Scran Christmas Special Part 2 2023 - Cheese, cocktails, dining out for Christmas dinner and the traditions we love to embrace

Welcome to part two of this year's Scran Christmas specials - where we are fully ensconced in the festive season, celebrating all that this festive time of year has to offer in food and drink.

Published 15th Dec 2023
Updated 20 th Dec 2023

Welcome to part two of this year's Scran Christmas specials - we are fully ensconced in the festive season, celebrating all that this celebratory time of year has to offer in food and drink. On this bumper episode of Scran we have lots of tantalising treats in store.

A good cheese board is at home anytime of the year but a festive one calls for some extra special cheese. Rosalind investigates what goes into a great cheese board with Kari Paul, Head of Retail at the cheese institution that is Mellis Cheese.

Having wondered what it's like to venture out of home for Christmas dinner Rosalind went along to One Devonshire Gardens by Hotel Du Vin Glasgow to chat to some key staff who will be preparing for and working hard this Christmas.

Rosalind chats to head Chef Gary Townsend and General Manager David Barkley about the task of putting on a very special Christmas for their guests.

What is Christmas without a cocktail? Rosalind went along to one of the Good Spirits Co .shops in Glasgow to chat to one of its founders Matthew McFadyen.

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Matthew tells Rosalind what's been happening in the cocktail world this year and gives us some tips on alcoholic gifts as well as how to whip up a crowd-pleasing cocktail.

Finally, it's full circle time with a trip to the Christmas markets in East Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. This is where some of the first episode of Scran was recorded three years ago.

Producer Kelly and Rosalind chat about the Christmas traditions in their respective families and what food and drink they are looking forward to partaking in.

Thanks to all our wonderful contributors on this episode and a Merry Christmas to all!

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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