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OCTOBER 2013

FORRES & DISTRICT THE NORTH’S FAVOURITE FREE WEE MAG

This Month Renewables Feature

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CLUBS & SOCIETIES CHRISTIANS TOGETHER IN FORRES Fridays at the Tolbooth 10am 2.30pm for tea & coffee, fellowship, Christian lending Library and charity goods for sale. All welcome. CULBIN SINGERS Regular Thursday evening practice sessions take place in St Leonard's Church Hall, Forres. New members always welcome. alasdair@manachie.eclipse.co.uk DALLACHY AEROMODELLERS Model aircrafts and helicopter flying at old Dallachy World War 2 airfield. Mainly at weekends. Offers training on dual control. DALLAS MINIATURE RIFLE CLUB Mondays & Wednesdays 7pm10pm, October-March at Dallas Rifle Club. To promote safe handling & instruction in competitive target shooting. Call Neil Sutherland 01343 890243 DALLAS PARENT & TODDLERS Every Monday, 2pm - 4pm at Dallas Hall. Come join us for a cuppa & play. Contact Susan 01343 890439 / Emma 01343 890479 or find us on Facebook.

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DARNAWAY CURLING CLUB Small, friendly club would be delighted to welcome new members for the coming season. Why not come and try a new sport. For further details contact evrae@hotmail.com

FORRES HOUSE BRIDGE CLUB Wednesdays 7pm, Sept - Apr, Forres House. Tuition given in September. Beginners & new members welcome. Call Forres House Community Centre 672838 or Alice Young on 01309 611271

FÈIS INBHIR NARAINN Reg. Charity No. SC038460. Weekly traditional music classes in guitar, fiddle, whistle, chanter, accordion, keyboard & bodhran. Any ability from age 8. Instrument hire available. Tel: 462681 or visit www.spanglefish.com/ inbhirnarainn

FORRES OVER 60S LUNCH GROUP Fridays at 12pm, St Leonards Chuch Hall. 3 course meal. £4 per week. Open to anyone 60+. Contact Joan Lobbett on 01309 671150.

FINDHORN PLAYBACK THEATRE Improvisation drama. Regular rehearsal & performances at Findhorn Village Centre, IV36 3YR. For details, call 01343 850123 visit www.findhornplaybacktheatre.co.uk FINDHORN TENNIS CLUB 2 full size & 1 short court. Family & young juniors rates available. Adults £50 & Juniors £20 annual subscription for unlimited play. Contact Janet Barcis: janetbarcis@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01309 692479 or visit www.lta.org. (‘Findhorn’ into the search box) FORRES & NAIRN SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Mondays 8pm - 10pm in Forres Town Hall & Thursdays 7:30pm 9:30pm in Nairn from Sept - Mar. Dancers of all abilities welcome at these RSCDS classes. For details see www.rscdsforres.org or phone 07906 306160

MACMILLAN CANCER RELIEF (FORRES BRANCH) Contact Sheila Warrener 672216. FORUM FOR MEN Social group for gay, bi & T-men. Meets at Macnabs Bar, 8pm. Look for the red post box! Text or call: 07745 930383 for details. Email: morgan@tramstop.org HIGHLAND ROCK GARDEN CLUB 2nd Wed each month, 7.30pm, Oct - Apr, Nairn Community Centre. All welcome. Call Carol Shaw 641405 HOP, SKIP & JUMP NURSERY Mon-Fri 9am-2.30pm, Russell Place, Forres. Pre-School Group, Ante Pre-school Group and 2-3 Club. Contact 671388 during nursery hours. MORAVIAN ORIENTEERS All ages welcome. Contact Dr Douglas Murray 672545 or email douglas.murray9@btinternet.com

THE MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP AND THE RCCC invite you to

TRY CURLING Moray Leisure Centre, Elgin Saturday 26 Oct 13 9am to 11am

KINLOSS KESTRELS RUGBY Training every Sunday P1-3 10:30am - 11:30 am. P4/7 - S1/2 10:30am - 12pm at Kinloss Park Season registration fee £20.00 For further information contact vanessa.naylor23@gmail.com or call 01343 890787. MEN’S CHOIR Alternate Tuesdays 7.30pm9.30pm at St. John’s Church, Forres. All kinds of music. No experience necessary. Contact Bill 01309 672951 for more details. MORAY JUNIOR CURLING CLUB Meets Wednesday, 5pm at the Ice Rink at Moray Leisure Centre during term time from Sept - Mar. Call Sandra MacIver on 01309 673855 or 07817106662 QUARRIERS CARER SUPPORT SERVICE MORAY Practical and emotional support for unpaid Carers of Moray. If you could use some help or just want to find out more about what we do, call 01343 556031 SALTIRE SOCIETY HIGHLAND BRANCH Meets Saturday mornings in Inverness for talks on a wide range of Scottish topics. St Andrews Day celebrations, Burns lunch & summer outing. Call Alan Niven on 01667 459449 or alan.niven@hotmail.com PLEASE NOTE: Details of Clubs & Societies are published on a rotational basis.

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As summer draws to a close I think we can generally rejoice in the better than average weather that we have had over the last few months. I understand that during July and August we were often 2 or 3 degrees above average and sometimes as much as 9 degrees above. Perhaps we should be thinking of renaming ourselves the Northern Riviera!

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© Maggie Grigor

PASTORAL LETTER & CHURCH MEETINGS Why England is so much better than Scotland … Ha! Now that I’ve got your attention we can actually get down to the real subject! You see it’s very easy to get drawn into arguments and discussions because of headlines we read or because of statements people make but often if we listen for a while we find that a lot of what people say is not said in order to further discussion but simply to vent their own anger and to have a good old moan. I don’t want to stray into a discussion on the issue of Scottish Independence as I value the windows in my house and the paintwork on my car too much! But just as people get very heated in defence of their viewpoint on this subject, and just as it causes real division between people, so it is that the topic of Christianity can do the very same thing. It’s one of those “Marmite” topics which people seem to either love or hate. Some people think Christianity, and religion in general, is the root cause of all evil in the world but a quick glance at the Communist regimes which held to atheism such as the old USSR, North Korea or China shows that

people don’t need religion in order to commit acts of evil! As G. K. Chesterton once wrote in response to a newspaper article: “Dear Sir: Regarding your article ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ I am. Yours truly.” He was right. Whether you like to hear it or not, you and I are sinners. We lose our tempers, we become jealous, we hate others and we do a whole load of other stuff that is not good or right. How often has it been the case that the things we have said, or the things we have done or the things we are doing, are the root cause of division in our families, streets or places of work? Divisions are part and parcel of this life and Jesus Himself divided opinion regarding his identity. In John’s Gospel we find on numerous occasions that peoples’ strongly held beliefs concerning who Jesus really was were greatly divided. We read in John 7:40-43 some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? … So there was a division among the people over him. Again in John 9:16 it says the people were in division concerning

Caroline Street Gospel Hall Sundays 6.30pm: gospel meetings. Tel: 01309 674375. Email: glcinfo@tiscali.co.uk Dyke Church - Church of Scotland Sunday worship 10am. Family service. Tea/coffee and fellowship after every service. Contemporary evening service with the Praise Band on the first Sunday of the month. Email: john_macg@hotmail.com. Edinkillie Parish - Church of Scotland Sunday worship 11.30am. Contact Mr Campbell Falconer (session clerk): 01309 674249. Kinloss, Findhorn & Alves Church of Scotland Alternating weekly. Kinloss and Findhorn 10am. Alves first Sunday of each month at 11.30am. Tel: 01309 690931 or 01309 690349. Lighthouse Baptist Church Clovenside Chapel, Forres. Sunday service 10:30am and 6.30pm. Refreshments served afterwards. Contact: 01309 676434. Email: info@lighthousechurch.co.uk Website: www.lighthousechurch.co.uk Rafford Church Sundays 9.30am: family service. Our praise is from CH3 and Mission Praise. After the service, we enjoy fellowship over a cup of tea and a biscuit. We have a lively Sunday school with Bible stories, songs, games and crafts. You are also

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Him, some people saw His miracles and believed but others thought He was sinner. Once more in John 10:19-21, after Jesus says He is the Good Shepherd we read: There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to Him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” And ever since His life, death and resurrection people have been divided over who Jesus really is: an incredible deceiver and delusional madman or God in the flesh who came to take away both your sins and mine. There are indeed many things wrong with religion – I am, no doubt, one of them – but Jesus only ever did that which was right and good and wholesome; caring for the poor, the sick, the outcast and the downtrodden. And I for one will gladly follow Him as Lord and Saviour of my life and would urge you to do the same, but be warned, people will hate you for it! Rev. Dr J. P. Mackenzie Lighthouse Baptist Church

invited to join us at 4.30pm on the third Sunday of each month for a contemporary style act of worship. Contact Anne Garrow (session clerk): 01309 672930. St John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church Sundays 8am: communion. 10am: family communion. Tel: 01309 672856. Email: stjohnsforres@btinternet.com. Website: www.stjohnsforres.wordpress.com St Laurence Church Sundays 10am: family service. Tel: 01309 672260. Email: barryj.boydstlaurence@btinternet.com St Leonards Church Sundays 10.30am: family service. Tea and coffee served afterwards. Tel: 01309 672380. Email: donald.prentice@tesco.net. Website: www.stleonardschurchforres.com St Margaret’s Catholic Church Mass on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 10am. Contact Father Barnett: 01667 453323. If you are a member of a church not listed here and would like to be considered for inclusion or if there are any amendments to be made to existing details, please email tamsyn@spotlighton.co.uk

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USEFUL INFORMATION Local & Bank Holidays and Special Days Local Holiday Mon 21st Oct 2013 British Summertime Ends Sun 27th Oct 2013 Guy Fawkes Day Tues 5th Nov 2013 St Andrew’s Day Sat 30th Nov 2014 Christmas Day Wed 25th Dec 2013 Boxing Day Thurs 26th Dec 2013 New Year’s Eve Tues 31st Dec 2013 New Year’s Day Wed 1st Jan 2014

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Useful Contacts SCHOOLS Andersons Primary School........................(01309) 672887 Applegrove Primary School ......................(01309) 672367 Dyke Primary School ................................(01309) 641275 Dallas Primary School ..............................(01343) 890206 Kinloss Primary School ............................(01309) 690376 Logie Primary School ................................(01309) 611258 Moray Steiner School ................................(01309) 676300 Pilmuir Primary School ..............................(01309) 673034 Rose Abbey School ..................................(01309) 691872 Forres Academy ........................................(01309) 672271

PHARMACIES Clear Pharmacy ........................................(01309) 672614 Rowlands Pharmacy ................................(01309) 672784 Boots ........................................................(01309) 673370

DENTISTS Orchard Road ............................................(01309) 675544 Leys............................................................(01309) 673553

OTHERS Police Station ................................................................101 Bus Station, Elgin .....................................(01343) 544222 Citizens Advice Bureau .............................(01343) 550088 Dalcross Airport .........................................(01667) 464000 Dallas Village Hall .....................................(01343) 890243 James Milne Institute (Findhorn) ..............(01309) 692365 Rafford District Hall ....................................(01309) 674583 Forres Town Hall ........................................(01309) 675140 Moray Council (Forres) ..............................(01309) 694000 Moray Council (Elgin).................................(01343) 543451 National Rail Enquiries ................................08457 484950 Forres Library ............................................(01309) 672834 Forres House Com Education Centre ......(01309) 672838

VETS Moray Coast Veterinary Group ..................(01309) 672243

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DOCTORS Forres Health Centre ..................................0845 337 1120 Leanchoil Hospital ......................................0845 456 6000

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Š Eileen Fitzpatrick

PARLIAMENT BLOG & TIDE TIMES My joint summer surgery tour around the constituency with Angus Robertson highlighted a number of issues that are of major concern in several communities. Issues that were brought to my attention or that were further explained included serious water pressure issues for Forres residents and concerns over a planning issue in Portgordon. Alongside well-publicised major issues were a number of small and more personal cases that were of vital importance to those concerned. All of them underlined the importance of surgeries and how they ensure we never lose direct contact with constituents. Staff at the Moray Constituency Office in Elgin will be happy to discuss requirements and are available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, including most bank holidays – constituents can call in or telephone 01343 551111. You can also visit us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MorayParloffice.

It has, for the most part, been a glorious summer here in Moray but now we are turning our attention to the challenges of keeping warm with winter just around the corner. Energy prices remain an issue that produces a large number of letters from constituents, many of whom are facing the pressure of rising bills. Along with SNP colleagues at the UK Parliament I have been continually arguing the case for a better and fairer deal for rural communities such as ours. It is good to see then that the UK Government are undertaking a study that could see the 5p a litre fuel in the Highlands and Islands extended to areas such as Moray. Action is long overdue in the face of energy bills that have increased on average by 61% over the last five years. The Scottish Government are helping as far as they can through measures such as the freeze on council tax, it is about time Westminster recognised the problems we face.

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Rolling Event 23 september - 31october magical automata - treasures from the collection from the ‘house of automata’ extended to end of october by popular demand at the falconer museum. call 01309 673701 for more information.

28 september – 14 october highland archaeology festival a two-week feast of walks, talks and other special events in inverness and some in elgin too. for details or a booklet email archaeology@highland.gov.uk

SEPTEMBER 25 wednesday

a moray society lecture 2pm, elgin museum hall the moray society lecture series 2013/14 starts in september with "herring girls" by anne coombs. little bakers day at shrimps parent & toddler group findhorn village centre, no need to book just come along and join us. further information available from karin 01309 692339 or contact via our facebook page: findhorn shrimps parent & toddler group. charity quiz night 7:30pm at findhorn village centre. £2 per person max 5 per team. general knowledge quiz. prior booking advisable. call karin on 01309 692339 or see facebook: findhorn village centre & hostel. osprey bus will be available from forres, kinloss and findhorn, please book in advance. cinema nairn presents “salmon fishing in the yemen” (12a) 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 / www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

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28 saturday music nairn presents ‘beinn artair piano trio’ 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. playing haydn, beethoven & mendelssohn. call 01667 453476 or visit www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk saltire society 12pm, chieftain hotel, millburn road, inverness. eric allan will give a talk on "the golden age of scottish dance music". all welcome inverness abc boxing tournament north of scotland vs north of england select @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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5 saturday for those about to rock feat livewire ac/dc & the zztops @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com feel good buskfest 11am - 4pm, on elgin high street free to attend. if you are a musician or street artist and would like to take part, phone 07592 040498 email h&mmarketing@crusescotland.org.uk or visit www.facebook.com/crusehighlandandmoray

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baxters loch ness marathon & festival of running full marathon, river ness 10k &10k corporate challenge, 5k fun run or wee nessie for those with little legs. visit www.lochnessmarathon.com

ted fest 2013 11am - 5pm, abernethy old kirk, nethy bridge. hundreds of teddy bears on display. loan your bear and help beat the record of 324 bears on display. ’bid for a bear’, colouring competition, cuddle corner & more. tea/coffee & homebakes. free entry, free parking. for more info, contact olwen on 07934 413063

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1 tuesday - 10 thursday online promise auction/random act of kindness day bid on or donate a promise from simple things like donating unwanted gifts or car washing or a ticket to an event. for information phone 07592 040498 email h&mmarketing@crusescotland.org.uk or visit www.facebook.com/crusehighlandandmoray

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nairn u3a 1:45pm, nairn community centre. alan sutherland will give a talk on saving energy in the home. green man masks 1pm - 3pm free family drop-in at the falconer museum. contact 01309 673701 for more information. macmillan soup & sweet 12pm - 2pm, forres town hall £3.50. come along, bring the kids - meet up with friends and have a lovely lunch! the poozies @ universal hall 7:30pm. £12/£10 conc /£8 u16s. call the phoenix stores on 01309 690110 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk

18 friday gregorz kupczyk's ceti @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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12 saturday the western front association: “john terraine, douglas haig and the history of the first world war” 2:30pm. elgin library. chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net choctober 12pm - 4pm, nairn community centre. fun for all the family. cookery demos, craft market, tasting & more. free entry. for details visit www.facebook .com/choctober emily barker & the red clay halo @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com roddy woomble @ universal hall 8pm. £12/£10 conc /£8 u16s. call the phoenix stores on 01309 690110 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk

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20 sunday mundole equestrian: british dressage & unaffiliated contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com gluten free for 25 years! 11am - 3:30pm, elgin town hall. the moray coeliac group celebrates its 25th anniversary with a food fayre. for a stand at the event or information about the group, contact alison noakes on 01542 870760 or kirsteen pyett at kirsteen.pyett@btinternet.com

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23 wednesday spooky flying bats & spiders 1pm - 3pm free family drop-in at the falconer museum. contact 01309 673701 for more information.

24 thursday a moray society lecture 7:30pm, elgin museum hall. "elgin cathedral glass" by rona walker and k. robin murdoch will explain the evidence available for the stained glass windows of the cathedral. steve mason @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com halloween hoolie 10am - 11:30am at miltonduff hall. come dressed up to enjoy family fun, crafts and games, free entry. further details at fb miltonduff playgroup and toddlers.

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25 friday film forres community cinema news of screenings and times on forres town hall window, in forres gazette and on website www.filmforres.co.uk the very spooky ghost tour around brodie castle 7pm & 8pm. over 18s only. meet some characters and listen to some spooky, fictional stories about the castle and its surrounds. booking essential due to limited numbers, call brodie castle on 0844 493 2156 to book or visit www.nts.org.uk/events

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wonderfully wicked & weirdly wild halloween @ brodie castle with earthtime 3pm - 7pm, last entry at 6pm. calling all wee witches & wizards - come and be thrilled, or maybe a little scared. further details at www.nts.org.uk/events or call 0844 493 2156 music nairn presents 'rodelinda' 7:30pm nairn community and arts centre. scottish opera perform handel's most popular opera. call 01667 453476 for details. wishbone ash @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

27 sunday mundole equestrian: show jumping entry on the day. contact 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com fatherson @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com spooky sunday @ the loft 11am - 1pm halloween family fun craft session. £4 per child & free face painting. to book call 01343 850111. spooky disco @ the loft 2pm - 4pm. age 5-12yrs. £5 per child (accompanying adults free) fancy dress competition, games, bouncy castle, disco, apple bobbing & face painting available. to book call 01343 850111.

28 monday bastille @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

30 wednesday lisbee stainton 7:30pm, ogstoun theatre, gordonstoun school, nr elgin. £10/£5. for more information visit www.thegcs.org.uk tickets available from www.hubtickets.co.uk nairn u3a 1.45pm, nairn community centre. joint meeting for neighbouring u3as. ianin macinnes will give a talk on royal punishments in medieval scotland, 1100-1250. all are welcome.the rua macmillan big band @ universal hall 7:30pm. £12/£10 conc /£8 u16s. call the phoenix stores on 01309 690110 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk

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A Country Inn... with Restaurant Standards!

It is a while since I have eaten at The Old Mill Inn and I was interested to see how it is getting on. The bar was already set high - I had heard some very good things about the Old Mill - could it live up to it? Well - it exceeded our every expectation.

but excellently cooked and presented. Apart from the ooh's and aah's coming out periodically the meats were described variously as "melt in the mouth", "gorgeous", "sauce to die for" etc. The flavours were subtle and unexpected - a real treat and not at all expensive.

Some friends and I (quite a mixed bunch!) went in on a Friday lunchtime and were warmly welcomed by the owner himself, Kevin Edwards. He talked us through the menus and was both pleasant and informative. He is obviously a very hands-on owner and takes a great pride in using exclusively fresh produce (mostly local) and also his wide range of Scottish Real Ale.

I like to think that I am a bit of a burger expert - well I am a man! I often try the burger when I am out and I believe that it is a good bellwether for the standard of the chef. Burgers are easy to cook but not so easy to get perfect. The Old Mill burger was perfect in every sense. Using 100% beef and made to their own recipe it was both juicy and tasty and with a slice of in-house smoked bacon on top - pretty unbeatable. I was a happy man!

The first surprise was the huge breadth of choice on the menu - something for every taste from the tried and tested to the more adventurous. Although none of us actually had a steak we did see one whizz past and it looked really tempting. Kevin told us that all his steaks are from locally reared beef aged in controlled environments in Elgin. It is one of his best selling meals and he has special steak nights on Mondays where there are discounts to be had.

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The adventurous among our party ordered a selection of "Scottish Tapas" for the main meal. This worked really well between two people. They ordered six in total which was just about the right quantity. I went "standard" with a burger and my other friend had the ribs and crispy chicken. The Tapas were chosen from a selection of about 15 different plates and were absolutely fantastic. They arrived on a stacked plate presentation in "Theatre Style" and were both really tasty and fun - something really different

Two of our party ventured into the puddings. The Raspberry Meringue was exceptional but could not match the Fruit Garden. Put simply, The Fruit Garden was a triumph of creativity and flavour. If, following this review, you are tempted to visit the Old Mill, I recommend that at least one of you tries the Fruit Garden. The flavour combinations of fresh summer fruits, mousse and chocolate were absolutely sublime but the really clever trick was to make it look like a plant pot, complete with garden stones (not really stones!). It is an absolute must and great fun. The Old Mill Inn is a fantastic country pub that has achieved restaurant standards in its presentation and cuisine. It does not pretend to be the cheapest food but if you are the type of person who enjoys your food you will really enjoy the meal. The welcome is warm and friendly and not intrusive. In short I am not surprised that it is getting such rave reviews – try it for yourself!

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Feta Cheese, Caramelised Onion and Spinach, Filo Pastry Tart, Olive Tapenade & Aubergine Caviar

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