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Local Guide to Eating and
Drinking in Edinburgh
Restaurant & Bar Reviews
Food, Wine, Beer,
Cocktails, Whisky, Listings
Bite goes to Leith
A Three Course Meal for Four
People with Champagne Courtesy
The Salisbury Arms
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‘The best of Scottish produce prepared
for you in the heart of Edinburgh’
Deli & Licensed Cafe
15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB
Delicious all day breakfast
available on Sundays
Tel: 0131 556 6922
Italian Food Inspired by Tradition
Our motto is “PANCIA PIENA, CUOR CONTENTO!” (Full Stomach, Happy Heart!)
1, Merchiston Place EH10 4NP Edinburgh • 0131 622 0108
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Editor, The Ship,
Thanks to Lyndsey Lee Wilson,
actress, Linsey Gilhooley,
make-up artist, Simone Hilliard
photography, Richard at
Williams Bros, The Leith
Agency, Kenny at Welch’s
Fishmongers and Loch Fyne
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In this issue
06 Review: Whiski Rooms
07 Review: The Dining Room
Bite goes to Leith
11 The Insider
12 Wine: Fish ‘n’ Chips ‘n’ Fizz
13 Best Fish In Leith
15 Michelin Leith
17 Review: Los Cardos
18 Cocktails: Rum
19 Review: Roseleaf
20 Beer: Maid In Leith
23 Review: The Starbank
24 Off The Trolley:
The Leith Cake Trail
25 Gourmet Girl Goes To…Berits
27 Beat The Festival Frazzle
With Real Foods
29 What’s In Season
The Glorious Twelfth
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Review: Whiski Rooms A winning blend
ob Roy, Royal Mile, haggis neeps and
tatties. Have we found ourselves in an
Edinburgh tourist trap? Well, yes but
We are indeed just off the Royal Mile dining
at the newbie Whiski Rooms on Bank Street
incorporating a shop, bar and bistro. Whiski
opened a month ago but has successfully
avoided the tartan tat territory of its nearby
neighbours on the High Street.
This is whisky done in a smart, grown-up way
with decor to match: low lighting, copper,
exposed stone walls, burgundy hues, stag
heads, oak tables, framed photos, candles
and walled whisky dungeons.
Perusing the menu, it is apparent that Whiski
is proud to be Scottish and enthuses this to
the max. They have obliterated their carbon
footprint as the menu reads like an Oscar
nomination for the ‘Best in Scotland’.
Crombie sausages, Macsweens haggis,
Buccleuch Estate Farm meat, and chef visits
the Edinburgh fish market daily – you get the
The list of whisky cocktails on the drinks
menu is extremely enticing and naturally, I’m
straight on to them! A Rob Roy for me (Baillie
Nicol Jarvie whisky, Martini Rosso and bitters)
and an Innes & Gunn rum cask beer for Mr
On to the food. To start, I opt for King
scallops with Stornoway black pudding and
apple puree (£7.50). Mr P has grilled Arbroath
smokies on toast with gooseberry chutney
(£6.95). Tasty and promising.
Mains are pan-fried sea bass with puy lentils
and crisp prosciutto for me (£13.95).
Perfectly-seasoned and melt in your mouth
fish. As predicted, Mr P decides on 28-dayaged
8oz sirloin steak, chunky chips, roasted
vine tomatoes and a whisky sauce (£18.95)
served on a wooden board, nice touch.
Cooked medium rare, he declares it ‘spot on’.
Quick drum roll for the side order of onion
rings –a light batter and flash-fried,
As it was Saturday, we manage to squeeze in
desserts! Heather and honey cheesecake for
me (£5.75) is nothing short of divine. A trio of
Scottish cheeses for Mr P with homemade
chutney (£7.95) warrants nods of approval too.
Customer service is ‘braw’ and the staff really
know their malts from their grains. Yes there
are lots of tourists dining with us but what a
great impression of Scottish hospitality to
give them. My only niggle – lose the TV in
the restaurant please?
Hilary Sturzaker writes www.mymonkfish.com
– 4-7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh EH1 2LP
– 0131 225 7224
Food served daily until 10.30pm
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Review: The Dining Room
Inside The Scottish Malt Whisky Society
he Scotch Malt Whisky Society is renowned
for their cornucopia of whisky, but it isn’t
commonly known that The Dining Room at
the Queen Street venue is also open to nonmembers.
This was the first visit to the beautiful
Georgian Townhouse, many areas are membersonly,
however my friend Janet and I discovered their
restaurant to be a classy alternative to some of the
city’s high-end restaurants.
The oval-shaped dining room is elegant, tables
are linen-clad, yet the atmosphere is far from
stuffy. We scanned the menu and an amusebouche
of smoked salmon arrived, featuring a
summery dressing, fresh with flavours of
cucumber and fennel. The salmon had a mild
cure, imparting a delicate taste and silky texture.
This was paired with a glass of Speyside
Balmenach, whose aromas opened up nicely with
a splash of water.
For starters, I chose rare fillet of Scotch beef, with
quail’s eggs (£12.95). The thick slices made this like
carpaccio’s more buxom sister. The quality and
texture of the meat and its flavour, enhanced by a
sprinkling of Maldon salt, were superb. The plate
was dressed with a crunchy herb, white and red
radish salad, and a chunk of toast drizzled with
ridiculously naughty dripping. Janet had an
unctuous fresh pea risotto (£9.75) which was also
packed with morel and St. George mushrooms,
and topped with a Parmesan crisp.
Hopping back to the sea for my main, I chose the
roast monkfish with scallops and wilted lettuce
and crushed peas (£23.95). The butter-basted
monkfish was firm and delicious, but the showstoppers
were the two scallops, which were
worthy of their regal title. A champagne and
lemongrass velouté of delicate flavours secured
this dish a perfect ten. Janet munched her way
through an interesting dish of Ibérico pork, with
almonds and caramelised cauliflower.
The superlative-laden dinner was only slightly
blighted by my dessert, mascarpone and lavender
tart (£7.50) . The creamy filling was similar in
texture to a great crème brûlée, but the limp
pastry case had drawn the short (-crust) straw.
Janet happily scoffed her pud (£7.50) of poached
rhubarb, a ginger financier cake and generous
dollop of clotted cream.
It’s been a while since a dinner and venue elicited
so many ‘wow’s, and this is the perfect spot to
impress friends with your ‘insider’ Edinburgh
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
– The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street
Edinburgh EH2 1JX
– 0131 220 2044 – www.smws.com
Mon, Noon-2:30pm (Menu du jour only)
Tue-Sat, Noon-2:30pm (Menu du jour & à la
carte); 5pm - 6:30pm (Menu du jour);
5pm - 9:30pm (à la carte)
BITE-SIZED Menu du Jour Offer:
Enjoy three one-of-a-kind courses for
only £18.75 (that’s three for the price of
two) along with a special pass to the
members-only bar upstairs.
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Fresh, Simple, Sustainable
Locally sourced Scottish fish and shellfish on The Shore
New Stockbridge location
0131 225 4431, 15 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge
email@example.com • www.cafefish.net
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Bite Goes To Leith
eith is proud of its food. And with
good reason, too. It is home to
Edinburgh’s first – and second, and
third – Michelin stars, but it is much more
diverse than this one accolade. It houses
scores of restaurants, cafes, grocers and
delis. And it boasts a proud culinary heritage
to back up its credentials.
Leithers and food might go together like fish
and chips, but the history of its local cuisine
is a bit more sophisticated. For centuries, it
was a busy port bustling in the trade of food
and drink while nearby Newhaven was
renowned for its fish and iconic fishwives in
their striped skirts.
Main industries included the selling and
importing of wine (particularly claret), sugar,
and flour and remains of these trades can
still be seen around Leith today. And it was
here that the famous Rose's Lime Juice was
born, created out of a need for ships to
carry stocks of citrus juice to prevent scurvy.
With its history as a lively port, it's no
surprise that Leith today is a nest of
multiculturalism. A walk down Leith Walk
shows the range of cultures and people who
have made the old sea port their home.
Start at the City Limits pub (the official
division between Edinburgh and Leith) and
head north. The Walk is lined with Polish
shops, Chinese grocers, Mexican takeaway,
the Punjabi women's cafe, Italian delis, and
more. Virtually any international craving can
be satisfied by a wee wander around Leith’s
And when it comes to eating out, Leith
doesn't disappoint. So good is the food on
offer, there's no need to leave EH6. The
Shore has been the focus of food for the
past decade, and with good reason. Here
you'll find Restaurant Martin Wishart, The
Kitchin, and the Plumed Horse (all Michelin
starred). You'll also find excellent fish
restaurants, boasting fish caught from
Newhaven harbour. Visit the historic
Vintner's Rooms and eat in the old auction
room, where the wine imported into the
harbour was once sold.
The old industries of wine, flour and sugar
may not be as dominant as they once were,
but Leith's history in food isn't obsolete. It is
thriving. So head to the Shore, tuck into
some herring and claret, and enjoy a taste of
Leith. (R. Edwards)
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LEITH LYNX RESTAURANT
Now Open and Under New Ownership/Management
Fresh, local, seasonal dishes from chef/owner John Winnik using the finest Scottish produce.
A La Carte • Daily Specials
3 Course Lunch Menus • 3 Course Dinner Menus
Most Dishes Suitable for Coeliacs
102 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, Leith EH6 6AW
Tel: 0131 554 9996
Monday to Sunday – 10am to 9.30pm
Be sure to pop in for breakfast!
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The Insider: Reader, I Am So Busted
eader, I had hoped to bring you: tales
of chicken cooked in its own blood;
baby snails eaten in the Alfama
(whilst two women came to blows over the
apportioning of our bill); clams with rabbit
hearts and drumsticks; and, shamelessly,
asking my girlfriend to follow on foot a
couple who had directions to Cascais’s latest
culinary ‘hot spot’. (She lost them.)
I had also meant to touch on how Lisbon
restaurants shoot themselves in the foot by
bringing to the table, as soon as you sit
down; a bowl of olives, tuna paste, sardine
paste, a crottin of goat’s cheese the size of a
hockey puck, lots of sour dough bread, garlic
butter, cream cheese and salsa, all for 1.5
Euros! Then they hand you the menu… “Well
buster,” I hear myself saying under my
breath, “I won’t be having my intended
starter and cheeseboard.” Over generosity
thus losing them 12 Euros. And what is the
point of putting reserved signs on every
table only for the waiter to whip one away
and motion you to sit when you timorously
enquire, “Have you any space at all?
Pleeease. I’m happy to eat on the steps next
door.” None of this is by way of complaint,
you understand, mere curiosity.
Reader, I intended more along these lines
but I was rudely awoken after a brief, but
none the less brutal, text muscled its way on
to my phone – when I asked you to write
about the ‘L’ word, I meant Leith not Lisbon
you arse. So Leith it is. The last time we had
the Leith chat we were entering recession,
we’ve had two dips, with more forecast,
How has this impacted on EH6’s culinary
scene? Rather well actually… A long empty
space on Coburg Street launched as
Waterside Café Bistro and immediately
netted The List’s Newcomer of the Year
Award. The old dole office found favour as
the extravagantly popular Mimi’s
Bakehouse. The fabled (but failed) Nobles
reinvented itself as a (successful)
venue/bar with great grub. The institution
that was The Peacock Inn had a makeover
and emerged, blinking, into the 21st
century. Kushi’s opened an ambitious fine
dining restaurant (Mithas) where you can
hear the dreaded words, “let me explain
the concept.” There have been many other
entrances. Exits have been few… the
exceptional Café Fish (relocated to
Stockbridge) and Daniel’s (about to be an
outpost of La Garrigue) stand out. We
should not be too cocky though, Leith’s
landmark, The Malmaison (formerly the old
Seaman’s Mission) is, ominously, for sale…
The last time we had the Leith chat we were entering
recession, we’ve had two dips, with more forecast, since then.
How has this impacted on EH6’s culinary scene?
Rather well actually...
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Wine: Fish ‘n’ Chips ‘n’ Fizz
ish ‘n’ chips, the great British
institution, usually faces the
Fdisrespect of being washed down with
Irn Bru, cheap continental lager or nowt at
all. When I was a lass, the importance of fish
‘n’ chips was drummed into us – it’s a meal
of love, it was an event in our household,
and the go-to libation was the strongest tea
that we could muster.
As time rolled on and I hit the sauce, I
upgraded from builders’ tea to playing
around with wines. At the beginning, this
can be disastrous; most white wines either
lack the acidity to cope with the batter, lack
the flavour to compete with the salt or lack
the subtlety of fruit and wind up
overpowering the more delicate fish. This
lack of a perfect match became an
obsession –I love my chippy teas, but I
didn’t know what to drink with them, and
beer just didn’t seem to cut it.
Now, I present to you the results of some
very extensive research. The ideal pairings
are champagne and sherry. Champagne,
though more ostentatious, is arguably the
most fun match. The fizz in champagne cuts
through the fat and batter, without shouting
over the flavour and texture of the fish itself;
it’s a great match and one that is
championed in some restaurants now. When
selecting your champagne, choose a richer,
more full-on style. I recommend Roederer
NV (widely available) and Duval-Leroy Blancs
Des Blancs ’99 (The Fine Wine Company).
Sherry, in particular Manzanilla seems made
for fish ‘n’ chips. This very dry style has a hint
of salt due to the time it spends maturing
along the coast of Cadiz. It’s a very particular
style, with a light nuttiness which pairs
beautifully with beer batter and cod. It can
feel odd to be drinking a fortified wine with
something such as this, but it’s one of my
favourite treats – especially out of plastic
cups on an impromptu picnic. Villeneuve
Wines, Henderson’s Wines and Edinburgh
Wine Merchants all have excellent ranges of
If you’re after a more traditional pairing,
Loire whites often work well as they have
the necessary acidity and balanced fruit.
Muscadet and the Sauvignon from less
expensive appellations such as Quincy are
good shouts. Despite my research, I'm
confident that there is still something to be
said for a cup of over-brewed Yorkshire tea.
The fizz in champagne cuts through the fat and batter,
without shouting over the flavour and texture of the fish itself;
it’s a great match and one that is championed in some
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Best Fish In Leith
Also, fresh tuna, monkfish, scallops, lemon
sole et al. Licensed and serving daily
specials. The best fish and chips in
– 14-15 Albert Place, Leith Walk,
– 0131 555 3577
Fruits de mer from The Ship on the Shore.
The Ship on the Shore
If you want to luxuriate in the sunshine, sip
some champagne and experience the very
best of Scottish fish and shellfish head
straight to this restaurant. The menu
includes dishes such as oysters &
champagne, fruits de mer royale, North
Berwick lobster, smoked fish platters and so
much more. Excellent wine list to boot.
– Seafood Restaurant and Champagne Bar,
24-26 The Shore, Leith EH6 6QN
– 0131 555 0409
Fresh fish, chunky golden chips, traditional
mushy peas and bread and butter is superb.
An institution with two locations, one in the
city centre and one on the shore. Seafood
platters, fishcakes, west coast mussels and
– Fishers in Leith, 1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh
– 0131 554 5666
A newbie that looks very promising. Chef
John Winnik has aeons of experiences and is
heading up the kitchen. Fishy dishes on the
dinner menu include starters of smoked
haddock fish cakes with mature cheddar
cheese sauce, salt and pepper crispy squid
with garlic mayonnaise and lemon and mains
include chargrilled west coast scallops with
chorizo, new potatoes and pea shoot salad
and grilled west coast Scottish langoustines
with garlic butter, salad and hand cut chips.
– 102 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, Leith,
EH6 6AW – 0131 554 9996
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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;
2 Main Meals
Valid Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs until 6pm on Selected Meals
Sunny Beer Garden, Bottle Ales & Beers from Around the
World, Local Ciders, Fine Wines, Prosecco and Champagne.
Big prize giveaway
for the month of August.
Visit us for a chance to win £200
58 The Shore, Leith,
Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
Call to Book
0131 554 2425
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Buttermilk panna cotta served with Bruce Farm strawberries, strawberry sorbet and an elderflower and gooseberry
consommé as served at The Kitchin. Photo by S Hilliard.
eith is the home of the stars with Tom
Kitchin, Martin Wishart and The
Plumed Horse all within a stones
throw of each other. If you haven’t been to
or are new to the city and planning a treat,
here is a brief guide.
I can’t comment better than fellow Bite
contributor, The Insider, a couple of years
ago…Martin Wishart is the daddy of them all;
his eponymous restaurant on The Shore is an
exemplar for all that has followed. Twelve
years in Leith…hasn’t dulled his gastronomic
skill or ambition. Tip: the daily changing lunch
menu is an absolute snip. He has an
alchemical ability to make things taste more
of themselves. Service is more relaxed than
might be imagined in a Michelin-starred place.
54 The Shore - 0131 553 3557
The Plumed Horse
The ebullient Tony Borthwick brought his
Plumed Horse to Leith's Henderson Street
several years back, dropping a Michelin star
along the way. He now, deservedly, has that
back. Service, when Ian is 'popular mine host',
is idiosyncratic in a lovely way. I walked in
looking, as usual, as if I'd been dragged
through a hedge backwards and he quipped,
"We'd better count the cutlery." Expect a
whole host of taste sensations on the plate.
(The Insider again)
50-54 Henderson Street – 0131 554 5556
I recently had the pleasure of being treated
to the Tasting Food and Wine Menu at
Kitchin. Tom Kitchin is passionate about
seasonal cooking and since he arrived in
Leith, some six years ago, he has pushed his
‘from nature to the plate’ maxim. The
ambience, cooking and service are simply
the best. Don’t scrimp if you go here.
Experience the full blown seven courses
with matching wine. It costs or a £120, is
superb value for money and an
78 Commercial Quay - 0131 555 1755
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Review: Los Cardos Mega burritos!
huge hit now for many years in the
US, Tex Mex done fast and well is
making its much-welcomed way to
Edinburgh, first with Illegal Jack’s on Lothian
Road, and indeed to Leith in the form of Los
Cardos. Owner Neil has spent a lot of time
across the pond (he's part Coloradan and his
wife is the real deal) and found himself
realising the potential of the burrito-to-go
back in bonny Scotland. It was there, also,
that he pondered the possibility of marrying
the tastes of two countries with his signature
haggis burrito. As an American in Scotland, I
of course had to get to the bottom of this!
With a fellow American and burrito
connoisseur as co-taste tester, Los Cardos
had a tough audience but needn't worry
about anything at all. The first sign of
satisfaction came with the tortilla
chips,which (for us) must be housemade, and
they are. Their accompaniment was the
housemade salsas, which are such proven
successes that two of them (Medium Verde
and Roastin' Red) are now bottled and
available to enjoy in abundance en tu casa.
Next up I had the soft taco trio (prices vary
depending on what fillings you choose, up to
£6 for 3). I chose a mix of fillings, my favorite
of which was the carnitas: pulled pork that's
slow-cooked, marinated in verde salsa and
uber succulent. The vegetarian filling was a
surefire hit with hot blackbeans, grilled
peppers and onions plus all the fixings. And,
of course, I had to further research their
unique concept by quickly devouring a
haggis-filled taco and found it wildly
delicious and not at all something worth the
apprehension I experienced beforehand. It
Now, the burrito (Up to £6). Balmoral chicken
anyone? Filled with both haggis and chicken,
pinto and black beans, rice, sour cream, salsa
and cheese, it was enormous in both size and
flavour and, sigh, mind-bogglingly great. The
‘red tractor chicken’ was grilled and
marinated in their chili-citrus concoction.
Yum. We both also noted the tasty, fresh
soft tortilla – truly a special thing from our
Go onto justeat.com to drool over the menu
and get yourself the delights of Los Cardos
delivered right to your door. (K. Smith)
– 281 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8PD
– 0131 555 6619 – www.loscardos.co.uk
– Sun-Thurs 12-9pm – Fri and Sat 12-10pm
– Festival hours will be later!
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Cocktails: Kraken Black Spiced Rum
Put a beast in your belly – yo ho ho
n line with this month’s seafaring
theme a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced
IRum was recently plonked on the
editor’s desk. It is 94% rum from Trinidad
A ‘Kraken’ is a legendry squid-like sea
monster and the label, possible inspired by
current trends in the spirits/cocktail drinks
category, draws on Victorian illustrations
recalling simultaneously a golden age of
The rum is very dark in colour to
symbolise the ink with which the giant
squid attacked its prey. It also has an
extraordinarily complex nose. It eschews
the golden caramel sweet flavours of
other spiced rums in favour of ginger,
liquorice, cloves, cinnamon and even dark
cherries. It has a Caribbean heritage and so
Mr Bite and I tried it in one of our
favourite drinks. (S. Wilson)
Dark ‘n’ Stormy
Build the drink as follows:
Place several chunks of ice in a nice highball
Add a wedge and a squeeze of lime
Add 2 ounces of rum
Top up with 3 ounces of ginger ale
Very simple but it always hits the spot.
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Review: Roseleaf Bar Café
itself into the
RLeith fours years
ago and is now firmly
bedded in to the local
Jonny and Lynn have
mixed quirky innovations
with a nod to and respect
for Leith’s heritage.
Chintzy crockery, shabby chic décor and an
extensive ‘something for everyone’ menu has
attracted a genuinely mixed clientele.
Cocktails in teapots, AKA ‘pot-tails’, and mad
hatter tea parties were their budding USP's but
Jonny and Lynn have not rested on their rosy
laurels. Always conscientious regarding the
quality and ethics of the food they serve, the
new summer menu clearly demonstrates
continuing energy and passion.
My friend Lea and I started with two vintage
glasses of pink lemonade, one rose and one
raspberry, refreshing and pretty. Starters were
holy mackerel pate (£4.50) for me and homecooked
beef (£5) for Lea. My pâté was mixed
with cream cheese and chives but was still
predominantly firm and fishy; crunchy toast, a
colourful well-dressed salad and lemon
wedge completed the dish. Lea commented
that her beef was “very tender, nicely marbled
and well seasoned”. She like the horseradish
foam served in a cup and the rustic homemade
oatcakes were a dream.
Mains courses were a summertime risotto (£6)
for me and Lea chose the tasty tilapia (£7). My
risotto was made with carnaroli rice which is a
bigger grain than Arborio and
it had a pleasingly sloppy
consistency. I particularly liked
the topping of lots of chard
and the snowy, pure, fresh
ricotta. A zing of lemon and
some cherry tomatoes gave
just the right balance of
summery acidity to ensure I
cleaned my plate. I pinched
some tilapia which had been coated in
pumpkin seeds and it was indeed tasty. It was
served with potatoes, green beans and a
pesto which Lea thought too heavy for this
delicate freshwater fish. She thought Asian
spices and flavours may have worked better.
Onto desserts which were truly sublime. I had
the cheek-puckering posset (£4) served in
trademark flowery teacup. It was silky, citrusy,
creamy and luscious and I promptly declared
it my new favourite pud. I looked up to try
Lea’s Prestonfield Parfait (£5) but it had
disappeared, the greedy bunny! I’ll just have
to return, (sigh), for the frozen white
chocolate, which, apparently, had been
expertly balanced by the tart rhubarb. We
both had homemade shortbread which was
neither too salty nor too sweet.
Roseleaf truly excels in offering superb food
and VERY competitive prices. Criteria for a Bib?
Roseleaf Bar Café
– 23/24 Sandport Place, Edinburgh EH6 6EW
– 0131 476 5268
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Charity Begins At Home: Maid In Leith
f you are fortunate enough to live in
the North of Edinburgh, it's more
than likely that you are aware of the
extensive flood prevention work
currently underway along the Water of
Leith. Unlike some large-scale public
projects I can think of, the work
continues apace with little delay or
The Water of Leith may be a small,
inconsequential river that meanders
nowhere in particular (sorry Balerno!) but
it is home to a surprising amount of
wildlife, is very tranquil in places and is a
vital resource for many joggers, cyclists &
young families. Unfortunately
maintaining a 13 mile stretch of river is a
costly business and with Edinburgh's purse
looking a bit empty, the Water of Leith
Conservation Trust is in need of an alternate
revenue stream, (snort!) which is where we
can all pitch in and help, through the
wonderful healing power of beer.
Maid in Leith is a light, summery beer which
will (hopefully) be widely available from
August and some of the profits will go to
help the Trust maintain this little-heralded,
but much-loved Edinburgh landmark.
The beer pours a brilliant gold, with a fair
amount of effervescence and a small, but
persistent head, which leaves a delicate
lattice work of lacing down the glass. The
nose is simple, but punchy, with definite
aromas of custard cream and apple blossom.
The palate is drier, thirst-quenching and
seriously quaffable, with a finish dominated
by toasted citrus.
Quite wisely, with a product aimed squarely
at the mass market, both the alcohol and hop
levels are quite restrained. Clearly intended
as a easy going session ale, it succeeds
superbly, which comes as little surprise since
it is brewed by the Williams Brothers out in
Alloa who are masters at this sort of thing.
Their beers are also usually very well priced,
so although I can't be precise, Maid in Leith
should retail for well under £2 a bottle.
To sum up, it isn't made in Leith, isn't
particularly interesting and shouldn't be
difficult to get hold of but it is a wellcrafted
beer of near universal appeal, which
helps to support a decent local charity.
Maid in Leith is a creative project
from The Leith Agency and all of the
agency's profits will be donated to
The Water of Leith Conservation Trust
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Leith: Digging Deeper
The Waterline – great beer
garden overlooking The Water
‘o’ Leith. Best for soaking up
the sun. Cosy inside, friendly
staff and freshly-cooked pub
favourites like fish pies, burger
and steaks. – 58 The Shore
Teuchters Landing – A
lovely traditional building and Roseleaf Bar Café
good Scottish hospitality. Lots
of whiskies, real Scottish ales
and fine wines. They also have a ‘mug menu’,
try stovies or chips, and a superb restaurant A
Room in Leith at the back. – 1c Dock Place
Malt ‘n’ Hops – Dried hops hang from the
ceiling of this quaint traditional bar squashed
into The Shore. The place to go for real ales.
– 45 The Shore.
Roseleaf Bar Café – The quirkiest
destination in Leith where they don’t actually
serve cocktails. In Roseleaf what you get are
boozy concoctions, served as pot-tails i.e.
cocktails in teapots. Stick a cocktail stick
behind your ear and enjoy the Rosewater ‘o’
Leith (£4.50), vodka, lemonade and chilli rose
syrup. – 23/24 Sandport Place
Bond No 9 – Bond No 9 currently stands
out as the cocktail destination in Leith.
Situated in one of the old whisky bonds on
Commercial Street, this bar is a welcoming
haven for any bon vivant. As
well as a great cocktail menu,
there is a wide choice of
champagnes and premium
spirits to accommodate one’s
indulgences. Excellent for
classic cocktails such as Sazerac
of Gin Fizz. Don’t leave without
experiencing La Loche, the
ritual of adding ice water to
– 84 Commercial Street.
Best for Brunch/Brekky
Roseleaf – The best eggs in town whether
you plump for Benedict or Florentine. The
fact that they are free range and organic
helps. French toast, tattie stack, porridge and
traditional breakfast also available; choose
between the Wee Yin, the Big Yin or the
veggie option. Served 10am-5pm
– 23–24 Sandport Place
Nobles Bar Café and Venue – Like
Roseleaf above the success of this bar lies in
its mix of the innovative with the traditional.
A beautiful Victorian bar that retains original
features alongside quirky modern touches.
‘Eggs Nobles’ (£5.95), which is their take on
eggs Benny; two toasted English muffin
halves, each sporting a chunky slice of black
pudding, on top of that , a poached egg with
runny golden yolk, and finished with
Hollandaise sauce. The place for live music in
Leith. – 44a Constitution street
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The King's Wark – Classic but
exceptional pub breakfasts are on offer here.
Winner of Best Pub Food in the 2008
Scottish Restaurant Awards, weekend
brunches often require booking in advance
and are well worth any wait! The menu
ranges beyond the usual meaty fry-up and
for those in need of recovery, there are
plenty of on-tap options to help.
– 36 The Shore
Best of International
Spanish - Tapa – Serves fabulous Spanish
tapas. All the old favourites and some new
besides and a great lunch of Tapas for Two
for £10. Wash it down with some cidre or a
cheeky little rioja. – 19 Shore Place,
Swedish – Sofi’s – Anna and Mike
Christopherson have sprinkled their quirky
Scandinavian fairy dust on four pubs in EH6;
Joseph Pearce’s at the top of the walk, Boda
Bar and Victoria’s further down and Sofi’s at
the Shore. Sofi’s at the shore offers knitting
nights, champagne Sundays, film nights,
themed Swedish nights and light snacks such
as gravadlax and reindeer. You get the
picture! – 56 Henderson St
Turkish – Café Truva – Cafe Truva Try a
Turkish twist to your usual fry up. With a
range of filled croissants, bagels, and
standard Scottish breakfasts but when the
food arrives, the portions are generous,
delicious, and adorned with Turkish garnishes
of cheese, olives, and stuffed leaves. A
Turkish apple tea or coffee washes it all
down. – 77 The Shore
Wash it all down with Leith's special brew.
Photo by S Hilliard
French – La Garrigue Jean-Michel
Gauffre has recently taken over the much
loved institution of Daniel’s Bistro. It is his
third restaurant in Edinburgh. He specialises
in cuisine from the Languedoc but has still
kept some of the Daniel’s beloved Alsace
– 88 Commercial St.
Indian – Britannia Spice
The very best of multi-ethnic cuisine with a
highly skilled team of chefs producing a
mouth-watering range of delicacies from
Bangladesh, Northern India, Thailand and
Nepal. – 150 Commercial St
South African – Shebeen
A welcome addition of Leith for sheer
uniqueness. Warm, inviting and friendly
South African styled bar with a wide
selection of beer, wines and spirits as well as
Puro fair-trade coffee. Bar snacks including
biltong and droewors are available.
– 3-5 Dock Place
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Review: The Starbank Bank it!
eer battered haddock ‘n’ chips and
a pint of your finest real ale please!
The Starbank does what it says on
the tin – ‘pub classics’ – you know what to
expect and are duly greeted with a menu
that covers all bases, lasagne, burgers,
steaks, and the odd global dish such as
Chicken Tikka Makhani.
Recently refurbed the pub’s
clientele are a mix of old
and young who sit
comfortably alongside each
other in very welcoming
surroundings. We dined
during a fantastic sunny
evening in Edinburgh and at
the best seat in the house
we watched the sun set
over the Forth.
After a pint and a chilled
sauvignon blanc were
swiftly delivered by our
cheery barman Ian, we
perused the menu and major
decisions ensued for Mr Predictable who
was quite literally in his own wee foodie
heaven. The more health conscious amongst
us may struggle with the calorific menu but
there are a couple of salads on offer along
with jacket potatoes. (£4.89-£7.99)
Starters. I opted for the King prawn
cocktail (£4.69), it’s a retro dish but if it’s
done well it’s a classic and this was a pretty
good combination of prawns, crispy
lettuce and Marie Rose sauce. Mr P
selected Scottish breaded mushrooms with
garlic mayo (£3.99), nods all round. Mains,
At the Starbank. Photo by H Sturzaker.
Mr P chose the Belhaven beer battered
North Sea haddock served with chunky
chips, peas and tartare sauce (£8.29). An
absolute delight from start to finish for
him, and being the fish n chip connoisseur
that he is, it got the thumbs up. I chose
grilled Scottish salmon served with lemon
and herb butter, potatoes
dauphinoise and green beans
(£8.49). Potatoes were
verging on the heavy side for
me and the beans slightly
overdone but an all round
‘Desserts folks?’ chirped Ian,
‘the Peanut Butter Stack is a
good one to share’! Minutes
later a huge pudding
appeared that was a
gastronomic hybrid of a
snickers bar combined with a
chocolate brownie with
pouring cream on the side for
good measure. Heavenly!
If you’re after good ‘pub grub’ the Starbank
puts its money where its mouth is and has
the hospitality to boot. Strolling back
towards Leith eased the guilty ‘peanut
butter stack’ pleasure!
– 60-64 Laverockbank Road
Edinburgh EH5 3BZ
– 0131 552 4141
– Main menu served from noon daily
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Off The Trolley: Leith Cake Trail
have happily spent many an hour in Leith
eating cakes. After years of research,
thousands of calories consumed, and
endless coffees and teas I am pleased to
present the Leith cake trail.
We start at the Shore where our first stop is
Cafe Truva (daily 9-6 30)). With lovely views
of the water, try the Turkish apple tea and
baklava. Then, head next door to Mimi's
Bakehouse (daily 9-5). The afternoon tea is
one of the best around, and very nicely
priced at £13.95. But try the whoopie pies,
cupcakes, crumbles, scones and towering
slices of cake – it's homemaking at its best,
and servings are large!
From there, head to Commercial St and Relish
(daily 8-8, 9-8 at weekends), a tiny deli with a
wide range of Scottish and imported sweets.
Buy something for later, but sit in with a
coffee and nata (Portuguese custard tart)
before you go.
Next stop: The Roseleaf Bar Cafe on
Sandport Place (daily 10am-1am). Explore the
pudding menu, or go for their afternoon tea.
Priced at £10 for the food, add on either a pot
of tea or a teapot of cocktails for your own
'Mad Hatter's' tea party.
Just around the corner on Coburg St is the
Water of Leith Cafe (Tues-Sun, 10-5), where
the resident French chef serves the best
sticky toffee pudding and cheesecake in
town, as well as pear and almond tart,
flourless chocolate cake, and seasonal
specials. From there, it's a bit of a walk (or a
short ride on the number 7 bus) to Newhaven
Afternoon tea at Mimi’s Bakehouse.
for our final two destinations.
Porto & Fi on Newhaven Main St (Mon-Sat 8-
8, Sun 10-6) has an expansive pudding menu
with many attractive options but I confess, I
always eat the same thing. The Honeymoon
bar is just too good to try anything else, with
layers of chocolate crisp, caramel, coconut,
and chocolate: simply the best tray bake
But save room because around the corner
is my favourite place to wile away a
morning. Newhaven Connections Cafe on
Craighall Road (Tues-Thurs 9:30-4) is
inauspicious but delicious. They offer the
stuff that comfort is made of: sponges,
iced coffee cakes, crumbles with custard.
Cozy, relaxed, and perfect with kids and
extremely affordable, at least you can
afford to spend the whole day here eating
cakes and drinking coffee.
I wish I could tell you that the walking you do
en route negates the calories eaten. It
doesn't. But it's worth it. (R. Edwards)
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Gourmet Girl Goes To: Berits And Brown
o Biters, are you ready for August’s
festival fun? It’s a relentless month and
Sa great time to be a tourist in your own
city. There’s the delicate balance of squeezing
in work, performances, and friends. A coffee
on the go here, a quick bite before a show
there. For this we need to be armed with a few
select pit spots. I’m pleased to have found
Berits and Brown which is on Haddington
Place, (AKA Top of Leith Walk), in other words
en route to town from my home in Leith.
This is the latest franchise of a small
independently-run group which started in
Glasgow. The bright store multi-tasks as café,
delicatessen, bistro and wine shop. Owners
Audrey and Simon Tarkenter have handpicked
each and every item, and having
bought several bags full of goodies, I can
vouch for their good taste!
On the shelves you’ll find a great selection of
small-producer products like Summer
Harvest’s Rape Seed oils and dressings, along
with various types of honey, jams and
chutneys. There’s a selection of teas from
TeaPigs and a tempting range of chocolate
and sweeties like fudge from Melting Pot.
Their deli counter is well-stocked, with a
wide range of local and continental items.
The brave should try the Admiral
Collingwood, a stinky number whose rind is
washed in good ol’ Newcastle Brown Ale for
authentic Northumberland pedigree! I also
tried the soft Morangie Brie, an awardwinning
Scottish artisanal cheese. My new
favourite pâté is made by Patchwork who are
based in Wales. It’s a flavourful blend of
chicken livers, chilli, ginger and lemongrass.
One taste, spread on granary bread and I was
There’s also a wide selection of wines, and
specialist beers both on the shelves and a
good choice of chilled bottles, including
summery Prosecco. You can buy to go, or sit
in for £6 corkage.
Lastly, try as we may to avoid festival
hangovers, there is some inevitability to it.
Berits and Brown have come up with ‘The
morning after the night before’ sandwich, a
‘delicate’ combination of salt and vinegar crisps,
montgomery cheddar and balsamic onions. To
sit in, they also offer up a mean-looking plate
of eggs benny with Crombies bacon. I’ll be
keeping this place on file! (L. Arfa)
Leila Arfa is the voice behind
Berits & Brown Edinburgh
– 26-27 Haddington Place
Edinburgh EH7 4AF
– 0131 652 3955
Mon, Tue & Wed, 8am-8pm
Thu & Fri, 8am - 10pm
Sat, 10am - 10pm
Sun, 10am - 6pm
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Well-established and well-loved salon with a
team of freindly stylists who are passionate
about hair. Specialists in hair-cutting, colour,
extensions, make-up and wedding hair. Friendly,
37 Leith St Edinburgh EH1 3AT
0131 556 9999
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Beat Festival Frazzle With
alking from show to show during
the Edinburgh festival can be tiring.
WRushing to be punctual, crowds and
queuing can also lead to stress. Prioritising
nutrition will help and Real Foods have
devised a list of portable energy-boosting
snacks to keep you revving.
Nakd Energy Bars
Unlike similar bars on the market these are
100% natural. There is no added sugar and
they are gluten, wheat, dairy & GM free. They
consist solely of raw fruit and nuts. They are
virtually fat-free and what little fat there is
comes from nuts which are nutritional power
houses. They also taste delicious. The 35 gram
bar flavours include Cashew Cookie, Cocoa
Orange, Ginger Bread.
Invest in a multi-vitamin and mineral to
guarantee your ‘RDA’. Individual supplements
can help with specific conditions.
Non-wheat Snacks And Dips
Wheat can cause digestive problems for some
people which in turn can prevent them
absorbing vitamins and mineral.
Try alternatives such as oatcakes, rice-cakes or
sesame and linseed mini crisp breads. Along
with a hummus, tzatziki or mushroom dips
you have a very satisfying, healthy portable
Provides super hydration to keep energy
levels tip top.
Good Quality Chocolate
70% minimum, cocoa solid
chocolate contains anti-oxidants which are
thought to fight cancer- causing free radials
and lower blood pressure!
Seeds And Nuts
Nuts and seeds are nutritional power houses
and Real Foods have plenty of ‘snack-sized’
Teas And Fruit juices
Swap alcohol and caffeine for natural, organic
fruit juices and herbal teas.
Healthy Vegetable Crisps
The spiced cassava crisps are a real find. They
taste much better than conventional crisps
and have the added advantage of being
gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free and
contain no msg. Cassava is a tropical root
vegetable that is full of nutrients and
– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU &
–8 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH
For opening times (they vary at each locale)
and more info, go to www.realfoods.co.uk.
Free online delivery www.realfoods.co.uk
10% Early Bird Discount Available
to December 2011,
Sat 9am-10am, Sun 10am-11am.
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ust when you think you know the
whiskies of Glenmorangie, I
Jwelcome you to try the Nector D’or.
Both Gaelic and French for gold, D’or is
named appropriately to note its rich
This whisky is finished in hand-selected
barriques from Sauterne. Sauterne is
the most famous sweet dessert wine
region in France.
For over 150 years Glenmorangie has
been making whisky. They are unique to
the fact that they own the tallest stills,
5.14 metres high, and only ever use their
finest selection of oak casks for ageing
This ensures a maximum delivery of
flavours that are extracted during
maturation. Glenmorangie endeavour to
discover the most unique casks from all
over the world and this whisky is
testament to that commitment.
The distillery sources it water from the
Tarlogie Springs which has been
travelling through limestone and
sandstone for a hundred years. The hard
water assists the whisky in its unique
and precious flavours.
Glenmorangie Nector D’or – Sauterne finish
– Highlands – 46% abv.
On the nose: Sauterne! Rich lime and orange
zest, and ripe apricots give this whisky a fruity
rich flavour with hints of coconut and nutmeg.
On the palate: Toasted almonds, ginger and
nutmeg, intertwining lemon and syrup with a hint
of honey in the middle.
The finish: Long, sweet, full sweet finish with
traces of vanilla and ginger.
To find this wee gem, try the Royal Mile Whisky
Shop on the Royal Mile, The Whisky Exchange, or
if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your
own home, you can order it online.
Approximately £ 43.99 per bottle.
Farewell! I am off to discover the wonders of
whisky for next month.
(S..Ramsay, W’est Solutions)
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What’s In Season:
The Glorious Twelfth!
world’s most sought-after game bird will be hitting
the restaurants from our heather-clad hills this month.
TThe wee grouse is a rich, tasty bird that needs very little
in way of seasoning and is real fast food, taking as little as 15
minutes to cook.
I was lucky to be sent a brace from the Dumfries-based,
Blackface Meat Company (www.blackface.co.uk). The recipe
below is quick and simple. With barely any fat, I covered the
grouse in a good quality, fatty bacon; streaky works really well.
Don’t use plastic white bread but a chewy doorstop of
sourdough, the juices soak into the croute but the bottom
With wild berries in the hedgerow, you could make a sauce by
deglazing the pan with a little stock or wine, throw in a
handful of berries and reduce slightly.
The normal accompaniments are bread sauce, game chips (hot
crisps) and watercress, but I like idea of roast tatties and
parsnips. If you are lucky enough to get the livers, quickly pan
fry them in butter with a little salt and pepper, then either
roughly mash or blitz to a smooth paste. Serve on warm fried
bread as a starter.
How to choose a grouse? You want a young bird – the breast
bone, legs and feet should be pliable with sharp claws. Avoid
any that ‘off’ smell, the dried looking ones, as well as ones that
don’t have a deep red skin. After all you’ll be paying a premium
price so you want the best. Talk to your butcher or get them
from Blackface like I did! (L. Harris)
1 young grouse per person
1 slice of bread per bird
Pop a knob of butter inside
Wrap it in bacon.
Melt the remaining butter
and oil in a frying pan and
heat till sizzling.
Put the bread into the pan
and brown one side. Turn it
over and plop grouse on
Cook in a very hot oven
(200oC) for 15 mins for rare;
30 mins for med/well.
Leave to rest for 10 min,
then serve with whatever
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Hare, red deer, game birds. Mullet, wild trout,
scallops. French beans, shallots, greengages.
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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 – Bookings: 0131 622 8163 or
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
firstname.lastname@example.org www. esibrasserie.com
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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
and 14 Eyre Place
– 0131 558 1608 www.lagarrigue.co.uk
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
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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
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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.
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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 email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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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 email@example.com
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
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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.
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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.
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
Food and Wine Club
Bite Club – The gourmet food and wine club
associated with this fine magazine! Exclusive
invitations to bespoke events, discounts at
restaurants and bars, free tastings and more!
For more info please email us at
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.
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
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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Incorporating: The Grill Room, The Club Room,
Conference and Private Dining Facilities, The Garden Café
The Grill Room – Open from 12 noon until Late, EVERY DAY
– A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menus.
The Club Room – Open for Coffees and Food from 10 am EVERY DAY.
Afternoon Tea – Served daily from 10 am until 6 pm.
Outdoor Dining – THE GARDEN CAFÉ – OPEN FROM 10 AM, EVERY DAY
– A wonderful selection of Hot and Cold Food, Coffees, Teas and Drinks are served
in The Garden Café. Tables in the Café are allocated on a first-come,
first-served basis. The Garden Café is located at the rear of the Dome building
with access from Rose Street.