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INNS & OUT; Who's opening and who's closing in the restaurant trade.

IF YOU want to get ahead, get a hat is the message at the new Tipping Hatter bar on Aberdeen's King Street.

The pub is named after Samuel Martin, a hat-maker who used to have a hat shop on Union Street. Legend has it that every time somebody passed his shop, Martin would tip his hat as a greeting.

As well as the name, the Tipping Hatter also has a number of old hats hung up on the walls. From bowlers to huge Victorian creations,there is a titfer for every taste.

As well as the usual drinks, from 4pm-7pm they have a reduced price menu which includes the likes of steak and kidney pie, five bean chilli and vegetable and garlic Kiev. With prices like pounds 1.45 for a melon fan, you won't need to pass the hat around to eat here.

MOROCCO meets Mexico at the new Ginger Bar Caf in Stirling.

The former Hole In The Wall Too on the town's King Street has a new Moroccan decor and a huge range of tequilas to boot.

Particularly popular is La Cucaracha tequila cocktail. An eye-raising mix of Jos Cuervo Gold and Kahlua, the combination is set alight and downed. The Moroccan theme is more evident in the Moroccan lamb and roast vegetable dishes which appear on the menu.

As to the name, the bar staff can't decide whether ginger refers to the spice or the slang for soft drinks. One barman, who didn't want to be named for fear of a clip around the ear, said that the name definitely had nothing to do with the manageress being a redhead.

THERE are great home-baking smells wafting from the Preacher's Patisserie on Edinburgh's Lady Lawson Street.

Owner Alan Preacher has been in the bakery trade for 20 years and is a dab hand on the cake front.

As well as proving popular with office workers, Preacher's is a quiet spot to sit, sip a coffee and wolf down as many doughnuts, cream cakes, strawberry tarts and vanilla slices as your waistline will allow.
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Author:Trew, Jonathan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 29, 1999
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