D’Arcy Thompson Pub & Dining Room, Dundee

I love taxidermy. My bus used to drive past the Get Stuffed shop in Islington every day and I’d love looking inside, perplexed at the time as to what kind of shop would have a window stuffed with rigid creatures.  So when I read about Darcy Thompson, Dundee’s new pub and dining room with an interior using taxidermy and the secret Zoology Museum of the same name, I was there.

The D’Arcy Thompson Pub & Dining Room was very inviting on a late Friday afternoon. The simple palette of polished wood, exposed copper piping and original feature windows are a perfect backdrop to the “taxidermy” inspired details jotted around the space.  Serving lunch and dinner and a superb cocktail list this is going to be a firm favourite.  For a special group occasion I’d recommend booking the round dining table in the snug.

I think I liked the pub even more for being so clever to take its inspiration from The D’Arcy Thomson Museum of Zoology.

What a nice afternoon that would be, to visit this “secret” museum”  with its collection of curiosities and then follow it up with a late lunch just a hop and skip away.

Named after the University of Dundee’s first Professor of Biology, D’Arcy Thomson, it houses the collection of specimens he collected from all over the world. The  gorilla, elephant and crab spider skeletons are impressive and kids will love it, but its the tiny beautifully curated displays of taxidermy that stole my heart.

The D’Arcy Thompson Museum of Zoology will be open every Friday during the Summer Holidays.  keep tabs on talks and events at http://www.facebook.com/darcy.thompson.754

The D’Arcy Thompson Pub & Dining Room, 21 Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EU Tel: 01382 322 694  Open 11.30 to midnight daily for lunch, dinner, coffee, drinks. Twitter: @thedarcythompson



Steak Barn St Andrews

Stumbled upon this outdoor pop-up restaurant, The Steak Barn at Balgove Larder, just as you approach St Andrews.

Only open over the Summer on a Thurs- Sun so worth a visit before it pops-down. Serves up steaks, burgers, sausages all from the farm, cooked on an open grill. Lots of delicious sides too, chips, corn on the cob, portobello mushrooms AND the best puddings. Salivating just thinking about it….. no need to book. Open from 12-8ish. Tel: 01334 898145 or twitter @Balgove

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Bistro BBQ at Balgove Larder, St Andrews

The Grand Grill cooking up sizzling steaks, burgers and sausages from the farm

The Steak Barn – structure built up from massive wooden crates

Steak Barn – atmospheric outdoor restaurant

Jessie’s Kitchen – a new cafe for Broughty Ferry

Near Broughty Ferry, by Dundee and looking for a 10/10 place to have a spot of lunch, afternoon tea, breakfast or brunch ? check out this gorgeous place Jessie’s Kitchen.
Jessie’s Kitchen belongs to Turriffs, a family owned garden centre and nursery thats been on the same site for over 50 years , and it sits in truly picturesque surroundings looking over the River Tay. The team behind Jessie’s have made every effort to ensure it has all the quality touches we ve come to expect from a good cafe.  The menu is filled with  healthy and delicious choices,  the homemade cakes ( housed under pretty glass domes ) are a good selection of classics and new temptations, baked by local cake maker Mary-Ann.  And the chef is Nick of Dundee Rep restaurant fame.
For lunch I tried the homemade broccoli soup with a fresher than fresh roast chicken sandwich with rosemary mayonnaise and healthy salad for £5, followed by a slice of rhubarb loaf.  (this was at the same time l as I ogled the high tea which came served on vintage tiered cake stands.) The Victorian style dining rooms (there are 3) are large and airy and offer sparkling blue  views  of the river tay. For families there is a room, with a toy cupboard for the children, and the baby changing facilities were really nice (I checked). Even on a busy Saturday afternoon the service was really welcoming and efficient and we left feeling looked after, with plans to be back.
There s also a  farmshop with local veg, fruit and flowers.
Its open 7 days and for breakfast (the breakfast menu looked great!) and
they run a blog called jessie’skitchen.blogspot.com
3 Albert Road, Broughty Ferry (about 8 min walk from centre of the Ferry) DD5 1AY Tel: 01382 77488

A Jessie’s Kitchen Welcome

I look forward to making Jessie’s Kitchen a home from home.