John Gibson: It’s still a cracker at Crombies

Sandy Crombie and son Jonathan. Pic: Toby Williams

Sandy Crombie and son Jonathan. Pic: Toby Williams

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Nobody needs to tell Crombies, the renowned Broughton Street butchers, to crack on with it at this time. It’s heads down keep looking for the missing link. That’s sausage speak. Every day through December is a cracker for Jonathan Crombie and his team.

“We’ll have sold more than 5,000 steak pies this month and 200,000 chipolatas and we’re in the running for awards yet again. Much as Crombies keep on earning recognition from influential people in the trade, we’re never blasé.

“We’ve been down to London to the Smithfield Awards, the butchers’ BAFTAs, and we’re optimistic. My dad Sandy is ever the optimist. Customers sometimes ask if he’ll ever retire, having been at the heart of the shop since it was established 58 years ago and I have to wonder myself. He’s still working his backside off.”

Red Rose

She was known in the UK as the White Rose of Athens when she was topping the charts. You’ll remember angelic Nana Mouskouri of course, just as you’ve not forgotten Demis Roussos.

Now meet the red rose of Hanover Street. Doesn’t sing but serves up a tasty plate of pasta at La Rusticana, where she’s the eye-catching waitress. This week Stelina Savva has been introducing her parents to Edinburgh’s delights, here on a visit from home town Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city.