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12 August 2015

EatSleepDo – Aberdeen – Offshore Europe

Aberdeen is looking forward to welcoming back SPE Offshore Europe soon. The bi-annual four day event will take place from 8-11 September 2015 and welcomes more than 60,000 visitors from over 100 countries. In a nutshell, it’s going to be a busy time for all of you, so here are our suggestions to help make the most out of your visit to the Granite City.

EAT
Moonfish Café, is tucked away in the Merchant quarter of the city, and renowned for its high quality seafood. Head chef Brian McLeish was winner of BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals in 2014, and he and his team consistently create high calibre cuisine, made with local and seasonal produce. The restaurant is relaxed and informal, and also boasts a fabulous (and extensive!) gin menu.

With its rustic interior and cosy atmosphere, the Adelphi Kitchen has been a massive hit with locals since it opened in 2013. Offering a mouth-watering menu of charcoal cooked meat and seafood, Tuesday night is Tray Food Taster night when diners can tuck into monkfish scampi, pulled pork and 45 day dry aged steak, to name but a few!

If you feel like venturing out of the city, the award-winning Cock and Bull is only a short drive from the city centre (and even closer to the AECC). It’s located near the breath-taking sand dunes of Balmedie beach, with wonderful views out to sea. It’s a firm favourite with those who live and visit the North East, and the restaurant will be running a special menu for SPE Offshore Europe, to showcase the very best of the area’s larder. 

SLEEP
Central Aberdeen has an abundance of high quality accommodation, all of which is only a stone’s throw from the city’s buzzing nightlife. The boutique Malmaison offers 80 stylish and luxurious rooms and suites. It’s just the kind of place you want to return to after a hectic day. Malbar serves some of the city’s most indulgent cocktails, and the tartan-adorned Brasserie is just the place to experience some of the best steaks in town. Or maybe you’ve prefer to head to the Spa for an evening of relaxation and pampering?

For those who fancy something a bit different, the Bauhaus is a trendy boutique hotel with urban-chic rooms fully equipped with smart TVs, iPod docks and Nespresso machines. Based upon the simplistic Bauhaus principals of industrial design, the hotel is characterised by its contemporary, geometric design. It has a great location, in the heart of Aberdeen city centre and just a stone’s throw from some of the best bars and restaurants in town.

Fancy treating yourself? The 5-star Marcliffe Hotel and Spa at Pitfodels is a bit of an institution here. An elegant country hotel in its own picturesque grounds, it’s the byword for luxury in the North East. Its rooms are super-sumptuous, and the hotel is full of cosy corners with the kind of sofa you’ll want to curl up in.  Add to this the Conservatory restaurant, which offers some of the very best in local produce and you’ve got a taste of Scotland at its best.

DO
If you’re taking some gifts home (and you know you should!), then Union Square is the biggest and busiest shopping destination in Aberdeen, with more than 50 shops including Apple, Joules, Hotel Chocolat and Hollister. As well as being one of the largest city centre shopping developments in the UK, it’s also home to a cinema, a hotel and more than 15 restaurants, making it the perfect one-stop-shop for visitors! 

Most people who visit Offshore Europe will have an interest in the award-winning Maritime Museum. It offers visitors a fantastic viewpoint over Aberdeen’s busy harbour and is the only place in the UK that houses displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. The museum has a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fishing and port history and is situated on the city’s historic Shiprow.

Aberdeenshire is known as ‘Scotland’s Castle Country’ thanks to over 300 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape. If you have some time to spare after the show, the VisitScotland Castle Trail is a fantastic way of taking in some beautiful, dramatic scenery and will take you to some of Aberdeenshire’s most impressive castles, such as Dunnottar Castle perched on a cliff top near the quaint seaside town of Stonehaven. Do this, and you’ll really feel like you’ve “seen” North East Scotland.

Or if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Offshore Europe, Dusk Cocktail Bar is an intimate and stylish lounge situated in the heart of Aberdeen's West End serving the finest classic and original cocktails, boutique spirits and specialist craft ales. Its timeless surroundings, coupled with the bartenders knowledge of serving a diverse range of carefully crafted cocktails makes it the perfect place to unwind. 

ThinkPR at SPE Offshore Europe
The ThinkPR team will be at SPE Offshore Europe every day between Tuesday 8 and Friday 11 September. If you would like to meet up for a coffee and a chat, please get in touch to find out what ThinkPR can do for you.