“From an amateur start, Cafe 52 now feeds and waters a varied cast of devotees. It has acted as a springboard for locals, an avenue for aspiring artists and a welcome for curious tourists. More importantly the restaurant is a centre point and a meeting place, retaining fruitful communication for our residential and non residential friends.
Now in its 23rd year, its devotees have stepped-up momentum supported by the culinary bold. From a bargain basement beginnings it has elevated as the choice for unpretentious global goodies. Cafe 52 is now a second home for many and a rest assured diner for two. It enjoys favourable reports from the press and a thumbs up from seasoned foodies.”Cafe 52 Website
“A visit to Grape and Grain the new addition to Aberdeen’s bar scene, confirms why it has become an instant success. Based on Thistle Street it is, quite simply, a haven of elegance and quiet sophistication.Grape and Grain Facebook Page
Warm and welcoming, stylish and subtle, relaxing and refined, Grape and Grain is a place to unwind, meet up with friends or catch up with clients to discuss business in an informal atmosphere away from the office; at Grape But what really sets Grape and Grain apart is what is contained behind the bar. Here you’ll find a superior selection of wines, craft beers and spirits. A range of more than 40 fine wines supplied exclusively in Aberdeen to Grape and Grain by the award-winning Berkmann Wine Cellars and glasses of champagne come from the house of Laurent-Perrier.
If you favour the grain over the grape you will find a selection of some of the finest craft beers brewed in Scotland and an extensive range of Scottish botanical gins and whiskies. Grape and Grain is not a restaurant but that’s not say you won’t have a chance to sample a selection of local fare. Scottish oatcakes, cheeses, chutneys and fruit available on the cheese slates and the charcuterie is second to none with rich venison salami to mention just one of the offerings accompanied with some beetroot and chilli relish all locally sourced. Of course, with the CEO of an IT company in charge, the very latest in technology is available at your fingertips with superfast broadband and perhaps that “destination experience” goes just one step further as each of the semi-circular pods features a table with integral charging points for smartphones. Grape and Grain should certainly be on your radar when looking for something rather exciting and very different. and Grain mixing business with pleasure comes naturally.”
“Hidden underground just a stone’s throw from Aberdeen’s historic Marischal College, our name comes from our history as one of the last known ‘Illicit Stills’ in the country, where whisky could be crafted undetected by the taxman!The Illicit Still webpage
Considered a ‘Home away from home’ by Locals and Students alike, join us for some hearty home-cooked food, an ice-cold pint, and be entertained by the best local musicians, the biggest live sport, or one of our range of board games or games consoles!”
“Basement bar, no TV, no loud music, friendly efficient service, selection of properly kept real ales, quality reasonably priced house wines, selection of malts and gins served in 35 ml measures.VisitAberdeenshire
If you are looking for a well run atmospheric pub where the sound of conversation is valued then visit Under the Hammer.”
Donmouth Local Nature Reserve is a beach site in the historic Old Aberdeen part of the City, where the River Don meets the sea.VistAberdeenshire
A great place to see seals and a range of interesting birds. The beach area has changed over time as the river has changed its course. There are lots of interesting plants in the dunes and beach area. The Bird hide is an excellent shelter from which to watch the wildlife.
The paths run across King Street to the Brig o’ Balgownie, the original bridge in to the City from the North, then down the other side of the river to the sea.
The site was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1992.
Paths are good, although wheelchair access to the beach would be difficult as the boardwalk can get covered with sand.