Archive for August, 2009

Kids Colouring Contest

August 27, 2009
Kids colouring contest

Kids colouring contest

We’ve asked all the kiddies coming into Centotre to draw us a picture of what makes them happy. We had some fabulous submissions, which you can check out here!

Our winner is 7 year old Remo Santangeli with this beautiful illustration:
When we read the joke was submitted by 7 year old Lorne Bournarby, we laughed so hard milk came out our noses:

Q: What do you call a wizard with a runny nose?

A: Harry Snotter

Make sure to check out all the wonderful submissions by following this link to the Centotre Children’s Colouring Competition.

Well done everyone and keep up the good work!

Supplier Special: Humphrey Errington

August 25, 2009

Humphrey Errington, also known as The Man Who Saved Scottish Cheese, was in Centotre for a visit with Victor the other day. Humphrey is one of our favourite suppliers and we are delighted to get local Scottish cheese from him.

Here’s an excerpt from the story in The List of how Humphrey saved Scotland’s favourite cheeses:

Nearly 15 years ago Humphrey Errington’s tiny but highly regarded cheesemaking operation was threatened by closure under a harshly enforced health regulation. Nicki Holmyard recalls his landmark battle.

Lanark Blue is a firm favourite on Scottish cheeseboards and without it, there might not be such a thing as a Scottish cheeseboard at all. Certainly not one where terms such as ‘farmhouse,’ ‘hand-made’ and ‘unpasteurised’ could attach themselves to the best of the selection upon it.

The man who created Lanark Blue, Humphrey Errington, farms 400 sheep near Carnwath in the Lanarkshire countryside and began making cheese in the mid-1980s as a diversification exercise to add value to his flock. In doing so he created the first new Scottish blue cheese for centuries. ‘Cheese making in the past was always a part of farming and I wanted to revive the tradition,’ he says.

By the mid-1990s, having perfected his unpasteurised cheese and found plenty of regular buyers, Errington fell foul of the local environmental health authorities, who wanted him to produce a ‘safe’ pasteurised cheese.

Problems escalated when Clydesdale Council claimed to have found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample and demanded all produce be recalled. Devastated by the news, Errington had his own tests done, the majority of which failed to find any listeria, while a few found minute amounts of a non-dangerous strain. He decided to appeal against the council’s decision and the case went to court. Legal arguments dragged on for over a year, making Errington and his flock a regular news item.

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Guess the weight: Winner – Bettina A. Hartlich

August 21, 2009
Bettina courtesy of Mike Coulter

Bettina courtesy of Mike Coulter

Regular Centotre guest and member of the Edinburgh Digital & Creative Coffee Morning, Bettina was the closest to guess the weight of our watermelon with a guess at 23kg! The actual weight of the melon was 19.57 kilos.

Bettina wins a cocktail of her choice for her and a guest.

Thanks to everyone who participated and please check back for our next contest!

Supplier Special: People of Prosecco

August 17, 2009

We were honoured to have our friends, Stefano & Francesca Spagnol over from Italy. They, along with Stefano’s brother Franco are the producers of the Prosecco that we serve in Centotre & Zanzero.

We are also happy to say that we are the only establishment currently in the UK to stock their new Spagnol Prosecco.

Please come in and join us for a glass! We serve our Posecco in the form of many different cocktails, fresh fruit Bellini’s or as is from the bottle.

Have a look at our cocktail menu for other options and we look forward to seeing you sipping in the sun soon!

Famous Faces: Ian Rankin

August 7, 2009
image courtesy of DigitalAgenc

Image courtesy of DigitalAgency

Every once and a while a face you might recognise more than most comes in to enjoy a coffee or dinner at Centotre.

Edinburgh native, Ian Rankin (pictured above) has recently been in and signed several copies of his new book, Doors Open, in which Centotre has a mention (Chapter 3 Page 21)!

You can pick up your very own signed copy at Centotre and look out for Ian at this years Edinburgh International Book Festival!

Contest: Guess the weight & win!

August 4, 2009
How much does it weigh?

How much does it weigh?

The first friend of Centotre to correctly guess the weight of this watermelon – which can be found just inside the doors of Centotre will win a watermelon cocktail for you and a friend!

Email us your answers or send us a DM to @Centotre on twitter!

Centotre Review: Lisa Stewart,

August 3, 2009


Lisa Stewart, 43, a marketing consultant who lives in Newington, picks her top five places for al fresco dining

1 Bisque bar & brasserie, Bruntsfield Place It’s hidden from view, leafy and quiet. Delicious salads, homemade burgers, the best of Borders beef and classic fish cakes give a flavour of its treats. All great value.

2 A Room in Leith, Dock Place Sister of A Room in Town and A Room in the West End, this Scottish bistro on a pontoon offers a lunch menu that changes daily and a dinner menu featuring interesting meat, fish and vegetarian options.

3 Petit Paris, The Grassmarket Checked tablecloths draped over rustic tables in the square create the perfect venue to dine on traditional mussels, fish soup and other French delicacies.

4 Centotre, George Street At this city centre venue, both sophisticated and more traditional Italian food is served by friendly staff in relaxed European style.

5 Oloroso, Castle Street This restaurant has imaginative, contemporary cooking down to an art. The outdoor menu is simple but the choices are deliciously fresh and perfect for a hot day.

See article here