March….another very busy month in the world of eating and drinking in Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond! We’re over halfway through the month, so much has happened already so we’re including a tiny bit of what you might have missed but a lot more of what you won’t miss. Boom.

This, is priceless….and we guarantee you’ll watch it to the end….

Slow food BIG TABLE suppers Mrs M attended the most recent Slow Food BIG TABLE supper at Cafe St Honore which was pretty yummy.  Chef Neil Forbes served up Grierson Organic brisket of beef and we learnt a lot about soil from the lovely Sascha Grierson. You can find details of future slow food events HERE.
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-  Where have Cult Espresso been all our lives? We’ve just found our new favourite coffee spot on the Southside of town. Serving Roundhill Roastery and guest espressos make it the next thing on your TO DO list.

- A couple of new supper clubs have sprung up in town – Buck & Birch and Haymarket Supper Club- we’ve updated our Supper Club directory to include further details. The ‘supper club scene’ continues to grow which is fab news for Edinburgh.

- Mrs M has ‘gone live’ on STV this week with a cheeky wee appearance in an advert for Fish is the Dish! Blink, you might miss her….and tbh we don’t really recognise her, the hair and slap must have taken quite some time….

- Mandolins - Yes, they are a useful bit of kit and we love them but crikey, ours has gone to the back of the cupboard after Mrs M had a ‘wee’ accident using ours whilst prepping for The BIG Dinner. Ten days later and the feeling in her fingertip has just come back. Be warned!

- Our BIG Dinner took place on Saturday 7th March, it was great fun despite the ‘incident’ mentioned above…. Currently funds raised stand at £24,000! Amazing! Not all dinners have been held yet so there is more to come. Huge congrats to Olivia and team for a job well done.

- WineTubeMap events just announced! Yay, we love the WineTubeMap and they’ve just announced a couple of new wine tasting events in April and May. Find out more over at

- Joy The Baker – well, she’s just got it all hasn’t she? We are regular readers of her blog, listeners of her podcast and viewers of her video channel. She can do no wrong. She is THE package. Totes recommend you go check her out.

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- We’ve STILL NOT BEEN but Century General Store, Marchmont, we are coming to get you.

- BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe moves to a new time this week – tune in on Thursday’s at 1:30pm. Diary note!

- Finally, stuck for an Easter gift? Bored of chocolate? Get one of these, go on, you know you want one. Space egg!
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Secret Herb Garden full moon suppers


The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat….And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Want to do something completely different? How about dinner in a glasshouse under the light of the full moon in a very secret place, well, maybe not so secret if four thousand ‘likes’ on Facebook are anything to go by….

We feel that this is a very special place and think you will too. The Secret Herb Garden is to the south west of Edinburgh and has been brought to life by Hamish and Liberty Martin and is somewhere people can ‘open the door to the magic of herbs’. The seeds for the Secret Herb Garden were first sown in 2011 when Hamish decided to pursue a radical career change from wine to herbs and in the last 12 months it has become a frequent go-to spot for us for tea and cake and a potter about. We even visited on Christmas Eve in the eye of a snow storm and had coffee in a cosy seat by the stove. We really love it.

During the course of this year when the full moon appears you can enjoy dinner in the glasshouse amongst like minded people who love herbs, love experiential dining and enjoy great food and wine. Hamish who has over 20 years experience in the wine trade will introduce matching wines to your dinner and will be introducing the herb garden’s own wine which we’ve heard will NOT give you a hangover…..result.

We’ll be dining at the Secret Herb Garden on Monday 4th May should you care to join us!

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To book your table, please contact us : or call 0776 853 0044

Future dates are….
Saturday, 4 April 2015
Monday, 4 May 2015
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Friday, 31 July 2015
Saturday, 29 August 2015
Monday, 28 September 2015
Tuesday, 27 October 2015

£55/person : 4 course meal.
£75/person : 4 course meal and drinks.

All photos thanks to :
Jacek Hubner

Photographer & Filmmaker

And for all you ‘Owl and the Pussy Cat’ fans click below for the full rendition….

secret herb garden full moon suppersOwl created by Adriano Emerick from the Noun Project


WINE TASTING, wine tastings in  Edinburgh

Wine Tasting, Edinburgh

Bored of ‘normal’ wine tasting events? Then we have hopefully come to your rescue! Tickets please!

Thirsty?? Is it Thursday yet? It’s always just a few more sleeps until the weekend and if you’re thirsty by Thursdays…we usually are (!!)..then what better way to start your weekend than at a wine tasting event run by one of our chums, the lovely

If you’re not familiar with the WineTubeMap then head on over to to see what all the fuss is about. Imagine the London tube map, picture it in your mind, replace all the stations with wines – types of grape, styles of wine, geographical regions – now you’re talking. Take your very own journey along the lines and see where you end up.

So, starting in April at Summerhall, Edinburgh, you can drink your way along the Red Central Line. That’s Beaujolais, Languedoc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rioja, Chianti (yes, we all remember THAT moment in Silence of the Lambs…) and more.

Expect the unexpected, expect more than just a wine tasting, be wowed with smells, tastes and sounds….Fun with a capital F!  Engaging, informal, entertaining, you will find out where you are on the map already ‘#YOUAREHERE’ and whether you want to move to the next station or are happy where you are. We are pretty sure you’ll find a new wine you never thought you would try, we have travelled along the Red Central Line a lot at the Towers and are huge fans of the WineTubeMap full stop in particular the Aromatic Line with Albarino and Viognier being our stand out favourites at the mo.

wine tasting, wine tastings in EdinburghUse the hashtags #youarehere on the night and find out what your fellow travellers are enjoying on their winetubemap journey.

If you can’t make April’s wine tasting, fear not. Join the WineTubeMap the following month for the Fizz Line, find tickets for all events here.

There will be a Thirsty Thursday wine tasting event on the first Thursday of every month so keep in touch with WineTubeMap on social media to find out what’s going on. If you miss a tasting then look out for the #WineGPS service on twitter throughout the month. Anything and everything you wanted to know about wine will be answered by the trusty Miss WineTubeMap herself, Nikki.

All aboard! the easy way to navigate wine wherever you are.


Buy Nikki’s book, The Pocket Guide to Wine, OUT NOW!



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The scratch series pop ups!

Pop ups? Scratch Series?? If you don’t know what we’re talking about then chances are you’ve not been to The Scratch Series yet….don’t panic! There’s still time!! This is probably the BEST dining experience we’ve had in a long long time so we thought it only fair to share it with you, our dear Monkfish readers.

Where to start? Tricky one… seem appropriate, scroll down, get hungry, be very impressed, read a little more text then find links at the bottom to BOOK YOUR PLACE before The Scratch Series leaves sunny Edinburgh at the end of March.

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The Scratch Series is the brain child of these two gentlemen. AKA Ben Reade and David Crabtree-Logan who are taking over Iglu, Jamaica Street, Edinburgh until the end of March 2015. They have known each other for over 15 years and check out where they’ve worked….River Cottage, Nordic Food Lab, The Kitchin, Helen Brownings, Beast….there are plenty more…

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Yes, they’re as mad as they look…

Say Ben and David….’For four months, this omnivorous pop-up dining experience is offering food like nothing Edinburgh has seen before. The Scratch Series is founded on direct relationships with the growers, farmers, fishermen and foragers of our region- and our desire to weave the narrative of our lives through the dishes we cook and serve. We will bring you seven course suppers of refined, whimsical, thought-provoking- and above all, delicious food.  The menu will be a constantly evolving story, starting with the last of autumns bounty, preserved into the long, cold days of winter and emerging into the first green shoots of spring. We seek to surprise and delight you with a true feast.’

The pop ups have been running since the end of last year and if our visit is anything to go by you will not be disappointed. The level of cooking and innovation is seriously seriously good. We felt like we were party to a secret dinner, it’s a very intimate dining space, you get friendly with your neighbours and you eat the BEST food you’ll probably have eaten in Scotland (and beyond).

A true feast hosted by two grown men who make you laugh, fill your bellies, entertain you from front of house and the kitchen, feed you stories and leave you wanting more.

Apparently, that might be on the cards if their latest blog post is anything to go by. The Scratch Series may be coming to an end in it’s current locale but watch this space…..

So, pretty sure you’ll be wanting to book….if you’ve not clicked one of the links above then here’s what you need to know…

Supper is served at 7pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. It is a fixed menu costing 45 pounds for seven courses, with a generous bonus of teasers and treats. Seating is family-style, talking to strangers is encouraged.

Booking Inquiries:
07939 975 836

Upstairs at Iglu
2B Jamaica Street



Mast Brothers chocolate ANYONE??

Did that wake you up from your Monday afternoon slumber? OK, they might be hipsters, have ridiculous (?) beards and the outfits to go with it BUT they still make really great chocolate. And now you don’t have to travel all the way to Brooklyn in the U.S. of A to get your chocolate fix…for they’ve landed in the hipster capital of Blighty, that being Shoreditch, East London.

Quite predictable that they should set up in Shoreditch given the Mast Brothers hipster credentials but let’s face it, their customers are on the doorstep, probably know all about them already (from their hipster twitter feeds) so will part with their readies quite happily for a quality product.

Above all though, the Mast Brothers chocolate is really really GOOD!  The fact that they’re hipsters should be irrelevant, they’re a PR dream! Great look, great chocolate, cool packaging, fantastic photography, 41 thousand Instagram followers and an amazing Instagram feed to boot. Next time you’re in London you know where to go…..

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The Mast Brothers
19-29 Redchurch Street
Open daily 10-7

Photos thanks to The Mast Brothers chocolate