The 1819 – Bespoke Scottish Dry Gin

Apex Hotel Waterloo Place created 'The 1819' gin to celebrate its 200th birthday © Sandy Young Photography 07970 268944 Apex Hotels launch its 200th anniversary celebrations for its Waterloo Place property by unveiling a new bespoke gin, The 1819, in homage to the hotel buildingÕs long standing place in EdinburghÕs skyline. The new gin, which takes its name from the date the building was completed, draws on inspiration from Isa Gray, the famous botanist and close friend of Charles Darwin who frequented the Waterloo Place hotel. E: sandy@scottishphotographer.com W: www.scottishphotographer.com

Apex Hotels launch its 200th-anniversary celebrations for its Waterloo Place property by unveiling a new bespoke gin, ‘The 1819’ – Copyright – Sandy Young Photography

 

In celebration of the Apex Waterloo Place’s 200th birthday, the food and beverage team created ‘the 1819’, a bespoke Scottish dry gin, in association with St Andrew’s distillery Eden Mill.  I went along to an exclusive press launch to find out more and to sample some exclusive cocktails paired with some small but perfectly formed plates.

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Appetite Events Turns 15

Appetite Events Forest of Desserts

Appetite Events Forest of Desserts

One of Edinburgh’s oldest independent catering companies, Appetite Events, celebrated 15 years in the business with a sleek new rebrand and a rather spectacular party in the grandeur of the Assembly Rooms.    EdinburghFoody was lucky enough to be invited along with her partners in crime, The Social Bitches, one of whom, Derek, was celebrating a rather big birthday too.

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Hawksmoor Burns Night Feast with Johnny Walker

Steak, ash-baked neeps and tatties, marrowbone Lorne sausage and, in the top right corner, A Red, Red Rose. Of which I had three.

Steak, ash-baked neeps and tatties, marrow bone Lorne sausage and, in the top right corner, A Red, Red Rose. Of which I had three.

Hawksmoor does a good steak; Johnny Walker does a good whisky*. I was excited to be invited to a Burns night feast that Hawksmoor Johnny Walker threw. I found a meat-eating friend, donned my only tartan garment and set out to enjoy the evening. And did I!

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The Gin Lounge

The Gin Lounge

The Gin Lounge

I was out and about at the weekend at the Gin Lounge’s first ever stand alone Festival at the Assembly Rooms. With the lovely company of the Social Bitches and Sharon from Bite Magazine, there really wasn’t a better way to spend a Saturday.

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The Lookout, Calton Hill – Dining with a view

The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage - spectacular dining with a view

The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage – spectacular dining with a view

I was lucky to get sight of one of Edinburgh’s most anticipated restaurant openings last night, the Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage.  The first ever restaurant on Calton Hill, with breath-taking views across the Firth of Forth and the city skyline, it opened on Saturday and its spectacular; although my pictures won’t do the views justice, with too much reflection of people in the glass windows.

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