Nature’s larder

Spring is definitely in the air as hotels and restaurants get makeovers or new owners in time for Easter. Word reaches the Culinary Arts team that chef Gary Goldie has opened a restaurant at the recently refurbished Queens Hotel in Oban. Gary has already established a reputation for creating innovative, world-class food after 15 successful years as chef at the luxury Ardanaiseig hotel. Now he’s using experience gathered in the past year to focus on using wild, foraged ingredients in his dishes. He spent four months at In de Wulf, becoming a chef/forager under Kobe Desramaults, the youngest Belgian Chef to be awarded a Michelin star. His new restaurant will be known as garygoldie@thequeens

Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, Artmag favourite, La P’tite Folie in Frederick Street is under new management, leaving Virginie Brouard to focus her energies on the Tudor House site in Randolph Place. There La P’tite Folie thrives on its combination of French bistro classics above the comfortably urbane Le Di-Vin wine bar. Check out our exclusive reviews of La P’tite Folie and Le Di-Vin.

Also in the capital, the Point hotel in Bread Street officially becomes a DoubleTree by Hilton later this month. And a second Ibis was added recently to the Old Town’s collection of hotels. This one is in a recently completed building on the South Bridge, part of the massive redevelopment work done after the devasting Christmas-time fire in the Cowgate a decade ago. Great to see another gap site filled in. Meanwhile, one of the best-kent features of the Old Town has reopened after a swift makeover. Deacon Brodies, the popular pub at the corner of the Royal Mile and the Mound had its revamp last month.

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