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WIN A TASTING MENU FOR FOUR At Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini NÖEL HOUSE PARTY Christmas with our favourite locals HOLIDAY FLAVOUR Cocktails and the newest restaurants



A very festive edition starring the cast of La Clique

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Issue 143 / December 2017



14 We Can’t Wait To… This month’s unmissable events 16 Win… A tasting menu for four at Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini 25 The Lifestyle Edit Local news in Edinburgh and Glasgow 96 Take to the Streets What gets you into the Christmas spirit 98 A Day In The Life Of… Debbie McKernan, Hamilton & Inches



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44 My Kind of Christmas Some of our favourite locals share what the festive period means to them 18 December Made Easy How to get the best from our fantastic Members’ Club deals 84 Book Of The Year Diaries for 2018


58 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Cliquemas Hot festive looks worn by the cast of La Clique Noël


74 Beauty Notes Latest products, treatments and reviews 79 Bob And Cloche Gleneagles Hotel’s new beauty lodge 80 Tried And Tested IV vitamin therapy


82 A Christmas Prelude What’s on in music, art and culture


68 In The Know Relax in style at these chic pubs with rooms


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88 The Place to Eat Our round up of the newest places to eat across Edinburgh and Glasgow




BEHIND THE SCENES Meet some of the crew who brought our festive fashion shoot to life

SUSIE LOWE, PHOTOGRAPHER The La Clique performers are just incredible. This shoot was fairly surreal – I don’t usually spend my Sunday mornings with giant blue bunnies, sword swallowers and acrobats. I learned that the human body is capable of things I hadn’t previously imagined were possible…! It was also great working with a brilliant crew of professionals who all worked really hard to bring the shoot together.;


JULIE MCGUIRE, HAIRSTYLIST Doing hair for film and stills shoots can be unpredictable – the way I deal with this is to always bring everything I have, because if I don’t you can guarantee I’ll need the one thing I didn’t bring! It keeps things interesting though, and fun. Good thing I’m flexible…;


MAIRI GORDON, MAKE-UP ARTIST There’s a big buzz around La Clique and all the Christmas activities in Edinburgh, so it was great to be a little part of that. I met some brilliant characters on this shoot; Scotty the Blue Bunny was so pleased with his makeup – and eyebrows in particular – that he took straight to Instagram. I’m glad I made him happy!; @mairi_gordonmakeupartist

Special thanks to: David Bates, Director & Producer; Michael Fraser, Stage Manager, and all at La Clique; Underbelly; MAC Cosmetics; Eylure; Bumble & Bumble; Magda Paduch at The Corner Shop PR; Mr James Tailors & Outfitters; Totty Rocks; Harvey Nichols






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So here we are with Christmas only a few sleeps away and Hogmanay just around the corner. 2017 has been a great year for i-on; we’ve worked with fabulous new brands, as well as our lovely existing friends; we launched our Members’ Club, bringing hundreds of readers together at events; had our inaugural Breakthrough Awards (look out for more from our winners in the coming year), and celebrated the births of five i-on babies (something in the water…). As we throw ourselves into party season, we’ve got a few things to help your celebrations go with a bang. Our very special fashion shoot (p58) showcases stunning evening wear guaranteed to make you the belle of the ball, modeled by none other than the cast of La Clique Noel. Shot on a very cold Sunday in November, the performers did us proud, as did the crew. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to have a catch-up dinner with friends, our guide to the latest places to eat will help (p88) – with pretty tasty cocktails in there too. And when it’s time to call a cab, we want to make sure you get home safe so download the Gett taxi app on your phone and enter the code ION to get £15 worth of credit. Gett black cabs are driven by thoroughly vetted, licensed drivers, so you’ll be in good hands as well as better off. Still got shopping to do? Check out the Grassmarket (p22), our pick of the best diaries for 2018 (p84), or give the gift of membership




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to our Members’ Club (a limited number are available for £19.99 at If all the turkey and sprouts aren’t enough for you, this month’s competition could win you a tasting menu for four at Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini (p16). Massive congratulations to last months’ competition winner Gillian McCandish, who’ll be sporting a stunning Hamilton & Inches diamond necklace on Christmas Day. Wishing all our readers a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. See you on the other side.



Published by Treacle Productions Ltd, Suite 9, 2 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 6JA Tel: +44 (0)131 555 4126, Email,, Directors Laura Cully, Jo Morris, Creative Director Paul Dickson, Editor Nicky Howden, Contributing Editor Carine Seitz, Editorial Intern Charlotte Hulme, Holly Tracey Digital Content Executive Lucy Cruickshank, Account Director Amy Falconer, Finance Manager Michelle Clancy, Business Development Manager Amanda Southey, Head of Photography Susie Lowe, Contributors David Pollock, Jess Shurte, Cat Thomson, All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. All prices correct at time of going to press but are subject to change. i-on magazine cannot be responsible for unsolicited material. The views and opinions by contributors in this magazine may not represent the views of the publishers. i-on magazine takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisements in this publication. i-on is a trademark of Treacle Productions. ©Treacle Productions Ltd 2017.

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WE CAN’T WAIT TO… The i-on team shares their must-dos this month


...take in a spectacle “You’d be forgiven for thinking that when night falls, the action ceases at Edinburgh Zoo. Wrong. For 50 nights from 01 December the zoo will be illuminated by over 450 giant silk lanterns handmade by specialist craftsmen from Sichuan Province, China, in the Giant Lanterns of China Festival. I’ll certainly be paying a visit after hours.” Paul Dickson, Creative Director

2 …plan in pizza and Prosecco “There’s a new pop up festival making its way around the country and tickets for 2018 are already selling fast. The Pizza & Prosecco festival (no brainer) arrives in Edinburgh on 24 February at Mansfield Traquair and, as well as the obvious, there will be live music and revelry aplenty. A ticket gets you a welcome glass of fizz and a festival guide to take you through the brands and traders on offer. I’m all over it.” Tickets on sale now from £14.99 plus booking fee, from Amy Falconer, Account Director


3 …get my cabaret on “The infamous Club Noir is bowing out for good after 13 years with one final blow-out event on New Year’s Eve at the O2 ABC Glasgow. The world’s biggest and longest-running burlesque club has been a truly immersive experience and, although I’m sad to see it go, I can’t wait for this party-to-end-all-parties. What a way to wave goodbye to 2017.” Tickets £22, Charlotte Hulme, Editorial Intern


4 …light a candle “The rest of the team will tell you how much I like my creature comforts, not to mention a spot of shopping, so the festive season really is my happy place. I’ve treated myself to a Jo Loves Christmas candle in their Log Fires fragrance to fill my home with the scent of smooth, smoky wood and roaring fire. If I half close my eyes and sit close to the radiator, it could well be the real thing.” Amanda Southey, Business Development Manager

5 …enjoy a Christmas classic “What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than taking in a festive film (mince pie optional)! The team behind Rogue Village are teaming up with The Biscuit Factory to offer exactly that – they’re transforming the venue into a winter wonderland and screening Christmas favourites from The Snowman to Die Hard. I’m booked up for Home Alone – Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal!” Carine Seitz, Contributing Editor

Going Up DIRTY DANCING Celebrating 30 years since the film’s release, a special limited vinyl edition of the original soundtrack has a POP UP OF THE LIFT in the gatefold. No turntable? Who cares?! DISCO DRINKS Taking festive frivolity to the next level this party season, ASK Italian is serving up cocktails in mini disco balls. Guaranteed Instagram opportunity, we’ll toast to that. CHOCOLATE More specifically, Reese’s Peanut Butter Snowman. This little guy is 141g of peanut butter-filled chocolate and we’ve already eaten a lot of them. Team i-on is definitely Team Reese’s.

Barometer Going Down MERMAIDS The next fitness craze apparently. Mermaids Scotland has just opened in Glasgow, but classes sold out quickly in 2017. Better luck in the new year, eh? AGEISM Primark’s A/W17 ‘My Generation’ campaign features beautiful 89-yearold model Daphne, proving style is for everyone and PVC pants can be worn at any age. JOMO From your work Christmas drinks, long overdue catch ups, visits to Santa and Hogmanay bashes, it feels like December is one long party – not that we’re complaining.





f ever there was a good reason to feast like a king then a new restaurant opening will always do it for us. In fact, we were so pleased to hear about the recent opening of Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, that we’ve teamed up with the lovely new restaurant to offer one lucky i-on reader the chance to win a tasting menu with matching wines for them and three guests of choice. Tipped to be up there with the best of them, it’s the first restaurant for the renowned chef – previously known as chef director at Martin Wishart’s The Honours brasserie – and the food focuses on his signature blend of French cuisine and the finest Scottish ingredients, from up to 40-day hung Aberdeen Angus beef to Lindisfarne oysters and French rabbit.

The drinks list is equally as good as the food with an expertly curated wine menu including classic wines of the world and emerging greats, an imaginative selection of craft and artisan beers and cocktails served classic or with a twist. For further information about Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini visit or facebook. com/BistroDeluxePT THE PRIZE: i-on has teamed up with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts to offer a five-course tasting menu for four, with matching wines, at the new Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini, Edinburgh.

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Planning for Christmas is much easier this year. As always, I’ll be searching for the perfect gifts, and just maybe spoiling myself in the process. But I’ll also be maxing out on the i-on Members’ Club offers and benefits to help me along the way. Here’s how I plan to use it.


his is what my perfect week looks like preparing for the party season: I’d start with a full body exfoliation at One Spa followed by a manicure at Now, saving 20%. I book a facial the following day at Sleeping Beauty salon and a free back neck and shoulder massage is thrown in, just because I’m an i-on member. Result! Finally, the piece de resistance on the day of the first party (the i-on Christmas lunch), a cheeky free wash and blow dry at Cheynes. Oh, and a free glass of Prosecco too from the superfriendly team. I’d also be sure to leave time aside for a day at the shops – not gift buying yet, but a new


outfit at Christmas just feels right doesn’t it? So imagine my excitement when I see the new offer at Epitome? 20% off for members plus a glass of fizz to go with my very own personal stylist; they had me at hello. Since I’m in the neighbourhood, kind of, I’m going to upstyle my sneaks to some seriously on trend trainers at Xile. A pair of the most desirable Adidas will be my gift to self, whilst saving an irresistible 15%. Holland Cooper, the latest addition to Multrees Walk, promises to update the ‘sexy but classic’ section in my wardrobe. It’s not a huge section to be honest but with 20% off I’m going to work on that, starting with

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a gilet to die for. And I’ll pay a visit to the guys at 21st Century Kilts. This time it’s for the man in my life who’s desperate for a kilt (or bagpipe costume as he calls it). Well, he is only four but we have some lovely family events coming up so a cool kilt from Howie will be perfect.


I like eating and I like drinking at any time of the year, but add in some twinkly lights and I’m sold. This month, I will definitely be hanging out at the super-chilled hidden gem that is Dine cocktail bar, saving £20 as I sip on their delicious Champagne for just £30 per bottle. I might even indulge in one of the exclusive member cocktails for just £5. Another hidden gem is the Epicurean at the G&V, the Royal Mile’s swankiest hotel; chic, neon and with 20% off all their drinks and snacks, it could be a long night. Dinner choices abound with a full 20% off at the latest additions to the club, Urban Angel, Leftfield, Stockbridge Restaurant, Tuk Tuk and Malmaison. In fact, it’s going to take longer than the party season to sample all of them so good job the offers run well into 2018. One that I shall be indulging in over Christmas, however, is dinner at Rabble for me and a group of pals. Thanks to my membership, I’ll be the most popular person in the room as they all receive a free glass of Prosecco with dinner.

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AND FINALLY Since launching a few months ago, i-on members have received free tickets to more than 10 events, and priority booking to some of the hottest tickets in town including The Ivy Launch party and the Taittinger Fizz Masterclass plus much more… For a limited time, you can join for just £19.99 and save £10.



Black Friday who? Members get discounts all year long and I will be trying to minimise credit card destruction with the following present ideas. The most amazing cocoa rich, handcrafted delicacies in the whole world make ideal stocking fillers or small gifts and with 20% off at Coco, nobody will be disappointed. Cupcakes are my gift of choice when you’re meeting up or need to secret Santa a colleague. You look thoughtful and kind presenting a box of beautiful cakes, and then the double whammy, you help eat them. 35% off gloves and socks at Belinda Robertson ticks my dad off my list whilst 20% off at Links of London means my partner will be pleasantly surprised this year (even though she has her eyes on the entire shop. Gulp.) And finally I can think of at least 10 people who would fist pump in delight with a bottle of Peatreekers whisky on Christmas morning… and with £5 off each bottle I’ll be happy to oblige.


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New for 2017, I’m putting a little joy into that lull between Christmas and New Year by hosting a house party for my favourite people. All I need is Christmas tunes, decorations and of course copious volumes of food and drink. Party food is my favourite. Little delicacies temptingly piled on a plate. Making said delicacies is less of joy however so I’m getting help from the experts. Appetite Direct, Edinburgh’s best caterer will do all the hard work for me and offer 20% off food and drink to boot. I’m also upgrading my Prosecco with the splendid deal from Vino wines; 20% off a case plus 10% off all beer and wine. They’ll even deliver it to my door. Happy Christmas everyone x





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Christmas for mum is in the bag at Hawico. Always a winner with its classic and gorgeous luxury cashmere made in Scotland.

My dad is nuts about all things sci-fi so I find a treasure trove of niche scifi classics at TransReal Fiction – daughter points for me.

A spot of late night shopping and instead of blitzing the present list, I max out on a long session of rummaging in WA Armstrong. It’s vintage at its best and a favourite haunt for the weird and wonderful.

Forget the gimmicks; we take knitwear seriously in our household and traditional Scottish numbers made by the family at Bill Baber are right up our street. A whole new meaning to Christmas jumpers.


4 5 An old school satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company will suit my sister. I might even throw in a couple of accessories if she’s really nice.


In a bid to master winter style, it’s a treat for me with a stop at Fabhatrix for a new winter hat. They make it exactly as I want it in the store’s basement studio. I also throw in a gorgeous scarf from family run business Calzeat just to finish the look.



Searching for something different to wear on Christmas Day and I find it in Godiva. Now I’ve got a cute little number with a vintage twist, made by an independent designer.


7 Purple Glamour is a one stop shop for exquisite and unusual jewellery, home decor and gift ideas – how fortunate are the handful of friends who make it onto my gift list, I’ve got lots of treats for them.

As a big fan of the made-to-measure tweed clothing at Walker Slater, the independent store on Victoria Street is always on my radar. This time I find the perfect tweed jacket in the ready to wear collection.

In a bid to not be outdone as the joker in the family I stock up on an array of games, jokes and magic tricks at Aha Ha Ha Jokes.




Christmas isn’t Christmas without a sumptuous cheeseboard so after spending time with the cheese experts at IJ Mellis I’m ready to relax by the fire with lots of cheese and a glass of wine.

Merry Christmas! And a peaceful 2018 from the Greater Grassmarket area. Come visit throughout December for late night shopping and free events at the weekend.


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EDINBURGH STARRY, STARRY NIGHT If you’re heading down to East Lothian, you should make a point of visiting the first ever Winter Barn at Archerfield Walled Garden. They’ve teamed up with Rogue Village to give us the gift of fairy lights, firepits, mulled Thistly Cross cider and hot chocolate in the pretty outdoor courtyard, from 14 December – 06 January. It’s the ideal venue for the kids to play outdoors while the big kids get into the joys of Christmas too. Open from 3pm – 8.30pm weekdays and from noon at weekends. Free entry.

i-on loves… A bit of personalisation, and right now we can’t get enough of the jewellery by Rachel Jackson London. Designed in Britain, all jewellery is sterling silver or 22 carat gold plated sterling silver and the This Is Me collection (pictured) has been seen on celebs including Nicole Scherzinger and Katy Perry. The gorgeous art deco initial pendants cost £40 for silver and £45 in gold. The collection also features hoop earrings from £17.50. A great value way to spell out who you are. Buy them exclusively in Edinburgh while stocks last at ALC, 61 Thistle St, EH2 1DY, Tel: 0131 226 2317,

HAVING A 007 MOMENT If there’s one skill you should possess in life, it’s the art of mixing the perfect Martini. The guys down at Dine certainly think so which is why they’ve created a twohour masterclass, £30, teaching just that. Guests learn the history behind the iconic drink, enjoy five different cocktails with perfect garnish, and take a turn behind the bar to prepare their own signature Martini. The Martini Experience is available from Monday to Saturday over three sessions: 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, and 4pm-6pm. For more info, visit




Holland Cooper Launch Joining the elite line-up of stores on Multrees Walk, Holland Cooper, the home of luxury British made fur and tweed clothing, held a packed-out launch party with i-on readers as guests. Gin and fizz flowed in celebration and one guest was the lucky winner of a Holland Cooper tweed cape worth ÂŁ399.



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PANDORA Even the charms at Pandora have gone all festive for Christmas and we love them. Cute and dinky gifts to add to your Pandora bracelet or necklace. £25 at Pandora.

JO JO MAMAN BÉBÉ IF you vowed never to dress your little one up at Christmas, this reindeer baby dungaree set, £23, is adorable enough to change your mind. Available in soft velour for extra snuggly comfort, you’ll find them at JoJo Maman Bébé on Multrees Walk.

MULBERRY Inspired by traditional British equestrian styling, the Amberley satchel, £1,050, features a geometrical Rider’s Lock closure in brass hardware, reinterpreting the centre of Mulberry’s iconic Postman’s Lock. It can be worn over the shoulder or across body and is luxuriously finished with a suede lining.

HOLLAND COOPER Luxury British fashion brand Holland Cooper has opened its first Scottish store on Multrees Walk, introducing shoppers to a haven of superior Scottish woven tweeds and wools, and the finest suedes and leathers. David Beckham, Amanda Holden and the cast of Made in Chelsea are all fans of the tailored clothing. You will be too.

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Down a lane, off the main drag in Stockbridge, Galerie Mirages looks as good as it ever did 30 years on from opening. The store was born out of owner Sheila’s travels throughout Asia, particularly India, and, to this day, it’s still the go-to place in town for all kinds of beautiful ethnic jewellery and hand-embroidered textiles.

A CRACKING SHOW See Scottish Ballet perform the most beloved of all festive classics, The Nutcracker, when it kicks off its UK tour at Festival Theatre from 09 to 30 December. Renowned for its sumptuous costumes, striking chocolate box set and snowflakes galore, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score is performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.

GET CRAFTY… The Summerhall Christmas Market is back on 10 December, 11am - 5pm, featuring over 70 local vendors from Edinburgh’s independent artisan community and a plethora of unique, handmade gifts to shop. We’ll be putting our creative skills to the test at the wreath-making workshop, £22, and hopefully coming away with something impressive. Entry to Summerhall £2, under 16s go free,



THE FAMILY LAW TEAM AT BRODIES Because there’s more to family law than divorce


rodies’ family law team has many of the most highly-talented and wellregarded lawyers in Scotland. But don’t just take our word for it; the main independent legal directories place us in the top tier of family law teams in Scotland, and rank many of our members as top tier family lawyers. Scott Cochrane and Richard Smith work in our Edinburgh office. Scott is described as “very experienced” and “very straight and direct with clients” (Chambers UK 2016). Richard enjoys a “fantastic reputation” and “…is somebody who will cut through the issues and get the results in the most pragmatic way he can" (Chambers UK 2017). In Edinburgh our team also includes three excellent Associates: Jennifer Wilkie, Leonie Burke and Nicola Kerr who, along with Scott and Richard, are all accredited specialists in family law. Lisa Girdwood from our Glasgow office is a “talented collaborative lawyer and tenacious litigator” (Chambers UK 2016). Lisa is equally well supported by Associates Kirsty McGuinness and Zoe Wray. We act for clients across the social spectrum from teachers to wealthy business people and from nurses to people in the public eye. We offer specialist advice of the highest

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Talking about women’s health We celebrated in style last month at the launch of the women’s health department at Edinburgh’s award-winning Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre. Guests enjoyed Prosecco, canapes and an insightful chat by Dr Rosy Fazzi, MBChB, MRCGP, who is heading up the new department. The women’s department is the first of its kind in the city and focuses on hormonal, physiological and psychological factors, to aid overall wellbeing. And with age being just a number, she discussed the centre’s ethos of wearing your years with pride. Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre, 53 Dundas St, EH3 6RS. Tel: 0131 467 1450,


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Where do you go for a quick escape? Drawing cartoons isn’t very stressful so I don’t often have much to escape from but I do like to go for a brooding wander down the beach at Portobello and pretend I’m a troubled artist.

Edinburgh The New Yorker cartoonist on Friday night revellers, artisanal Stockbridge, and Portobello beach

How did you come to live in Edinburgh? I have a ridiculous job that allows me to live pretty much wherever I like, and I like Edinburgh. I’ve been living here for about a year. Luckily it’s a fascinatingly beautiful place and I’ve found a treasure trove of creative inspiration here. I live in the east end of the city centre. It’s great being in amongst the hustle and bustle but I’ve also got the open expanses of Arthur’s Seat close by if I get sick of telling American people where the JK Rowling café is.

How long have you been a cartoonist? I’ve drawn as long as I’ve known about pencils. Which isn’t that long if you look at the grand scheme of the universe but if you look at a clock instead, then it’s ages.

Edinburgh’s best bits

Describe a typical day: My days are mostly spent staring at a blank piece of paper and waiting for my sense of humour to show up, moonwalking onto the page. Most of my stuff is for The New Yorker magazine, and I’m also currently writing for an animated sitcom. Sum up Edinburgh in three words: Inspiring, secretive, joyful.

Where’s your favourite place to hang out? The very top of the Scott Monument. I also really like Stockbridge. I’d happily buy a pound of heroin if Stockbridge told me it was artisanal. Best and worst things about the city? Best thing: The history. Worst thing: The drunk guy who sings You’ll Never Walk Alone outside my window every Friday night. What’s the city’s best kept secret? The really posh people have beautiful gated gardens that you’re not allowed in. But if you sneak in and then grovel in a simple Lancashire accent, they let you off.

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FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD Restoration Yard at Dalkeith Country Park puts the joy into Christmas shopping


ust five miles outside Edinburgh but a million times removed from the hustle and bustle of the city centre streets, Restoration Yard within the stunning grounds of Dalkeith Country Park is a festive haven waiting to be discovered. Inside, there’s a great selection of jewellery, fashion, homeware, beauty, books, food and things that the kids will love. It’s a gorgeous space to mull around and enjoy the moment but what we like most is that the products are either designed and manufactured by Restoration Yard, or carefully selected from quality suppliers. You’re likely to find truly thoughtful and original gifts for all the family that are difficult to source anywhere else. Better still, in December you’ll be able to lose yourself in a winter wonderland of stunning decorations that’ll make your home the best dressed this Christmas. You can even choose your tree, from a selection of 5ft, 6ft and 7ft pines. Fuel stops come in the form of cake and coffee at the artisan Food Hall’s Coffee Bar,


or Restoration Café offers a bright and airy space for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, created using the best local, seasonal produce by head chef, Kenny Sheekey and team. Until 24 December you can also try the festive menu; two courses for £20 or £25 for three, with its stand-out signature dessert – whisky-washed brie with apple chutney and sourdough crisps, featuring brie soaked in the clan whisky of the Park’s owner, The Duke of Buccleuch. Just another original idea to come from Restoration Yard. For more info visit www.restorationyard. com or check out the Park’s social media channels: Facebook @DalkeithCountryPark, Twitter @RestorationDCP, and Instagram @ Restorationyarddcp. Book the festive lunch at Restoration Café on weekdays between 01 and 24 December 2017 by calling 0131 322 2572 or emailing


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Still not feeling Christmassy? The Bruntsfield shopping evening on 06 December will get you in the spirit, when the owners of the shops and venues in one of our best-loved neighbourhoods come together for an evening of fun. The Christmas lights are switched on at 6pm, shops are open until 8pm, with seasonal drinks, nibbles, discounts and treats on offer while you shop, and if you want to make a night of it, new neighbourhood bar and restaurant Black Ivy has live music and a special two course menu for £12. If you’re more of the meandering type then you can hop, skip and jump between places for bite-sized samples - we’ve got our eyes on 181 Delicatessen and Artisan Cheesecakes… and the wine tasting at Oddbins, of course. Even the man in the red suit is making an appearance; Santa’s Grotto at McDougall McQueen solicitors is open from 5pm with all donations going towards Marie Curie. Ho, ho, ho!

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WARM UP ACT A spot of cocktail and cabaret seems like a nice end to a day of Christmas shopping to us. And A Christmas Cabaret at The Stand Comedy Club, on every Saturday in December, is on our radar for various reasons; 1. It’s an hour of the best in cabaret from 4.30pm. 2. It’s a great pit stop for a glass of mulled wine. 3. Tickets are a steal at £6.


Just when you thought the pop up food scene couldn’t get any better, along comes FIRESIDE, brought to you by The Pitt, pundits of all things street food, and Paradise Palms, purveyors of all things tropical and funky. They’ve pulled together to create a cosy winter retreat across four unused arches on East Market Street and its large front yard. Expect Christmas trees, real fires and curiosities alongside a varied entertainment program, great beer, mulled mixed drinks, street food from around the world and a full dose of festive spirit. FIRESIDE runs from noon until 1am, from 30 November – 06 January. Entry is free apart from a few ticketed events and a very special Hogmanay Bash. We’re tipping it as a hot spot for Christmas 2017.



GLASGOW NOW OPEN Scottish fans of super-cool Swedish fashion brand Monki will be delighted to learn that the label recently opened its first store in Scotland, in Buchanan Galleries. Hipsters will love the Scandi designs mixed with Asian street style. For more info, visit

TIMELESS BEAUTY Have you been to the new look Hutcheson’s yet? The Ingram Street restaurant has been revamped in the most sumptuous of ways and we’ve completely fallen in love with the opulent greens and cosy speakeasy vibes of the 158 Club Lounge, designed by awardwinning Mosaic Architecture and Design. 158 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EJ,

HOUSE ENVY The Cramond is the newest “wow” inducing, fivebedroomed property addition to Mactaggart and Mickel Homes. The luxe-design of the three-floor hillside detached villa in Newton Means comes with the guarantee of skyline views and, if that’s not enough, add a fitness room, balcony and games room. The property’s ideal placement allows for easy city and countryside access too – when do we move in?



Watch this Space If you’re in the market for a watch, LAING jewellers and luxury watch specialists is your place. The popup TAG Heuer shop in the Argyll Arcade showcases 200 models from the Aquaracer, Carrera and Monaco collections, along with Steve McQueen and Muhammad Ali collaborations.


Pie and Brew, in the basement of the Abode Hotel, is one of the city’s newest openings. The concept is simple - pies, beer and live music, and we’ve never met a Glaswegian who doesn’t appreciate the belly-busting comfort of a good pie. There’s some interesting choices on offer including haggis and black pudding, chicken, ham hough and leek. For the non-meat eaters, there’s mac and cheese, and vegetarian haggis and beetroot. If you can’t decide, the Pie Board, £12 for 3 mini versions, will be right up your street. Pie & Brew, 129 (basement) Bath St, G2 2SZ, Tel: 0141 221 6789,

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TA KE T HRE E The days of feasting your eyes on other people’s stateside food posts are over with some great new casual dining spots to add to your ever- expanding ‘places to eat in Glasgow’ list.


Taco Bell launched in 2012 and rocked the world with its Doritos Locos Taco, begging the question; is it better to have abs or enchiladas? Now, the Mexicaninspired restaurant is ready to stir up a storm with its first Scottish store opening on Sauchiehall Street in time for Christmas. Quesadillas, tacos and burritos in the city centre? Taco-bout exciting!


Contemporary impressionist Alexander Millar’s original artwork and limited edition prints are on display and available to buy in Princes Square, Glasgow until 22 December. See a range of new festive prints, some favourite gadgie characters and his popular industrial landscape scenes based on the cities of Glasgow, Newcastle and Birmingham. Perfectly timed for Christmas shopping.



Tim Hortons is such a hit with coffee loving Glaswegians that the iconic Canadian coffee shop has opened a second store to join the original on Argyle Street, this time in Silverburn. Famed for its Timbits – bite-sized doughnut balls – we are loving the Tim Hortons Timbit Tree as a sweet and dinky gift idea.


Denver-based burger brand Smashburger, whose name comes quite literally from smashing gourmet goodies on flat-top grills, has also opened on Sauchiehall Street and, with it, is introducing us to the Tagais, a ‘localsmash’ of flavours including haggis. A smash hit? We think so. (Read our mini review on page 38)


Christmas is on the horizon and Art on the Exchange is back with its festive market at the weekends until 23 December. Wander around Royal Exchange Square and discover original artwork, photography, handmade jewellery and ceramics from the local Glasgow art scene. Present buying has never been so good. More info at



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Glasgow Honey Pop Kisses blogger and Editorin-Chief for Fashion Fix Daily, Amanda Davies talks style, mental health and that signature pink hair

a routine. I’ll check my emails then log into Fashion Fix Daily and make sure everything is on track. I like to plan content for Honey Pop Kisses in advance so that when I’m travelling I can take a couple of days off. Saying that, when you work for yourself you never really get a day off.

Where in Glasgow is your favourite area? I love the west end for shopping, people watching and food. Nothing beats wandering through vintage shops on a sunny day and then taking a stroll through Kelvingrove Park. Is there anywhere you’d like to see more investment? Definitely in independent stores. It’s such a waste seeing units lie empty instead of reducing rent and letting some indie stores pop up in them.

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What’s next? I’m working on some really exciting content for Honey Pop Kisses at the moment that involves a lot of travel. Fashion Fix Daily has also just launched on Amazon’s Alexa, I’m so proud we’re the first digital fashion magazine available on the platform.

City’s best kept secret? The views from the top of The Lighthouse. Or the cakes from Potluck. You’re known as a bit of a Glasgow style queen. Do you feel any pressure from that? I don’t think so. For me, style has always been about self-expression. It doesn’t really matter what other people think as long as you love what you’re wearing. You’re so recognisable with your hair. When did you first do it? I dyed my hair pink years ago but it has been a lot of different colours. Pink is the one that I’ve felt most like myself with though. What’s a typical day for you? I work from home most of the time so I try and stick to


You also use your voice to highlight more sensitive topics such as men’s mental health issues and crueltyfree awareness. Why is it important for you? I feel it’s important to share and learn from our experiences collectively. That’s why I read blogs. To hear about people’s experiences and passions, and look at their amazing outfits, of course.

Drinks Boudoir Pizza Paesanos, Great Western Rd Posh nosh Stravaigin and Halloumi Cheap eats Chakoo Friday night out The Brunswick Sunday brunch Café Strange Brew;

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My kind of Christmas


Blue velvet leopard Haresfield snuggler armchair with pink piping, bespoke by Sofas &Stuff. Teapot, cups, plates and cake stand by Sara Miller London. All flowers by Hayford & Rhodes. Photos by Susie Lowe.

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Do you have a certain ‘style’ of decorating at Christmas? At Christmas I replace all the traditional red with pink, and add a whole load of sparkle. I’ve definitely done a good deal of editing over the last couple of years. There’s actually a box full of red baubles, knitted robins and nasty ‘crafted’ décor hidden at the back of the garage, but please don’t tell my kids. Or the Pink House Husband for that matter – he has tendencies towards the sentimental. Do you try to avoid Christmas traditions? Not completely - I’ve have a few old decorations I nicked from my parents’ tree when I left home, my favourite being a dark purple glass bell frosted with white glitter snow. I’ve also always had a soft spot for little German wooden decorations and candle holders with real candles on the tree. My mother is of German/Austrian descent so my childhood tree always looked really traditional. What are your favourite decorations now? This years’ Amara has an amazing selection, and I’m especially keen on their ‘Kitschmas’ trend, which takes confectionery to new levels – the ice cream cones and little glass jars of sweets are particular faves, and all look delicious against my sitting room’s newly painted Farrow & Ball Hague Blue walls. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas? I love Christmas as an excuse to buy a few home décor items that will look fabulous

long after the tree has come down, such as this Jonathan Adler blue malachite vase and Bella Freud Art candle. Also: flowers. I have a passion for fresh flowers and this year the fabulous florist Hayford & Rhodes has done an incredible job of decorating my house for Christmas. Its pink hypericum berries wreath against my pink front door is rather special too. Can you describe a typical Christmas day for you and your family? Awoken by the kids at the ungodly hour of 5am. They open stockings and eat all the chocolate within 10 minutes. Uncle iPad is ushered in to keep the kids happy till 9am. Grown-ups go back to bed. Breakfast/festival of chocolate begins, and continues until the kids’ clamour to open the presents under the tree reaches deafening levels. Open presents. Festival of chocolate resumes, soon joined by the festival of seasonal TV and then by the festival of Baileys, all of which continue until everyone has passed out on the sofa and the kids are free to play with Uncle iPad until well past their bedtimes. Merry Christmas!

ABOVE: Bella Freud Art candle, £45, Amara; Jonathan Adler malachite x vase, £148, Amara; LEFT: Kurt Adler mini candy jars tree decorations (set of 4), £40, Amara


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MARTIN WISHART, RESTAURATEUR AND MICHELIN-STAR CHEF “We’ve started building a gingerbread house every year with the kids. They absolutely love it. Last year we went really overboard with stained sugar glass windows. We’ve also been welcoming my Mexican niece (who’s currently studying in Switzerland), for the past three years and she’s brought her own little touches to the house too, so we believe this will become our own family tradition. I cook most Christmas lunches; Cécile and the girls help too, Jack, our four year old, likes to join in by mixing things. This year we’re planning on having venison or roe deer as the girls love it, and we also have smoked salmon, oysters, langoustines... And my mother’s Christmas steamed pudding – her family recipe from Shetland, passed down from several generations.”

Martin’s tips for Christmas dinner

To avoid dry turkey, use a syringe to inject some of the juices back into the meat whilst cooking. Shred sprouts and sautee with lardons, very small diced carrots and celeriac, then add chicken stock, reduce, and finish with cream.

MOLLY SHERIDAN, MAKE-UP ARTIST AND COFOUNDER OF REEK PERFUME “We’re not a very traditional family, but we’re non-traditional every year so you could say that is our Christmas family tradition. This year we’re going for Christmas cocktails at the Blythswood in Glasgow. The main Christmas meal for me is breakfast (I’m not a big fan of turkey although the trimmings aren’t so bad), while watching my mum and stepdad opening their presents. I absolutely love giving presents – I love making up bespoke hampers – and seeing family and pals. The best gifts I receive every year are homemade cards from my little brother and sister.”



LAURA MAIN, ACTRESS I’m playing Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical at the Edinburgh Playhouse over the festive period. Other than actually being in Aberdeen, I couldn’t be working closer to home so it’ll be lovely to get back there to see my family for Christmas. I’ve always spent Christmas with my mum and dad, and often my sisters and their families too. I’ve got friends in Edinburgh so while I’m here I’ll be round at their houses enjoying some home comforts. We’ll definitely tune in to Call The Midwife on Christmas Day, it’s a new Christmas tradition for us. And without fail we’ll watch The Snowman. There are always great musicals scheduled on TV but you can’t beat seeing something live. I’m very excited about performing at The Playhouse, it’s such a huge theatre. When I was younger, we used to travel from Aberdeen to see the big shows there. Musical theatre is what I grew up with, whether it was doing amateur dramatics and playing Annie, or visiting professional shows like The Sound of Music. My first job out of drama school was a musical version of Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Shakespeare Company and I’ve always kept my hand in. Shrek is such a fun show, I think it would be impossible not to have a great time doing it. I’ve never spent Hogmanay in Edinburgh before so this will be a great opportunity to take in the celebrations. My New Year’s resolution is to enjoy every moment, even if it will be exhausting at times: the new series of Call The Midwife airs in the new year, and I’m touring the country with Shrek until January 2019, while filming Call the Midwife again in the summer. I’ve always dreamt of being in a big musical and a TV period drama, so I feel very lucky to be doing both in 2018.


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DAN COOPER, HEAD OF BUYING FOR CHRISTMAS AT JOHN LEWIS “My typical Christmas Day has changed massively because I now have a very little niece that comes to visit. I’ve gone from having a sophisticated, adult Christmas Day to having a 5.30am wake up call, presents and wrapping paper everywhere, and being quite bleary eyed by 11 o’clock! But it’s a lot more fun now, it’s nice to see Christmas through a child’s eyes again.”

Dan’s tips for Christmas decor FLOWERS A traditional wreath is always nice on your front door, but they work really well indoors, especially with a contemporary twist – feathers look great. Or try fresh flowers; they don’t last as long but if you get them close to the big day they make a really stunning statement piece. DECORATIONS We have various themes at John Lewis, but my favourite is Into The Woods, inspired by Ireland, mossy forests and fairies. Green and gold are the colours on my tree this year. FRAGRANCE Scented candles are a great way to create atmosphere. I’m a big Cire Trudon fan, and I loved their rich and opulent limited edition fragrance called Melchoir. Their candles have the kind of scents you just want to dive into. TOAST I’ll be clinking glasses on Christmas Day with Edinburgh Gin’s Pomegranate & Rose Liqueur topped up with Prosecco. Cheers!



JENNIFER CHEYNE OBE, FOUNDER OF THE CHEYNES GROUP “We started having a Champagne breakfast with neighbours over 30 years ago and, although we’re all now living in different areas, we still keep up the tradition with the same friends. We’ve spent Christmas at our cottage in Gullane for the last seven years, where we invite lots of friends and family for dinner. Last year we had 14 people and were at the dinner table from 3pm until midnight, singing and playing games, so it was a very long and fun dinner.”

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WENDY LAING, CO-OWNER LAING THE JEWELLER Our Christmas is spent with family at our home in Ayrshire. We have two children, 13 and 11, so it’s a very special and exciting day for us. Traditionally the day starts with the opening of presents, then a mad clean-up and turn-around in order to get to the family Christmas Day service at church. This is followed by Champagne and nibbles at a family friend’s house nearby. We’ve kept this tradition since I was a child, and with expanding families on both sides the gathering has grown, but it’s one that still stands. My children always ask if we’re going to the Fergusons on Christmas Day, and when I say yes, they reply with choruses of ‘good!’.


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OCELOT’S MATT AND ISH, CHOCOLATIERS “Christmas is a special part of our relationship as it’s when we first met eight years ago. Our eyes locked at a Boxing Day party, and we had our first kiss behind the fridge door: you could say that food and drink was our focus from that first moment. By the following Christmas we were working as chefs together in a ski chalet in the French Alps. We cooked a five course Christmas dinner for 16 people – and the oven broke! Earlier this year we had a baby boy so this will be his first Christmas. We are really looking forward to making our own family traditions with our son.”



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EDITH BOWMAN, BROADCASTER “We didn’t have a traditional family Christmas when I was a kid because my parents ran the family hotel – we’d work on Christmas Day and have a big staff party in the afternoon once we’d all finished. Last year we were all in LA: my husband and the kids, my parents and my in-laws, and my sister in law and her boyfriend. We usually give everyone a course to cook, but it tends to be beef, turkey or chicken with all the trimmings. I’m looking forward to being in London this year.”



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Carrie Mitchell checks into the most famous pub on Fife’s stunning coast


erched right by the sand on Elie Bay, The Ship Inn is a bustling pub, as popular with the locals as it is with day-trippers to the East Neuk. And now, thanks to a particularly impressive revamp at the hands of new owners Graham and Rachel (who also run the award-winning Bridge Inn in Ratho), it’s a chic beachside retreat, perfect for anyone looking for a night by the sea to blow away the cobwebs. Best of all for me (a proud new puppy owner), it’s also very dog-friendly, welcoming our four-legged friends into the pub and the rooms. Reuben, our cockapoo, even gets his own goody-bag with gourmet treats to rival the hand-baked shortbread waiting for us in our cosy double to the rear of the building. There are six rooms altogether, each individually designed and boasting luxury furnishings, a subtle maritime theme, breathtaking views and exclusive extras ranging from complimentary Siabann bath products, Nespresso machines and teas from The Tea Lovers’ Company. It all feels much more ‘boutique hotel’ than ‘seaside B&B’ and the

quality continues over dinner in the upstairs restaurant, where we enjoy the finest local seafood and game paired with some of the best wines I’ve had the pleasure to taste. After dinner, we manage to grab a squashy sofa by the open fire in the pub where Reuben (literally) and we (figuratively) rub shoulders with the locals stopping off for a nightcap while out for their evening dog walk. Heading out ourselves for a breath of fresh air before bed, we might not be able to see the sea but the sound of it lapping the shore and the sight of a thousand stars in the night sky makes for a stunning end to our day by the sea. Of course, it’s not quite over yet - in true Scottish style, the best bit is the epic breakfast served the following morning - a full Scottish for him and Finnan Haddie for me. Just the thing to set us up for another bracing walk on the beach before heading back to the city.   Rooms from £90-£140 including breakfast. 




Emily Murray discovers urban cool in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside

As an interiors addict living in new-home chaos, my ideal weekend away involves staying somewhere indulgent and well-designed, with plenty of home décor ideas to steal. Just over an hour’s drive from London’s Heathrow, the small but perfectly-formed Artist Residence Oxfordshire is a veritable treasure trove of inspiration.   The 16th century inn is a chic country pub and restaurant complete with five picture-perfect bedrooms brimming with unique British artwork. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Justin and Charlie, the rustic-luxe hotel is one of a family created by the pair who also run


Artist Residences in Brighton, London and Cornwall (with another scheduled to open in Bristol next year).    The ‘Artist Residence’ name derives from the family B&B on the Brighton sea front, which Justin helped his mother renovate on a budget back in 2006. Taking advantage of his creative surroundings, he invited local artists to decorate the rooms in exchange for board. The idea was a hit: hundreds of artists responded; the hotel was transformed; and the Artist Residence concept was born.   As per the other Residences, the décor of this latest incarnation revolves around a glorious mash-up of





THREE CHIMNEYS: BREATH-TAKING RETREAT Situated on the Isle of Skye and voted UK Restaurant of the Year 2018 by The Good Food Guide, expect the freshest catches from land and sea, a stunning landscape of the Inner Hebrides, and five-star comfort in The House Over-by, next door. CHAMPANY INN: STAYING LOCAL The Champany Inn, in Linlithgow, is all about the beef experience, where your cut of choice is cooked to perfection on the charcoal grill. There’s also the award-winning Stilton and, after a blissful sleep in one of the French-inspired suite bedrooms, you can tuck into a proper Scottish breakfast. BUCCLEUCH ARMS: A CUT ABOVE The ‘field to fork’ ethos is abundant on the menu at Buccleuch Arms in the Scottish Borders. The bistro menu specialises in Aberdeen Angus steaks sourced locally and the steak pie made with local beer has got our name all over it.

British contemporary artists. Nestled in the old farmhouse, you’ll find an Andy Doig bespoke neon, a Harland Miller vintage Penguin book cover, and Lucy Sparrow’s felt groceries, among many other thought-provoking delights. And the stuff you can eat off, bathe in and walk on is at least equal to the art. The freestanding Catchpole & Rye copper bathtub in my room is a sculptural sensation (and ideal for a champagne-drinking session). The striped Bert & May encaustic tiles make a geometric joy of the shower room floor. And the lush House of Hackney floral wallpaper in the restaurant sets the scene for the home-grown gastronomic delights that await: local South Leigh lamb for dinner; pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for breakfast; and pea soup, saffron potatoes and sourdough for lunch.    But delicious as it was, for me the food is beside the point, because first and foremost Artist Residence Oxfordshire is a feast for the eyes.    Rooms from £130pp including breakfast,




“If you’re sad, add more lipstick” – Coco Chanel In a season that screams all things rouge, Lucia Pica has chosen a red-hot opportunity to introduce Chanel’s new collection, Libre Numéros Rouges. Red lipstick Rouge Allure, £30, is a take on Chanel’s classic red and sits at the helm of the glamour-oozing offering, alongside smoky eye palettes and nail polishes.

BEAUTYNOTES Must-try products and treatments

These brands made a name for themselves stateside. Now we’re able to enjoy them and their glorious benefits here in the UK. 1. When Los Angeles skincare range Skin Laundry introduced its 15-minute laser and light facial, it changed the definition of a deep cleanse as we know it. The facial, which vaporises dirt and bacteria from the skin, also tightens, brightens and smoothes, and the result has seen #justlaundered popping up across social media. The show-stopping facial isn’t available yet in the UK but the skincare range can be found at Harvey Nichols. 2. IT Cosmetics’ hero product Your Skin But Better CC Cream, £30, seems almost too good to be true. The little tube of awesomeness covers all bases. As well as creating a flawless complexion in one easy step, it has antiageing properties, a SPF of 50+ and moisturises skin too. 3. Popular US brand Glossier is shipped free to the UK when you spend over £25. The much-adored Balm Dotcom, £10, for lips and skin seals in moisture and doubles up as a cheekbone gloss. Or try i-on favourite Glossier You, a fragrance that works with your unique smell to create something just for you. Delicious.



Featuring Murray McRae, owner of award-winning barber shop Stag Barber Co. The reason I set up shop… To create a comfortable and happy place for men to get a high-quality haircut at an affordable price. My top tip for men’s hair… Keep it healthy. That means using the right shampoos instead of focusing on products to style your hair. My typical grooming regime is… I wash my hair with energising shampoo and then blow dry it. I use an antioxidant hydrator on my face and beard… and get regular haircuts, here of course. To help me relax… I practice Bikram yoga three times a week. The hairstyle I’m currently loving… A longer, more natural shape. My celebrity style icon is… Tom Ford. He’s timeless, classic and always looks the part.

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BOB AND CLOCHE Jo Morris checks into Gleneagles’ new beauty lodge


t should be said that one of my favourite things about going for a treatment is not the treatment itself. It’s that very first step that you take through the door that marks the end of rushing around life like a blue bottomed fly, and the beginning of me time. I can literally feel my shoulders drop as I hand myself over to someone to look after me for a few hours. Rather like that feeling I used to get as a kid in the backseat of the car when the engine stopped and all you feel is a quietness. Bob and Cloche gives me that. The former gate lodge at Gleneagles Hotel has been transformed into a beauty destination with a very firm nod to the hotel’s heritage of 1920s glamour. With various beauty rooms – including a nail bar, pedicure room, hairstyling room and treatment rooms – the feel is classic yet opulent with contemporary ivory leather chairs and stools, bespoke golden-framed mirrors, and a striking colour palette of dusty pink, pale green and black. The cherry on top is a relaxation area, with roaring fire and velvet sofas, and a dressing room, with velvet chaise lounges and vintage drinks trolley. It’s the perfect spot to come with a group of girlfriends.

As I’m led to a gorgeous bespoke sofa for my pedicure, I do a quick mental jiggle of my day ahead to see if I can maybe stay forever. Unfortunately, I can’t, not least because I have my four-year-old son in tow. Not the ideal start to a luxury pedicure you might think but despite the ‘why’ machine to my left, the treatment starts to do its job and I start to unwind. The therapist is brilliant- dare I say it- it was the best pedicure I’ve ever had. What makes me really love her, however, is that she offers to paint my son’s toenails as well. He is still very much in the zone of princess dresses mixed with superhero costumes so this is pretty much a highlight of his short life. He chooses one bright blue toe and one orange toe. At the end of his mini treatment he declares he wants to keep them like that forever. Which means I’ll need to head back to Bob and Cloche for the next 20 years. I can live with that.

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ENERGY INJECTION Leila Williams signs up for IV Vitamin Therapy, and gets a badly needed energy boost


first clocked the hype surrounding IV Vitamin Therapy on social media – a treatment in which a potent mix of essential vitamins and minerals, trace elements, anti-oxidants and amino acids is delivered straight into your bloodstream via an IV drip. These nutrients are essential for our bodies to function properly but our lifestyles mean we can struggle to produce enough. Whilst it can be argued that a healthy diet should cover all this, mass production and soil depletion means the quantity and quality of nutrients in our food can’t always meet our body’s demands. Increased stress and high toxin levels we’re exposed to due to pollution deplete our oxidant levels and can make us more susceptible to chronic diseases. Plus, the IV treatment gives you an energy boost like no other – and is even said to kick a hangover into touch. Fans are said to include Simon Cowell, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, so when I heard Clinic 13 had installed Scotland’s first IV Lounge, I was quick to sign up – if it’s good enough for RiRi… Booked for a consultation


followed by the treatment, I arrive at the impressive clinic (it feels more like a five star hotel) where I meet Dr Hala. She takes me through a number of lifestyle questions, explaining all aspects and the benefits of the treatment. I’m not a fan of needles so she offers to use a numbing cream before starting, but I figure I’m in safe hands with a doctor and I’m right – it’s painless. I settle into my own booth-complete-with-TV, where I pass a lovely 30 minutes drinking hot chocolate and relaxing. There’s no discomfort at all, the only thing I experience is an unusual taste in my mouth (which is common), but it goes when the IV is removed. I have a deep night’s sleep after the treatment and wake up refreshed and full of energy the following morning. A week later, I’m still feeling the benefits – I have more energy, my mood is improved and I feel great. IV Vitamin Therapy takes around 30 to 40 minutes and costs from £190. Clinic 13, 178 Bath St, G2 4HG, Tel: 0141 353 1668,


A CHRISTMAS PRELUDE David Pollock shines a light on what’s happening in the world of music, culture, art and clubs this festive period

MUSIC Just like those office Christmas party nights, seasonal gigging has gained a character of its own over the last few years; class acts playing homecoming shows to celebrate recent success, groups with a particular party focus getting out on the road to tour, and smaller local parties with a bit of character. In the former category, few Scots have had a bigger year than Castlemilk singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon (22 and 23 December, Barrowland, Glasgow) whose debut album Erratic Cinematic was a big hit based solely on word-of-mouth support among his passionate fans. Tickets for Gerry’s shows will be like gold dust, so perhaps the large-scale homecoming gig by Mogwai (16 December, Hydro, Glasgow) will be another way of celebrating a Scottish success story. The Glasgow post-rock group released its epic ninth album Every Country’s Sun earlier this year, while support act Sacred Paws were the very deserving winners of the Scottish


Album of the Year Award 2017. In between both, revived Oxford shoegaze band Ride will also play, with new record Weather Diaries another critical hit of the year. For old-schoolers, Sister Sledge (22 December, Academy, Glasgow) returns with a Christmas special set to show off an enviable selection of disco hits, while fans of new music might prefer the sound of Have Yourself a Honeybloody Christmas (22 December, ABC, Glasgow), in which the excellent young grunge and shoegazeinfluenced duo Honeyblood invite some of Scotland’s best new bands – The Spook School, Man of Moon, The Ninth Wave – to join them and get Christmassy. Through in Edinburgh, meanwhile, charity event Sleep in the Park (09 December, Princes Street Gardens) boasts a great line-up including Liam Gallagher, Amy Macdonald and Stephen Fry, although you’d better get fundraising now to hit the minimum hundred pound donation to fight homelessness required for a ticket.



For something a bit more grown-up than panto in December, you’ll have to dig deeper than the nearest theatre. A good place to start is at Edinburgh’s Traverse, with Morna Pearson’s How to Disappear, 8-23 December, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), a quirky piece of grownup fantasy about the strange world a man named Robert creates when he decides to shut himself off from the world. Across the road from the Trav, La Clique Noel (until 06 January, Festival Square Spiegeltent, Edinburgh) is a special seasonal show from the world-renowned circus troupe Le Clique, which incorporates cabaret and burlesque. See our fashion spread on page 58 for a better idea of what it’s all about. In Glasgow, the home of some of the most diverse seasonal shows is the Tron in the Merchant City. Once again panto specialist Johnny McKnight returns to write Alice in Weegieland (01 December until 07 January), which should repeat the playwright’s usual trick of creating as adult a panto as it’s possible to attend, while still being able to take the kids.  


Comedy fans are spoiled in December by a series of bills at local clubs – mainly the Stands in Edinburgh and Glasgow, although Edinburgh’s Monkey Barrel is a strong new contender with packed daily line-ups across Christmas

and New Year. If you’re more risk-averse than the kind of punter who likes to pay their money and take their chance on a multi-artist bill, however, then we recommend Doc Brown: The Weird Way Round (16 December, ABC, Glasgow), with a less than reverent take on rap culture, or well-known Scottish face – and voice of radio – Des Mclean with his Christmas Comedy special (02 December, State Bar, Glasgow).

CLUBS For most, the period between Christmas and New Year is a hibernatory dead zone filled with turkey-induced sleep or getting back to work. Yet clubs keep going, and the real hardcore have some good options if they want to squeeze the last out of the year before Hogmanay. Pulse has a particularly exceptional line-up, with the Berlin-based Ben Klock and Glasgow icons Slam (29 December, Liquid Room, Edinburgh) both playing house and techno, or there’s always the very dependable Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club (27 December, ABC, Glasgow) in the west. Before Santa arrives, if you can handle more partying, Jackhammer’s excellent techno line-up of Hans Bouffmyhre, Steve Bicknell and Neil Landstrumm (23 December, Caves, Edinburgh) and a two-night stand by EDM star Oliver Heldens (09 and 10 December, SEC, Glasgow) offer very different nights out.


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SEASON OF INDULGENCE One of life’s little pleasures, you can’t beat a spot of Afternoon Tea. What with the finger sandwiches, mini cakes and tiny pots of jam, we can practically pass it off as light snacking. In December, the traditional afternoon tea at Dunstane House takes on a delicious yuletide spin with homemade fancies going all festive, £22. Sounds like a pretty good entrée to the season to us. Especially if you upgrade to the alcoholic Frankincense or Gold afternoon teas, £25 and £30 respectively, for a real taste of Christmas.



Here’s a rundown of the restaurants we’ve been dining in over the last few weeks, just in case you’re looking for inspiration.

WHITE HORSE Laura Wood goes to seafood heaven at White Horse Oyster and Seafood bar


ack in the olden days (2005), Sygn was one of THE bars to be seen in. Run by a couple of savvy young guys, they nailed the art of the destination bar. When we launched i-on they were on the upward curve and we started to work with them. Fast forward 12 years, these two fellas, now called The Compass Group, are responsible for some of the most exciting venues on the Edinburgh food scene. Chop House in Leith and The Arches have a legion of fans who love their well-priced, consistently good quality offering of steak with a great soundtrack. Now they have another string to their bow: White Horse Oyster and Seafood bar. They have completely transformed the oldest bar on the Royal Mile into a modern, deceptively spacious restaurant and bar offering the same Chop House vibe but this time with seafood. And what seafood it is. We were lucky enough to sample the highlights of the menu which include in no particular order: oysters of course, four types, with Loch Fyne oysters still our mollusc of choice; perfectly seared scallops; giant crab claws (ridiculously good and easy to access with a wee bit of work); seafood platter with lobster; tempura prawns and veg, sesame tuna and monkfish satay. Price-wise it’s very reasonable considering the cost of the raw ingredients.


The music was loud enough to create a good atmosphere but not so loud that you couldn’t hold a conversation. The staff are charming, knowledgeable and passionate, which is always a bonus. Overall, White Horse is a very welcome addition to the Edinburgh restaurant scene. Well done boys from Sygn (Love, the girls from i-on). 266 Canongate, EH8 8AA, Tel: 0131 629 5300,



Carrie Mitchell discovers the perfect spot for a healthy yet heavenly brunch

SMASHBURGER Victoria Martin does Cheat Tuesday at Smashburger


ames Thomson’s rooftop Tower Restaurant is well-known in the city as a top dining spot but who knew they did brunch until 12.30pm daily? Certainly not me. So, technically, I’m here to experience the new ‘healthy’ brunch options but I figure one glass of fizz to start the day sounds like a perfectly harmless habit to me. Besides, I’m celebrating my mum’s arrival in town for Christmas; so we order a couple of flutes of Billecart-Salmon, £11 each, along with a juice and a smoothie to accompany our nutritious breakfasts. As self-confessed sugar addicts, it was admittedly pretty hard to sidestep the more indulgent brunch items on the menu (hello French Toast with maple syrup) but I finally settled on the smashed avocado on toast, £6.50, with a poached egg and crispy bacon as extra, while mum sampled the exotic-sounding Acai bowl, £8.95. Famed for its energy-giving properties, mum’s Acai bowl might have looked and tasted like a tropical ice-cream, but the thick iced smoothie made from Brazil’s superfood, the acai berry, is one of the healthiest breakfast options around. Topped with blueberries, bananas and chia seeds, it also just about satisfied mum’s sweet tooth. We left brunch on this occasion feeling practically saintly. Tower Restaurant, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, EH1 1JF. Tel: 0131 225 3003, Brunch served daily from 10:00am till 12:30pm


heat meals are wasted on weekends. It’s Friday; you have two days off work - cheat meals are merely adding to an already happy, content state. Tuesday, however, is a long way from the weekend. Tuesdays are the day when you really need comfort food. The new Smashburger restaurant has an American diner feel to it with red leather booths and an open kitchen, and a buildyour-own burger option of grilled chicken breast on a chipotle bun with bacon and cheese, with a side of sweet potato fries was a mighty fine choice from the menu. My friend Kathleen was just as pleased with her choice; a crispy chicken truffle mushroom Swiss burger with Smash fries - French fries tossed in oil, rosemary and garlic. In for a penny, in for a pound, we shared churros and a famous handspun chocolate Oreo milkshake. What a dangerous discovery this combination may well be… The perfect cure to Tuesday blues. 165 Sauchiehall St, G2 3EW, Tel: 0141 332 4554,

NEW PLACE ALERT Bruntsfield newcomer Black Ivy is a game changer for the area. Offering tank beer, craft drinks and live music, it’s a great spot for an after-work drink, a bar bite or a full-on dinner. Personal highlights for us are the cosy terrace with firepits ready to toast your marshmallows, and a full-size table tennis table, if that’s your pub sport of choice. 4 Alvanley Tce, EH9 1DU, Tel: 0131 564 1901,



GAUCHO Jo Morris deliberates the importance of provenance at Gaucho


he latest addition to the St Andrews Square restaurant collective is Gaucho, a luxury steak restaurant specialising in Argentine beef. The beautifully-done restaurant is a sight for the senseswalk into the small and narrow bar upstairs and you could be forgiven for lowering your expectations. Downstairs though in the wow-factor dining room, the luxe lighting and layout is rather thrilling and your taste buds receive a rush of anticipation for the night ahead. Purveyors of the Gaucho restaurants in London will already know how seriously they take the business of delivering top quality Argentine steak and the quality of the steak delivered to your plate here is exceptional. As a nod to the quality of beef in our neck of the woods, they have included Scottish reared beef too, in case the importance of provenance looms heavily over you. No such qualms for this diner. The beef was fantasticwith a ‘cooked on a gaucho’s grill in Buenos Aires’ flavour and finish that is hard to replicate, even with the much touted Josper used by other establishments. Gaucho developed its own method and it works. A quick word about the wine list. It’s brilliant. The Domaine Chandon, an Argentine sparkling wine from the Moet Chandon house, is as close to Champagne as I need it to be. Delightful. Malbec with the steak is perfect but if you want to go off piste, there are over 200 different wines to choose from. Gaucho packs a punch. 4a St Andrew Sq, EH2 2BD, Tel: 0131 278 3410,

CELINO'S Michelle Clancy enjoys la dolce vita at Celino’s


uch-loved family-run Celino’s has opened a second venue, this time in the north of the city, in Partick, and is a large, bustling spot for a long brunch, lunch with friends or cosy dinner. The home cooked food is a winner with dishes like arancini and calamari fritti for starters, stone-baked pizza aplenty and great pasta options. Gamberoni is cooked with a ‘just right’ kick of chilli, and we ordered chocolate cake to take away from the superb deli counter. A cafe, deli and pizzeria, Celino’s is more than just a restaurant and that’s the beauty of it. We’ll be back again soon, purely for a taste of the Champagne sangria – salute! 235 Dumbarton Rd, G11 6AB, Tel: 0141 341 0311,


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Taste some of the best cocktails at the city’s top bars at a very merry price


is the season for some merry festivities and what better way than to visit some of Edinburgh’s most popular bars for some festive cocktails at a very merry price. Buy a wristband from any of the Montpelier Group venues (that’s Tigerlily, Lulu, Montpeliers, Rabble, Indigo Yard, Candy Bar and Opal Lounge, in case you’re not sure) to become a member of the Christmas Cocktail Club. Profits from the £2 price tag will go directly to Brewgooder (, a charity dedicated to providing clean water for 1 million people worldwide, and the wristband allows you to enjoy a selection of festive cocktails from their stylish bars for only £4 (prices normally range from £7.50 - £9.50), and cans of Brewgooder for only £3 (normally £4.50). ‘Tis the season for giving after all! The offerings sound so good you’ll probably want to work your way across town on a Christmas cocktail crawl,


stopping for a Merry Mojito at Montpeliers with Appleton Estate Signature rum and winter berries; a seductive Mistletoe Mocha Martini at Indigo Yard (Stolichnaya vodka, chocolate syrup, chocolate bitters and chocolate shavings) or a Jingle All The Way cocktail from Tigerlily with Whitley Neill rhubarb and ginger gin, prosecco and a candy cane. Wristbands are valid all day in all Montpeliers’ venues, Sunday – Wednesday from 03–27 December and also gives you free entry to Lulu and Opal seven days a week, before 11pm. Wristbands are available to buy in any of the Montpelier venues or through Eventbrite. Terms and conditions: Club entry for Lulu and Opal is 7 days a week (excluding Sundays in Lulu and Tuesdays in Opal) plus 15, 22, 24 and 31 December in both clubs. Entry must be before 11pm.


MEZZE Tracey McCallum goes Greek at Mezze

VOODOO ROOMS Paul Dickson revisits an old haunt in a new way


nless sunning myself on a Greek island or snacking on olives, Greek food is never on my radar. Maybe it’s the association with beachside tavernas and sunshine, neither of which are likely to be found in Glasgow. Despite this, I find myself in Mezze at the Rotunda on a Saturday afternoon where photos of Santorini lining the stairs bring back happy holiday memories and the fresh decor is authentic, with great views of the river from our booth by the window. The menu is designed for sharing, Mediterranean style of course, and offers a broad selection of fresh seafood and char-grilled meats. Halloumi fries, £5.90, are a no brainer. Who doesn’t like them? The char-grilled prawns £9.90, are huge and plentiful. The Lamb Souvlaki, £11.50, is tasty with the charring on the meat adding that distinct barbeque flavour, and Chicken Tava, £5.90, is a stew style dish flavoured with tomato and cumin… and a great dipping sauce for the halloumi fries. For us though, the seafood saganaki, £9, is the dish of the day. A delicious seafood stew in a tomato and feta sauce that is so good, I take the leftovers home with me - more restaurants should have that option. Mezze offers authentic food, generous portions and great service. The only downside was that it’s quiet for a Saturday afternoon, and it certainly doesn’t deserve to be. Rotunda, 28 Tunnel St, G3 8HL, Tel: 0141 204 3144,


’ve had many a good night out in The Voodoo Rooms and was aware of the restaurant but, until now, I had never been for food. The restaurant continues the black and gold décor theme of the venue but it’s intimate and relaxed with a combination of booths and non-fixed tables providing space for a maximum of 34 covers, so it’s wise to book in advance. The dinner menu is compact but there’s plenty of choice; it looks like it has been created with me in mind somehow. My cousin Scott, my companion for the evening, starts with smoked duck with a walnut and blue cheese salad and beetroot sorbet, £7, and I opt for seaweed cured Loch Duart salmon with cucumber chutney and horseradish yoghurt, £7. Both dishes are beautifully presented and taste as good as they look. A spiced crusted lamb rump with Indian potatoes, coconut and tomato sauce, £16, follows for Scott. I picked the cod fillet with salsa verde, new potatoes, asparagus, heritage tomatoes and olives, £14. For dessert Scott happily devours the dark chocolate Kahlua ganache with caramelised walnuts, macerated strawberry and popping candy, £7, on the waiter’s recommendation, while I choose a healthy-sized portion of vanilla ice cream with crushed pistachios and blood orange syrup, £4. Voodoo Rooms is a nice place to eat; the surroundings, the food, the staff all contribute to a stress-free dining experience, just how I like it. 19a W Register St, EH2 2AA, Tel: 0131 556 7060,



THE CITIZEN Amanda Southey chills with the girls at The Citizen Bar and Dining Room

CHOP HOUSE Amy Falconer gets to grips with the new cocktail menu. Here are some of the highlights.


In Bloom, £7.50, made with Tanqueray gin, lemon, Campari, almond and strawberry dust. Pretty, refreshing, on the right side of tart and rounded off with strawberry, yum.

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Regal Spritz, £9.50, a sumptuous mix of Regal Rouge White vermouth, elderflower liqueur, lemon and thyme oils, peach essence and Prosecco.


here to lunch on a Saturday in Glasgow with the girls? Decisions, Decisions: We opt for the newly-opened Citizen Bar on St Vincent Place set in the sumptuous surroundings of one of Glasgow’s oldest grade A1 listed buildings. The menu is vast so suits most palates; so vast perhaps we can’t choose so decide to share a few starters: The Citizen sausage roll, £5.95, tempura king prawns, £6.95, and spicy buttermilk chicken, £6.95. For mains we try comforting and homemade The Citizen pie, £10.95, with chicken, leek and bacon; tempura sea bass and chips, £12.45, which offers a delicious alternative way to serve sea bass; and perfectly-cooked sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce and chips, £21.95, supplied by local butcher Tom Rodgers. A chocolate fondue is the dessert of choice, served with fresh fruit, marshmallows and popcorn, and a sociable end to the meal. The Citizen is a lively spot so it’s great for a catch up with friends, and can easily cope with the up-tempo mood induced by three bottles of fabulous Barocco Prosecco Doc, Veneto, £26.95. A must-try in the centre of the city. 21 St Vincent Place, G1 2EU, Tel: 0141 222 2909,


A sugary and citrusy Betty Doo Wop, £7.50, with the right amount of kick. Made with Bombay Sapphire gin, strawberry shrub, mallow root and lemon.

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Wild Cherry, £9, a knock-yoursocks-off drink with Wild Turkey rye, maraschino, house cherry soda and bitters. Thorns & Roses, £8, a sensational combo of Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, figs, Cocchi Rosa vermouth, lemon and mandarin bitters. 102 Constitution St, EH6 6AW, Tel: 0131 629 1919,







“Hearing choirs sing Christmas carols.” Magdalena Mclean, 23, on a week’s holiday in Edinburgh.

We’re all about the festive feeling so Holly Tracey heads to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area to find out what gets you into the Christmas spirit.

“Christmas Day lunch at my mum’s.” Dylan, 26, on a walking tour of the Grassmarket.


“Our kids’ excitement over what presents they’ll get. They’re 10 and 8 and still love Santa.” Gemma, 42, and Gavin, 45, meeting a colleague at Codebase.

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“The chance to spend time and chill out with family.” Pauline, 33, having a wander and looking at the shops.

“I really enjoy Christmas shopping and all the lovely window displays.” Alice, 22, on her way to uni.

“Christmas songs; you can’t beat a bit of Shakin’ Stevens.” Graham, 30, working in Bow Bar.

“Christmas jumpers… I have about 30 of them.” Jenny, 30, with Ronan, 31, going to Camera Obscura.

“ The lights and general buzz around the city.” Anthony, 18, enjoying the Oyster Happy Hour at Ondine.

“Hanging out with friends at the Christmas market.” Hanbing, 22, meeting a friend.

“I love the street decorations, and wrapping up in winter woollies.” Jenny, 24, doing her Christmas shopping.



WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I live near Edinburgh’s Haymarket. I love the hustle and bustle of city centre life, and it’s handy for work on George Street.


WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO ON WAKING? My alarm goes off at 6am, when I take my greyhound Polly for a walk. Then I have a cup of tea and the first of two breakfasts – cereal with banana to get me started, before a roll from Pret on my walk to work. WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO WORK? I love fashion and enjoy scouting for unusual brands and vintage clothes. At Hamilton & Inches we have to dress respectfully, but there’s still room for individuality.


Debbie McKernan, Head of Jewellery at Hamilton & Inches

WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY? The jewellery is checked and displayed, and we ensure the showroom is looking its best for 9.30am. I check emails, then sometimes I’m in the workshops with the jewellers, or meetings with suppliers. My role covers an array of responsibilities including all the jewellery buying. I look after visual merchandising, new product


development and design. But I’m a sales person first, and I spend a lot of time with clients. I take lunch at around 1pm when I grab a sandwich, or on occasion I eat out with colleagues as a treat. I finish at 5.45pm and head home to take Polly for a walk. I like to keep evenings simple with a nice dinner, a bath and TV, but at weekends I catch up with friends and family. BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Working with Hamilton & Inches’ wonderful team, we make each other laugh on a daily basis. Designing a new collection and finally seeing it worn by a client really makes my day. CAREER HIGHLIGHT? We were honoured last year with a visit from Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. It was testament to the hard work and talent at Hamilton & Inches, and I was incredibly proud. I was also responsible for developing the company’s first fine jewellery collections that launched in 2013, and subsequently our anniversary diamond suite last year. Hamilton & Inches, 87 George St, EH2 3EY. Tel: 0131 225 4898,



i-on magazine | December 2017  
i-on magazine | December 2017  

So here we are with Christmas only a few sleeps away and Hogmanay just around the corner. 2017 has been a great year for i-on; we’ve worked...