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Sheila McQuaid writes for www.cityhaunts.co.uk

In a basement in Broughton Street is a hidden gem called Pickles. Having been introduced to it by a friend a couple of years ago, I only shared it with a select few. The secret is however out as it rises steadily up the rankings of a well known review site. It was obvious on our most recent visit that tourists are catching on.

Pickles specialises in excellent platters of meats and cheeses and also pâtés.  There is a decent selection of wines all of which are reasonably priced; there is also a good selection of bottled beers many of which are from local Scottish brewers.

The platters are top notch quality, the meat and cheese platter comprises five different types of cold meat, mainly Italian and Spanish, and four large pieces of excellent cheese from of course Ian Mellis. The platter is served with bread and oatcakes, small bowls of olives, cocktail gherkins and onions and a selection of pickles. Given its name it is no surprise that there is a wide range of pickles on offer and the jars are available to purchase to enjoy at home. 

The mixed platter with a bottle of house wine is priced at £33 which is excellent value; you can also have a meat platter, a cheese platter or a jar of  pâté.

The décor has a cosy, comfortable feel but in case a basement location puts you off there is also some pleasant outdoor seating, perfect for a summer's evening. The owner Johnny and all the staff are welcoming and helpful and great at making sure if all the tables are full that people can sit at the bar until a table comes free. (S. McQuaid )

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