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Lunch on a sunny winter’s day. Two starters – really nice yellow pea and vegetable soup followed by duck and vegetable spring rolls with a chilli sauce. Not much duck – they were OK but not great. However, my wife had excellent smoked haggis balls that I tasted. (for readers of a squeamish nature, these were not the testicles of a local freshly shot haggis but rather haggis shaped into balls).

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I have decided to switch to wordpress (and to be a bit more conscientious in updating the blog). New blog is now here.

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The Marine Hotel is a pub and restaurant on the harbour at Stonehaven. It has good local beer and an unpretentious atmosphere in the bar. We went there on Saturday lunchtime after we had visited the farmer’s market. I don’t eat fish and chips very often now (though they were once a Friday night staple as we headed north for the hills) but I was tempted here. Good choice – the haddock was moist, the beer batter crisp and flaky, the chips were crisp, with  tartare sauce. Dunnotar ale, the local beer to drink. Recommended.

Visited 6th February 2010. About £10 each for 1 course + a pint of Dunnotar Ale each.

Visited again for Saturday lunch in August 2010. Two starters – soup and arbroath smokie pate, with oatcakes. Dunnotar  Ale again, which is really very good. This place is one of our favourites – it’s well worth a visit. Again, about £20 for two of us.

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Reisling

Skillogalee Reisling – Christmas present from my daughters – tonight. Excellent wine – complex mineral flavours.

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Chorizos

Cooked chicken with chorizo tonight and wondered why supermarkets cannot sell chorizos as good as Lupe Pintos in Tollcross, Edinburgh. It’s a great deli.

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We decided to get out of Edinburgh for a change and went to the Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry. As the name implies this is a small restaurant and we were lucky to get a table at the last minute for Sunday lunch. It’s a super place – nice atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent food. I had celeriac and saffron soup with Mascarpone and truffle oil which was outstanding, followed by very good rib-eye steak. Others had salmon and collar of pork which was also pronounced to be very good.

We’ll definitely be back – it would be really nice on a summer evening.

Visited 31st January 2010. Fixed price of about £17 for 2 courses but with wine, water, coffees etc, it worked out around £25 each.

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Tony’s table is a relatively new venture by the owner of Oloroso where he is competing with The Dogs on Hanover Street to offer cheapish high quality food. It’s slightly out of the way in North Castle Street and wasn’t busy when we went there for a Saturday lunch in January. I wasn’t too hungry so had 2 starters – blue cheese panna cotta, parma ham and celeriac and black pudding fritters with chilli jam.  The blue cheese panna cotta was exceptionally good, esp. with the excellent home baked bread. The black pudding fritters were fine but the chilli jam lacked punch.

Visited 30th January 2010. About £12 each for food+a soft drink.

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