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


Dundee rewards creativity !

2012 has been announced by the Scottish Government as the “Year of Creative Scotland” with a £6.5 million investment boost for creative culture. And acting as official host for the year  will be neighbouring St. Andrew’s.

So with “creative” being the buzz word for 2012, its encouraging to learn that Dundee Council has been putting its money where its mouth is with the annual “Craft Makers: Dundee Award” . This year the prize money of up to £1500 has been awarded to Nikki McWilliams Design, who has decided to use the money to display her homewares brand at trade show Top Drawer in January where she’ll be unveiling some new designs.

Dundee designer Nikki McWilliams who phoned her mum and put the kettle on when she heard she had been awarded the Dundee Craft Makers Award

Nikki’s designs have been popping up everywhere and I’m very taken with the nostalgic biscuit inspired home accessories. If Santa’s listening Im rather in love with the Bourbon cushions !

Tunnocks Teacake Cushion

Bourbon Biscuit Cushion

Nikki and her elves are working up to the last minute and will be taking orders up til midnight on Wed 21st December for guaranteed next day delivery.

Cup Of Tea Print

All of Nikki’s work is handmade from start to finish in Scotland, using locally sourced materials and resources, a design belief thats very important to her.

Buyers from places like John Lewis, Liberty, Anthropologie and will be scouring the Top Drawer trade show for new designs to fill up their shelves. Get in on the action and buy direct from Nikki while we still can.

28th August 2011 – Bunty and Bella’s Big Boutique Bash, Maggie Centre, Dundee

This looks very interesting indeed and I plan to go along on Sunday to experience whats on offer.

Everything about it spells a really lovely afternoon out –  a chance to see the amazing  Maggies Centre building designed by architecht Frank Gehry whilst oohing over a selection of beautiful, unique things created by 10 clever crafty types including the talented lovelypigeon and the organisers Bella and Bunty who Im keen to find out more about. Its a clever way of combining shopping and fundraising  and by all accounts lots of opportunities to drink tea and eat cakes (provided by Bibi’s bakery in St Andrews.)  Gather up some mums and friends and make it a date.

The Big Boutique Bash is on Sunday 28th August 2011 between 2 and 4 pm in the grounds of Maggie’s Centre at Ninewells Hospital, Tom McDonald Avenue, Dundee.