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Bar/ Restaurant Openings - Edinburgh/ Oxford

Oxford and Edinburgh see new additions to the bar/ restaurant scene this month:

The Scottish capital gets an addition to its high-end venue tally in Hawke & Hunter, a restaurant/ private dining/ late-night bar/ billiard room set in a five-storey Georgian Townhouse, plus a ‘secret garden’ and four boutique bedrooms above. There’s a muted ‘Gothic Romantic’ theme throughout with a side order of ‘modern equestrian decadence’. Quirky touches include a Disklavier (piano that plays itself) and a dedicated whisky bar. The restaurant menu samples Scottish fare, and dishes are created by head chef Suzanne O’Connor. Expect Shetland mussels, Highland venison and fruits of the lochs.
Average 3-course menu for two: £48 excl drinks. Drinks are pricey
Who are you likely to meet?: Urban dandies with a horse fetish
Hawke & Hunter, 12 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT, 0131 557 0952, www.hawkeandhunter.co.uk

Oxford goes all Polynesian with the opening of bar/ club Kukui, which ‘celebrates the tiki paradise of the South Pacific islands. Decently priced cocktails come in at £5.50, and sharing drinks include The Punt, The Witch Doctor and The Thunder God (all served to the background sound of tropical rain). Décor throughout is as you’d expect – puffer fish lanterns, palm-roofed longhouse dancefloor, Chinese bamboo bar, and the management are aiming to entice local celebs and Oxford Uni Speakers.
Club sounds: Depends on the night. Tuesday is student night Juice, with Dance and House. Thursdays are live bands and open mic.
Who are you likely to meet?: They’re expecting Pete Doherty any given Thursday
Tues-Sat: 9pm-2am, VIP tables on request
Kukui, 42/43, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JD, 01865 240 020, www.kukuioxford.com

More standard treats for pre-Christmas shoppers into ‘comfy-cosy’ at Edinburgh's Sheraton Grand Hotel Exchange Bar. Its festive afternoon tea is on offer daily between 2.30pm-5.30pm from December 1st to 31st. It’s not cheap, but for your money you get to choose from tasties like Bailey’s Swiss roll, cranberry & orange panna cotta, assorted finger sarnies with seasonal fillings such as turkey, chestnut stuffing & cranberry. Festive favourites also include mince pies and mulled wine.
Afternoon tea: £17.95 per person
Who are you likely to meet?: Shoppers escaping the wintery wind on Princes Street. Nippy!
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR,
0131 229 9131, www.luxuryscotland.co.uk/sheraton

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