The List Eating and Drinking Guide is a must have for eating and drinking around Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounding areas with listings for the very best restaurants, bars, bistros and cafes.
Remember when you were little and you used to circle toys in the catalogues at Christmas? Well that is exactly what I like to do when The List Eating and Drinking Guide arrives in the shops, I cozy up in bed with a coffee and my highlighter at the ready!
Now with this in mind you can only imagine how delighted I was to be invited to The List Eating and Drinking party which meant hanging out with all my fave food folk but also getting a sneak peak of the guide before it hits the shelves.
It was clear guests were not going to go thirsty as their headline sponsor Birra Morretti were serving up both draft and bottles at the event but no matter your poison the event had you covered…Johnnie Walker with Whisky cocktails, Darnely’s Gin offering the perfect serve, wine from Great Grog (they have a vegan section on their website FYI) and finally Summerhouse Drinks were on the soft drinks for the sober ones.
The List’s annual food and drink award winners included Locavore, Five March, Nanika and the team behind Cafezique.
Locavore has a lot going on… you can shop, eat and attend events. They encourage zero waste so you can take your own jars along to fill with spices, seeds and nuts – you can even make your on nut butter!
It was no surprise that Five March scooped up an award as it has been getting amazing reviews from every foodie I’ve ever met! They offer beautifully arranged small plates and creative cocktails, including vegan options of course.
Nanika is a small noodle and bun bar based in the Southside. Now when I say small, it really is a lot cozier than your average restaurant as only seats around 14 people so expect to wait or take advantage of their text based queue system. No item costs more than a tenner and it’s byob so you can tuck in without breaking the bank.
It is worth mentioning that no entry in the guide pays to be included and no review visits are prearranged so you can be confident that those chosen to be featured have earned their spot on merit rather than their advertising budget or firm handshake.
The guide is divided into city and genres so super easy to navigate but my favourite bit is the map sections, so say you wanted to eat in Southside just check out the map for what’s about then read more detail in guide – genius.
You can pick up a copy for £5.95 from The List website, newsagents, supermarkets and Waterstones bookshops then schedule some time to dive in as there is so much to get through!
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* This was written quickly and very early after a few gins the night before so please ignore any spelling errors or terrible grammar – please and thank you!