10 September 2014

Things to do (if you fall for a sailor and find yourself spending time) in Aberdeen, Scotland – Part 2

Bottle of rum Glass of beer in hand, Alana also spent a few hours of her recent trip to Aberdeen tasting her way around the city. When in Rome and all that...

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Drink some craft beer
I’ll admit I was in a bit of a bad mood when I arrived in Aberdeen due to some issues with my flight but Brewdog helped turn my mood around. The decor is trendy craft brew pub standard - carefully curated raw materials mixed with funky eclectica. The guys at the table next to us (who matched the general decor) sported fine hipster beards, curled moustaches and were busy taking macro photos with their DSLR. If you ignored their Scottish accents we could’ve been back in London!

Where to eat and drink in Aberdeen, Scotland. You heard it at Adventures of a London Kiwi first...
The beers The Boy and I tried had personality – both on the palate and with their rather creative names. Brewdog’s cheeseboard is also delicious and third party mediation was nearly needed to ensure the spoils were divided evenly. Cheese, like beer is a serious business.

Where to eat and drink in Aberdeen, Scotland. You heard it at Adventures of a London Kiwi first...

Within sight of Brewdog is another gem in Aberdeen’s beery crown. Some Scottish folks down the coast in Stonehaven got it in their heads to start brewing Belgian beer and 6° North was born. With an intimidating list of tap beers, help from the staff was very necessary to for me make my choice. They were also rather generous about serving up samples to help me with my decision.

Where to eat and drink in Aberdeen, Scotland. You heard it at Adventures of a London Kiwi first...


Luckily they didn’t tell us there are over 300 bottled beers on their beer menu until after we’d picked our first drinks or I think I might’ve had had a meltdown over what to choose. However The Boy got a gleam in his eye when he discovered the extent of the beer menu and took a copy back to the boat with him to show his colleagues.

Where to eat and drink in Aberdeen, Scotland. You heard it at Adventures of a London Kiwi first...

Eat some Italian
Dinner was decided on the toss of a coin (if it had come up heads we would’ve been eating Indian). Rustico has classic Italian decor without being kitsch and the photographic prints of Sicilian life on the walls took me back to when I was there a couple of years ago. The restaurant is well reviewed online and the praise is justified. The Boy’s Padellata Siciliana justified it’s £20 price tag by having plentiful portions of every type of sea creature in a spicy tomato broth. My mushroom pasta was packed with so many oyster mushrooms there were possibly more of them than pasta. I wish we’d had more space for dessert - their handmade cheesecake looked divine but we were so full we only had room to share a tiramisu.

Where to eat and drink in Aberdeen, Scotland. You heard it at Adventures of a London Kiwi first...

Read/buy a book and have a cup of tea
Imagine a bohemian cafe inside a secondhand bookstore and you have Books and Beans. It’s cluttered and a little bit cosy but it works. I browsed their books but didn’t have a coffee so the verdict is out about the quality of their brew. If you go there grab a seat on the first floor. The ones by the window have good light for reading and a view of the street if you prefer to people watch. Don’t bother going to the second floor - there’s only an internet cafe up there and it smells a bit like teenage boy and people who don’t go outside much!

Get a coffee
Contour cafe gets a tick in my book for a good coffee in Aberdeen (even if they did serve it in a mug). They’re tucked away on The Green, a quiet square just below Union Street (the main shopping street). Their lunch menu looks impressive but they were kind enough to make me a bacon and egg roll with plenty of tomato sauce for breakfast – despite not being a breakfast kind of place. I arrived just as they opened their doors for the day and when they turned on their music the first track that played was Katchafire. Between that and the plentiful tomato sauce this kiwi was pretty happy.
Restaurant Recommendations Aberdeen, Scotland. You heard it at Adventures of a London Kiwi first...
 
Also popping out to nearby Stonebridge, a good helping of Fish and chips was on the menu...

Walking past people in kilts practicing their bagpiping in a carpark for the festival (it wasn’t pleasant so I didn't linger to see/hear more) I made it to Stonehaven beach. Following the beachfront walkway I eventually reached The Bay Fish and Chip Shop, winners of the Independent UK Fish and Chip Shop of 2013. As well as being award winning deep fryers they’re also all about the sustainability and accountability of their food. Apparently the potatoes for my chips came from a farm in Suffolk and my haddock was caught on a boat called Faithful FR129 (which is a real boat because I checked).

Fish and Chip Restaurant Recommendations Stonehaven, Scotland. You heard it at Adventures of a London Kiwi first...  Fish and Chip Restaurant Recommendations Stonehaven, Scotland. You heard it at Adventures of a London Kiwi first...

But forget about the pedigree of my food - the most important thing is that it was delicious.

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Utterly scrumptious. Have you been inspired yet?

11 comments :

  1. Aww I used to love Books and beans when i lived in Aberdeen and my friends and I always go to Brewdog when ever I go back up to visit. Your post has really made me want to go back!

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  2. I am so inspired to go there! Books and Beans sounds similar to one of the coffee shops that I love here in Vilnius, LT.

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  3. I'm just sat pawing at my screen, drooling at the fish n chips. God I miss proper fish n chips. Also loving the sound of all that craft beer, not a big beer drinker but I do love trying new varieties out!

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  4. Those fish and chips look to die for!! Yum!

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  5. It is fun to see - I have been to Aberdeen once and in that time I had only minutes to get from the docks to the train station and I had lost my ruddy glasses, so I didn't see a thing!

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  6. You cannot beat a top class feed of fish and chips!

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  7. You cannot beat a top class feed of fish and chips!

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