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Christmas Night Out - Straw Poll

As you may have noticed, rather than the usual monthly pub meet, I've pencilled in a Pre-Christmas meal (Italian, of course ) in the diary instead. I know that it's still months away, , but these things need a bit of forward-planning.

The exact date and location is still 'in limbo' - it will depend on what's available but I'm hoping for something fairly central to the AOSS region on either a Wednesday or a Sunday evening. Before I start approaching my shortlist of suitable venues, I need an idea of probable numbers for table size and as a possible negotiating tool on the price.

So for now, if you could simply post below whether or not you (and your partner, if applicable) would be interested plus any appropriate comments, it'll give me something to go on. Once details start to gel, I'll then post up a proper Event Listing with RSVP facility.

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Sheona and I would definately be interested David.
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Depending on date, Louise and I could be there.
 
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sounds like an idea Kirstine and I are strong possibles, depending on dates and locations.
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OK, looking good so far. On the basis of the above I can now start looking at venues, dates and prices - watch this space!
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Forgot to get back about this - prob 1 depending on date/time

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I should be back on my feet by then Depending on date, would like to come
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This is shaping up quite nicely, thanks.

I've been out and about scouring the region for some decent Italians and I've narrowed it down to a shortlist of 3. I've deliberately stayed away from Glasgow and Edinburgh to try and make it a reasonable travelling distance for the majority, since you're all coming from different directions, . None of the establishments have as yet finished their Christmas menus so it's still a bit of a guessing game as regards pricing etc, but having looked at their current menus I would imagine that no second mortgages are going to be required, .

In no particular order they are:

Liberta Restaurant in Bathgate - http://www.liberta-restaurant.co.uk/
Pros: Only been going since March of this year so still 'fresh'. Loads of off-street parking within 1-2 minutes walk. Friends who've been recommend it. Separate 'function room' upstairs to cater for larger groups.
Cons: Only been going since March of this year so still 'finding their feet', resulting in a couple of negative reviews on Tripadvisor. If you're coming by public transport, Bathgate railway station (with direct services to Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street) is 10-15 minute walk / bus stops are 10 minutes walk, but with no direct service to Edinburgh or Glasgow as you have to go via Livingston.

Antonio's Restaurant in Falkirk - Antonio's Restaurant Falkirk for top class Italian cuisine and fine wines
Pros : Loads of off-street parking within 2-3 minutes walk. If you're coming by public transport, Falkirk Grahamston railway station (with direct services to Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street) is a 3 minute walk. I've been here several times and have been well-pleased each time. An area for larger groups is available in the main restaurant.
Con's : A few negative reviews on Tripadvisor (but not from me) but some recent new staff members (from a rival restaurant) should address the problems highlighted. If you're coming by public transport, the bus station is a 15 minute walk although it does offer direct links to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Cibo e Vino in Stirling - Cibo E Vino - Home
Pros : Very authentically Italian. Rated highly on Tripadvisor. Load of on-street parking 2-5 minutes walk. If you're coming by public transport, the railway station and the bus station (both with direct links to Glasgow and Edinburgh) are a 4 minute walk.
Cons : The only off-street parking available is in a multi-storey, , about 5 minutes walk away. Small restaurant which might struggle a bit to serve a large group all at once - we could conceivably occupy more than half the seats. Located within a shopping arcade which means the restaurant has to close at 9pm on a weekday and 10pm on a Saturday. A couple of negative comments on Tripadvisor but they were a while ago now.

The consensus of them all is that the best time would be during week commencing 10th December so I'm provisionally looking at Wednesday 12th around 7.30pm, although it might have to be a bit earlier if we chose the Stirling venue. They will all be emailing me details once they're available, but in the meantime - any comments or observations which could sway the final decision?

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If I have worked it out right i'm dayshift on the 12th so I should be ok to go. Only have experience of Antiono's which was good. No idea about the others but would be happy to go to any.
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If you're looking at through the week then I'm definitely out.
 
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If you're looking at through the week then I'm definitely out.
It's still very much up in the air at the moment, Graeme, so don't give up hope just yet. The 12th is very much a pencilled-in date. Once I've got the menus and prices, it'll be a bit easier to firm up on the when and where.

It's feedback exactly like this that I'm looking for right now, so that I can strive towards satisfying the majority when it comes to decision-making time rather than simply making it my choice. Democracy in action, eh?
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Keep me posted though David as if it was a Saturday night then we'd be up for a night down south with a b & b or something.
 
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Keep me posted though David as if it was a Saturday night then we'd be up for a night down south with a b & b or something.
Will do, .
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I would have to agree with GRAEME, school nights aren't ideal.














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I agree with Daphne's owner - if it was a weekend David and I would consider coming down and staying at a B&B too
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A Wednesday night was thrown into the mix as it might have been easier to get a booking, and to gauge your reaction - which it has achieved, . Therefore, due to popular demand (democracy in action - got to love it), I am now looking at Saturday 8th December as it's not too long after payday but is early enough that you won't have completely depleted your bank balances on trinkets or stocking-up the fridge, . The 3 venues on my shortlist can all accommodate us on that day (it's still far enough in advance to get in ahead of the crowds) and it still leaves a couple of weekends free before 'The Big Day' for those other things (as mentioned above) that you feel you need to do, . Just waiting for the menus and pricing now (which should be available in 2-3 weeks time) to move it from the planning to the decision stage, .

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