Side Dishes (24 April 2008)

News to nibble on

Nick Nairn Cook School

While we realise you might be bowled over by the sheer quantity of information in our Eating & Drinking Guide, one new arrival to keep an eye out for is the List Card, registration now open, our dining promotion scheme that offers two-for-one meals at a wide range of leading restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We like to think of it as our very own contribution to beating the credit crunch. More at

Scotland’s biggest beer festival, the Paisley Real Ale Festival, runs from Wednesday 30 April to Saturday 3 May in Paisley Town Hall. Celebrating its 21st birthday, 130 beers are on tap including representatives from around 20 different Scottish breweries from the local favourite, Kelburn, to Isle of Skye, Orkney and Sulwath from Castle Douglas. Entry is £5. For other Scottish food and drink festivals throughout the year, see the Scottish Food Calendar on page 152 of The List Eating & Drinking Guide.

The Nick Nairn Cook School cook book is out now, penned by the chef along with his Cook School cohorts John Webber and Alan Mathieson. It has strong, well-illustrated sections on basic recipes, important kitchen and cooking skills as well as the philosophy underpinning the whole enterprise. Published by Cassell Illustrated at £20. For more information, see


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