The List Eating and Drinking Guide - A historical timeline over 20 years

The List Eating and Drinking Guide - A historical timeline over 20 years

Front covers of The List Eating and Drinking Guide. 1994-2003 clockwise from top left

The landmark openings, closings and highlights from the last 20 years of Scotland's food scene

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The List's first-ever Eating Out Guide to Glasgow and Edinburgh is published, with 400 entries. It was put together by an editorial team of seven.

The places to go in Glasgow were Crannog's Seafood Restaurant, Froggies, Balbir's Balti Bar and Fazzi's.

In Edinburgh, venues such as L'Auberge, Atrium, Cousteau's and Tinelli were the talk of the town.

You can look at a page-turner PDF version of the original 1994 guide


The guide gets a new name, the Eating & Drinking Guide. It costs £1 and jumps to 600 entries.

Ferrier Richardson opens Yes on West Nile Street. Banns arrives on Hunter Square in Edinburgh, shortly followed by Creelers.

David Ramsden's Fitzhenry: a brasserie opens in Leith.


The third edition has 700 entries, costs £1.50, and has maps for the first time

Pierre Victoire grows to six Edinburgh locations, along with two Chez Jules and Pierre Lapin.

One Devonshire Gardens, under head chef Andrew Fairlie, is awarded a Michelin Star. For the next five years it's the only restaurant in Edinburgh or Glasgow to hold one.


The guide introduces a 'tick' recommendation scheme and a readers' poll.

New entries in Edinburgh include The Dial, Indigo Yard, Ndebele, Number One and the Tapas Tree.

Arrivals in Glasgow include Bar Brel, House for an Art Lover and Kama Sutra.


The guide introduces full-colour photos and recommendation Hitlists, with venues such as Winter Glen, 36, Puppet Theatre and Janssen's making the grade.

New to the Edinburgh scene were Blue, Hadrian's, The Stockbridge Restaurant and Sweet Melindas

In Glasgow the big new arrival was Nairns, while 16 Byres Road, Lux and Stazione opened up their doors.


With the sixth edition we publish over 100 pages for the first time.

New in Edinburgh are the Mussel Inn, La P'tite Folie, A Room in the Town and The Tower.

Talked-about arrivals in Glasgow are Air Organic, Bar Gaudi, Gamba and Tinderbox.


The guide goes online for the first time.

New this year in Edinburgh are The Apartment, Oxygen Bar & Grill, Rhodes & Co, Restaurant Martin Wishart.

Glasgow's notable openings include Ad Lib, Eurasia, Mao and Rococo.


High and low points for each review and an Out of Town section are introduced.

New entries include Café Marlayne, Gordon Yuill & Company and Tchai Ovna.

Edinburgh catches up with Glasgow as Martin Wishart earns a Michelin Star. You could eat lunch there for £12.50 for two courses.


We publish a handy restaurant directory including a list of completely non-smoking restaurants.

Arrivals in Edinburgh include the original Forest Café, La Garrigue, Oloroso, Rogue and Yo! Sushi on Rose Street. Nearby, Rhodes & Co has gone.

New in Glasgow are Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or, Delizique, Heart Buchanan and Quigley's. Andrew Fairlie departs for Gleneagles, as Gordon Ramsay moves into One Devonshire Terrace with Amarylis.


To mark the 10th edition, the Eating & Drinking Guide Awards are launched – the best newcomers this year are Thai Lemongrass and The Dhabba.

New in Edinburgh are David Bann's Vegetarian Restaurant, Forth Floor, The Outsider, Spoon Café.

Notable openings in Glasgow include Arisaig, Mono and The Sisters. Ian Fleming takes over The Buttery with Willie Deans as head chef.

The List Eating and Drinking Guide front covers 1995-2013

Front covers of The List Eating and Drinking Guide. 2004-2013 clockwise from top left


More awards. We give a 'Best neighbourhood restaurant' award toThe New Bell in Newington and Gingerhill in Milngavie.

Edinburgh arrivals include Always Sunday and Rhubarb. The city's oldest Indian restaurant,Khushi's, relocates to Potterow.

Tapa Coffee & Bakehouse opens in Glasgow's East End, while Terence Conran opens Zinc and Etain in Princes Square, appointing Geoffrey Smeddle as head chef.


In the year both Centotre and Valvona & Crolla's Vincaffé open, we give our Judges Special Award to all three generations of the Contini family.

Urban Angel arrives in Edinburgh, along with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Queen Street.

In Glasgow, Oran Mór arrives on the scene, along with Red Onion and Two Fat Ladies on Blythswood Street.


We pick Roti as the best newcomer in Edinburgh, and Urban Grill in Glasgow. Neither last to the present day, but the runners-up – Iglu in Edinburgh and The Sisters Kelvingrove in Glasgow – still thrive.

It's a good year for drinkers in Glasgow with the arrival of the Butterfly and the Pig, Chinaski's and West Brewery.

Ashoka founder Balbir Singh Sumal makes a comeback with Balbir's on Church Street.


The Kitchin opens in summer 2006 and by the time it makes its debut in the Eating & Drinking Guide in April 2007 it has a Michelin Star.

The Plumed Horse, a Dumfriesshire restaurant holding a Michelin Star, relocates to Leith. It regains its star in 2009.

Khushi's moves again, to even larger premises in Victoria Street.


For our 15th edition we pick out The Dogs, Wedgwood the Restaurant, Nanakusa and Two Fat Ladies at the The Buttery as the best new arrivals in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Pierre Levicky is back in town ten years after the collapse of Pierre Victoire with Chez Pierre on Eyre Place. Fairly soon, it is renamed Pierre Victoire.

Allan Mawn returns from Spain to open Pintxo on Dumbarton Road.


The guide records over 120 new openings in the year – more than one each week in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Newcomer of the Year gongs are collected by L'escargot Bleu and Crabshakk.

Martin Wishart opens a restaurant in Cameron House by Loch Lomond. Khushi's on Victoria Street closes after a dramatic fire.


Roy Brett's new restaurant Ondine wins our newcomer award. In Glasgow Jim Kerr's new venture The Dining Room opens. It doesn't last the year.

The death is announced of pioneer restaurateur and chef Ronnie Clydesdale of the Ubiquitous Chip.

Edinburgh's Michelin Star total reaches five as 21212 joins the party.


Hello – and newcomer awards – to Castle Terrace, Bia Bistrot and The Pelican Café in Glasgow.

Our newcomer award to Criterion in Glasgow is tinged with sadness as proprietor Allan Mawn passes away shortly before the doors open.

Other Edinburgh arrivals are Restaurant Mark Greenaway at Hawke & Hunter and The Honours. Atrium and Blue close.


As we reach our 19th edition, our Judges' Special Award goes to Henderson's, the Edinburgh vegetarian deli, café and bistro that celebrates its 50th birthday.

The newcomer awards go global, with Mithas (upmarket Indian), Kanpai (stylish Japanese), La Famiglia (homely Italian) and Martha's (healthy takeaway) scooping the awards.

Michael Caines closes his restaurant at Abode in Glasgow. Khushi's opens again in Edinburgh – this time it's on Antigua Place.


It's edition 20. This year you can read every entry in the guide on your smartphone.

Oloroso, Creelers and Heart Buchanan close.

There are more openings than ever before - 140 - including Timberyard, two Galvin's restaurants at The Caledonian Hotel and Central Market in Glasgow.

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