Putting in the time, putting in the air miles. If you want to truly create the best food and the best restaurant then you have to find out what is possible. You have to get out into the world and see what is out there. So, that’s what I’m doing. I’ve been on a road trip! Well, on a road-and-air trip. I’ve been flying and driving round the country to find the best seafood to be inspired. And I’m just back from Edinburgh, I’ve been there many times and always been overwhelmed by, oddly, finding a place to put my car at the airort! Luckily parking at Edinburgh Airport has improved vastly. So I could go and taste a little of this:


That is just a taste of the amazing Ondine Edinburgh, a fantastic and inspiring Seafood restaurant that is leading the way in its region. It is a fantastic place that I cannot recommend enough. The try to serve fish in a way that presents it bluntly, they want to give you real fish.Inspiring.


Big day! We were here late last night with some great folk (and new friends) who where helping us install our stunning tile effect flooring (picture coming soon!). We’ve got to give thanks to the people at ‘Finsa Home’ (http://www.finsahome.co.uk/) who stayed with us way later than they had too last night. When we finally got the floor done we walked down to the beach and tried some of our new BBQ grilled fish recipes out on them. We burnt drift wood that had washed up in the bay and kept warm round the fire whilst feasting on some beautiful fish. It’s a moment like that, eating fish fresh from the ocean on a fire of wood that drifted in from the sea, on the beach, that we want to try to capture and pour into Fisherman’s Lodge. Our beautiful new wooden floor makes you feel a little like your on the deck of an old Fisherman’s boat, so we’re getting there. Thanks again to everyone at Finsa, we’re on our way!


Hey, so here we are going to keep you updated with our progress in setting up the new restaurant. It’s a long road from dream to reality when it comes to creating a restaurant, especially one as ambitious and original as ours. But I sometimes wonder if it isn’t the most fun part of the whole process. At the moment we’re here late at night, finishing off walls and planning and replanning. There’s something inherently romantic about a space that’s coming together. Especially when it is you and a loved one putting it together. You’re building your future, and every little bit you do you imagine the years of activity you’ll have in this space, how everyday it will become, how much of life will take place in this space. It’s a beautiful thing.