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INN AND OUT Jonathan Trew tracks down some new places to try out.

Named after a mountain in the north west Highlands, Edinburgh's two Stac Polly restaurants have been serving Scottish dishes with a modern twist for nearly 20 years.

Now the branches on Grindlay and Dublin Streets have been joined by a third on St Mary Street. Sitting in the premises that formerly housed Prego, the new Stac Polly is sticking to the company's tried and trusted menu.

Aberdeen Angus steaks served with a black pepper crust are popular as is the restaurant's signature dish - a starter of haggis in filo pastry parcels served with a sweet plum and red wine sauce. Lunches during the week are pounds 14.95 while a three course slap-up dinner is pounds 30.

If you have wondered why Egyptian hieroglyphics have been appearing around Glasgow recently then all will be revealed when Byblos opens its doors to the public next weekend.

Named after an ancient Phoenician script, Byblos is a three-room nightclub which is promising to keep Glasgow on the cutting edge of the clubbing scene.

Situated underneath the Merchant Square, it boasts a monster sound system, huge video wall and plush VIP room with table service.

The line-up for the opening weekend looks a serious statement of intent with Ibiza legends Jo Mills and Smokin Jo manning the decks on Friday night while Kid Creme and Junior Jack take up duties on Saturdays. Charlie Chester is on board so Byblos looks certain to party hard.

Blairgowrie's new Antiquary restaurant boasts an eye-catching decor as well as a picturesque setting by the River Ericht.

Run by the husband and wife team of Graham and Gail Riley, the restaurant operates several breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea menus.

The day starts with breakfasts such as Parma ham on toasted bagels with poached eggs at pounds 4.95 or porridge with honey at pounds 2.95.

As well as the popular soup and sandwich combo at pounds 6.95, the lunch menu has choices such as seafood tagliatelle and twice cooked pork belly. Expect to pay around pounds 11 for a couple of courses. Afternoon tea kicks in at 2.30pm with a tempting array of coconut slices, carrot cakes and other home-baking.

Stac Polly 38 St Mary Street, Edinburgh. Tel 0131 557 5754.

Byblos Unit Q, Merchant Square, Albion Street, Glasgow. Tel NA.

The Antiquary at Roy Sim Antiques Lower Mill Street, Blairgowrie. Tel: 01250 873232.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Mar 10, 2007
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