Food news: Coffee bar perks up Boat House

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The Boat House in South Queensferry has opened a new coffee bar.

The restaurant and bistro will continue to offer lunches and dinners, whilst the coffee bar will provide hot filled rolls, sandwiches, soups and cakes for lunches and afternoon tea. As a special offer, afternoon tea for two (two rounds of mixed sandwiches, a Truly Scrumptious cupcake, a scone with jam and clotted cream served with tea) is available for only £12.

• Scottish Chef of the Year 2011 Neil Forbes is hosting a masterclass with Slow Food Edinburgh on Saturday, May 5. He’ll be demonstrating some traditional methods of curing, pickling and preserving using the very best local and seasonal meat, fish and veg. The masterclass will include curing pork and beef to make bacon, bresaola and salt beef; smoking fish; top tips on pickling veg; and how to make chutneys and jams.

The event, at Cafe St Honoré, North West Thistle Street Lane, starts at 11am, and costs £25 including a two-course lunch.