Gin-gle Bells at Grape & Grain, Aberdeen

I hope by now you've got most of your Christmas shopping done? My only weekend off was right at the start of December so I took the chance to head into town and get most of mine out of the way. It didn't quite go to plan - we found a few bits but I've had another few shopping trips since. What I did find that weekend however, was a new watering hole in the Granite City!

Opened just a couple of months ago on Thistle Street, in Aberdeen's West End (a little further up than Foodstory!), Grape & Grain is a brand new wine bar. The interiors are a dream - all teal, grey and gold with the most stunning bathrooms you'll ever see. It really is a beautiful setting and a welcome addition to Aberdeen's thriving bar scene.

You'll gather from the name that wine is a focus point (the "Grape") so I sampled a little vino to start. A rich Norton Porteno Malbec - let's not pretend I'm any kind of wine connoisseur, it tasted lush and went down a treat. Christmas shopping is thirsty work!  

And of course I had to try a little "Grain" too! It'd be rude not to in my GINgle Bells attire - shout out to New Look for inventing my ideal Christmas jumper! A satisfyingly Scottish selection of beers, whisky, vodka and gin features on the menu, including locals Esker and Porter's. A double is a standard serve at G&G and comes with tonic included.

December's gin of the month is a brand new Aberdonian spirit - Granite North! It was served with Fever Tree's Mediterranean tonic and a slice of grapefruit. I'm not sure this is what I'd of picked. I felt the choice of tonic overpowered the subtle flavours of the gin itself but enjoyed it all the same. Definitely one to watch and maybe add to the drinks shelf at home!

Gordon's choice of grain was a fresh, citrusy Sunshine on Keith from Spey Valley Brewery. I'm a big fan of that play on words - not so much the play it's based on! That's a topic for another day but Grape & Grain definitely helped me on my way from misery to happiness that day...

For the cheese lovers amongst us, the slate menu will tick all the boxes, especially when paired with a good wine. I might make a monthly cheese and wine night my New Year's Resolution. Definitely taking the girls here soon anyway!

Find Grape & Grain at 31 Thistle Street or online here.


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