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INNS AND OUTS Jonathan Trew tracks down some new places to try out.

Edinburgh's Holyrood Tavern is back in action.

Even before it last shut down, the Holyrood Road bar had been crying out for a bit of attention and its new owners have stepped up to the plate.

The old function room at the back has been turned into a buzzy dining room that specialises in burgers.

Served on wooden boards with a pot of chips and little bowl of homemade coleslaw, the burgers range from an original at pounds 5.75 to the pounds 7.95 lamb and wild rosemary version which comes with red onion, tzatziki, feta cheese and plum tomato.

If you don't fancy a burger there are plenty of options like lamb skewers, bacon rolls, salads and chargrilled salmon steaks. Beer lovers will go mad for the draught beer on offer. There are 20 brews available from Tennent's to Duvel Green and Brewdog's Zeitgeist.

The short wine list is divided into three well-labelled sections - cheap, good and great. The Blind Pig is a smart new bar diner that has just opened on the old Whistler's Mother site on Byres Road.

Loosely modelled on the speakeasies of Prohibition era America, it goes big on classic cocktails and, like the old illegal drinking dens, serves cocktails from teapots. The food menu is very much part of the new school with locally sourced, seasonal dishes. Typical choices on the restaurant menu include the pounds 5.95 starter of Orkney scallops with air-dried Ayrshire ham and the pounds 12.50 rump of lamb served with a wild mushroom pie.

The bar menu is simpler with hog roast rolls at pounds 6.50 and delicious half-pound gourmet burgers at pounds 8.95.

The Jimmy Chung chain is probably Scotland's best known group of 'all you can eat' buffet-style restaurants and they have just opened a branch in Aberdeen's Westhill.

The choice is huge with 20 starters lining up with 21 different main courses and a selection of rice and noodle dishes.

As always, the fixed price of a meal depends on the time of day and the day of the week. The cheapest is the pounds 5.99 daytime deal. The most expensive is the pounds 11.99 charged on Friday and Saturday nights.

Holyrood Tavern 9a Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh. Tel 0131 556 5044

The Blind Pig 116 Byres Rd, Glasgow. Tel 0141 357 5482

Jimmy Chung's 2 Westhill Drive, Westhill, Aberdeen. Tel 01224 749200
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