It's been a great year...
As the year draws to a close, we have been reminiscing over 2017. This year has definitely been one one of the best for Tailend. We have had so many wonderful highs as a business.
We have held many fabulous events, won some amazing awards, officially opened Tailend Dundee and met some new amazing friends.
Here is a look back at some of the amazing highlights of 2017.
Thank you so much for your continued support, heres to 2018 and another successful year!!
Right at the beginning of the year we kicked off with a great event, 'Burns on the Beach' a mix of Australia day and Burns Night with a battle between wine and beer.
In February we finally opened Tailend Dundee! After a couple years of extreme renovation we turned a derelict basement into a beautiful, modern restaurant that we hope will build as many fond memories with the people of Dundee, just as 'The Deep Sea' before us has done.
In March we were delighted to have won Best Business in Fife by the Scottish Retail Awards. This then put it us into the grand finals where every regional winner attended an award ceremony in Glasgow....
...which we won!!! We won Best Restaurant in Scotland 2017!
This couldn't of been more of a surprise and we were so thrilled and proud to receive such an incredible award with so many other fantastic businesses in the running. Hopefully we will do well again next year!
We then launched our first ever Chefs Table Menu, 5 amazing, seasonal courses with optional matching flight (specifically designed by our friends at Luvians Bottle Shop). We now have a new menu launching next year!! P.S For a limited time you can book a table of 6 at a bargain price at Itison.com!!
We also held events gorgeous dining events for the Wine Society and and a seafood and sherry evening with Luvians St Andrews. Using some of St Andrews finest local producers we sent out some delicious menus for our guests.
One of our tastiest events yet..... Asian Fusion. Maybe one of our most popular events to date, something we may have to do again in 2018!!
And of course our first ever event at Tailend Dundee. In collaboration with Ogilvy Vodka!! A gorgeous set menu with Ogilvy Vodka flight. For our first event this was a huge success. We created a great friendship with the guys from Ogilvy and designed some really tasty dishes!!
Tailend Dundee was also nominated in this years Scottish Business Awards! A huge achievement considering how early on we are. Hopefully next year we can bring home an award!
One of our proudest moments of 2017 was supporting our friends at Tobys Magical Journey. For Childhood cancer awareness month we raised money all month and held a party for Toby and his friends to come and have some delish food, enjoy some entertainment and just forget about their treatment for a little while.
At the end of the month we had raised £1700 for this incredible charity. To learn more about the charity or to give a donation please visit Tobys Magical Journey.
In November we supported Tay Fms Mission Christmas. An appeal for gifts to give to under privileged children around Tayside and Fife. Some families really struggle with the financial side to Christmas. So Mission Christmas makes it possible for every child to wake up to presents from Santa.
To raise money we held a 5 course gin tasting event with Eden Mill. There was tastings of Eden Mills new gins, All 5 of our courses were paired an Eden Gin and we held a raffle with many fantastic prizes from local businesses in and around Dundee and all our guests left with a fab goodie bag with gifts from Bon Accord, Eden Mill and ourselves. This event was great fun and something we would love to do again. Especially when proceeds to go to such an incredible cause.
In november we also attended Savour St Andrews Chefs Taster Lunch at the Old Course hotel. This is where top chefs and food and drink businesses from in and around St Andrews joined forces for an afternoon of fabulous food & fantastic fun! For our offering we prepared a delicious cured Scottish Salmon.
We used local a gin from Darnley's, based in Kingsbarns, Fife. We chose to cure in Darnley's Spiced Gin. Pulling the warm tones, nutmeg & cinnamon from the Gin through the salmon. For the Salmon, we served with Wasabi Mayo, Pickled Radish & Samphire & Yuzu Pearls.
We have done so much this year and we can only hope to continue doing so in 2018!!
None of this would be happening without the amazing and continued support from all our customers. Thank you all so so much!
We are already planning some great events for next year so make sure and follow us on facebook, twitter or instagram to keep up to date with all the latest events.
Wishing you all the best New Years and a brilliant 2018!! #LoveTailend
On Saturday the 25th of November Tailend transformed itself from seafood restaurant to gin grotto!
We had a beautiful botanical table. Showcasing all our chosen garnishes, from honey and blue berries to fresh mint and lemon. We also offered our guests samples of local, Bon Accord tonics which pairs just perfectly to the Gin. Steve McKay, Eden Mills amazing Brand Ambassador was also giving tasters of the new Blend works Gin, so delicious and of course were a huge hit with our guests.
This evenings menu was created with a Mediterranean flare, using warm flavours and hearty, gently spiced food. A beautiful contrast to the cold, wet weather outside.
On arrival we offered our guests a delicious cocktail of Eden Mill Love Gin and Prosecco, garnished with a fresh raspberry. This was a great start to an evening of fantastic gins and incredible food - if we do say so ourselves.
To accompany the cocktail we served our guests confit monkfish with tomato salsa and coriander, fantastic and the perfect entry, starting the evening off with a bang!!
For first course we served seared scallop, crispy serrano ham, chorizo sauce and herb dressing. We have decided to use the award-winning Hop Gin twice in the menu this evening. The botanicals in this gin just match perfectly to our menu.
For the second course we served a spicy sea bream taco, red slaw, avocado & scallions. We paired this with original gin W’ lemongrass & lime.
This delicious dish is our take on everyone’s favourite Mexican staple; Tacos! We decided to show case sea bream tonight on this evenings menu. This dish is made so that you can easily recreate this at home. It’s so simple but so amazing!
The original gin was the best choice for this dish as the citrus notes found in the gin help add a sweet element and the lemon balm in the botanic’s works with the lemongrass we have used a garnish.
Again, this helps work as a palette cleanser meaning these flavour packed dishes do not become to over powering for the gin.
For the third course we offered a delish seafood Stew. Made with Squid, Clams, Mussels & Haddock served with Hop Gin W’ Coriander.
This hearty seafood stew is a truly comforting, perfect on these cold, dark nights.
The apricot found in the gin helps balance out the spices found in the seafood stew and gives a slightly sweet note. The beautiful aromatic coriander matches perfectly with the gin and marries together the botanicals in the Hop and the flavours from the stew to all work together as one beautiful course.
The fourth course served was Golf Gin Jelly with Pink Peppercorns, Grapefruit & Basil
This course has been created as a palette cleanser to help lead on from the hearty stew to the decadent dessert. The floral notes from the Basil and sweet hickory wood from the gin create the perfect stepping stone from savoury to sweet. The pink peppercorn not only adds a beautiful bit of colour it also stops the dish from becoming too sweet.
This dish is a little bit extra special as the Golf Gin is now no longer in production and is fast becoming very hard to get a hold of.
So, this fun little intermediate course is our way of saying goodbye to a truly delicious gin! We’re looking forward to what the masterminds at Eden come up with for the next golf gin.
Sticky Toffee Pudding & Marmalade paired with Oak Gin W’ Orange
For our final course we served this delicious sticky toffee pudding is the only choice of dessert at this time of year.
This rich oak spiced gin with notes of caramel, vanilla, and a touch of fudge was almost made for Sticky Toffee Pudding. This is a truly decadent, rich tasting dessert. Paired together with sweet but sharp orange it was just wonderful.
During the evening we also held a charity raffle with all proceeds going to Tay Fm's, Cash for Kids, Mission Christmas. Helping underprivileged children in Tayside and Fife, ensuring all children will wake up to presents on Christmas Day!!
A huge thank you to all the businesses who donated to our raffle, you really helped us raise money and awareness to a fabulous cause.
New Picture House St Andrews
Dundee Ice Arena
If you would like to find out more about Mission Christmas please click the link below.
Tay Fm's Mission Christmas
We hope all our guests enjoyed the evening as much as we enjoyed hosting it. Follow our social media below to find out about our next events at either our St Andrews or Dundees restaurants.
View our gallery below to see some of the delicious samples created by the brilliant chefs of
For our offering we prepared a delicious cured Scottish Salmon.
We used local a gin from Darnley's, based in Kingsbarns, Fife. We chose to cure in Darnley's Spiced Gin. Pulling the warm tones, nutmeg & cinnamon from the Gin through the salmon. For the Salmon, we served with Wasabi Mayo, Pickled Radish & Samphire & Yuzu Pearls.
This dish was wonderfully fresh and the Darnley's Gin worked perfectly.
At the end of the taster we were treated to St Andrews University's first all female A cappella group, The Accidentals. They were brilliant entertainment and gave us their renditions of some classic songs.
This was a great event and was brilliantly organised by Viv Collie and her team.
Thank you again for inviting us along to attend, we hope to participate again in next years event.
For all other tasty foodie events in and around St Andrews over the course of November visit Savour St Andrews website.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Tailend is super proud to promote and support this with our friends at tobysmagicaljourney.co.uk
Toby's Magical Journey is the brain child of Toby Etheridge who in 2014, aged just 9 years old was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Since then he has tirelessly fundraised to show others that life living with cancer is not all doom and gloom and you can overcome cancer.
Toby has fundraised almost consistently over the past few months to try and raise awareness for Childhood Cancer and to raise as much money as he can for his charity, especially during this month.
-To raise awareness and educate the general public in understanding all aspects of childhood and adolescent cancer
- To offer support to families and carers to help improve their quality of life.
Cancer Awareness Information
In the UK and Ireland, around 30 children (up to the age of 15) are diagnosed with cancer each week. It is around 1 in every 500 children, or around 1600 a year. There are a further 2200 diagnosis in teenagers and young adults.
Cure rates for children are much higher than for most adult cancers. On average, 82% (over 8 in 10) of all children can now be completely cured. For some types of children's cancer, the cure rate is much higher.
However, for some types of childhood cancer, cure rates are much lower and less progress has been made. Further research is urgently needed!
Cancer remains the number 1 cause of death by disease for children. Sadly, around 250 children and a further 300 teenagers and young adults die from cancer each year.
We need to help raise as much money as possible to help research, further understanding and, of course, develop cures and treatments for cancer.
Wear your gold ribbon this September in support of childhood cancer awareness month and help us support children with cancer.
If you would like to give Toby's Magical Journey a donation please click the button above to take you their website. Any donation would be greatly appreciated and would be a great help in understanding childhood cancer.
We cannot believe it has been a week since our Ogilvy Vodka event!
This was our first public event at Tailend Dundee and we absolutely loved it! Working with the guys from Ogilvy was a dream. They are so chilled and such pros at their game it made us completely relax and enjoy the evening so much more.
We had our seating plan up and led people to their seats. We had place settings for everyone and comment cards, where we encouraged our guests to review each course and its pairings.
We really appreciate customer feedback, we love to know how we can improve our events or just our service in general and what our guests really enjoyed.
Using Ogilvy’s award-winning vodka, the spices from the Bloody Mary cocktail warm the palette. Giving it it's spicy reputation. The saltiness from the oyster marries in the black pepper notes found in the vodka and used as garnish.
This combination gives you an instant hit of flavour.
Pierogis and Ogilvy Strawberry Perfect Pour
Pierogi, also known as varenyky, are filled dumplings of (usually) Central and Eastern European origin. They are made by wrapping pockets of unleavened dough around a savoury or sweet filling and cooking them in boiling water. Making it perfect to pair with vodka, which is traditionally linked to eastern European countries. However, this Scottish Ogilvy vodka works just as well
(if not better) with our take on the dish. We have used a Strawberry and cucumber Perfect Pour for this course. The strawberry gives just a nice sweetness to the dish. The cucumber refreshes the palette, keeping everything nice and clean. Perfect summer tipple!
Seafood Charcuterie Matched with Vodka Neat
Vodka cured salmon, mussels, pickled
herring, peppers and pear. The sweetness from
the pepper and pear helps combat the sharp
flavour from the pickled herring and mussels.
The cured salmon brings out the gorgeous
citrus notes from the vodka.
Walnut Crumbed Halibut and Marmalade Vodka
We loved this course for an added bit of wow-factor. The smoke was made using hay from the Ogilvy farm and we have used the same potatoes used in the vodka process for our ‘potato hay’.
Ogilvy created this marmalade vodka especially for this event, it was a massive hit with everyone. so much so they might be making it a permanent addition! - Watch this space!!
The sharp tart orange marmalade brings out the deep citrus flavours of the vodka and pairs wonderfully to the meaty fish. The sweet pea puree stops the marmalade from being too sharp. Infusing the smoke with the vodka really elevates all the flavours of the vodka and really makes this course special. The biggest hit of the night.
Cottarhouse Cooler Granita
We decided to include this little pre-dessert as a palette cleanser to make a smoother transition from our smoky halibut dish to the rich, creamy shake. The lemon, lime & mint found in this Cottarhouse perfect pour are the just the ingredients needed to completely refresh and invigorate the taste buds. We turned this perfect pour into a granita. A granita is an Italian-style iced water with a granular texture, kind of like a slushy. As a granita, this perfect pour works to clean the palette and completely refresh the taste buds.
It was so tasty, they were all gone before we managed to grab a pic!
Boozy Shake and Red Velvet Cake, Vodka Cream
For the final course, we just wanted to make something a little more fun. There wasn't too much technical pairing used here. This adult version of a milkshake was so tasty, you needed to remind yourself that it is actually alcoholic. The red velvet cake was devine! This dessert was so tasty, the shake wasn't too heavy but you definitely enough to fill even the hungriest tummies.
We had such a great time with this event from start to finish. We have already pencilled in our next event so keep your eyes peeled on our social media for that one.
We hope all our guests enjoyed themselves as much as we did and we just wanted to Thank Ogilvy so much for all their help and special creations for this event. You really helped make this something special!
Until the next time....
Recently we played host to Luvians Sherry and Seafood evening.
Luvians supplied the sherry and the knowledge and we provided a small plates to match!
As sherry is a fortified Spanish wine, we thought it would be nice to keep a spanish theme and offer tapas style nibbles.
To begin with we served Smoked Mackerel Patè and Orange served on a Seaweed Oatcake.
Pickled Herring with Potato Salad. Perfect seasonal summer style. The Zingyness (thats a word) from the pickled fish and the creaminess from the potato work together well.
Perfect as an appetiser or as a side salad.
Cod and Chorizo Croquettes served with Red Pepper Sauce.
These were tasty bites, Crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle. Served hot with amazing sweet red pepper sauce for dipping. The sweet pepper dip works beautifully with the sherry poured from Luvians.
Finally we served Luvians perfect Vanilla Ice Cream with Sherry Soaked Raisins.
Sherry is one of the most delicious toppings for ice cream, so we thought why not add sherry and raisins to make the perfect final course to this tasty evening.
If you would like Tailend to host an event of yours please feel free to get in touch
Call on 01334 474 070| or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 7th June @7pm Tailend played host to 27 wine connasuers. This event has been in the planning since last september and we are pleased to say everything went just as planned.
The evening was hosted by Matthew Horsley, who ran the evening without fault. Limitless knowledge and the passion he has for the items he was talking about really engaged everyone at this event including our staff.
Matthew seamlessly managed to teach all of us about the heritage and the creation of the different champagnes and tell individual stories. He really was a (Champagne) fountain of knowledge.
We created a menu that paired perfectly with an array of different champagnes.
Some of the champagnes being vintage from 1989, older than some of the staff who were serving them!
Charles Heidseick is one of the most awarded Champagnes in tasting competitions and deservedly so. With a high percentage of reserve wine (dating back 10 years), this is a profound, sophisticated and harmonious style with rich biscuity flavour and complexity. This champagne works perfectly to balance the sweet, delicate salmon sashimi starter dish.
This is a gorgeous full-flavoured dry pink Champagne from Benoit Marguet which has been re-branded ‘Shaman'. The chardonnay comes from grand cru vineyards on the Côte des Blancs and the pinot from Bouzy and Ambonnay. The dry champagne works to balance the sweetness found from the scallop and the carrot puree. The haggis crumb adds the right amount of spice to the dish without becoming to overpowering.
Champagne is a perfect pairing for fish and chips as the refreshing sparkling wine works well with the richness of the dish and the bubbles break down the starch giving a lighter crispier taste to the fish and chips.
Champagne pairs beautifully with fish and deep fried foods, so it’s an obvious choice to go with fish and chips. Even when the batter is as light as ours.
The fine bubbles are quick to rise to a full mousse.
The initial nose has discrete notes of grapefruit and white flowers. It is followed by a slight smoky tinge. This champagne has quite a high acidity which helps cut to cut through the fat from the fried fish.
And of course we couldn't hold a wine night without a cheese board. Who better to create a beautiful variety of cheeses than I.J Mellis of St Andrews?
They have a fantastic offering of cheese available everyday. You can find them on Market Street if you would like to sample some of their great produce.
Boizel Joy de France is a complex, fully mature 1989, a blend of 65% pinot noir and 35% chardonnay, is integrated and smooth with intricate notes of nuts, toast and honey. This champagne accentuates the mild sweetness found in some of the cheese and can also contrast with salt such as the European custom of matching salty Stilton cheese with the pinot noir found in this champagne.
If you are a member of a society or just looking for a venue to host an event, Tailend St Andrews can offer a wide variety of options for you. We can offer exclusive use of our recently renovated conservatory or full exclusivity of the restaurant. Minimum spend may apply*
We offer bespoke menus, created to your needs and wants for the evening. We can also offer designed pairings, roaming canapés & bubbles on arrival.
Call or email for more information.
These can be held in either or St Andrews or Dundee venues.
T: 01334 474 070
Our new chef's table has now officially launched in our St Andrews restaurant! A dining experience with a difference.
Located in the heart of St Andrews, guests will be served a gorgeous 5 course tasting menu created by our head chef.
Using local and seasonal ingredients in each dish. We strive to offer our guests the best dining experience we can.
We have created this dining experience alongside Luvians Bottleshop who have designed a beautiful flight to perfectly match each course.
Currently available every Saturday night from 8pm. We require a minimum of 24 hour notice when booking this menu, please make us aware of any allergens or dietary requirements at the time of booking. Maximum of 12 people at one sitting.
Please call 01334 474070 or email email@example.com for any further questions or to book.
We tested our menu last Friday on some eager and hungry guinea pigs.
We are happy to say every dish and its pairings were all extremely well received.
Especially our Pinot Grigio with our sea trout sashimi and the sparkling Reisling with our famous fish and chips. Although its hard to go wrong with fizz and chips!
All our guests loved the menu and felt the pairings all matched perfectly. This is a fabulous menu for a special occasion or if you just fancy trying some of the best food and wine St Andrews has to offer!
Big thank you to our friends at Luvians St Andrews for your expert pairings, they really elevate each dish to another level.
So now this menu has officially launched, the chefs table is available for bookings!
Call or email St Andrews on 01334 474 070 | firstname.lastname@example.org
"Fantastic Meal, Fantastic Service and a simply great experience"
Saturday 20th May we held our Asian Fusion Event at Tailend St Andrews.
We created a 5 course Asian inspired menu with matching Eden Mill flight. Using mostly their gins and the 19th brew, we created a beautiful menu, showcasing both talents from our chefs and the delicious goods Eden Mill offer.
We transformed our restaurant to mini Asian palace with beautiful cherry blossoms, paper cranes, and oriental lanterns. With drinks waiting on arrival and an oyster to start the night off, we were in great footing for a fabulous night.
Grilled Oyster w’ teriyaki sauce and shallots
Oak W’ bitters & fizz
Seabass sashimi, pickled Pak choi, wasabi aioli & grapefruit
Love W’ watermelon & mint (salt the rim- Himalayan sea salt)
As this is beautifully delicate dish, we chose the most delicate & floral of the Eden Mill gins. Love Gin, the subtle pink tones of the gin are mimicked in the pink Himalayan sea salt. Which has been chosen to stop the dish becoming too soft. The sharpness from the grapefruit infuses the sashimi, giving the delicate fish a delicious fruity flavour as well as matching the pink theme.Wasabi aioli and pickled Pak choi was chosen to accompany the sashimi to create a lovely contrast between sweet & sharp. The watermelon garnish on the love gin, again is complimentary in colour but also acts as a palette cleanser in between courses.
Crab Gyoza, spring onion & chilli
Hop gin W’ lemongrass & Kaffir lime
The fresh, crisp garnishes added to this gin (lemongrass & Kaffir lime) work beautifully with the soft tropical fruit notes found in Eden Mills Hop gin. This light dish works perfectly with fresh, delicate crab meat. The chilli & Spring onion give it just the perfect amount of flavour. All the flavours from the gin and garnish work together to make this dish something really special.
langoustine ramen, sesame crusted scallop
Golf Gin, Cardamom & Thai Basil
Langoustine bhaji, mint raita
We decided to throw in a couple of extra surprises along the way with this event. Guests absolutely loved the langoustine bhaji and it was a fun little extra for the night.
Tempura battered spiced halibut W’ confit wild garlic aioli
Of course any beer is the perfect match for fish and chips. Halibut is much meatier than the usual haddock used for fish and chips. The light tempura batter perfect to keep this dish from becoming too heavy. The bubbles from the 19th work to cut through the fat left on the palette from the batter. Meaning if you have a drink of beer after every bite the flavours will remain just good as the first bite! The 19th was the perfect choice as it is the perfect golden ale! Just beautiful in flavour, any excuse to pair this beer!
Mango & Passionfruit sorbet
We added in this surprise little course designed to completely clean and refresh the palette. Making the transition from savoury dishes to sweet seamless!
For the 5th course
Chocolate Ganache, coconut, green tea meringue & Yuzu jelly.
Greentini- Original gin, Yuzu ice & green tea
For the final course, we wanted to go for something a little special and of course in keeping with tonight’s theme. We’ve had a little play with the traditional martini and created tonight’s greentini - made using green tea. Using the same elements from the dessert this dish and drink combo match perfectly!! The sharp, crisp yuzu cleans the palette from the rich chocolate ganache. The tropical notes in the gin and the coconut from the dish tie in together.
We had such a great time creating the menu for this event. Researching asian influenced cooking and learning how we can adapt it into our methods. We believe it worked out fantastically well. The dishes looked and tasted beautiful! The gin pairings and garnishes were so unique to us and was incredible to see how the different elements brought out the flavours we needed to create the perfect drink to dinner match.
All the feedback we received from the night was extremely positive - although after 6 gins we may have had a slight edge over them. Huge thank you to Eden Mill and to Steve from Eden for hosting the event, you did a Gin-tastic job. Perfect showman for these events, he comes highly recommended from us!!
Plans are in the making for the next event here at Tailend so sign up to our newsletter or download our app to hear about our latest plans.
We love working with the students of St Andrews and often we hold functions and parties here in the restaurant, however, this was the first time we have held a cooking class/demonstration.
Our chef Matthew created a menu for the 12 society members and explained his cooking techniques and demonstrated how he would carry out his recipe.
For the 1st course we had seared Scottish scallop served with seasonal celeriac & apple puree, julienned apple and finished with crushed hazel nut.
For the 2nd course we had grilled seabass served on garlic, spring onion, ginger, chilli & soy slaw.
Then, it was your turn!! The best way to learn is to get stuck in yourself, so, we got some lucky volunteers up and trying it for themselves. With Matthews guidance we showed our volunteers how to open and clean scallops from the shell and also learning how to gut, trim and fillet a whole fish.
We also paired these dishes to two delicious drinks from our menu. A beautiful glass of Viognier to accompany the delicate, sweet scallop dish and a perfect crisp Eden Mill Original Gin to compliment the flavoursome Seabass.
It was great fun to have the guys in and we would love to do it again.
If you would be interested in holding an event like this please do not hesitate to get in touch; email@example.com.
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