, you might miss her….and tbh we don’t really recognise her, the hair and slap must have taken quite some time….

Mandolins – Yes, they are a useful bit of kit and we love them but crikey, ours has gone to the back of the cupboard after Mrs M had a ‘wee’ accident using ours whilst prepping for The BIG Dinner. Ten days later and the feeling in her fingertip has just come back. Be warned!

– Our BIG Dinner took place on Saturday 7th March, it was great fun despite the ‘incident’ mentioned above…. Currently funds raised stand at £24,000! Amazing! Not all dinners have been held yet so there is more to come. Huge congrats to Olivia and team for a job well done.

WineTubeMap events just announced! Yay, we love the WineTubeMap and they’ve just announced a couple of new wine tasting events in April and May. Find out more over at

Joy The Baker – well, she’s just got it all hasn’t she? We are regular readers of her blog, listeners of her podcast and viewers of her video channel. She can do no wrong. She is THE package. Totes recommend you go check her out.

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– We’ve STILL NOT BEEN but Century General Store, Marchmont, we are coming to get you.

BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe moves to a new time this week – tune in on Thursday’s at 1:30pm. Diary note!

– Finally, stuck for an Easter gift? Bored of chocolate? Get one of these, go on, you know you want one. Space egg!
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There is so much going on right now it’s hard to know where to start… Mrs M has just rolled the ‘magic’ dice and it said EAT, so perhaps that is where we should start this edition of Monkfish Monday…with food…for a change.

Popcorn to be exact. Really need one of these at the Towers…

–  We’ve been hanging out at Lovecrumbs this week, they’re ‘about to’ (inverted commas) open a new place on Brunswick Street, look out for their soon to open news via Instagram.

– Lucky Mrs M dined at Number One at The Balmoral last week just to ‘check out’ their new refurb. You’ll find her photos over on our Facebook page. Yes, it was pretty spectacular and she’s been raving on about how blooming lovely Chef Jeff Bland is…

The Kitchin also celebrated their latest refurbishment which has extended the dining space and then some. There’s some great photos over on their new Instagram feed.

– We love this book Hemsley & Hemsley, and think you will too. Healthy yes but still really really good! They’ve inspired us to buy a spiralizer so we can do all of THIS.

Soderberg formerly Peter’s Yard in Edinburgh has opened a HUGE bakery/pizza place in Quartermile. It looks and smells amazing, pizza by the slice, what’s not to like.

– Love this short film by Carol Sachs on the rebuilding of @PolpettoW1 & the brilliant @FlorenceKnight #food #film

– And food news just in….we’re excited to be able to tell you that our friends Dram & Smoke will be ‘popping up’ during the festival this year, hurrah for that. We’ll let you know when we know more.

– Our new favourite bar in town is Spitfire, check it out!

– Finally, some light entertainment for you from Wednesday 11th February 2015. Mrs Monkfish took part in a Google Hangout on behalf of The BIG Dinner. You can tune in HERE.



dry january

Dry January

Dry January

Dry January is a custom of abstaining from alcohol for the month of January, particularly practised in the United Kingdom. The custom, as a formal entity

Nope, it’s not for us! Life is for living and that means seizing the moment and not depriving ourselves of the ‘good stuff’. So if the good stuff crops up in January we’re not going to risk missing out. Dry January, I don’t think so…

And we’ve just found all this lovely stuff we want to share with you. And it mostly consists of drink…..cocktails……and the occasional mixer. Continue reading