Side Dishes (17 July 2008)
Food news to nibble on
Serge wine bar above Brel
- MAKING USE OF the narrow first-floor space above Brel on Ashton Lane, Serge is a new wine bar serving a menu of snacks and small food, with the extensive beer list and main menu from Brel also available. Chilled tunes and regular tastings feature. Book a table on 0141 342 4966.
- SCOTTISH-FRENCH restaurant Rococo has shifted location in Glasgow’s city centre from West George Street to a basement site under sister venue Bouzy Rouge on the corner of West Regent Street and Renfield Street. Under the banner ‘Rococo Refreshed’ it is introducing Rococo Fresh and Rococo Early menus, available daily noon–2.30pm and 5–6.30pm. The new address is 48 West Regent Street, 0141 221 5004, www.rococoglasgow.com.
- THIS YEAR’S Whisky Fringe on 9 & 10 August offers the chance to sample around 25 distilleries and bottlers from Aberlour to Tobermory, under Phoebe Anna Traquair’s magnificent murals in Mansfield Traquair Church at the foot of Broughton Street in Edinburgh. Tickets (£20) are selling fast – in fact, there are none left for the Saturday – but can be bought from Royal Mile Whiskies, 379 High Street, Edinburgh, and at www.royalmilewhiskies.com
- THE STORY BEHIND Loch Fyne Oysters is told in a new book, Local Heroes. Published on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the oyster farm at the head of Loch Fyne by Lane and landowner Johnny Noble, author David Erdal pays particular attention to the company’s success as a model of employee-ownership, which it achieved following Noble’s death in 2002.