Needing something to do this weekend? And the weekend after? Then you’re in luck…..


Mhor fest 2015

Mhor fest 2015To be fair we’re totally biased as we think this is ‘THE date for your diary‘ if you’re free this bank holiday weekend. Hit the road Jack, get yourselves to Balquhidder pronto. Hit the pics for more info or click HERE. And take note of the below, you’ll be in Scotland after all….don’t worry about checking the weather before you go, fully expect 4 seasons in one day then you won’t be disappointed when you’re hailed on…
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The last weekend in May has this in store…

OK, we’re a food ‘blog’ but we do love a bit of gardening at the Towers particularly if it involves edible stuff. Since helping the Secret Herb Garden celebrate their first birthday at the beginning of the month we’ve got to know which of our flowers and weeds and other leaves we can eat. Who’d have thought you could put tulip petals in your salad? Well you can! So, we’ll be heading to Gardening Scotland 29-31 May to see what other stuff we can eat.

Gardening Scotland

secret herb gardenphoto credit: Jamie Bennett

And look out for the Secret Herb Garden who will be there with a HUGE yurt where you can taste their lovely home brewed beer….

THE SIGNATURE SUPPER – 29th May, 7:30pm, Stockbridge
Free on Friday 29th May, then how about going to the next supper club event hosted by our friends at the Fireside Collective? The Signature Supper takes place at St Stephen’s Church, Saxe Coburg Street, Stockbridge, start time 7:30pm. We’ll be there! If that’s not a reason to go along then we don’t know what is….maybe the fact you can BYOB will persuade you?!

Get your tickets HERE via Eventbrite

NOTE – there’s a clanger of an error with the date on the poster, just pretend you haven’t noticed, it’s so last year sweetie….


THIS WINE APP will save your life…

Do you frequently get lost in the wine aisle? Yep, so do we! Need an expert to help you find your way? We do too! Monkfish Fans….we present you with the only wine app you will EVER need. You will know within seconds that you can pair your Monkfish with a Red Burgundy or a Viognier, or both. Your friends will be amazed that you have matched your famous Macaroni Cheese with a Chardonnay, and it works – boom, you rule!

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Our friends over at the WineTubeMap have well and truly come to the rescue this week as their long awaited app hits the iTunes store (Android to follow soon….).  The App coincides very nicely with London Wine Week – which runs for a week starting today – and the WineTubeMap will be based at Devonshire Gardens hosting a daily pop-up tasting. Pop along to ask them your questions about the map (and the App) and have a tipple or two while you’re there.

London Wine Week is back for its second year to celebrate the capital’s passionate and thriving wine scene, decoding the wine list through a host of pop-ups, tastings, masterclasses and self-guided Wine Tours around some of the best venues in the capital.
You will need a wristband to be part of it which you can get online HERE.
Drink Up London! Then once you’re done how about an Edinburgh Wine Week please?

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So get clicking, the App is FREE! But maybe only for a limited time so download it, rate it, share it, Facebook it, shout about it, you will have the knowledge!

Watch the WineTubeMap social channels for details about a competition for folks who have downloaded the app. Pretty sure one of the prizes will involve wine….

Chin chin darlings!


east neuk of fife – food heaven? OH YES!

We are just this second back from a long weekend to the East Neuk of Fife – the weather was its usual unpredictable self….sunny one day, force 10 gale and rain the next. Typical Scotland. It was good to get out of the city for a few days and explore our lovely coastline and now we can tell you a little bit about what we got up to and what we ate. Come on, it wouldn’t be a holiday if there wasn’t food involved.

So, on the subject of Fife, here’s what you can get up to in the space of a few days come rain or shine!

- Balgove Larder Steak Barn
We’d never visited Balgove Larder before so this was our opportunity. Just minutes away from centre of St Andrews this brilliant farm shop, butchery and cafe gives high fives all round to the amazing produce that Fife (and beyond) has to offer. But….on top of that….they’ve just opened the Steak Barn which just so happens to be the coolest barn in Scotland. Take a peak…
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The barn – potato boxes stacked high to make walls, communal tables,  industrial lighting, candles and blankets. OK, there’s not much comfort or central heating here and plenty of fresh air gaps in the walls to boot, but hey, wrap up, you’ll be fine.

The food – you’re eating some of the finest produce in Scotland, Balgove’s own steaks, hung for at least 28 days. Burgers and sausages made on site in the butchery. Everything is cooked to order and you can top up with twice fried chips, beer battered onion rings and rinse it all down with a pint of local beer.

Open April-October.
01334 898145

The Night Market, St Andrews
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Now we’ve introduced you to the Steak Barn you might be interested in this…The Night Market in the barn kicks off on Wednesday 13th May.

The five monthly markets will take place throughout the summer and include live music, work from local craftspeople, fresh food and drink from Balgove Larder and a selection of other producers.  This will be served up with beer on tap from local brewers, Eden Mill

The dates for the markets are:
·      13 May – The launch of the new night markets will see the return of the top producers, favourite Balgove nibbles as well as new food and drink.
·      10 June – This market has a summer barbequing theme with an emphasis on al fresco eating.
·      8 July – As St Andrews gears up for the British Open, there’s a golf theme to this market with book signings from Oliver Horowitz New York Times bestseller An American Caddie in St Andrews alongside signings of new children’s book Little Tommy Morris by author Roger McStravick, and illustrator, Maria Amelia Randall.
·      5 August – This market provides the opportunity to meet a series of talented local chefs (something about tasting the chef’s creations as well?)
·      16 September – An autumnal market featuring speciality local beers.

Loads more info on the Night Market facebook page and also on the Balgove Larder website, see links below.

Steak Barn, Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF.
Twitter: @nightmarketsa

- The Lobster Store, Crail
If you don’t already know about this little gem you do now. Only open at weekends in late Spring but weekday opening during the summer you are promised the freshest crustacean the East Neuk of Fife has to offer. Lobsters caught that day are cooked to order for the small matter of £11 each. Grab a bag of chips from the chippie up the road, a bottle of fizz if you’re in the mood and snuggle up on the nearby beach for one of the finest picnics ever! #tasteofscotland

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- Fife Farmers Market
Don’t go all the way up to St Andrews without sampling the Fife Farmers Market. Check the website for times and locations here We sampled a couple of things but the Arbroath Smokies were the stand out, melt in your mouth. Iain R Spink is your man.

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And yes, it was sunny some of the time we were in the East Neuk of Fife but just to prove our earlier point regarding the unpredictable climate then this was what it was like on Sunday….seriously!
St Andrew's, FifeTakes you right back to those childhood memories of picnics in the car with a flask of tea. You know when you say you’ll never turn into your parents….#that !!


If you’ve not been to the Secret Herb Garden yet then now you’ve got an excuse…not that you needed one….

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The Secret Herb Garden opened its doors in May 2014 by Hamish and Liberty Martin who wanted to introduce people to the ‘magical world of herbs’. Located in a once derelict greenhouse to the southwest of Edinburgh the Secret Herb Garden is a place to be enjoyed and embraced by the surrounding herbs, plants and nature. The garden isn’t just about gardening….

There are courses on offer ranging from bee keeping, candle making, a complete range of herbal courses and seed planting activities for children.
There is a fabulous family friendly café serving fresh, healthy, seasonal and wholesome homemade food grown and produced where possible at the Garden. The cakes are divine, trust us, we’ve tried a few….

The herb garden shop supports the products that Hamish and Liberty make from the land such as candles, honey, teas, coffee and freshly cut flowers. Coming very soon, the Secret Herb Garden beer, watch this space.

Next weekend the garden will celebrate a very successful first 12 months and this is what’s happening….


secret herb gardenThe Gardener’s Cottage chefs Ed and Dale will be pottering about the herbs answering any ‘cooking with herbs’ questions you might have. There is storytelling in the Yurt from Amanda Edmiston, children’s seed sowing with the Green Man and much much more. Sharing the celebrations will be Stretch Tents Scotland who’ve got very cool alternatives to marquees – tents that literally stretch – you may have seen them in St Andrew’s Square during the festival last year.

The Family Fun Day is on Saturday 9th May from 10am till 4pm.

Find the Secret Herb Garden at
32A Old Pentland Road
EH10 7EA



Yep, it’s time to have that chat with yourself and perhaps feel a tad guilty for having one of those ‘single cup pod’ machines. Why? Until we read this article we had no idea that if you lined up all the pods used in 2013 alone they would wrap around the equator TEN TIMES*.

*takes sharp inward breath and orders a V60 pronto* (that’s a dripper to you).

Here’s how we can all be a bit more eco-friendly when it comes to a good brew.

How to Make More Eco-Friendly Coffee

How to Make More Eco-Friendly Coffee
Infographic by CustomMade

We’d like to thank our friends at Custom Made who sent the info over to Monkfish Towers for us to publish. You can read the article in full by clicking here or on the link above. Loving the infograph, we have actually got a V60 at the Towers already but we’ll be making a dash to our local roastery tomorrow to stock up on the quality stuff. Watch out Mr Eion, we’ll see you on Friday.

Note to self….buy in bulk.