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In this issue
09 Review – Leith Lynx
11 Review – Ristorante Ferrari
13 Review – The Honours
14 Beer – Dark Star Expresso Stout
15 Review – Ignite
16 Wine – Rubicon Estate 2003
17 Wine – Le Di Vin
18 Wine – Henrick’s Bar & Bistro
19 Cocktails – Affinity
20 Cocktails – The Kelpie
21 Cocktails – Edinburgh Gin
22 The Insider – A Taste of Shlockland
23 Gourmet Girl Goes to Lidl
24 Off The Trolley – The Tunnock’s
27 Healthy Living with Real Foods
– Mushroom Mania
28 Whiskipedia – Glencadam
Highland Single Malt 10-year-old
29 What’s In Season – Truite au Bleu
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Supporting Orkney Cheddar
Scottish chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack, of
restaurant Castle Terrace, have joined a campaign to
support Orkney Cheddar and have created a number of
yummy recipes using the product such as fishcakes with
mornay sauce and asparagus.
More info www.orkneycheddar.co.uk
Love Music Love Food
September 5th sees the release of Love Music Love food, The
Rockstar Cookbook - a stunning work which is raising funds
and awareness for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Inside you will
find creative photographs by Patrice de Villiers featuring musicians
with their favourite foods and accompanying recipes
from Sarah Muir. For example, Siouxsie Sioux with Beans on
Toast, Brandon Flowers with Pastor Tacos, Alex Kapranos with
Beetroot. It’s all for an excellent cause.
Visit www.teenagecancertrustshop.org for online sales.
The Good Table
September 5th also sees the release of Valentine Warner’s
new book The Good Table. Warner pays homage to the
slow cooking of cheaper cuts of beef, pork and lamb,
whilst encouraging readers to enjoy less widely-used meat
such as rabbit and venison.
Watson & Son Black Label
This is a premium honey that has powerful antimicrobial
properties and is thought to have a whole host of other
health benefits. Watson and Son have their HQ in the
Wairarapa region of New Zealand’s North Island and have over
fifteen thousand beehives in some of the most remote areas
of the country. Available at Napiers in Edinburgh or go to
PS – it is absolutely delicious.
Would You Like To See
The Beer List Sir?
Edinburgh’s Café St Honoré is replacing wine
with beer for Scottish Food Fortnight. They
have teamed up with Innis & Gunn to present a
special Harvest Supper on Tuesday 6
September and will host a 4 course meal
consisting of entirely home-grown food and
drink. Diners can expect to sample grass-fed
rose veal, hand-dived west coast scallops,
Borders roe deer and a bramley apple pudding.
Places cost £30 each. Book on 0131 2262211 or
email on email@example.com
Iced & Light
Iced & Light is a fruity fat-free dessert produced in East
Lothian using a secret Italian recipe. The fruit is grown
near Dunbar, which apparently has more sunshine hours
than anywhere else in the UK! There are strawberry,
raspberry, lemon and blackcurrant flavours. To find out
more about this delicious, fruity, tingly, velvety dessert
and how to source, visit www.icedelight.co.uk or call
Mark Rennie on 07960 962518.
Tudor House, 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh
0131 225 8678 • www.laptitefolie.co.uk
Restaurant open for lunch 12 noon-3pm
and dinner 6pm-11pm.
Also at the Tudor House
0131 538 1815
Review: Leith Lynx All about the produce
he set dinner menu from Leith Lynx is
surely the best in town? At £16.95 for
three courses it’s a great deal;
especially when John Winnock (previously
head chef of Orocco Pier), is in the kitchen.
Mr Bite chose this option whilst I plumped for
à la carte. Starters were fresh Spey Bay ropegrown
mussels in tomato, chilli and tarragon
for him and grilled goats’ cheese with roasted
red pepper crostini and onion jam (£4.75) for
me. Caramelized onions and soft fruity
peppers were a good foil for the nicely
warmed gooey cheese, homemade crostini
was crunchy and fresh, the accompanying
cherry tomatoes a little cold. Mr Bite’s mussels
were smoky, the tarragon was pungent and the
garlic prominent; an unconventional twist of
flavours on a delicious dish which stood up
surprisingly well to the hefty flavours of his
William Bros Midnight Sun.
For mains I passed on fresh Port Seton lobster
with garlic butter (!) simply because I was
‘lobstered out’ when I visited (cue violins).
Instead I chose pan-fried Scrabster cod with
spring onion mash and a tomato and caper
salsa (£13.95) and Mr Bite had smoked loin of
Clash farm pork with dauphinoise potatoes
and pea and bacon broth. Both dishes had a
good balance of flavours on the plate. I loved
the zingy, fresh flavours of the salsa, the mash
was unctuous and it was nice piece of fish
although the skin could have been crispier. Mr
Bite’s broth was superbly deep and intense.
Good wholesome dishes; plates were cleaned.
Dessert for me was raspberry and Drambuie
crème brûlée with shortbread (£4.25) and Mr
Bite had the cheese. Now you’re talking! I like
to consider myself a bit of a ‘brûlée queen’
and this one was ‘right up there’; bosom-firm
consistency, lovely sharp raspberries and
stunningly good homemade shortbread. The
cheese plate got the thumbs up too, plenty of
grapes and – celery, Mr Bite’s favourite
Leith Lynx prides itself on sourcing local,
seasonal ingredients; the fresh, homemade
food is well put-together and a sign outside
for ‘lobster Fridays’, ensures a repeat visit.
– 102 Constitution Street, Edinburgh,
Leith EH6 6AW
– 0131 554 9996
7 days Mon-Sun 10am-9.30pm for breakfast,
lunch and dinner.
Note: Leith Lynx caters for most dietary
requirements, especially coeliacs!
The best little slice of Poland in Edinburgh just got a lot bigger
DELI POLONIA BAKERY
now offers authentic Polish artisan bread baked
on our premises
P O L I S H
D E L I C AT E S S E N
235-241 Leith Walk, Edinburgh
EH6 8NY • Tel: 0131 555 1281
OPENING HOURS –
Delicatessen: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm;
Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm
Café: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm;
WHISKY SHOP, BAR & BISTRO
Food served all day. Fresh, local, Scottish produce.
Premium wine & spirits list
Scottish craft beers & ciders
Exclusive range of Innis and Gunn beer
Iconic views over The Mound
The Mound 4-7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh.
Bar & Bistro
0131 225 7224
0131 225 1532
Review: Ristorante Ferrari Full of potential
o longer the Bruntsfield post office, 1
Merchiston Place has been beautifully
Ntransformed into the upscale Ristorante
Ferrari, serving what they see as traditional
northern Italian cuisine. The new occupants
present us with a welcoming room filled with
soft jazz, white linens and spectacular wine
glasses that beg to be filled with delicious
Italian juice. What could go wrong? Well, a
couple of things.
Service couldn’t be sweeter as we are shown to
our table of choice, by a window overlooking
the rain-soaked streets. Wine glasses are filled,
bread sticks are broken and olives also join the
table as we peruse a menu that quickly raises
The prices are very high, particularly when
considering the ‘primi’ courses (pasta dishes,
traditionally eaten first in Italy) all exceed £15
and it’s clear that regular patrons could not have
this plus a main without breaking the bank.
Expectations are now high as well.
Instead we go for the special bruschetta (£4.50),
garlicky and good, and the ‘tarte salate’ (£5.95), a
really delicious savoury cake composed of Fontina
cheese, Porcini mushrooms and potatoes, served
warm with cool sour cream that tastes
delightfully of lemon. Four thumbs up so far.
My companion’s main is incredible; the ’osel scapa’
(meaning ‘escaped bird’) is a Pancetta-wrapped
sirloin with a Fontina cheese and herb center
(£15.50). Strong flavours mingle harmoniously and
every bite is savoured. Mine doesn’t compare.
My fish of the day should have been a delicatelycooked
monkfish with imaginative side dishes
chosen specifically to bring out the flavours of
each other and this particular fish. I receive an
unattractive bowl of melted butter with an alienlike
monkfish flipped ugly-side-up and halved
cherry tomatoes swimming questionably about
(£18.50). I am offered a salad or stuffed vegetables
for a side, as it comes with nothing else, but
instead the chef sends a standard roasted
vegetable medley, the same that accompanies
the sirloin and, lazily, other dishes too.
For these prices, one expects more creativity to
go into each individual forkful, and for the
complementary accompaniments to stay with
and enhance each bite. The pool of ‘mad water’
tastes of nothing as it rolls off each piece of this
usually-extraordinary fish that has tragically
died in vain. It had so, so much more potential.
For pudding, the torta della nonna: pastry cream
on pastry cake, and covered with almonds. My
companion said it was warm and lovely, but I
think she was being polite.
Ferrari also has so much promise, but must first
lower prices, or instead live up to them. (K. Smith)
– 1 Merchiston Place, Bruntsfield,Edinburgh
– 0131 622 0108
Tuesday to Sunday 5 pm till 11 pm
Specially Selected Pork Takes
Centre Stage with Hardeep Singh Kohli
elebrated broadcaster, comedian and Chef
Hardeep Singh Kohli joined Edinburgh Fringe
revellers last month to launch a new
campaign for Specially Selected Pork. He was joined
by Fife pig farmer Andrew Peddie to unveil the new
“Look for the Label” campaign. The pair tempted
hungry festival goers with a selection of delicious
dishes highlighting the versatility of pork which
Hardeep described as “the king of meats.”
Research has shown that Brits eat a staggering £1.9B
worth of pork each year. However, with more than
60% of all pig meat being imported, Scots are
encouraged to support local suppliers and choose
Specially Selected Pork.
The Specially Selected Pork label guarantees the
traceability of the meat from farm to fork, ensuring
it has been born, reared and slaughtered in Scotland.
More info at www.speciallyselectedpork.co.uk
Chinese Pork with
Ingredients – Serves 2
450g Specially Selected Pork fillet
60ml plum sauce
30ml sweet chilli sauce
10ml soy sauce
50g sugar snap peas
1 red onion cut into wedges
1 red pepper cut into strips
100g baby sweetcorn – halved
1 carrot peeled and cut into thin strips
1 Into a roasting tin place onion,
pepper, sweetcorn, and carrot.
Drizzle over 15ml oil and mix
together. Place 450g lean pork fillet
2 Mix together plum sauce, sweet
chilli sauce and drizzle over the
3 Cook in a preheated oven for 25-30
minutes. During the last 10-15
minutes of cooking, mix through
the vegetables and cook for
Serve the pork fillet cut into slices with
the roasted vegetables and crispy rice
noodles, or boiled egg noodles.
Review: The Honours A classic brasserie
oes Martin Wishart
have a painting in his
Dattic? Edinburgh's first
Michelin man looks as fresh
and energetic as ever as he
opens new venture, The
Honours. Along with fellow
chef and business partner Paul
Tamberrini, he has created a French brasserie so
classic it could have been inspired by the front
cover of Larousse Gastronomique.
It's a canny move. Despite recent trends for
rustic dining, the success of, for example,
Ondine has clearly demonstrated an
appreciation in Edinburgh for quality cuisine in
I visited with friend and fellow foodie, Fat
Donny (he isn't) for lunch. Ever the gent, he
chose the prix fixe menu (£17.50) (sure to attract
the New Town ladies who lunch), leaving me
free to indulge in the à la carte.
Starters set the bar; expect deceptively simple
looking dishes that belie expert execution. For
me, a Swiss cheese soufflé with spinach and
béchamel (£8.25) and for Donny, pork belly
minestrone with a free-range poached egg. My
soufflé was a puff of cheesy delight
complemented by the silky sauce. However,
and I squirm as I write, it was very slightly
overdone, but still sublime. Donny declared his
broth to be, “a modern take on minestrone.” It
had layers of flavour and aroma, from the
deeply comforting, labour-intensive stock right
through to high notes of fennel.
Main course for FD was goujonettes of plaice,
mushy peas and tartare sauce
whilst I chose rabbit a la
moutarde with pommes
sautées (£16.50). Neither of us
are fans of goujons but their
light freshness won us over
whilst the mushy peas had an
intensity of flavour that
transported me instantly to my granddad's
allotment. Meanwhile, the mustard sauce took
me to France with its intense flavour, hint of
rosemary and perfect consistency. (Minor
quibble: the menu champions local produce so
why source the rabbits from France?) Simple,
delicious food executed with a delicacy of
touch that modestly ensures the produce
remains centre stage.
Desserts were an individually cooked, pastryperfect
tarte Tatin (£7.25) for me with
home-made milky ice cream and a sundae for
Fat Donny with hokey-pokey and pleasingly
The Honours is here to stay. In a city of
proliferating bistros, the gap in the market for a
time-honoured brasserie has been cleverly
spotted and exploited. "À bientôt". (S. Wilson)
– 58a North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3LU
– 0131 220 2513 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch 12 noon-2.30 pm (12.30am Sun)
Dinner 6pm-10.30pm Tues-Sat.
Closed Sun eve and Mon.
Beer: Dark Star Espresso Stout
’ve never been much of a coffee drinker;
having always found instant to be a very
poor alternative to a decent cup of tea
and although I do enjoy the very occasional
mug of the proper stuff, I haven’t gotten
around to learning the art of brewing it.
Chances are, you’re probably a lot
more au-fait with the complex,
bittersweet flavours of the
coffee bean than I am. But
even my decaffeinated
taste buds can detect
the very mocha-like
flavours found in many
stouts and porters.
These flavours are
usually derived from the
use of dark, roasted malts,
but if a brewer wants to
emphasise these notes it is not
uncommon to beef them up with the
addition of some freshly ground beans. As is
the case with a rather fine example from
Sussex: the Dark Star Espresso Stout.
The beer is more colourful than most stouts,
with red and amber highlights and a thin,
magnolia shortbread biscuit head. It is fairly
flat with little or no effervescence and the
head fades reasonably quickly. The nose is
very intense, almost physical in its presence
and dominated by strong black coffee.
There are suggestions of molasses, bitter
chocolate and dried fruit, but they all play
second fiddle to the freshly ground Arabica
beans. The beer is medium bodied, with little
or no alcohol burn. The palate is well rounded
with sweet oloroso sherry notes, a surprising
amount of hop bitterness and a dry, grainy
finish. It is a much lighter beer than both my
experience and that almighty aroma led
me to expect. It does linger on the
palate in a very pleasant way, but
unlike so many stouts, it isn’t
brash or overblown, it is
simply a well-crafted,
smooth, extremely neckable
beer of both modest strength
(4.2%abv) and price (Just over
£2 for 50cl).
Although an extremely
successful English brewery, Dark
Star is just now making inroads in
Scotland. The only other bottled beer that is
available up here is a golden summer ale that
the missus dismissed as being to sweet and
floral. For now I’ll take her word for it, but
given the quality of the stout you can be sure
I’ll be giving it a go soon.
James Wrobel is the proprietor for
Cornelius Beer and Wine on Easter
Road, Edinburgh, and can be
contacted on 0131 652 2405.
Review: Ignite Pilau talk
glance at Ignite’s website reveals that
they are located at the Haymarket
end of Morrison Street, so the Silver
Fox and I calibrated co-ordinates and pointed
our appetites west-wards. Ignite is in the
modern style of Indian restaurants with a
warm décor and an efficient front of house
They specialise in Bangladeshi and North
Indian dishes, and the menu features plenty of
familiar fare, alongside some less predictable
dishes. They also boast an ambitious wine and
Champagne list which offers both Krug and
Cristal, along with a good selection of lagers.
The richness of Indian food often invokes
sleepiness in me, and whilst we had every
intention of ‘ordering light’, a combination of
tempting choices, and convincing
recommendations soon had a mountain of
food heading our way.
To nibble, we began with some crispy papadams,
chutneys and a fresh onion pickle
(£2.95), followed by starters. We ordered the
super-cute baby aubergine pakora (£3.75), and
a selection of mixed kebab (£5.50). The pakora
were excellent, each mouthful combined the
softly-cooked centres and the spiced,
crunchy batter. The mixed kebab with their
salad garnish present and correct, comprised
grilled chicken breast and lamb, and the
‘flavour winner’ was made with minced lamb,
packed with zingy coriander.
Apart from of featuring one seabass dish, the
seafood section didn’t extend beyond the
ubiquitous king prawn, which was a shame.
Instead, we opted for Maracel chicken (I
thought rather pricey at £12.50) and the
Ceylon with lamb (£10.50). These were
accompanied by textbook-perfect fluffy pilau
rice, and the peshwari naan (both £3.25),
which was lightly blackened on the outside
and stuffed with coconut and sweet raisins.
With their reddish hue, both sauces looked
similar, however the layers of convincing ,
punchy tastes were well defined. The lamb’s
sauce a little more garlicky, coconut-y and
with heat, The Maracel sauce on the sweeter
scale, with chunks of bell peppers and
onions. Both were delicious with tender bites
We couldn’t manage dessert, which seemed
to mostly be of the pre-made frozen type
anyway, so with full bellies (and a take-home
doggie bag), we left behind Ignite’s warm vibe,
and headed home to swap the pilau for our
Leila Arfa writes www.leilappetit.com
– 272-274 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
– 0131 228 5666
Lunch: noon - 2pm 7 days
Dinner: 5:30pm - 11pm 7 days
Wine: Rubicon Estate 2003
nglenook winery is still and will forever
be one of my favourite Californian
wineries and Rubicon Estate, located in
Rutherford, California, is part of the original
Inglenook Estate which was established in
1880 by sea captain, Gustave Niebaum. His
intention was to create Californian wines
with the quality and status accorded to
European ones. Being a perfectionist he
planted only noble varietals imported from
France and built a state-of-the-art winery.
During prohibition his grand-nephew took
the helm, but his life was cut short, and in
1975 Francis Ford Coppola acceded.
Rubicon Estate is named after the flagship
wine which reflects the wonderfully unique
terrain. Rubicon use only 100% organicallyfarmed
grapes sourced directly from the
100% Cabernet Sauvignon vines that were
planted between 1882 and 1885. DNA
testings ensure the authenticiy of the vines!
All harvesting is done by hand in the early
morning hours, and is then ready for the
crush. Rubicon is fermented in wooden
Taransaud open-top tanks. Traditional punchdown
and pump-overs are used to extract a
density in the wine along with supple tannins.
Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2003
Rubicon is full of black, sour cherries and
violets. On the palate the aromas are
Inglenook Winery, a historic winery building on the National
Register of Historic Places in Napa County, California.
confirmed with intense wild berries and
sweet vanilla which comes from the 100%
French oak barrels. Intense and dense on the
palate at 15% alcohol by volume. With a
decanter this wine is approachable now, but
if you are patient you may wait for perfection
in 15-25 years.
This amazing top estate cuvée can be found
at Calistoga Restaurant in Edinburgh on 70
Rose Street Lane, North for £75.00. All wines
available at Calistoga are for retail sale, but as
a unique pricing policy when you dine at the
restaurant you are only charged an additional
£5.00 a bottle. Now that’s a deal.
(S. Ramsay, W’est Solutions)
Wine: Le Di Vin Have you been to Le Di Vin?
ative Breton, Virginie
Brouard, has been
Nproprietor of the two
branches of successful bistro
La P’tite Folie since the early
naughties and two years ago
had an envy-inducing light
bulb moment. She opened a
sophisticated wine bar in a
beautiful building with a
simple menu of winecomplementing
fish, cheese and charcuterie.
Previously, wine bars had
associations but it was time for a change and
Virginie read the market correctly.
Having a husband in the wine trade helped and
Ghislaine put together a wine list showcasing
two hundred wines from around the world
with over 50 by the glass.
Le Di Vin is a West End haven of
sophistication. Even when super busy you are
still likely to find a seat. The large, airy space
was formerly the Oratory of St Anne, a Polish
church. It has been tastefully refurbished and
accommodates a mezzanine which can be
hired for events or private parties. A large
wooden bar has a beautiful pewter top
imported from Lyon. The design is of vine
leaves and behind is an artisan wooden back
bar which showcases gleaming bottles of
wine. A mural was commissioned which
symbolises the entente cordiale. On one side
of a ‘last supper’ type table
stands Virginie as Joan of Arc,
alongside famous French
faces such as Edith Piaf, De
Gaulle, Brigitte Bardot; whilst
on the the other side we
enjoy characters such as Sean
Connery, Billy Connolly,
Last time I visited was
following a book festival
event with a couple of
friends. We had some
Sauvignon Blanc, one platter
of smoked fish (£14) and one
of cheese (£14), plenty of bread, oatcakes and
butter are included and table service is
always friendly and efficient. Cheeses are
from Henri’s delicatessen in Morningside.
Keep your eyes peeled for Autumnal wine
tastings by Ghislaine; they are great value for
Le Di Vin is an ideal place to enjoy a glass or
two with friends; it is classy without being
intimidating and the modest but successful
Virginie Brouard is one of the unsung heroes
of the Edinburgh eating and drinking scene.
Le Di Vin Wine Bar
– 9 Randolph Place , Edinburgh EH3 7TE
– 0131 538 1815
Mon-Sat 12 noon till late; closed on Sunday
Wine: Henrick’s Bar & Bistro
The St Hallet's Range, Barossa Valley, Australia
assion is an over-used and often
superfluous term. As I listen to Ailsa,
Pproprietor of Henrick's Bar and Bistro in
Bruntsfield, describe her journey into the
wonderful world of wine her enthusiasm is
This ‘passion’ was
spotted by the head of
St Hallett's vineyard in
the iconic Barossa Valley.
He met Ailsa at a wine
show some years ago
and immediately invited her to work on the
2007 vintage. It was this adventure that
ultimately became the inspiration for the
current wine list at Henrick’s.
Ailsa worked the whole process from picking
and crushing the grapes through to barrelling
and tasting and now Henrick's bar is
becoming a bit of a flagship in the UK for the
St Hallett's range. For example, they have UK
exclusivity for Shiraz St Hallett Garden of
Eden, Barossa 2008 (£18.95).
I tasted three wines with Ailsa
First up was Poacher’s Blend (St. Hallett's,
Barossa, 2008), which is made from a mix of
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Riesling
grapes. Lots of minerality ensures it is crisp
and refreshing but it also has body. We
thought it would complement the Henrick's
pan-fried monkfish cheeks, slowly simmered
in a white wine, rosemary and shallot sauce,
served with a pea and herb risotto (£8.50).
Next the Grenache – Shiraz Rosé (St. Hallett’s,
Barossa, 2010). I was a little suspicious of this
one as I usually like my rosé to be of the light
salmon-coloured Provencal-style. This wine
was almost fluorescent pink but it was
surprisingly dry and I loved it – lots of
summer berries but also hints of bubblegum
and a refreshing acidity. Pair it with chicken
Kiev (£8.50): tortilla crusted chicken breast,
filled with a rich garlic & cheese sauce and
served on a potato and cucumber salad, with
crispy noodles and quail eggs.
To finish, a Grenache - Shiraz - Touriga
(St. Hallett’s, Barossa, 2008). Soft, smooth
Grenache, followed by dark berries from the
Shiraz and juicy blackcurrants courtesy of the
Touriga. An intense, lush wine filled with
Aussie sunshine. A perfect Autumnal wine for
Henrick’s beef stroganoff (£8.95).
Note: Henrick's use a Vintori to pour their
wine. This is an award-winning wine gadget
that aerates wine immediately.
Henrick's Bar & Bistro
– 3 Barclay Place, Edinburgh
– 0131 229 2442
Cocktails: Affinity A natural liking for something....
t's fair to say I have an
affinity for Bramble, one
Iof the best cocktail bars in
Edinburgh. And now, well,
Bramble has an ‘Affinity’ for
me. It's hard to admit but this
Affinity is not just for me, it's
for everyone else as well!
You may have guessed that
Bramble have introduced an
‘Affinity’ cocktail onto their
menu. What you may not
have guessed is that this is a
unique ‘Affinity’ cocktail. It's
been created in conjunction
with Glenmorangie, made
using Glenmorangie 10-year-old and like the
whisky, benefits from some barrel ageing.
Thankfully we're not talking about 10 years in
old bourbon or sherry casks, but six weeks in a
bespoke 5-litre cask produced by Glenmorangie
for Bramble. In fact five casks have been made,
four from American Oak and one from French
Oak, each with with a different level of toasting
to allow the Bramble-meisters to experiment
with the cask type and the length of the ageing
period. Glenmorangie Head of Distilling and
Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden oversaw the
So what do you get when you order a
Glenmorangie Affinity for £9.00 at Bramble?
The first thing you notice is how quickly you
get the drink - no messing around with
shakers, mixing glasses or muddlers here! The
next thing you notice is no ice -
just a frozen glass garnished
with a fresh cherry a lemon
twist and what, on first
impressions, looks like an oldfashioned
bottle of cough
mixture. Don't let your first
impressions deceive you though.
A closer examination reveals as
much thought has gone into the
packaging as the drink itself. The
100ml bottle is wax sealed,
individually marked with the
date of casking, the date of
bottling and who filled it and
labelled in the style of some
turn of the century snake oil.
As for the drink itself. If, like me, you are a
lover of whisky-based cocktails then I think
you'll like this one. A blend of equal parts 10
year old Glenmorangie, Byrhh and Noilly Prat
Dry Vermouth, each batch is likely to be
subtly different depending on the cask used
and the period of ageing. Ours was aged six
weeks in a heavy toast American Oak cask.
What you end up with is a rich, slightly
sweet, complex drink with notes of spice and
tannin that lingers a long time.
Oh, and you get to keep the bottle. (M. Earl)
Bramble Bar & Lounge
– 16A Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE
– 0131 226 6343
Cocktails: The Kelpie from Force of Nature
ocktails can be healthy! That’s the
good news coming from local
Centrepreneur Hilary Martha Donald.
She specialises in health food cocktails using
ingredients such as agave syrup, juniper,
thyme, blueberries, goji, coconut water,
beetroot, ginger, manuka honey and more.
Here’s a taster but you can find more info at
Kelpie – A bespoke take on the ‘pink gin’
with rhubarb and lemon thyme ice.
You will need a small pan, an ice tray,
tablespoon, 4 glasses, chopping board, sharp
3 large stalks of rhubarb, 2tblspns agave nectar,
lemon thyme, Hendricks Gin, tonic water,
Angostura Bitters, 1 lemon, sea vegtables.
Rhubarb and lemon thyme ice
I. Chop 2 stalks of rhubarb. Tip into
pan.Add agave nectar. Simmer on low for
10-15 mins. Mix to smooth.
2. Cut remaining rhubarb into 4 lengths.
Straight slices so they can stand upright.
3 Spoon mixture into eight ice cube
moulds. Stand the rhubarb in 4, stand
the thyme in 4. Freeze for a minimum of
I. Remove rhubarb and thyme ices from
freezer and place a rhubarb and a thyme
cube into each glass. Cover with normal
2. Pour 4 gin and tonics
3. Add a dash of Angostura Bitters and
squeeze & slice of lemon in each.
4. Sprinkle with sea vegtables to serve.
Word of warning: drink immediately from
serving, don’t go back to one that’s let the sea
vegetables infuse for hours… unless you’re
open-minded about distinctly oceanic flavours.
Hilary is hosting a cocktail event at
Real Foods on Broughton Street on
Cocktails: Edinburgh Gin
dinburgh Gin hails from Spencerfield
Spirits in Fife (www.spencerfield
spirit.com). It is made by distilling
Scottish grain spirit together with juniper
and other core gin botanicals in a revered
200-year-old pot still in the Black Country. It
is then shipped to Scotland where native
Scottish botanicals juniper, heather and milk
thistle are added. Here are a couple of
cocktails for you to try at home or in your
2 measures of Edinburgh Gin
1 measure of lemon juice
½ tsp. sugar
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange slice
Shake the ingredients well with ice and strain
into a sugar-rimmed old fashioned glass.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry and
2 measures of Edinburgh Gin
1 measure lemon juice
1 measure Cointreau
½ tsp. sugar
zest of orange
Shake the ingredients well with ice and strain
into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish
with a zest of orange.
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The Insider: A Taste of Shlockland
These days, provenance is everywhere.
(No, not the ‘trace the history of
ancestry’ kind of provenance.) I’m
thinking of the much trickier provenance of
food, where every ‘organic’, ‘free to roam’ and
‘corn-fed’ adds a kerrching to supermarket
tills. Mind you at least there’s a scintilla of
truth in all of the above, the 80s version – an
attempt to put a footprint on the food of the
day – was the even more cynical Taste of
Scotland scheme. No doubt dreamt up by the
Tourist Board. The idea was that as long as
you offered a Scottish dish for a starter, main
and dessert you got a shiny plaque to place
outside your premises to entice the gullible
tourist through the door. Of course, in an
area that was already greyer than a January
night in Cumbernauld, chefs soon subverted
the manifesto to suit their needs or humour.
Meaning the dishes didn’t have to be
Scottish, they just had to sound Scottish.
Thus smoked haddock with duck egg and
Jersey royals would pass muster as ‘smeekit
haddie wi’ drappit egg ‘n’ tatties fae ither
lands’. Spiced yellow split pea soup, Egyptian
in origin, became ‘Brochan Buidhe’ – Gaelic
for yellow mixture. A Sephardic Jewish recipe
for deep fried choux pastry balls tossed in
cinnamon sugar, had a glamorous make over
as ‘Heilan’ Bonnets wi’ jammy dip’. The classic
Russian dish, Coulibiac (salmon, egg, puff
pastry etc) saw service on menus as ‘Kilted
Tweed kettle’. The French staple, daube of
beef with pommes purée, laboured under the
markedly less toothsome moniker; ‘collops i’
the pan wi’ McEwans ale and chappit spuds’.
All of the above required some imagination
or, indeed effrontery. Other classic recipes
could be tweaked with dumb insouciance.
Steak Diane? Replace the brandy with
Drambuie and you have ‘steak Bonnie Prince
Charlie’. Trifle? Easy peasy, swap the sherry for
whisky and you have ‘tipsy laird’.
Menus that were already peppered with
appalling Franglais translations of the classic
culinary cannon were now groaning under the
weight of another mangled dialect. Let us call
this one Authentic Gibberish…There was even
some crossover between the rogue languages
– hetoudeau, the French for capon, became
the Scottish dish ‘Howtowdie’ – happily the
80s culinary fraternity cannot be blamed for
this one, it was a product of the Auld
Alliance between the two countries.
‘smeekit haddie wi’ drappit egg ‘n’ tatties fae ither lands’
Gourmet Girl Goes To: Lidl
quick glance at my monthly bank
statement reveals the extent of my
food-shopping mania. In my
younger years, fancy shoes were my
Achilles’ heel. These days it’s a quest for the
finest edibles. We all love supporting
independent stores, but reality also says that
most of us are in a supermarket at least once
a week. Waitrose is always top of my
list for quality, but it knocks a
serious dent in budgetary
terms. When I’ve over-spent
once more and can’t quite
give up my Parma ham
addiction, a trip to LIDL
will always keep me
It’s an ugly ‘ol place, and a
visit here will never have
you leaving with a warm and
fuzzy feeling but neither will it
seduce you into multi-offer buying,
or chasing ‘loyalty points’. I’ve been known
to quickly pack my bags, push the trolley to
the car park and have a sneaky look at the
receipt to verify that I managed to buy ‘all
of this’ for £26.94.
Some of the stuff on the shelves is
uninspiring, and frankly weird. However,
many products are the same as (if not
better than) the average supermarket
version, only here it can be up to 50% less
pricey. Some of my faves are the Italian
tinned tomatoes, passata, basmati rice,
extra-virgin olive oil, organic eggs, walnuts
and cartons of juice.
The fruit and veggies aisle is always worth a
look. I recently picked up a box of organic
heirloom tomatoes, pots of fresh basil and
coriander for 80p, and rooster potatoes. Far
from all being Euro-imports, the majority of
the fresh produce is from the UK, and things
like apples are great in season.
Fresh meat can be hit or
miss, but they do have
good Scottish free-range
chickens (£3.29/kg) and
chops which are tops
for the BBQ. The deli
section is my fave, and
whilst there are some
dubious processed items,
there’s also some highlights
including the D.O.P Parma ham
and aged Parmesan, the Gorgonzola
and Jamón Serrano. The Greek-style yoghurt
is creamy and tasty dolloped onto their
own-brand luxury muesli (£1.89)
I couldn’t swap to LIDL for my main shop,
but it’s well worth a monthly visit to stock
up on some of these goodies. The shoes
Stores across the UK. www.lidl.co.uk
Leila Arfa is the voice behind food blog
Off The Trolley: The Tunnock's Factory
t has always been a dream of mine to visit
Uddingston. Despite it being a mere 44
miles from Edinburgh, until this summer I
had never been. But what was the appeal?
Quite simply, it is home to the Tunnock's
factory, where 10 million caramel wafers,
snowballs, teacakes, and caramel logs are
made every week. And this summer, I went on
a private tour.
I arrived in Uddingston to the heavenly smell
of coconut and chocolate in the air, with
dreams of caramel rivers, vats of mallow and
streams of chocolate: Scotland's own Willy
Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
I was shown round by Fergus, a lovely man
who didn't in the slightest resemble an
Oompa-Loompa, and seemed entirely
unphased by (or perhaps used to?) my
excitement. Everything, from the biscuit
bases to the chocolate covering, is made onsite
and I got to see it all.
Sheets of caramel, so smooth I wanted to
write my name in them with my finger. Racks
of wafers, destined to be covered in cream or
caramel. Rows of little naked teacakes, their
mallow forming a perky peak, waiting to be
smothered in chocolate. Twelve ton vats of
chocolate, buckets of sugar, crates of
coconut. It was amazing.
Tunnock's began as a family business in 1890. It
was initially a baker's, and until fairly recently,
still devoted a floor of the factory to making
pies and pasties for nearby shops. In the 1950s,
though, the caramel wafer was born. It was
closely followed by the teacake, snowball,
and caramel log. Pie-making space was given
over to the better known Tunnock's products,
although the factory does still supply their
nearby tearoom with savoury items.
Tunnock's is still a family-run business, with
Boyd Tunnock as the man in charge. I saw his
car, and heard whispers of his comings and
goings, but didn't catch a glimpse of him
myself. I imagine he shoots along the
corridors in a glass elevator, inventing strange
things behind closed doors…or perhaps I'm
getting carried away.
But what makes Tunnock's so special?
Tunnock's teacakes are the only high street
variety to use an Italian meringue rather than
gelatin to make their mallowy goodness. Their
chocolate uses real cocoa butter, not
vegetable fat. And they are surprisingly not
too bad for you: a teacake has just 106
But beyond the edible aspects, there was
something special about the atmosphere of
the factory: something more than the
wonderful smell and the barrows (yes,
barrows) of sugar. From the moment I walked
in the door, it was hard not to smile.
Everything, from the naked teacakes to the
robot packing machines, the bowls of
complimentary caramel wafers and even the
Oompa-Loompas – sorry, employees –
seemed happy. And with an average service of
16 years, one suspects the factory's 550 staff
must like what they do.
Hoping to join them, I asked about quality
control, and volunteered as a taster but Fergus
told me that they already have four. Alas. But
perhaps a good thing as Fergus also said he’s
become immune to the smell of sugar and
Tour over, bag of Tunnock's in
hand, it was time to go. And
while I didn't encounter Boyd,
the last person I did meet was
the man who mixed the
chocolate – and his name was
Willy. There may not have
been Oompa-Loompas and
rivers of caramel, but it was still
close enough to magic for me. (R. Edwards)
Public tours of the Tunnock's factory are
available on Wednesday evenings.
Pre-booking is essential. 01698 813551
34 Old Mill Road, Uddingston, G71 7HH.
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Healthy Eating With Real Foods:
eptember is ‘mushroom month’ in the
foodie calendar. It’s the time of the year
when we start to get excited about all
those lovely Autumnal fruit and vegetables
coming into season, not least, fabulous fungi!
Mushrooms are full of vitamins and minerals
e.g. B vitamins, which are good for your
nervous system, as well as selenium,
potassium and niacin, which have a number of
Mushrooms are versatile and quick to cook.
Add them to an omelette, eat them on toast,
or add them to a breakfast for quick
The following pâté is an incredibly simple but
tasty autumnal recipe. Try spreading it on
healthy bread or oatcakes and take to work to
eat with a lunchtime soup.
Ingredients Serves 6
600 ml water
350g mushrooms sliced
1/2 med onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
100g firm tofu, mashed
50g walnuts, chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat the water in a frying pan then cook
the mushrooms, onion and garlic, simmer
for 5 mins until soft.
2. Transfer the vegetables and tofu to a
food processor or blender and process
until smooth. Add the walnuts, salt and
pepper and blend for a further 5 mins.
3. Transfer to a serving dish and chill for at
least 2 hrs before serving.
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– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU
– 0131 557 1911
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Glencadam Highland Single
Malt 10 year old
his highland whisky was winner of the
World Whisky Awards 2009 in the
category Best Highland Single Malt 12
Years and under and Jim Murray awarded the
whisky 95 / 100 in his Whisky Bible 2008.
The distillery lies on the outskirts of Brechin,
Angus in the eastern highlands and is owned
by Angus Dundee Distillers Plc. The whisky is
unchillfiltered and has no caramel colouring
Chillfiltering prevents the whisky from
becoming hazy when in the bottle, when
served, chilled, or when water or ice is added.
Generally bottled whisky over 46% remains
unclouded but many whisky enthusiasts
believe that the process does remove some
of the flavour and body from the whisky.
Meanwhile E150A caramel colouring is
commonly added to Scotch whisky to impart
a rich and well-aged appearance. No other
additives are allowed in Scotch whisky but
the use of caramel additive doesn’t have to
be disclosed in Scotland.
The aim of the distillery with this whisky
however, was to produce an aged but pure
drink where the natural flavours shine
through. Bourbon casks were selected
Unchillfiltered and no added colour
accordingly, which furnish it with vanilla,
toffee and citrus flavours and tones.
Glencadam 10 Tasting Notes
Colour: Pale Straw gold
Nose: At first; fresh, aromatic and floral with
a honey sweetness. The addition of water
brings out its earthiness and the sun-dried
hay of the harvest.
Palate: Vanilla and honeydew sweetness.
Slight tropical fruit.
Finish: Long, lingering and gentle as it fades
on barley malt and fruit.
Glencadam Highland Single Malt – 10 year
old is available from the Whiski Rooms shop
– 4, 6 and 7 North Bank Street,
Edinburgh EH1 2LP
– Bar & Bistro 0131 225 7224
– Whisky Shop 0131 225 1532
What’s In Season:
eptember, I think, is the best month of the year; the
weather is normally kind and I may get a couple
more BBQs in. The hurdy-gurdy, hustle and bustle
of the Festival leaves Edinburgh in a post coital glow;
posters removed from the pillars on the Mile and the
City can breathe once again. Shops and market stalls are
groaning with harvest time goodies, we’re spoilt for
choice as to what we put in our fridges and larders (under
stair cupboard in my case). I love the start of autumn;
orchard fruits and brambles are just right for crumbles,
pies, cobblers, even a fool or two. A time of glut; time for
foraging; wild and brown trout season. If you can get hold
of these wee fish then you are in for a treat as this recipe
is a great way to cook them. Can only get the silvery
rainbows? Don’t worry because this classic French dish
works well with them too.
You can use vinegar to be traditional but as we have a
good local cider supplier, I use Thistly Cross from Dunbar.
If you can’t get hold of a decent fish stock, don’t worry,
cheat with a cube, it isn’t a crime for time short cooks.
You don’t have to have salad – steam kale and toss boiled
spuds in olive or rapeseed oil, it’s just as tasty.
Another real fast food recipe; from fridge to plate should
take no more than 15 minutes. Quick and simple – my
kinda food! (L. Harris)
Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.wordpress.com and
is @BakersBunny on Twitter
Truite au Bleu
1 trout per person
(wild, brown or rainbow)
gutted and cleaned
Fresh, well flavoured fish stock
or, dare I say it, a stock cube
1 Clean the trout under cold
2 Place fish in a deep pan
and pour over the cider
and stock. If using a cube
make up as per instruction.
3 Bring to the boil, cover
with a tight fitting lid, then
remove from heat.Leave to
stand for 5 mins.
Serve with warm salad of
thinly sliced fennel, apple and
potatoes, dressed in a light
coating of mayonnaise.
What else is in my basket?
Pears, brambles, damsons. Partridge, venison, autumn lamb.
Green broccoli, kale, spinach. Mussels, oysters, sea bass.
Bengali and Indian Dining
Ignite – Cuisine based on traditional recipes
from Bangladesh and Northern India in a
sumptuous setting. Dining at Ignite is an
experience capable of rekindling your passion
for Indian food. Open 7 days for lunch and
dinner. 272 Morrison Street, Haymarket
– 0131 228 5666 www.igniterestaurant.com
Lancers Brasserie – A sumptuous dining
experience in Stockbridge offering awardwinning
Indian cuisine. Three dining rooms,
Lancers Mess, The Regiment Club & The
Officers Club, can cater for every desired
dining experience from an intimate dinner for
two, through to private dining and up to large
parties. Try the Chef's Selection from the A La
carte menu (£18.95) and the vegetarian and
non-vegetarian Thali (£22.95) and (£17.95)
respectively. Open for lunch and dinner.
5 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
EH3 5BA. Tel: 0131 332 3444 & 0131 332 9559.
Bistros and Brasseries
Bisque – Casual gourmet dining using locally
sourced food, served in a relaxed and
contemporary setting. The bright, airy brasserie
and sunny garden terrace are perfect for
breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, not to
mention a glass of wine from the well thought
out list. Open all day, every day. 69 Bruntsfield
Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HH
Reservations: 0131 622 8163
Browns – Spacious brasserie-style restaurant
with trademark quality service and bustling
atmosphere. Choose throughout the day from
a freshly prepared menu or enjoy a snack or
pre-dinner cocktail in the bar. Bar open daily
9am-10.30pm Sun, until midnight Mon-Thu, 1am
Fri and Sat; restaurant noon to 11pm daily
(10.30pm Sun). 131-133 George St
– 0131 225 4442.
Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from
cakes to steaks. Drink ... grape to grain and
everything in-between. Enjoy ... the little things
that count. Open for breakfast at 11am. Live
music is now every Friday. Pub Quiz every
Tuesday. Open mic every Sunday. Upstairs
space available for free hire.
133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh –
0131 556 5662 – www.elbowedinburgh.co.uk
e.s.i. – Englishman, Scotsman and an Irishman!
Watch the chefs in the open kitchen create
your meal with fresh, homemade produce.
Diverse beer list ranging from Timothy Taylors
Landlord of Yorkshire, to James Boags of
Tasmania, whilst the bottle of wine on your
table could be award winning. Expect value for
money, a comfortable environment and an
enjoyable experience. 46 Queen Charlotte
Street, Leith – 0131 555 3103
email@example.com www. esibrasserie.com
Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines –
WINNERS of Speciality Restaurant of the Year.
Great food, great wine, wine sales, wine
tastings, whisky tastings all available at
Edinburgh’s Original Californian Restaurant
now based exclusively at 70 Rose St. Lane
North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233.
Rice Terraces – Recently opened, Rice
Terraces is the only Filipino restaurant in
Scotland. Filipino chefs create authentic home
made dishes accompanied by a large selection
of Philippine beers and drinks. Open Tue-Fri
5pm-11pm; Weekends 10am-11pm.
93 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh EH8 9QY,
– 0131 629 9877 – www.rice-terraces.com
Fish and Seafood
The Ship on The Shore – Seafood
Restaurant and Bar. Sustainable Scottish
seafood served with simplicity and style
complemented by a carefully chosen and
extensive wine and champagne list. Try the
fruits de mer for two or the oysters, both with
champagne. The Ship also serves lobster,
smoked salmon, mussels, crab, monkfish, bass
and much more. Seasonal specialities include
game and meat dishes. Outside seating. Food
served Mon-Sun noon-10pm.
24-26 The Shore – 0131 555 0409.
Café Marlayne – An absolute winner! Both
branches of this Edinburgh favourite have a well
deserved reputation for serving consistently
first rate cuisine that is fresh, seasonal and
skilfully cooked. The homemade desserts are
‘to die for’. Open for lunch and dinner.
13 Antigua Street – 0131 558 8244 and
76 Thistle Street – 0131 226 2230.
La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and
Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/ Roussillon.
A restaurant where “Chef/ proprietor Jean
Michel Gauffre brings warm Languedoc to your
plate” (Pete Irvine in Scotland The Best). This
restaurant is simple and stylish with the
relaxed ambience of a French bistro and it is a
firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.
Winner of the Good Food Guide Readers’
Restaurant of the Year 2010 (Scotland). Also
Gordon Ramsay's Best French Restaurant 2010.
Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032
14 Eyre Place – 0131 558 1608 and
88 Commercial Street, Leith – 0131 553 5933
La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro
with mixed clientèle. Favourites include
moules frites, steak frites, beef bourguignon,
duck, etc. Extensive wine list. 2 course lunch
£9.50, noon-3pm. Dinner a la carte 6-11pm.
Closed Sundays. Large groups catered for, set
9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678
61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983
Britannia Spice – This award-winning gem
of the Edinburgh dining scene is often referred
to as the best Indian restaurant in the Capital.
In fact it won the ‘Best in Britain’ Award three
years running! The menu is vast – Indian,
Bangladeshi, Nepali, Thai dishes are served and
the prices are reasonable. Conveniently
located in Leith near the Royal Yacht Britannia,
Ocean Terminal shopping centre and the
Scottish Executive, Britannia Spice is served by
frequent buses from the City centre. Open
Mon-Sat 12 noon-2pm; 5pm-11.45pm,
150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive, Leith,
EH6 6LB. 0131 555 2255.
Suruchi and Suruchi Too – Indian Cuisine
at its best. Innovative cuisine from the major
culinary regions of India bought to Edinburgh
and skillfully prepared by master chefs.
14a Nicolson Street and
121 Constitution Street – 0131 556 6583
and 0131 554 3268 respectively.
Al Dente – Literally ‘on the tooth’ which is
typical of freshly cooked pasta and typical of
this authentic restaurant which serves ‘pure’
Italian food. The changing menu includes
dishes from Puglia to Tuscany and is
complemented by regionally themed nights
once a month. Food cooked with passion using
only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Ideal
venues for corporate events private parties or
business lunches. Nominated for the Ethical
Good Food Awards 2009.
– 139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA
– 0131 652 1932 mob 07530516822
Kurdish and Middle Eastern
Hanam’s – Edinburgh’s only Kurdish & Middle
East restaurant proudly offers a wide variety of
authentic dishes served with complimentary
naan bread. Traditional costumes, music, decor
and speciality events throughout the year,
ensure the Hanam’s experience is really
something to shout about. Also Shisha Pipe
Balcony. Open 7 days from Midday-Late.
3 Johnston Terrace (nr the castle)
– 0131 225 1329 and online booking at
Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas
and Tacos made-to-order with choice of
grilled marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and
slow-cooked pork. Vegetarian and vegan
options also available. Fresh made guacamole
and choice of five salsas ranging from Mild to
Extra-Hot. 281. Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619
The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &
Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating
and drinking & un-paralleled views from the
Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef
Stuart Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish
produce to create food of the finest quality by
matching modern flavours with classical
techniques. Fresh, sustainable seafood available
from the Seafood Bar whilst the Brasserie
offers round the clock eating. Brasserie: Mon-
Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm; Restaurant:
lunch – Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm, Sat & Sun 12
noon-3.30pm, dinner, Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm.
Book on line at www.harveynichols.com
– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,
EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350
A Room In The Town, A Room In
The West End, A Room In Leith
– A trio of well-loved Scottish bistros. The
emphasis is on quality, fresh, affordable
Scottish produce served in a relaxed and
friendly atmosphere. All are fully licensed with
BYOB option also. Leith has a stunning
waterside setting and incorporates the bar
'Teuchters'. The West End branch also has a
Teuchters and like The Town is within easy
walking distance of Princes Street.
18 Howe St – 0131 225 8204, The West End,
26 William St – 0131 226 1036, Leith, 1c Dock
Place - 0131 554 7427. www.aroomin.co.uk
Stac Polly – One of Edinburgh’s original
restaurants for authentic Scottish food and
atmosphere; now in its 21st year. Tasteful,
traditional décor such as stonewalls, Anta
furnishings and thistles combine with
flickering candles, crisp linen and twinkling
glasses to give a truly Scottish experience.
Expect a menu of exciting interpretations of
modern and traditional cuisine. Private rooms
available and outdoor facilities in Dublin St.
Open 7 days.
29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231
8-10 Grindlay St – 0131 229 5405
38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754
Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989, Iggs now
specialises in seafood. Lunch 2 courses £12.50,
pre-theatre available and dinner à la carte.
Barioja is a multiple award-winning restaurant
serving paella and tapas. Great for parties. All
overseen by the ever charismatic Iggy.
15/19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 8184 (restaurant)
0131 557 3622 (bar).
Tex Mex – Donald Mavor, head chef and
proprietor brings the heart of Mexico to your
table, emphasising traditional Mexican food
with an authentic menu. Try the flaming fajitas
and the potent Margaritas ‘the best in town’.
Good fun, tasty food and very affordable.
64 Thistle Street – 0131 260 9699
Thai Orchid – Award-winning authentic Thai
cuisine using the best locally sourced produce
and imported Thai spices.
3 course business lunch £7.95.
5a Johnston Terrace (top of the Royal mile)
– 0131 225 6633 www.thaiorchid.uk.com
Bars and Bar Food
Advocate – Traditional Scottish Ale House
offering an extensive range of freshly prepared
food at great value everyday. 7 Hunter Square,
Albanach – Serving the best in Scottish
cuisine daily in both the restaurant and bar.
Over 250 Malt Whiskies on offer alongside an
extensive wine and ale list. 197 High Street,
Amicus Apple – Hardly a secret destination,
Kevin Spacey, the cast of Gossip Girl and top
premiership footballers have been clocked
enjoying an award-winning cocktail in recent
months. However, the food is the real find!
Whatever you fancy, leisurely lunches, languid
evenings or late nights, you are guaranteed a
great time. 17 Frederick Street, Edinburgh
– 0131 226 6055 firstname.lastname@example.org
Boda Bar – A bohemian, cheeky, wee boozer
with a subtle Swedish twist. It is a cosy bar
with a strike of craziness. If you are unlucky
you can get to hear Abba more than once per
night. But since we love Spotify - you can
always ask if you have any special requests.
Since the owners love their wine, they have
decided to have nice wines at a good price so -
try out the wine list. You can also try Idun's a
new Elderflower Cider or maybe an OP
Andersson Aquavit (only you have to sing
before you drink it). Or what about our Craft
Guerilla nights -every last Wednesday of the
month. Check web for full event details. Open
Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am, Sun 1pmmidnight.
229 Leith Walk – 0131 553 5900
www.bodabar.com Free Wifi.
BrewDog Bar – Enjoy a selection of the best
beers the world has to offer, in a laid back,
chilled out atmosphere. For more info see
www.brewdog.com, or facebook on BrewDog
Bar Edinburgh. 143-145 Cowgate, Edinburgh,
Cameo – Food served daily, 2 for 9.99 deal
Mon – Thurs. All live sport shown and an
extensive range of continental lagers on offer.
23 Commercial Street, Edinburgh.
The Canons’ Gait – A Real Ale/Gastro pub
in Edinburgh’s Old Town offering a selection of
Ales from Scottish micro breweries. This bar
has gained a reputation for it’s impressive bar
food. The menu includes traditional dishes
such as Crombies sausage and mash, fish ‘n’
chips, haggis etc, more ambitious daily specials
and outstanding desserts. All offer superb
value for money and always with the emphasis
on home made and seasonal produce. There is
also a large Cellar Bar available for free hire,
book early to avoid disappointment! Food
served: Mon-Sat noon-8pm. 232 Canongate,
High Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DQ
– 0131 556 4481 – email@example.com
The Earl of Marchmont – The Earl a
bustling, community-based hub has a
contemporary interior with generous outside
seating and beautiful lighting. On offer is an
extensive all day menu served by a welcoming
service from all the staff. Enjoy chilled Sunday
afternoons or a night out with friends and
family. Visit www.renroc.co.uk and follow link
for the Earl. 22 Marchmont Crescent,
Edinburgh – 0131 662 1877.
The Espy – Esplanade Bar & Restaurant
overlooking Portobello beach known for its
wide range of menu options created with
quality produce and freshly prepared specials.
A new and comprehensive breakfast menu is
now being served from 9am to 1145am. Also
coffees & teas, delicious wines, cask ales, cold
beers, cocktails and freshly squeezed fruit
juices plus free wifi & live music too. Bright sea
views and cosy sofas, you can relax and watch
the world go by friends. 62-64 Bath Street,
Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1HF
– 0131 669 0082 www.the-espy.com
Forth Floor Bar – For the finest bespoke
cocktails, wines and draught beers head to this
swanky cocktail bar with curvy banquettes,
chilled music and stunning views. Open from
noon every day, Tues-Sat til midnight. Food
Harvey Nichols, St Andrews Square
– 0131 524 8350.
Guilty Lily – Caught between the
decadence of 1940’s burlesque and the
comfort of your local watering hole, Guilty Lily
welcomes and seats you on some of the
squishiest sofas in Leith. An extensive menu
that includes, homemade specials prepared
daily, fresh ground coffee and scones, fabulous
live music, funky cocktails, fine beers and ales,
fruity wines, free wifi and a huge big smile. We
are a family friendly café/restaurant and are
licensed for children. Café by day, bar and
venue by night. After the success of the
Esplanade in Portobello, Amanda decided to
share the love with the good people of Leith.
284 Bonnington Rd, – 0131 554 5824.
Hampton Hotel – Extensive menu of
Scottish classic and modern favourites served
12-3 5-9pm daily. Dine in the restaurant or bar
and enjoy a 2 for 9.99 deal midweek. 14
Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh.
Joseph Pearce – A large airy bar at the top
of Leith Walk. You can eat from 11am-9pm
daily. The menu changes seasonally, but always
include meatballs! Daytime we are more like a
cafe with a popular kidscorner for all ‘latte
mothers’. Free WiFi. Night-time busy bar with a
relaxed, cool, friendly crowd. Check out web
for all our crazy events www.bodabar.com
Open Sun-Thu 11am-12pm and Fri-Sat 11am-1am.
23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.
Merlin Roadhouse – Recently refurbished
and with an extensive menu and very
competitive prices the Merlin is a must visit for
anyone on the southside of Edinburgh. 168
Morningside Road, Edinburgh.
Nobles – With this cafe bar and venue, the
Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since
reopening over a year ago this classic Victoriana
bar has very quickly established a top
reputation as a classy watering hole, fine eatery
and live music hub and continues to charm
critics and customers alike. Nobles has a warm,
inviting and contemporary feel whist
maintaining it's traditional, bold wood and stain
glass heritage. The menu is locally sourced and
expertly prepared to an exceptionally high
standard. Music also plays a large part in the
day to day life of Nobles so expect to see top
drawer, original live music from Tuesday
through to Sunday following food service. Real
ales, a fantastic wine list, high speed wi-fi, fresh
fair-trade coffee plus various organic loose leaf
teas complete the experience. Opening times
12pm-1am Monday to Friday & 11am-1am
Saturday & Sunday. Children & Dry well behaved
dogs are welcome. 44a Constitution Street,
Leith, Edinburgh EH66RS –
www.noblesbarleith.co.uk – 0131 629 7215
Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar cafe in
the heart ‘o’ Leith serving fresh juices, real ales,
homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose
leaf teas & “Pot-Tails!”... cocktails in teapots! All
served up in Grannies finest bone china.
Wholesome brunchies, lunchies, din-dins &
munchies served from 10 till 10 everyday with
daily changing specials including Sunday roasts
& home baked cakes all made with luv! All
locally sourced, free range & organic where
possible cause it tastes really, really good! Free
WIFI, wheelchair & child friendly. Open from
10am-1am everyday. For bookings call
0131 476 5268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
23-24 Sandport Place, Leith
Sofi’s – is a chic, hip, upbeat and popular
little bar with many events, e.g Champagne
Sundays where champagne is offered at great
prices, film nights every Monday, Knitting on
Tuesdays and lots more. Our lighter snacks are
perfect with one of our many wines and we
also have a great new cocktail menu both
virgin and alcoholic. Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat
noon-1am and Sun 1pm-midnight. 65
Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019
www.bodabar.com. Free WiFi.
The Standard – Bar menu available all day
with a seasonal set menu changing daily.
Breakfasts available at weekends, Roasts
available every Sunday. Children welcome 'til
6pm. We also now have a new cocktail/wine
list available and excellent deals on spirits and
beers. Live sport shown in basement sports.
Function room available to hire. All this makes
this new town bar a must for foodies, locals,
sports fans and students. Sun-Thu 11am
midnight; Fri & Sat 11am-1am. Food served
noon-9pm. 24 Howe Street,
Edinburgh EH3 6TG – 0131 225 6490
Starbank – Traditional Ale House with 8
daily cask ales pouring, great range of
homecooked food served with daily specials
to ensure you never tire of eating at the
Starbank. 64 Laverockbank Road, Edinburgh.
The Street – Lively night-time hot spot with
an eclectic back bar, plus light bites served
until midnight Sunday to Thursday and classic
pub grub served until 9pm daily, until midnight
on weekends. Check out ‘orange Wendy’s
Wednesday Pub Quiz’. DJ’s every Thurs, Fri &
Sat. Open everyday from midday until 1am.
2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT
– 0131 556 4272 – www.thestreetbar.co.uk
Victoria – If Scandinavian style equals
minimalistic Victoria doesn’t fit. It is colourful,
radiant and full of life. The crowd is a cool,
friendly and open-minded and there are a lots
of events e.g. singles nights, Eurovision party,
Come Dine with Me and what ever else that
pops up in our silly minds. We serve a lot of
different drinks: Beers from 30 different
countries and 12 different gins. Open: Mon-Fri
2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am; Sun 1pm-midnight. Now
also children licensed from opening til 5pm.
265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638. Free WiFi.
The Waterline – A warm and inviting
Bar/Bistro with views over ‘The Water of Leith’.
Enjoy some of our fresh homemade food for
lunch, dinner or simply when you get the
nibbles as you relax by the cosy fire. Dine with
friends in our back restaurant area and choose
from our large selection of wine, spirits,
bottled beers & ales, or simply relax with a
coffee or fresh Suki Tea as you surf the free
WIFI. Food is now served 12 till late. Fun and
folk music with Skirlie every Wednesday from
9pm, and live music on Saturdays from 9pm or
come along on a Thursday night to join the
popular pub quiz! For more info contact Sonia
and The Team at 58 The Shore, Leith
– 0131 554 2425.
White Hart – Selection of Scottish
favourites served daily in the surroundings of
Edinburghs oldest bar. Trading since 1517 this is
one not to miss. 34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh.
The White Horse – on the Canongate has
recently been re-opened by the Ross Brothers
of The Earl of Marchmont. The bar is an
institution on the Royal Mile where it has been
serving thirsty locals and tourists alike in
several different guises since 1742. Come along
for a glass of wine, pint, meal or simply a
coffee and a slice of cake. Great bar menu
available. The White Horse is also a free fringe
venue in the private stable room to the rear of
the building throughout the festival. Opening
times: Mon-Thur 12 noon-11pm, Fri & Sat 12
noon-12 pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm. 232 Canongate,
EH8 8DQ – 0131 556 4481
World’s End – Famous Edinburgh pub
serving high quality pub food daily
complemented by a range of cask ales, whisky
and wine. 2-8 High Street, Edinburgh.
Always Sunday – A sunny, refreshing
experience in the heart of the Old Town.
Fairtrade coffee, pots of tea, breakfast, lunch,
wine and beer, all day deli dishes and fabulous
cakes and scones. 170 High Street - Mon-Fri
8am-6pm, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm.
Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed, bright and
welcoming environment with a delicious
selection of local, good quality food, using
organic / seasonal ingredients wherever
possible. Great coffee from Artisan roast,
fantastic teas from Eteaket, lovely home baking
and superb cakes. Fully licensed with tasty
local beer, wines from Friarwood and a
selection of Scottish spirits. Free WIFI,
wheelchair & child friendly. Open from 8am-
5pm Monday-Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday.
15 Blackfriars Street EH1 1NB – 0131 5566 922
Deli Polonia – Offering the largest range of
Polish produce in Edinburgh. We have a variety
of fresh breads which are a combination of
sweet and sour dough (half wheat-half rye), the
biggest range of fresh Polish Sausages and a
wide range of Polish beers and much much
more... All nationalities very welcome. Opening
hours – Delicatessen: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm;
Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm – Café: Mon-Sat
8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm. Come in and enjoy a
coffee – www.delipolonia.com
235-7 Leith Walk, Edinburgh – 0131 555 1281.
Real Foods – is at the forefront of natural,
organic and vegetarian food retailing and is the
largest Scottish retailer of Organic, Fair trade,
Vegetarian and Special Diet foods. Opened in
Edinburgh in 1975, Real Foods was also the
capital’s first natural food shop. With over 30
years of trading, the shops have become an
integral part of the local community and
provide first rate customer service. Visit them
at - 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU
– 0131 557 1911 or 8 Brougham Street, Tollcross,
EH3 9JH – 0131 228 1201 – or order online
Henderson Wines – Independent wine
merchant. Extensive range of wines, champagnes,
beers & spirits. Wines range from pick ’n’ mix for
£10 to bottles of £130. Collectable spirits also.
Home delivery. 109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447
8580 and new shop now open at 23 Roseburn
Terrace – 0131 337 4444.
Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine
specialist. Over 150 wines and beers available.
Free delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct from
70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX –
0131 225 1233. www.Calistoga.co.uk
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