Dining in the Dark Event at The Living Room, Glasgow – Nov 2012



Inside The Living Room, swish but also not too stuffy.  Seems like a great place to meet after work.  I had been in before waiting to meet friends with a very nice glass of Prosecco.

So we settled down with blindfolds, questions and glasses of water as the staff served us portions of the new menu.

From L-R, Black Forest smoked cured ham and fig with a goats cheese mousse and raspberry and beetroot vinaigrette (£7)  Homemade Glamorgan sausages with a sage and onion soubise, braised lentils and mash (£10)  Pan fried Sea Bass and orange scented broccoli with a lentil casserole.(£15)    Venison “Shepherd’s Pie”( £13.25),     Morrocan spiced lamb with apricots, dates and almonds served with giant cous cous £16.   Duck breast with szechuan pepper and plum chutney, chilli fried bok choi and sweet potato fondant. £16

Clockwise from top: Mini cocktails, Blue Cheese on Crackers, (£8.50 for cheese selection) “Basil Grande” Eton Mess (£4.75)  and Coconut and Passion Fruit Creme Brulee (£4.75)

We also tasted Pork and Chorizo burgers (£10.25) (delicious) and Butternut Squash, Dolcelatte, walnut and honey tart (gorgeous mix of flavours).


It is a lot harder than you think, many similar flavours, using your nose to pick out a special hint, too hard for me.

At the end of the night, the answers were totted up and a draw by Pie in Soup and Glasgow Food bloggers. Hurrah!

Winners @pieinsoup and @glasgow_food with manager Graham Paterson

The food was excellent, I especially liked the vegetarian sausages which says something for meat eater me!  With the bite sized tasters I am eager to return for more.  Service friendly and fun.








Special thanks for Alfred @afoodography for the super photographs.

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WIN Christmas Giveaway Day 1 – Antipasti Platter for Two at Billington’s of Lenzie

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We love Billington’s.  Its a foodie tardis, with a cosy seating area at the front of the shop serving everything from brunch to cocktails (menu here) and they have cold meats, baking, chocolates, ice cream and a tempting selection of craft beers (even Mr Foodie finds beers here he hasn’t tried!)  speciality spirits and fine wines. In fact, it has everything you need.  Hence our love (and the staff are all lovely as well).

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They have just launched a new website where you can buy all sorts of goodies from beer to wine to macarons.  A handy section for Christmas is their Hampers & Gifts page.  Billington’s staff will make bespoke hampers or you can order them online.  As the wee meerkat says, simples!


It’s located a mere 2 min walk from Lenzie Railway Station, so it’s a short skip really by train, or car, from Glasgow.  Since opening in 2012 they been named the winner of the BBC Good Food ShowGlasgow’s Best Deli’ twice, in 2013 and 2014 – as well as being voted ‘Best Independent Retailer 2015’ at the East Dunbartonshire Business Awards.

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