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In this issue

06 Salt ‘n’ Sauce A taste of what’s happening this month

08 Review The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

11 Review Sweet Melinda’s

12 Review Khublai Khan’s Mongolian Restaurant

13 Review The Magnum

13 Beer Top Out Smoked Porter

15 Review Purslane

16 Review Twenty Princes Street

18 The Insider That Time of Year Again

19 Review Hanna Cherrie’s Tea Shop

20 Cocktails The Lucky Liquor Co

21 Wine Seasonal Pairings

23 Review Pizza Express

24 Off The Trolley Deep Fried Mars Bar

25 Off The Trolley La Cerise

26 Healthy Eating With CNM

27 Healthy Eating With Real Foods

28 What’s in Season

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Salt ‘n’ Sauce

a taste of what’s happening this month

A new pizza restaurant,

Croma, has opened at

the Odeon Cinema on

Lothian Road. It is part

of a chain serving

traditional and Italian

pizzas. Reviews are good

and the menu looks

enticing. Smaller

suppliers are also used

to source ingredients.

www.cromapizza.co.uk

Real Foods, Edinburgh's

original health food shop

is celebrating its 50th

anniversary this year.

Having begun as an

organic fruit and veg stall

in 1963, they stock over

10,000 products and ship

worldwide –

www.realfoods.co.uk –

delivery FREE for online

orders of £24 or over.

A second branch of Port of Siam has opened at 1 Barony

St Edinburgh. They source their seafood from Newhaven Fish

Market to create Thai/Scottish dishes. They have also

opened The Bangkok Bar at 36 Broughton Street for

cocktails and Thai street food. www.portofsiam.com

The Potting

Shed has opened

at Potter Row. It

shares owners with

the award winning

gastro pub The Sun

Inn, Dalkeith. It is

bang on trend with

a ‘rustic, from the

allotment’ feel.

A new Mexican Taqueria has

opened at 62 Elm Row. The menu on

Facebook appears to have some

interesting twists over and above

what other Mexican restaurants are

currently offering. Open 5pm-10pm.


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A Tollcross Chilli

Cook-Off takes place on

28th September from 12-

5.30pm. The event involves

10 bars surrounding the

Edinburgh Lupe Pintos, each

of whom makes excellent

chilli. Ticket holders follow

the 'Chilli Trail' tasting

samples and scoring along

the way on a ratecard, before

ultimately picking a winner

and depositing the card at

Lupe Pintos. Tickets £10.

24 Leven Street.

Galvin Brothers Book Signing Dinner at The

Pompadour by Galvin – Michelin-starred brothers Chris

and Jeff Galvin are hosting a special dinner to celebrate the

first birthday of The Pompadour by Galvin at the city's

Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Following a book

signing at Waterstone's on George Street from 6-7pm on

Wednesday 11 September, the chefs will be hosting a special

dinner at The Pompadour with readings from their book "A

Cookbook de Luxe'. £58 for champagne, canapés and dinner.

An additional £35 for sommelier-matched wines.

The Incredible Spice Men have

bought out a book to accompany the

BBC series. Cyrus Todiwala and Leith’s

own Tony Singh show you how to

spice up everyday British dishes. The

book has an RRP of £20 (or £10.99 on

Amazon) and is published by

BBC.Books/ Ebury Publishing.

Herb Masterclass at Cafe St Honoré – Neil Forbes is teaming up

with Scotland's leading herb specialists, Scotherbs, for a Slow Food

masterclass at Cafe St Honoré on Saturday 28 September. He'll be joined

by their herb ambassador Anna Lamotte for a demonstration showing you

how to make the most of herbs in your cooking. This will be followed by a

2-course lunch. Places cost £25 and include coffee and shortbread on

arrival at 11am, lunch and a glass of wine or beer with lunch. Call 0131

2262211 or email eat@cafesthonore.com to book.


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Review:

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

A delicious date with …

S

econd dates can be intriguing; a chance

to confirm or dispel first impressions.

So a couple of months on from a great

first visit to The Edinburgh Larder Bistro I was

keen to dine there again, not least because it

has recently had a refurbishment and change

of head chef.

This West End basement restaurant now has a

more “nouveau rustic” feel, combining whitewashed

walls with tastefully weathered

furniture, and trendy wicker fittings. Seated in

the airy conservatory space beyond the main

dining area, we were, however, pleased to see

that the menu remained packed with the

seasonal, locally-sourced, sometimes foraged

ingredients that are the bistro’s trademark.

JML chose to open with squid with black

pudding, gooseberry syrup, pickled carrots and

Arran leaves (£5.95) – a great combination of

seafood and meaty flavours, well balanced by

acid gooseberry and sour/sharp pickle. My

rabbit loin, potato purée, barley, green leaf

sauce and cider butter (£6.50) comprised two

moist chunks of tasty meat atop an invitingly

creamy base, surrounded by pools of tangy

sauce and pearls of verdant pesto. Both

starters were very well composed and

beautifully presented, though somewhat tepid.

The wine choice of a bottle of dry, grapefruity

picpoul de pinet (£20) matched them well.

Our preferences for surf and turf were

reversed for mains. My mullet with mussels,

sea foraged vegetables, potatoes and

tarragon vinaigrette (£15.95) skilfully matched

tender fish fillets with earthy vegetables and

a sharp sauce. Only overcooked mussels let

the dish down. JML’s monolith of pork belly

and loin came with an intriguing toffee glaze,

braised lettuce, crushed potato and a

horseradish and apple salad (£16.95). The

salty-caramel adornment really

complemented the succulent meat, though

the salad needed slightly more horseradish

heat.

Puddings both looked and tasted divine.

Homemade wild mint and choc-chip ice

cream, and tangy raspberry sorbet served on

Mara seaweed shortbread (£5.50) were both

refreshing and delicious. The chocolate and

lavender torte with coffee jelly (£6.50) was

dark, moist and rich, without overpowering

the floral flavour.

Care and attention are really evident at The

Edinburgh Larder Bistro, from ingredient

choice, through to menu composition and

final presentation of dishes. The place also

has a really warm and welcoming ambience.

With a smidgen of fine tuning it’s sure to

become a really great restaurant indeed.

Make a date to sample its delights. (C. Berry)

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

– 1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH

– 0131 225 4599

– www.edinburghlarder.co.uk/bistro

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm

(pre-theatre menu available

5.30pm-6.45pm)


Photos by Chris Berry

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Review: Sweet Melinda’s Refreshing change

I

f you love Eddie’s famous fish

merchants in Marchmont,

you’ve probably already

discovered this little gem of a

place. It was a cosy woodpanelled

nook, shielded by warm

red blinds from the local activity.

With a seasonal menu based

heavily on fresh-as-a-daisy fish

delivered as required from next door, it

dispensed consistent quality food, its list of

wines carefully selected for enjoyment.

Sensibly nothing much of that has changed with

the new ownership of the last few months,

except to improve. The interior is now brighter

and, with blinds up, more light streams in to

highlight a fresh, sophisticated but warm grey

tone above the white panelling. A perfect quiet

window on the Marchmont community’s daily

fresh food shopping – with fabulous speciality

greengrocers close by as well, this restaurant has

to deliver something special, and it does.

The ambience remains peaceful, pleasant and

friendly, but now the menu changes more

frequently to offer variety to regulars. A Tues-Sat

offer of a £7.50 2-course taster lunch is enticing

in a few extra passers-by, appetites piqued from

buying and carrying good food. The taster lunch

is described as ‘larger than a starter, smaller than

a main course’ – but is basically perfectly decent

portions with extraneous sides excluded (though

available separately).

A home-made starter bread & dip is still

included, but now with more interesting

variations – ours was a delicious

apricot & cumin crunchy-topped

scone with fresh tomato &

cucumber salsa. All the food is

presented beautifully as before,

with an artist’s eye for colour. My

main course of pink and silver trout

fillet was topped with vibrant

beetroot & balsamic puree, white

horseradish, and green herbs – a summery and

refreshing pleasure on the plate, and a treat to

eat.

Another clever move on the menu is now to

offer more wines in a choice of either small

glass, 250ml carafe glass at around £6, or by the

bottle. They have also kept their Tuesday BYOB

policy. Our total bill with one taster menu of

Isle of Mull mussels & cod in panko

breadcrumbs, one full-on fish menu with a

generous and tasty scallop starter, two large

glasses of good wine and coffee with

chocolate fudge, came in at less than £45.

This invigorating re-brand should have locals

returning in droves throughout the year – and

is worth the detour for others.

(The Go-Between)

Sweet Melinda’s

– 11 Roseneath St, Marchmont EH9 1JH

– 0131 229 7953

– www.sweetmelindas.co.uk

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 12 noon-2pm and for dinner

6pm-10pm (Closed Sun/Mon)

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Review: Khublai Khan’s Mongolian

Barbecue Restaurant

Crocodile croquette anyone?

I

actually passed on the

croc croquettes for starter

at this fun and unique

restaurant. Instead I chose the

cumin flavoured wild boar

parcels which were delicious

with a hot and sour sauce

whilst Mr Bite had the chicken

and coriander skewers. We

were experiencing the full

Mongolian Feast which is

£26.95 per person with starter,

dessert and as many main courses as you like.

Now there’s a challenge.

For mains you choose from rice, noodles,

vegetables, exotic meats and seafood and add

sauces, oils, herbs and spices. Suggested

recipes guide you and when you have designed

your dinner it is cooked on a hot plate. I

conservatively chose a Thai Green Curry and

was very pleased with the results; just the right

amount of chilli heat and sweet coconut. My

second helping, a ‘Magic Bowl’ recipe of sweet

and sour beef was hot and fruity.

Mr Bite was far more adventurous. A wild boar

combo was followed by llama and then horse.

Recipes are described as hot and spicy, mild,

etc. It is really best to follow these although

by the time Mr B got to his third main he was

confident enough to go ‘off-piste”. Thus the

suggested Bobby’s Bum Buster (with horse and

‘only for the brave’) was pimped with

extra sweetcorn and nuts “for more

texture”.

Desserts were impressive. I loved my

choice of Turkish delight cheesecake

which had a lush texture and

perfumed floral flavour. Mr Bite

went for the snickers pie which the

staff had recommended as a

favourite.

This restaurant is a whole heap of

fun and even has a soundtrack of mystical rave

and exotic beats. It’s a great place to take

visitors or have a party. For special occasions

they can seat a member of your party on their

very own throne and dress them in full

Mongolian warlord costume. A shot of chilled

Mongolian vodka and some pyrotechnics may

distract from their general humiliation.

Khublai Khan’s have recently started doing

lunches too. The carrot and coriander fritters

caught my eye although Mr Bite is bound to

choose the kangaroo gyros. (S. Wilson)

Khublai Khan’s

– 43 Assembly Street, Leith Edinburgh EH6 7BQ

– 0131 555 0005

– www.khublaikhan.co.uk

Opening hours

Everyday 6pm-late


Long Lunch Review: The Magnum

s it an ice cream? Is it a bottle of

champagne? No, it’s a pub in Edinburgh’s

INew Town, a wee trot downhill from

Princes Street.

My friend and me visited and were very much

in ‘ladies wot lunch’ mode. No hurry, in fact I

fear they were eventually glad to see the

back of us. Yes, we can talk.

There is a ‘cover all bases’ bar menu with

some nice twists; for example, the Peterhead

haddock for the fish and chips dish is

‘tempura’d’, meanwhile, the charcuterie

platter looks just the business to graze on

whilst demolishing a bottle of wine. We

fancied something light though and opted for

the lunch set menu (2 courses, £12.95;

3 courses £14.95).

I started with crab, tomato, green pepper

gazpacho and avocado cream. The extra

touches and thought put into this dish

elevated it from what can be merely a ‘salad

smoothie’. It was a light, colourful summery

creation. Lesley had Tuscan mozzarella with

roasted red pepper panzanella salad. The

Mediterranean theme was executed to

perfection.

Main courses were aubergine and pine nut

involtini with passata and mozzarella for me

and lamb and apricot tagine with mint

couscous and honey roasted almonds for

Lesley. The latter had a rich fruit sauce, the

nuts were roasted whole, no easy short cuts

had been taken and thus it was a lovely plate

of food. My dish exceeded expectations;

rolled up aubergines were sumptuous and the

use of pine nuts and raisins faithful to the

distinctive taste of Southern Italian cuisine.

We were full but so impressed that we

wanted to taste dessert; dark chocolate and

caramel pot with Chantilly cream and praline

biscuit for Lesley and white wine, anise and

cinnamon poached peaches with clotted

cream for me. Cielo!

In our own Mediterranean stylee we had

thoroughly enjoyed a lazy indulgent lunch at

The Magnum and would highly recommend

it. (S. Wilson)

The Magnum

– 1 Albany St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 3PY

– 0131 557 4366

Opening hours

Everyday from 12.30pm-12am

(Thurs & Fri until 1am)

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Beer: Top Out Smoked Porter

I

apologise in advance to those of

you that live there, but it is very

hard to get excited about

Loanhead. For most of Edinburgh it

is simply where you go for Swedish

meatballs & tea lights. Aside from

shopkeepers filling their transit vans

with toilet rolls from Costco, very

few Edinburgers visit more than a

couple of times a year, blissfully

unaware that in less than a decade it

has become the hub of Edinburgh's

fast growing brewing industry.

Brewing may be an art, but it has very

similar demands to any other form of

manufacturing. The logistics,

convenience & low overheads of the

unromantic industrial estate make it a great

base for any brewery. The Stewart Brewing Co

brewed their first beers in Loanhead way back

in 2004 and quickly rose to become

Edinburgh's pre-eminent brewery. They have

recently moved to a much bigger unit just

round the corner, where they have been

joined by the new kids on the block: Top Out.

At the moment the Top Out brewery is a

very modest operation by anyone's

standards; Just 2 blokes brewing, bottling,

labelling and distributing. But small, doesn't

mean amateur and they have shown a

degree of professionalism increasingly rare

in an industry bursting at the seams with

tyros, hotshots & wannabes. The beers are

also beautifully packaged, with snazzy, OS

inspired designs and clear informative labels,

thankfully free of the cocky,

macho, bullshit that seems to be

the lingua franca of modern

brewing.

They are also not short of

ambition, bravely they have put a

smoked porter front and centre of

their initial offerings. Now a

smoked porter is not an easy beer

to pull off and even when it works

it is hardly the most commercial of

styles; so kudos to the guys at Top

Out for really hitting it out of the

park with this one.

In the glass it has an opaque, ebony

hue with a moderate biscuit coloured head

that quickly dissipates. The nose is quite

expressive, with aromas of charcoal,

Lebkuchen ( those peppery German ginger

biscuits:- thanks internet!) and ham. It never

quite reaches the intense frazzle notes of a

true Bamberg Rauchbier but it's certainly a

great introduction to smoked beer. The

palate is oily with a Turkish coffee sweetness

and incredible length. The finish is rounded

and mellow building in bitterness with a

grainy, tannic edge. Despite the intensity of

flavour it is never less than supremely

gluggable and has way more character than

you would expect from a 5.6% abv porter.

If there is any justice, this will be available

throughout the capital before too long.

Expect to pay £3-£3.50 for a 50cl bottle.

(J. Wrobel)


Review: Purslane Something Special in Stockbridge

n intial choice of

walnut, rosemary or

Agranary bread tempted

us here, though we became

wary when the slices proffered

proved less than perfectly

fresh. But the cheeky ham

amuse-bouche and a first

course of sautéed prawns with

crab bon-bons and shellfish

sauce dispelled this early

wobble. The prawn starter scored a heady 10

out of 10 on my fellow diner’s taste-o-meter,

the rich tasty deep red sauce an appetising

backdrop to the seafood.

My velvety cauliflower velouté was poured

around tiny blue cheese croquette balls

perched atop a mirepoix of crunchy cauli – a

very enjoyable textural juxtaposition.

This bijou basement captures light from a

wall of windows looking up to the New

Town. The restaurant was third-full even at

opening time for dinner, with our

eavesdropping suggesting locals bringing their

Festival guests. Purslane prides itself on over

80% local suppliers. A tasting menu, starting

with a glass of Prosecco, is available at £50

per person, whilst the regular dinner menu

comes in at a reasonable £25.95 for 3 courses.

We chose one large glass each from either

end of the price range of their wines – a

more restrained Viognier at £6.60 for my

partner, and a £15.95 treat of a 2006

Savennieres, a rare concentrated Chenin Blanc

from Domaine de Baumard in

the Loire, for myself – both

ideal complements to our food.

My sea-bream main, a generous

3-fillet portion on a summery

risotto of baby broad beans &

peas infused with fish stock

was lovely – crispy skin, and

well-seasoned throughout. My

companion’s roast monkfish on

a bed of braised celery [and sliced potatoes]

would have been great, but for the over-salty

mushroom velouté on which it was served.

It was a push to manage puddings but reader,

we did. A potentially calamitous choice of

cherry clafoutis just swerved terminal

stodginess thanks to a high fruit-to-batter

ratio in its small fluted form and being

refreshingly sharpened by an icy cherry

sorbet on top. The star of the chocolate

mousse/coconut sorbet combo on the

opposition bench was again the sorbet,

sitting on crunchy dried coconut.

At times like these Edinburgh’s seven-hillssituation

is helpful to walk off dinner!

(The Go-Between)

Purslane

– 33a St Stephen Street, EH3 5AH

– 0131 226 3500

– www.purslanerestaurant.co.uk

Opening hours

Tue-Sun 12-2, 6.30-11.30

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Review: Twenty Princes Street

Smokehouse & Grill

Restaurant with a view

W

hen a beautiful restaurant has great

food and spectacular views you

are onto a winner.

The large windows of Twenty Princes Street

showcase the Edinburgh skyline in all its

glory; the ambience is one of ’casual fine

dining’, the food makes the most of the

Scottish Larder.

I started with smoked chicken and pink

peppercorn raviolis with a tarragon cream

(£5.50). They were faultless; a whiff of herb, a

tang of lemon, a crunch of peppercorn; all

were used to enhance smoky morsels of meat

in freshly made pasta which was served on

warmed plates with spot-on seasoning. Mr

Bite had Alaskan king crab with chilli and

tomato sofrito, Stirlingshire crème fraîche and

fennel salted straw potatoes (£10), a visually

stunning dish which he awarded top marks

for taste too.

Main courses were slightly less successful. For

me triple cooked chips with six creel caught

langoustines. The crustaceans were cooked

just right and were sweet and juicy however, I

had chosen a shallot, parmesan and Dijon

mustard fondue which tasted like an insipid

béchamel. Mr Bite had the ox cheek with

black-eyed been and chipotle stew, lime and

coriander seed chips and soured cream

(£15.50). The meat was outstanding, the stew

flavoursome and smoky but the plate as a


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whole needed ‘a little something’ to bring

overall harmony. Ditch the chips, serve the

meat on top of the stew and add a lime or

margarita crème fraîche?

A return to form came with desserts. A

simple scoop of home made cardamom ice

cream made me very happy, ditto a mouthwatering

passion fruit sorbet (£2 a scoop). Mr

Bite had dark chocolate fondant with white

chocolate crémeux, and passion fruit. The

fondant was perfect, presentation was

stunning. There is also an interesting biscuit

dessert on the menu involving Jammie

Dodgers, Custard Creams and Hob Nobs.

Surroundings are swish; a cabinet full of

Moet, chandeliers, leather booths and

projected images of Edinburgh on the walls.

All the right elements for a top notch

restaurant are present and I booked again

immediately. Some seasoned city bartenders

have been given free rein on the cocktail list

in the adjacent bar Juniper and it looks very

special. (S. Wilson)

Twenty Princes Street

– 20 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN

– 0131 556 4901

– enquiries@twentyprincesstreet.co.uk

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Insider: That Time of Year Again

feel suddenly sad, like a depressed

onion that has just been cut – it’s the

IFestival, jokes are up for grabs – you

see, I‘ve just found a text from the New

York agent (and grumpy diner): ‘So, where

are you taking me for our annual dinner

this year’? The familiar yearly prompt fills

me with dread for he is to dining out what

Alan Sugar is to Apprentices, a

perfectionist who does not suffer fools

gladly.

Previously I have taken him to some of our

city’s top tables and he has found fault at

all bar one of them. To give you an

example of his singularity of intent, when

Marco Pierre White was breaking the

culinary sound barrier at Harveys

Restaurant in the 1980s, he complained

about his main course. After much

unsatisfactory toing and froing he marched

into the kitchen whereupon he presented

the dish to Mr White and said, in his

charmingly suave Ivy League burr, “I have

no particular interest in your opinion sir,

this lamb is overcooked.”

The first time we dined together, rather

alarmingly for me in retrospect, was when I

cooked for him at my old restaurant. It

can’t have been too shabby though, as he

came into the kitchen afterwards to

introduce himself and we became firm

friends.

My first choice the following August was, I

think, Martin Wishart’s. And he got off

relatively lightly. “Perfectly acceptable

food but c’mon, it’s hardly The French

Laundry.” At The Kitchin, he declared the

toilet “unacceptable”, that the meat “hadn’t

been rested long enough” and, to top it all,

the (understandably) nervous waiter

decanted wine on to his lap. “Never again,”

was the verdict. At 21212 he took against

the theatricality of the place, “if I want an

over the top performance I can go see a

Daniel Day Lewis movie.” Whilst observing

that too many of the layered towers of

food felt a little like eating savoury trifle.

Which was both funny and (a little bit)

accurate. Divino Enoteca refused to do a

half portion for a child. “Absurd,” was the

NY agent’s singular comment.

I’ve written here before about our one

stellar outing, to the now closed Vintners

Rooms, and his verdict: “Silvio is the real

deal and this is a great restaurant.” And, to

continue the positivity, he has dined alone

at Timberyard, Italian Kitchen and The

Gardener’s Cottage finding much to please

him in all three. Except, he now tells me,

for the service in one. Damn!

“If I want an over the top performance I can go see a Daniel Day

Lewis movie”


Review: Dunking and Crunching at

Hanna Cherrie’s Tea Shop

t seems fitting that

homeopathy practitioner,

ISheila Skelly, should open a

wee tearoom in what used to be

Napier’s Dispensaries Stockbridge

branch. The blue façade is

emblazoned with Gorgeous and

is three-in-one: shop, therapy

rooms and, of course, Hanna

Cherrie’s Tea Shop. Tipping her

hat towards, and in vogue, vintage. Mismatched

china, that pleases me, waits eagerly

to be filled with teas from Jeniers and Brodies

(both local Scottish companies); herbal teas

are from Organic Herbal Trading company.

A tall, four-tiered cake stand (ask about its

journey from a market in Ellon to Edinburgh)

displays cakes baked by people Sheila knows

– Mrs C provides GF, DF and vegan cakes

while Fife- based Zara Forbes supplies the rest.

Walls are lined with books, art and tea sets,

some of which has been gifted to her. With

only a handful of tables, it’s best to get there

early for lunch. Wholemeal soda bread with

courgette made by Sheila is served with

homemade veggie soup, while a hearty and

meaty variety is supplied by Union of Genius

(£3.80). The menu is supplemented with

panini and sandwiches (from £4.20), unusual

seasonal salads (from £4.95) with sharing

platters for one (£5.25) or two people (£9.50).

You know me I can never resist a well made

scone and Sheila’s are excellent; smeared with

fruity preserves made by Fife’s

Jam Witch, topped with a healthy

dollop of thick cream (a bit of an

oxymoron I know, but who

cares!). If you fancy afternoon tea,

this is easily accommodated with

prior notice.

I notice a large jar sitting on one

of the shelves crammed with

homemade biscotti – a temptation I can’t

resist even after a scone. I’m a dunker rather

than a cruncher of these Italian biscuits and

they pass the dunk test, remaining crisp with

a hint of aniseed, great with coffee. It’s not

just about scoffing great treats, Sheila also

runs a monthly book club, held on a Tuesday

morning from 10-12, costs £4 including tea

and cake. If you are into old-fashioned

reading, and by that I mean turning real paper

pages by hand, Sheila operates a book

exchange. What I like about Hanna Cherrie’s is

Sheila’s gentle Irish disposition, great cakes,

excellent teas and the name; ask her about it

– a heart-warming story. I’ll be back just to

get a fix of the delicious biscotti, until I can

steal the recipe! (L. Harris)

Hanna Cherrie’s Tea Shop

– 38 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge EH3 5BA

– 0131 343 1152

Opening hours

Tues-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm

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Cocktails: The Lucky Liquor Co

Or how to be a winner

efinition of good luck –

walking along Queen St,

Dstopping and then taking

your cue from the large neon

arrow enticing you to enter the

Lucky Liquor Co.

Definition of bad luck – walking

along Queen St, stopping, seeing

the arrow and then deciding to

ignore it and continue walking.

Trust me, you want to follow that

neon arrow. This is Jason Scott and Mike

Aikman's third place after Bramble and The

Last Word Saloon and, like its stable mates, it

doesn't disappoint. Certainly different to the

other two, after all there is a fair amount of

natural light and it is largely above ground

(for lovers of the subterranean there is a

small basement you can retire to), don't let its

apparent simplicity fool you. This place does

classic cocktail making at its best.

A cocktail menu of 13 drinks, based upon a

back bar of just 13 spirits (and only 1 gin) may

give the impression of scrimping, a lack of

knowledge or simply a place bereft of

imagination. All of these couldn't be further

from the truth. This is a place where a lot of

thought and imagination has gone in to

crafting drinks that marry unusual flavours in

delightful and surprising ways. It’s a place

where they take great time and care in creating

their own liqueurs, their own syrups, their own

tinctures and even their own garnishes – air

dried lemon, rolled banana leaves!

I could tell you in detail about

each of the drinks Robin (our

host) made from the menu but

it changes every three months

and part of the fun is taking a

chance and being lucky. Suffice

to say the Jack Rose Revisited at

£8.75 (the most expensive

cocktail on the menu) was easily

well worth the cost and D's

Baroness at £7.25 was a

wonderful combination of

banana and lemon with a hint of cardamom.

The Lucky 13 (£7.00 pictured) is simply one of

the best summer sippers I've had, served in

one of the quirkiest cocktail glasses I've drunk

out of.

If you don't fancy anything on the menu, then

why not challenge Robin to create something

based on your favourite flavours. I don't doubt

you'll be pleasantly surprised with what he

comes up with. It also has an off licence so

you can try, then buy and make at home.

It takes more than luck to come up with

something as good as this. So go on, don't

leave it to chance, be a winner and head to

the Lucky Liquor Co. (M. Earl)

The Lucky Liquor Co.

– 39A Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 3NH

– 0131 226 3976 – www.luckyliquorco.com

Opening hours

4pm to 1am, daily

Photos courtesy of The Lucky Liquor Co


Wine: Seasonal Pairings

A

nd breathe… The circus has left

town, and if you’re anything

like me so will the majority of

your bank balance. Whether you spent

it all on shows or the in-between bits,

the chances are you’re looking for

some cheaper drinking options.

Bubbles and fish and chips

To be enjoyed out of the paper in front

of the TV or on the seafront. We’ve

already established that fizz is perfect

with fish and chips, but cheap

champagne can leave you reaching for

the Rennies. Normally I recommend a

competitive alternative however; I’ve

come across this £20 bin-end deal from

wine merchants Yapp Brothers. It’s

really lovely stuff, not too dry and just

the right balance for drinking on its

own or with a packet of fish and chips.

Yapp Champagne, £20, www.yapp.co.uk

(the downside is you have to buy 12 so

I go in and share a case with my pals).

Deli picnic

By picnic, I don’t mean a gingham

packed, al fresco feast of sandwiches

and pork pies – although if the

weather allows it, feel free. Instead I

mean the slightly smash and grab

selection of meats, cheeses and other

goodies from the deli counter,

presented on a board (of course) and

picked at over a few hours and a good

natter and a couple of glasses of this

bargain Rioja Reserva from Lidl.

Smooth, juicy and practically

leaping out of the glass, it’s not the

world’s most sophisticated wine

but it will slip down nicely. And if

you’re feeling hipster you could

serve it in a tumbler.

Cepa Lebrel Rioja DOCa Reserva,

Lidl £5.99

Vegetables galore

Whether it’s the glut of courgettes

you are still trying to get through,

or the beginnings of the autumnal

squashes and sweetcorns,

September is a great month to go

meat free and feast on veg. I am

rather partial to a courgette and

sweetcorn fritter and think this

Languedoc white wine is the

perfect thing to wash down a

plateful. Rich enough to balance a

fritter without being oily, and a

waft of summer flavours to

complement the corn.

Taste the Difference Languedoc

white £8.99 or 2 for £12 Sainsbury’s.

Edinburgh wine events

Next event – Thirsty

Thursday | 26th September |

Bon Vivant’s Companion

See Conviviumwine.com

for details

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Book Now For

Christmas

The Voodoo Rooms can cater

for set lunches and dinners for

2-100 people.

Additionally, you could hire the

speakeasy (30-80 persons) or

have a cabaret (30-60) people.

19a West Register St, EH2 2AA

To make a booking please email

christmas@thevoodoorooms.com

or call the events team on

0131 556 7060.

Brasserie, Gin and Wine Bar

• Modern Scottish Lunch Menu &

Sharing Platters

• Small Dishes Available

Mid-Afternoon and Evening

• Sunday Brunch

• Local Seasonal Produce

• Premium Scottish & London Gins,

Beers & Wines

Stac Polly

29-33 Dublin Street

Edinburgh EH3 6NL

0131 5562231

www.stacpolly.com


Review: Pizza Express Family-friendly pizza

L

ocal, seasonal, organic,

independent; we have

lots of restaurants in

Edinburgh that tick these boxes

but sometimes it’s good to

‘branch out.’ so when I received

an invite to review Pizza Express I

thought, why the hell not.

The Stockbridge branch has been around for

15 years and has a prime location with

outside seating next to the Water of Leith.

Mr Bite and me visited on a Sunday evening

and the atmosphere was casual, buzzy and

family-friendly.

I quite fancied the ‘Veneziana’ with its topping

of red onions, capers, olives, sultanas and pine

kernels. This is one of the 'classic' range of

pizzas but I was going to choose it on a

‘Romana' base which is thinner and crispier.

Decisions, decisions and my eye drifted to

the’ Legerra' range which are all under 500

calories. Thus with pudding in mind I finally

opted for the Padana Legera; goats’ cheese,

mozzarella, spinach, red & caramelised onions,

and garlic oil (£9.70). Whilst I prevaricated, Mr

Bite had quickly chosen, Diavolo, hot spiced

beef, pepperoni, red onions, Tabasco, hot

green, jalapeno peppers.

The bases were good and just fired around the

edges. My pizza was the size and shape of a

78” vinyl with the middle poked out and filled

with rocket salad. The topping was tasty.

However, the caramelised onion was ultrasweet

and I would have preferred

less of it and more goats’ cheese.

The balance was slightly wrong. I

couldn’t resist a piece of Mr B’s

diavolo and thought it was

excellent, really piquant, huge

and with lots of topping in easy to

manage bites. He drank a Peroni Gran

Riserva which was strong and malty, a

perfect foil to the pizza.

The menu contains lots of low calorie and

gluten-free choices and for dessert you can

choose Dolcetti, mini puddings that come

with coffee. Caffè Reale for me then; a

dollop of marscapone circled by baby figs

with cinnamon & white wine spiced syrup, a

macchiato to the side and I was a very happy

bunny. Mr Bite had chosen a generous slice of

chocolate fudge cake with double cream and

refused to share.

Pizza Express is unstuffy and inexpensive

which makes it an attractive proposition for a

lot of people as does the fact that it is very

child-friendly. A good choice for a lazy

Sunday meal. (S. Wilson)

Pizza Express

– 1 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1LU

– 0131 332 7229

– www.pizzaexpress.com

Opening hours

Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10.30pm; Fri & Sat

11.30am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-10.30pm

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Off The Trolley: Deep Fried Mars Bars

t's time to talk about that 'Scottish'

delicacy: the deep fried Mars bar. I had

Imy first over a decade ago, soon after

arriving in Scotland, and I was a fan: melted

chocolate, crispy batter, like a warm donut

with a gooey filling. While I've had several

since then, it's never been without a sense of

shame. In the early days, it was due to the

calories: although Nigella claimed last year

that she eats battered chocolate to lose

weight, the same can't be said to be true in

my case.

But as the years went on and my North

American twang softened ever so slightly, the

cringe came from the look I got when I

ordered one. Asking for a deep-fried Mars bar

is tantamount to wearing a sign proclaiming “I

Am Not From Here”. DFMBs are tourist

fodder, the stuff of travel tales. I limited their

consumption to when in the company of

curious friends visiting from the old country,

and I never used my local chippy. No, the

High Street was the place. There I could join

the hordes of late night drinkers and

anonymous tourists, practice my native

accent, and hide my embarrassment under

the cover of darkness.

Among locals, the general reaction to the

idea of deep-frying chocolate is disgust.

When I asked round the office if anyone had

actually tried one, the answer was a

unanimous no. But, whether through

boredom or curiosity, they were all up for a

trial. And so I headed up the Royal Mile, this

time in full daylight, paid High Street prices

(£2.50!), and hurried back with three melting

bars of batter. The participants were rather

more reluctant when they saw the things

(they're not pretty, there's no way round it)

but everyone tucked in. And the reaction?

Once again, unanimous. They hated them. In

my panel of ten, I was the only one not

completely disgusted. And in my panel of

ten, I was the only one not born and raised in

Scotland.

So I didn't manage to convert the natives, but

I did confirm what I've always known: the

deep-fried Mars bar is not for Scots. In fact,

like the kebab, it may not be for anyone who

hasn't lined their stomach with a fair few

drinks. Worth trying? I maintain it is: but I'm

clearly not from these here parts. (R. Edwards)


Off The Trolley: La Cerise

I

n a corner of Leith, Claire

Wilson has been making

beautiful art for the past

five years. With Martin, her

partner in life and in food, she

shows her masterpieces in glass

display cases, from exotic

sounding raspberry pithiviers to

the Scottish flavours of an Irn

Bru sorbet and the home

comforts of macaroni cheese

with proscuitto. Each day brings a different

exhibition, and each showcase a chef

d'oeuvre.

Claire's motto is 'quality, standards, and

routine' – combined with a rule that she

'never cuts corners' and always bakes as if her

mum were coming to tea. The cakes and

pastries mix the simple – each has no more

than six ingredients – and the complex: the

process of creating them can take days, as

everything from the frangipan to the pastry is

handmade by Claire. There are no additives,

preservatives, or unnatural flavours – just a

dedication to using quality ingredients to

create quality results.

To illustrate, Claire explains how she makes a

raspberry mousse. After baking a sponge base,

she whisks raspberries with a meringue, then

tops the concoction with a fruit glaze and

fresh berries. The ingredients list is brief. Yet

it's a process of baking, cooling, resting and

waiting that takes two days and yields a

powerful, complex result that tastes anything

but simple. Each cake she serves has the same

principle of allowing high quality

ingredients to shine, whether in

the dense and dark chocolate tart

or the mouth-puckeringly perfect

lemon cake.

Claire and Martin think of their

customers as family, and there's a

real feeling of a neighbourhood

community, with a corner devoted

to books by local authors, and a

horde of regulars who are known

by name. They clearly love to feed, and offer a

range of breakfasts, savouries and sandwich

options for lunch, homemade soup and bags

of biscuits, and artisan ice creams and sorbets

(ranging from low-fat blueberry to rich

Valhrona chocolate). The pride in their

products and the love of their customers is

evident in everything they do, from oat and

apricot cookies to multi-tiered wedding cakes.

A mix of simple components and practiced

techniques can combine to create a piece of

art worth millions. But at La Cerise cakes

never cost more than £2.50 a piece. Definitely

showstopping, and worthy of a five-star

review. (R. Edwards)9

La Cerise

– 199-201 Great Junction Street, EH6 5LQ

– 0131 555 6065

– hello@lacerise.biz

– www.lacerise.biz

Opening hours

Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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Healthy Eating With: CNM

Autumn in the Air

W

e 'feel' the seasons changing, and as

a result we’re likely to make

changes in the foods we eat –

transitioning from lighter summer foods to

denser, stronger flavours as Autumn arrives.

This soup recipe using seasonal pumpkin not

only satisfies the taste buds, it’s great for

anyone with any type of inflammation as it

contains some wonderfully soothing spices

which are anti-inflammatory. It’s also an

excellent source of carotenes, vitamins A, C,

B1, folic acid, potassium, fibre and

antioxidants. The cinnamon can also help to

balance blood sugar levels.

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1lb pumpkin or squash, diced

2 large carrots, sliced

1 large onion, diced

1.5 inches of fresh ginger, grated

20 fl oz vegetable stock

20 fl oz water

1 large bay leaf

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Salt and pepper to taste.

To make

• Place onion in pan with olive oil and sweat

until it begins to soften.

• Add the pumpkin and carrots to pan and

continue to sweat until vegetables start to

soften.

• Add ginger, stock, water cinnamon and bay

leaf to pan.

• Bring to the boil and simmer until all

vegetables are tender.

• Remove the bay leaf and blend soup until

smooth in a blender / food processor.

By Sam Folcarelli, Director of Studies at the

College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in

Edinburgh.

You can find out more about training with

CNM for a career in Nutritional Therapy, by

attending one of CNM’s free Open Evenings

in Edinburgh. Next dates: Tuesday 3rd

September, or Tuesday 1st October 2013 from

6.30pm-8.30pm.

For more details or to reserve your

place call 01342 410 505,

email info@naturopathy-uk.com or

visit www.naturopathy-uk.com


Healthy Eating With: Real Foods

Free love to free-from, we’ve been with you all the way

F

or 50 years we’ve been at the forefront

of a food revolution. In 1963, when

Britain was in thrall to its new sugarcoated

cereals and sliced white bread, we

began rallying for more real food for the

nation.

Revolution was in the air, and we were there

all the way as new ideas like vegetarianism

and environmentalism gathered force among

freethinkers.

We helped you fight food allergies and

intolerance with direct action, in the form of

free-from foods and we’re proud to say our

shop counter has served three generations of

counter-culture shoppers.

• Real – choice with a huge range of freefrom

foods. Whether coeliac, vegan, raw,

or diabetic, there’s no need to feel

restricted by your special diet at Real

Foods.

• Healthy – meat-free, dairy-free, wheat

and gluten-free options so you can get

the nutrition you need to keep marching

through the day.

• Foods – that won’t break the bank, so

your body can get the balanced diet it

needs without any protest.

As you can see, if you’re looking for special

diet foods, Real Foods can bring you peace

of mind with great value and great choice.

The campaigning Aldermaston anti-war activists of the

early 60s were among our first customers. Photography

with kind permission from Les & Liz Pearce.

Real Foods

50 years providing wholefoods to the nation

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3JU

– 8 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH

– Shop online at www.realfoods.co.uk

Fresh • Local • Seasonal • Value

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What’s in Season:

Day of the Dormouse!

his month there are some rather strange events

knocking on the eve of harvest time. Most of you, my

Tdear readers, will have heard of China’s Moon Cake

Festival held on the September full moon. The cake is a thin

dough shell stuffed with sweetened red bean paste

surrounding a salted egg yolk. They look pretty and just

might quench my thirst for that salt-sweet thing I have at

the mo. Those of you who think the moon cake a bit

mundane; you could join the locals at Snežnik Castle in

Slovenia for a bit of dormouse hunting! Not just the

prerogative of the Romans, the Slovakians ain’t too slow to

get the poor wee beasties into the pot. Not sure what

accompaniment would be served up; a tasty hazelnut

stuffing perhaps.

While we are on the topic of wild game, I thought it was

only the Kiwis who did, ‘You kill it, we’ll grill it!’ but no.

Across the Pond in the West Virginian county of Pocahontas,

(I kid you not) they hold an annual Roadkill Cook Off – not

for the squeamish. Some of the dishes are fairly tame like

squirrel gravy over biscuits and deer sausage; last year's

winning dish was ‘Stuffed Bear-Ron-A-Soar-Us’. This could be

followed by the People’s Choice – porcupine stew. They also

have a 5k road run, the Possum Trot, whereby some of the

contestants could end up on the menu.

I know some who are not averse to picking up a pheasant or

two from the roadside and this month’s recipe will go very

well with any wild foods, from possum pie to a humble

moose meatball! (L. Harris)

Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.wordpress.com and is

@BakersBunny on Twitter

Tomatoes with Herb

Cream

12 cherry tomatoes

Butter

Salt and pepper

Some basil herbs (I use marjoram,

oregano or sage)

3-4 tblspns double cream.

Method

• Skin toms by making a snick at

the stem end then plunging

into boiling water for a few

seconds; carefully peel.

• Butter a couple of small,

shallow dishes and divide

tomatoes between them.

• Season with salt and pepper,

tear herbs over them and pour

cream on top.

• Bake at 200C/Fan 180C/Gas6

for 10-15 mins.

• Serve with crusty bread and an

optional dormouse!

What else is in my basket?

Sloes, damsons, grouse, wild duck, mackerel, sea bass,

pumpkin, truffle.


Restaurants

Bistros and Brasseries

Bijou – A local eatery for breakfast, lunch &

dinner, or maybe just a cheeky glass of wine. An

ever changing menu, available in 3 different sizes,

bijou, medium and main – you choose. Private

Dining available. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road

Edinburgh, EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664

– www.bijoubistro.co.uk

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro – at the west

end corner of Prince’s Street, with its light

interior and conservatory, is the ideal place to

enjoy seasonal Scottish food. The Edinburgh

Larder team works closely with local farmers,

fishmongers, fruit and vegetable suppliers to

bring you the best of local Scottish produce.

Sample Scottish Spirits & Beers, carefully

selected wines from Woodwinters and

Edinburgh-based Artisan Roast coffees and

Eteaket teas. Open 12noon-2.30pm & 5.30pm-

10pm Mon-Sat (pre-theatre menu available

5.30pm-6.45pm). Sundays 12.30pm-3.00pm.

Excellent value weekday dining from £8.95.

1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH – 0131 225

4599, www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from cakes

to steaks. Drink ... grape to grain and everything

in-between. Enjoy ... the little things that count. .

Bar open 11am-1am, 7 days.Lunch, dinner & snacks

daily from 11am –10pm. Burger & a cocktail £10

every Wednesday all day! Monday Movies,

Tuesday Pub Quiz, Friday's Live Music & D.J's.

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 556 5662 – www.elbowedinburgh.co.uk

Listings

The Shore – Next to the famous Fishers

restaurant on The Shore sits this classic bistro

from the same owners with wood panelling, huge

mirrors, open fires and hearty satisfying food. The

food is a creative mix of classic British dishes

with a modern European twist. Set lunch Mon-Fri,

2 courses £13, 3 courses £16. Bar snack menu also

available all day. Live folk and jazz musicians

entertain customers in the bar on Tuesdays and

Sundays. Open everyday from noon-late. 3 Shore,

Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW – 0131 553 5080

– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

The Olive Branch – With its large windows

and relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place to

enjoy a relaxing brunch, lunch or dinner in the

company of friends or family, with children under

14 welcome until 8pm. Using the best local

produce, we aim to provide inventive seasonal

dishes with a Mediterranean feel, as well as

classic comfort food. Open Mon to Fri 11.45 to

10pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 10pm. 91 Broughton

Street, EH1 3RX – 0131 557 8589 –

www.theolivebranchscotland.co.uk

Stac Polly Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar –

Scottish lunch menu with meat, fish, vegetarian

options and sharing platters. Light bites from

mid-afternoon and throughout the evening.

Selection of premium Scottish and London gins

and beautiful, modern Scottish décor. Open 7

days a week from 12 noon until midnight. Mon-

Sat 12noon-2pm. Brunch 12.30-3pm on Sundays.

29-33 Dublin Street Edinburgh EH3 6NL

– 0131 5562231 – www.stacpolly.com

British

One Square – a vibrant bar and restaurant,

offering a modern, uniquely British take on the

classic grand café, serving an inventive range of

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Listings

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dishes by award-winning Executive Chef,

Malcolm Webster, from breakfast and afternoon

tea to late-night dining, all with views of

Edinburgh Castle. The bar features over 40

different varieties of premium gin. Open daily

from 7am to midnight, food served until 11pm.

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR – 0131 221

6422 – www.OneSquareEdinburgh.co.uk

Californian

Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines –

Current Holders of ‘Speciality Restaurant of the

Year’ at Scottish Restaurant Awards. Edinburgh’s

original and only Californian restaurant. Our

unique fresh food is prepared by our great

kitchen team who are inspired by the flavours of

California. Wine List of over 100 Californian

wines at only £5 above shop prices. Try us or

book one of of unique Wine, Whisky or Beer

Tastings Dinners. Private Dining.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX

– 0131 225 1233 – www.calistoga.co.uk

Fish and Seafood

Fishers in Leith – has been the last word in

Edinburgh's finest casual dining for 21 years. The

original Fishers is nestled on the historic shore of

Leith. Set in a 17th century watchtower it has two

beautiful dining areas, the round room and bar and

the restaurant as well as outside dining. All offer

great atmsophere and, of course, fabulous Scottish

seafood – Set lunch & pre-theatre menu, 2 courses

£13, 3 courses £16. Open everyday from 12 noon -

late. 1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW – 0131 554

5666 –www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

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.

French

Fishers in the City – A spacious and stylish

space – the epitome of a classic city centre

eatery. Set in a converted warehouse on cobbled

Thistle Street the comtemporary surroundings

offer the perfect venue for a casual lunch or

initmate night out. A firm favourite with locals

and visitors for fabulous Scottish seafood. Set

lunch & pre-theatre menu, 2 courses £13, 3 courses

£16, everyday 12 noon-6pm. Open everyday from

12 noon - late. 58 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2

1EN – 0131 225 5109 –

www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon. A

restaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre brings

warm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter Irvine,

Scotland The Best). Simple and stylish with the

relaxed ambience of a French bistro and a firm

favourite with locals and tourists alike. Winner of

the Good food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the

Year 2010. Also Gordon Ramsay’s Best French

Restaurant 2010. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.

31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032

– 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 £10.50, noon-3pm. Dinner

a la carte 6-11pm. Closed Sundays. Large groups

catered for, set dinner available.

9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983

L'Escargot Blanc – First floor West End

restaurant. Sit beside a window and reminisce of

the bohemian Latin Quarter or Marais district of

Paris. Traditional French and classic dishes such as

garlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Shetland

lamb Navarin or Cassoulet, iles flottantes and

tarte tatin. Provenance is paramount here and

expect to find imported goods from well reputed

producers only. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-2.30pm

and 5.30pm-10pm. Friday and Sat 12 noon-3pm

and 5.30pm-10.30pm. Closed Sunday.

17 Queensferry St – 0131 226 1890 to make a

reservation – www.lescargotbleu.co.uk

L'Escargot Bleu – “French twist using the

best of Scotland” The Auld Alliance is alive and

well! Chef Patron Fred Berkmiller seeks out

others that share his passion for excellence.

Producers of Scotland for 1st class quality meat,

fresh water fish, handpicked fruits and vegetables

whilst his partner Betty will proudly serves you

Hervé Mons exclusive selection of French cheese.

Recommended by the Michelin Guide and listed

in the best 5 restaurants by Peter Irvine/

Scotland the Best. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-

2.30pm and 5.30pm-10pm. Frid & Sat 12 noon-3pm

and 5.30pm-10.30pm. Closed Sunday, (open 7 days

during August) 56 Broughton Street

– 0131 557 1600 to make a reservation

– www.lescargotbleu.co.uk

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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. Delivery to EH3,

EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8 postcodes. 281 Leith Walk

– 0131 555 6619 – www.loscardos.co.uk

Kurdish / Middle Eastern

Hanams –Authentic cuisine in the heart of

Edinburgh and and voted one of Britain’s Top 5

Middle Eastern Restaurants by the Telegraph. The

menu features falafel and baba ghanoush,

charcoal cooked shish kebabs and mouthwatering

exotic ices and desserts. There is an extensice Dry

Bar and shish balcony(blankets provided!). Open 7

Days. 3 Johnston Terrace, EH1 2PW - 0131 225 1329

www.hanams.com

Pomegranate – Middle Eastern Street Food

and Shisha Bar. Cold and hot mezes, kebabs, a

wide selection of vegetarian dishes, main courses

and mouthwatering desserts. BYOB with no

corkage charge. Non-alcohol bar available plus

Shisha pipes. 1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh,

EH1 3NH – 0131 556 8337

– pomegranate-edinburgh@hotmail.com

– www.pomegranatesrestaurant.com

Scottish

The Dome – Located in the city centre, The

Dome is situated on the site of the Old Physician’s

Hall designed and built in 1775 by James Craig, the

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celebrated planner of Edinburgh’s New Town. After

major refurbishment, this listed building became

The Dome which opened in 1996. The Dome

houses 2 restaurants, namely The Grill Room &

The Club Room. A La Carte Lunch & Dinner Menus

are offered in both restaurants. The Dome

favourites include The Dome Club Sandwich and

The Dome Burger. Local Scottish produce is used

wherever possible. The menus are created to

include a flavour of Scotland and Europe. The Grill

Room is open seven days from 12 noon until Late.

The Club Room is open Monday, Tuesday and

Wednesday from 10 am until 5 pm: Thursday,

Friday and Saturday from 10 am until Late. The

Club Room is closed on Sundays.

14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF.

Reservations – 0131 624 8624.

www.thedomeedinburgh.com

Field – This restaurant as its name suggests

loves 'field-fresh food' and is proud to showcase

Scotland's larder in a menu of tasty, innovative,

seasonal dishes. The wine-list is carefully chosen

and tempting. A cosy, unpretentious,

neighbourhood restaurant in the University /

Old Town area. which also happens to be superb

value for money 2 Courses £11.95 / 3 Courses

£14.50. 41 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB - 0131

667 7010 - www.fieldrestaurant.co.uk - Sittings:

Tues-Sat 12 noon - 2pm and 5.30pm-9pm.

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.

forthfloor.reservations@harveyhichols.com

Book on line at www.harveynichols.com

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

a room in leith and teuchters landing, a

room in the west end and teuchters bar

– Two well-loved Scottish bistros attached to

two well loved bars. The emphasis is on quality,

fresh, locally sourced Scottish food and drink .

Spend the day with us meandering between bar

and restaurant! The west end, 26 William Street,

EH3 7NH – 0131 226 1036. Leith, 1a Dock Place,

EH6 6LU – 0131 554 7427 – www.aroomin.co.uk

No11 Hotel & Brasserie – Open from

10.00pm-22.00pm seven days a week, serving

light lunches, luxury afternoon teas and fine

dining dinners. Our food has an emphasis on

quality ingredients from artisan suppliers. We are

just five minutes from Edinburgh Playhouse

Theatre. 11 Brunswick St, Edinburgh EH7 5JB

– 01315576910 – www.11brunswickst.co.uk

No. Ten Restaurant – Attached to the

Royal College of Surgeons this restaurant is

tucked away from the hubbub of the old town

but also close to the Festival Theatre and other

arts venues. There is a carvery from 12 noon-7pm

serving marinated roasts, seasonal vegetables,

starters and desserts and also a Scottish, seasonal

à la carte menu 7pm-10pm – 0131 662 2080 –

www.tenhillplace.com

Stac Polly – Stac Polly is one of Edinburgh's

original restaurants for authentic Scottish food


and atmosphere; now in its 23rd year. Stone walls

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

using locally sourced produce. We have a fantastic

selection of Scottish beers and a fine array of

single malt whiskies at both Dublin Street and St

Marys Street Bistro. Private dining rooms at Dublin

Street and St Mary's Street Bistro. Open 7 days.

New menus online – www.stacpolly.com

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754

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Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989 and recently

featured in Channel 5’s Restaurant Inspector.

Modern Spanish Cusine and Tapas using the finest

ingredients imported directly from Spain

alongside the best of local, seasonal Scottish

produce. 2 AA Rosettes. An excellent wine list

which has won many accolades including the ‘AA

Most Notable Wine list Award’.

Iggs, 15 Jeffrey Steet – 0131 557 8184 and

Barioja, 19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 3622

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Turquoise Thistle – Fine dining in a relaxed

atmosphere. A La Carte Menu from 5pm; pretheatre

menu from 5pm-7pm. Bar area serving

signature cocktails and a great selection of

Scottish beer and lager in convivial surroundings.

At Hotel Indigo, 59 York Pl, EH1 3JD - 0131 556

5577 - www.hotelindigoedinburgh.co.uk

The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister

venue to the award winning WHISKI on the Royal

Mile. With iconic views over the mound to

Edinburgh, it's an all day dining bar &

bistro/restaurant serving fresh Scottish food.

Stocking an impressive range of premium spirits,

wines and Scottish beers,ciders and over 300

whiskies. Beside the bar is a specialist whisky shop

where you can buy the bar's range and more. Daily

whisky tastings.

– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095.

Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North Bank

Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, 0131 225 7224,

bar@whiskirooms.co.uk

Whiski Rooms Shop, 0131 225 1532,

shop@whiskirooms.com www.whiskishop.com

Tapa – With its white-washed, high-vaulted

walls adorned with a stunning floor to ceiling

antique bull fighting poster and live Flamenco

guitarist on Friday & Saturday evenings, Tapa in

Leith evokes memories of lazy summer holidays

spent with family and friends. Sunday afternoons

are a must as their Andalusian Head Chef prepares

Paella in the restaurant while you eat! The perfect

tonic if you have over indulged the previous

evening! 19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW –

0131 476 6776 – tapa@tapaedinburgh.co.uk

www.tapaedinburgh.co.uk

Tex Mex

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

– www.texmex2.com


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Bars and Bar Food

The Abbotsford – Guest ales served at a fine

‘island bar’. Est. 1902 specialising in beers from

Scottish independent breweries. Lunch & dinner

served in the bar or in the restaurant ‘Above’.

3-5 Rose Street – 0131 225 5276 –

www.theabbotsford.com

Boda Bar – A cosy, friendly bar with a subtle

Swedish twist. Regulars, Leithers, Students and

Tourists mix together are all welcome. When you

book the backroom for more than 15 people you

get a small, free buffet. Here you can try the

lovely Idun’s Elderflower cider, Aquavit and many

odd shots. Every Monday is live music and on

regular basis there are Bar Boot Sales. Check web

page for all events: www.bodabar.com Open Mon-

Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1am and Sun 1pmmidnight.

229 Leith Walk 0131 553 5900

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

– canonsgait@dmstewart.com

– www.canonsgait.com

The Cumberland Bar – 1-3 Cumberland

Street - Spacious bar with lots of rooms and beer

garden. Eight real ales on tap. Plus good wine list.

Mixed clientele, pet-friendly. Good bar food

available for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

– 0131 558 3134 – www.cumberlandbar.co.uk

Element –Tucked away just off Princes Street

in amongst the boutiques of Rose Street you will

find Element. The bar has long since established

itself as the perfect place to eat, drink and relax

right in the heart of the Edinburgh. Whether you

fancy a quick drink after work, a bite to eat or a

long lazy lunch, Element will deliver above and

beyond. 110-114 Rose St EH2 3JF, – 0131 225 3297

– www.elementedinburgh.co.uk

Jake’s Place – A rustic bar and kitchen serving

the best in American and Scottish craft beer, malt

whisky, bourbon and rye. A succulent fusion of

American and Scottish street food. Opening

hours: Mon-sat 12 noon-1am; Sun 12.30pm-1am

– 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

– 0131 226 1446 – www.jakes-place.co.uk

Joseph Pearce – Joseph Pearce's popularity is

testament to the warm and genuine welcome it

extends to a diverse clientele. During the day a

raised area to the back is a family-friendly haven,

stocked with all the toys, highchairs and feeding

paraphernalia that junior patrons and their

beleaguered parents could require. From 5pm a

more grown-up but equally laid-back atmosphere

pervades, making Pearce's a favourite haunt of a

cool crowd seeking simple relaxation or perhaps

taking part in one of the regular jogging. Many will

be there to enjoy the Scandinavian-tinged menu

of gravadlax, pork meatballs with root vegetable

mash in a plum sauce or smoked haddock with

crisply roasted hasselback potatoes and poached

egg, all washed down with a great draught and

bottled drinks selection Open Sun-Thurs 11am-


midnight, Fri-Sat 11am -1am.

23 Elm Row 0131 556 4140.

The Guildford Arms – Edinburgh's finest Real

Ale Bar - perfect to enjoy food, cask ales, malt

whisky and imported beers.- Ten taps of (mostly

Scottish) cask ales from Scottish micro-breweries.

Regular beer festivals. food served all day.

1-5 West Register Street – 0131 556 4312

– www.guildfordarms.com

The Huxley – The new home of social

entertaining in Edinburgh. Located in the city's

West End, The Huxley is the perfect place to

relax, refuel and gather with friends. An informal,

casual space has been created and the menu is

über on-trend with its focus on burgers and hot

dogs. The former are all made with chuck steak

whilst ‘dogs’ include, ‘naked’, ‘chilli-cheese’,

‘kimchi’ and ‘Chicago’ versions. Small plates and

boards of tempting tapas also feature and

bottled and cask beers from around the world

shape the drinks list. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE –

0131 229 3402 – www.thehuxley.co.uk

Nobles – With this café bar and venue, the

Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since reopening

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 Fairtrade TM coffee plus

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various organic loose leaf teas complete the

experience. Opening times 12pm-1am Monday to

Friday, 11am-1am Saturday & 10am-1am Sunday.

Children & Dry well behaved dogs are welcome.

44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

– 0131 629 7215 – www.noblesbarleith.co.uk –

www.facebook.com/noblesbarleith

The Old Chain Pier – Under the new

management of Billy and Peter Ross, this

Newhaven bar has a glass frontage with views

over the firth of forth which allow one of the

finest panoramic views in Edinburgh. The water

almost laps your toes. Real ales, bottled beers,

wines and whiskies. Fresh, homemade pub food

made on the premises daily. Child and dog

friendly, beer garden. 32 Trinity Crescent,

Edinburgh, EH5 3ED – 0131 552 4960

The Queens Arms –A hidden jewel, below

the cobbles of Frederick Street and steeped in

Scottish history. This New Town pub provides a

home from home for locals and tourists alike.

With an amazing selection of real ales, Scottish

Whiskies and a twist on some classic cocktails

you're guaranteed to enjoy this cosy wee pub.

49 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP – 0131 225 1045

– www.queensarmsedinburgh.com

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar café 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 bread and cakes all made with luv!

All locally sourced, free range & organic where

possible cause it tastes really, really good! Free

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WIFI, wheelchair & child friendly. Open from

10am-1am everyday. For bookings call

0131 476 5268 or email info@roseleaf.co.uk

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith

– www.roseleaf.co.uk

The Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of the

majestic Arthur's Seat and opposite the

Commonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbished

country-style pub in the city, log fires, leather

couches and a stunning restaurant area. Serving

quality home cooked food with an interesting

wine list and cask ales. 58 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh,

EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518

www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.uk

The Sheep’s Heid – village pub & restaurant

in Duddingston and Edinburgh’s oldest surviving

watering hole. Pull up a chair near the roaring fire,

dine on Scottish seasonal food or in the warmer

months, kick back in the beer garden. Real ales on

tap, wine list and a skittle alley available to hire

for parties. 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, EH15

3QA – 0131 661797. Open everyday.

www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk

Sofi’s – Sofi’s bar is the port in the storm, it is the

little squeeze in a hug, it is home from home. So

feel free to sink in and snuggle up, with a glass of

wine, or a pint of beer. On Friday and Saturdays it

is more like a party in the kitchen with many

delightfully tasty cocktail s on offer. Lots of

events: Sing Songwriters nights, Clothes swaps,

Knitting nights, Film nights and variety of cool

parties. Check webpage: www.bodabar.com

Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am Sun 1pm -

1am. 65 Henderson Street 0131 555 7019.

The Street – A popular mixed bar at the top of

the very funky Broughton St. By day the glass

front makes it an ideal place to relax inside or out

with a coffee & people watch, whilst at night it

attracts a livelier crowd with a buzzing

atmosphere. Good pub food such as homemade

burgers & enchiladas until 9pm, and snacks such as

nachos, homemade chilli & potato wedges until

midnight Sun-Thurs. Premium selection of beers,

wines & spirits and cocktails and Rekordelig cider

on draft! Open 12pm-1am Mon-Sat, 12.30pm-1am

Sun. 2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT – 0131 556 4272

– www.thestreetbaredinburgh.co.uk

Victoria – Victoria’s philosophy is that everyone

who is nice is welcome to join the party. The

drinks range is chosen and proven by staff and

regulars, including beers from at least thirty-five

different countries and their own-brand Iduns

swedish cider. Events include a language café

every Monday, live acoustic music every so often

and irregular speed-dating singles nights. Any

sense of gimmickry is nicely underplayed, though.

With a child-friendly ethos during the day, a warm

and moodily lit atmosphere at night, a wellstocked

bar and very friendly service, all you need

for a great local is right here. Check facebook for

all events. Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1am

and Sun 1pm- midnight.

265 Leith Walk 0131 555 1638.

The White Horse – 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.

266 Canongate – 0131 557 3512


Cafés/Informal

Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and

welcoming café with a delicious selection of

local, good quality food using organic/seasonal

ingredients whenever possible. Great coffee from

Artisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovely

homebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed with

tasty local craft beer and cider. Free WiFi,

wheelchair and child-friendly. Open from 8am-

5pm Mon-Thurs and 9am-5pm Sat-Sun.

15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922

www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

Hemma – A newly opened café/bar with great

brunch, lunch, buffet, smörgåsbord platters,

dinners and last but not least cakes. A family

friendly haven daytime and a party place at night

with 12 well chosen draughts on tap and an

extensive cocktail list. It is a big place where you

can bring 130 of your friends and have a great

party on the mezzanine level. Every Friday is a

after work DJ starting from 6pm. Other events like

networking meetings, promotional events, Vintage

pop up shops and plenty others are occurring on

a frequent basis. Come and have a look! Open

Sun-Thurs 11am-midnight Fri-Sat 11am -1am. Tun

Building, 75 Holyrood Road.

– 0131 629 3327.

I Heart Café – Licensed café and coffee shop.

Great food, drinks, sofas and tunes at the top of

Leith Walk! Breakfast, all day menu and weekend

brunch. Great coffee & Eteaket teas, pastries,

cakes & sweet treats, sharing platters & deli

nibbles, lovely vino & cool beers. Open 7 days

Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm.

26-27 Haddington Place, EH7 4AF

– 0131 556 1672.

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Union of Genius Soup Café – You need

soup – and we have soup; the best soup in

Scotland! Our soups won the Good Soup Guide's

Best Soup in Scotland award 2013. Each day we

serve six different soups, flavour-matched with

four artisan breads. We always have veggie and

vegan options, and most of our soups are

naturally gluten-free. We have Artisan Roast

coffee and a gorgeous range of hot chocolates

from Coco and The Chocolate Tree. Open 9am-

4pm Monday-Friday. 8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN,

– 0131 226 4436 – www.unionofgenius.com

Craft Pattisserie and Café

La Cerise – is a fresh and innovative patisserie

cake and coffee shop that will leave you hooked

on Café Culture. Individual cakes, celebration

cakes, pastries, award-winning home-made icecream

and more – all made fresh on the premises.

All products are hand-crafted fine foods made

from the best quality ingredients. Many are

gluten-free and they use free-range eggs. From

homemade soups that will transform your

lunchtime into a five-a-day brain-booster, to cakes

and desserts that evoke sheer ecstasy, and

delicious savoury items. 199 Great Junction Street

(corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ – 0131 555

6065. LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36. Open Mon-

Fri 8am-6pm. www.lacerise.biz

Farm Shops

Hopetoun Farm Shop – offers some of

Scotland's finest foods including fresh local

produce from the surrounding Hopetoun Estate

plus a wide range of produce from award winning

Scottish suppliers. Open 7 days a week the Farm

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lamb, game and poultry whilst the delicatessen

offers a mouth watering selection of Scottish

cheeses, pies, cakes and cold meats. Hopetoun

Farm Shop, Newton, Broxburn. EH52 6QZ

– 01506 830 716 – www.hopetoun.co.uk

Food Events

Eat Walk Edinburgh – As recommended by

the BBC Good Food Magazine, this is a fabulous

way to learn about Edinburgh whilst sampling its

culinary delights at top venues. Tours start in the

Old town at 2pm and finish in the New Town at

5.30pm. Along the way you will visit 6 premises

and enjoy one of their signature dishes plus a

couple of wine tastings and a malt whisky. For

more info and to book, please visit

www.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk

Foodie Gift Shop

Cranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of Fine

Scottish Food, Drink & Gifts, this Royal Mile gem

is Edinburgh’s leading speciality food & gift shop,

selling only Scottish products. Choose a unique

present or create a tantalizing Scottish food

hamper filled with award winning delights. Their

range includes scrumptious Scottish must-haves

such as smoked venison and salmon, cheese,

chutney, shortbread, tablet, chocolate, haggis,

black pudding, tea, coffee, beer and spirits.

Beyond the array of edibles are quality Scottish

gifts including Harris Tweed, earthenware, handblown

glass and an exclusive range of ex-whisky

barrel pieces. Open daily 11-6. 263 Canongate,

Edinburgh EH8 8BQ

– 0131 556 7194

– www.CranachanAndCrowdie.com

Ice Cream

La Cerise – Award winning artisan ice cream. 5

Bronze awards at the Royal Highland Show 2012.

All ice-creams are gluten-free and are homemade

using Scottish milk and Scottish cream. No

fat substitutes or flavourings. All available as

cones or in tubs to eat-in or take-away and a

huge range of flavours which include the exotic

and well as classic favourites. 199 Great Junction

Street (corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ0131

555 6065- www.lacerise.biz LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14,

21, 34, 36. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.

Local Cooking Lessons

Eat-In Edinburgh – Love food and wish you

could cook it? Whether it's cooking better for

your family, impressing your friends or gaining

some more confidence in the kitchen Eat-In

Edinburgh provides affordable cooking lessons

for everyone. All you need is a kitchen and we'll

bring the rest. Eat-In Edinburgh also offers kitchen

assistance and home-cooked meals to those who

are unable to cook for themselves. Email

steph@eat-inedinburgh.co.uk – or call 07702

011451 or go to www.eat-inedinburgh.co.uk

Takeaways

Fish ‘n’ Chips Pierinos – Situated in the

heart of the Shore area of Leith, Pierino’s is

renowned for it’s traditional Fish & Chips,

Takeaway Favourites and authentic Italian Pizzas

and Pasta, which is achieved by paying special

attention to every fine detail and only using the

very finest ingredients. Pierino’s have been


offering traditional Fish & Chips since 1983. You’ll

also find an array of other favourites, such as

homemade Pizzas, Burgers, Kebabs, Pasta and great

value Meal Deals. If you are looking for the best

Fast Food in Edinburgh, then order online for

delivery or collection with our easy to use

website. Call 0131 477 7727 or order online at

pierinos.readyforfood.com.

11 Bernard Street, Leith, EH6 6PW

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. Delivery to EH3,

EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8 postcodes. 281 Leith

Walk – 0131 555 6619

– www.loscardos.co.uk

Wine Bars

Wines Online

Listings

Bacco Wine – Independent Italian wine and oil

specialists. Delivering only the best Italy can offer.

Free delivery on any 6 bottles case and special

discounts in the Edinburgh area. www.baccowine.co.uk

Wine Stores

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on offer

wines to £100 plus on fine clarets and champagne.

A good range of collectable Malt Whiskies up to

£300 a bottle. 100+ beers available. Collectable

spirits also. Home delivery.

109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and new shop

now open at 23 Roseburn Terrace

– 0131 337 4444.

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10 Wine Bar – A vibrant and contemporary

space, offering an extensive list of wines supplied

by Corney & Barrow, A large selection of beers

and spirits are also available along with tapas,

light snacks and sharing plates. 10 Hill Place, EH8

9DS – 0131 662 2080 – www.tenhillplace.com

Open 12 noon-10pm.

Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine

specialist. Over 150 wines and beers available. Free

delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct from

www.Bottleshock.co.uk.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh

EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233

– www.Calistoga.co.uk

Le Di-Vin – is Edinburgh’s most sophisticated

Wine Bar beside La P’tite Folie restaurant on

Randolph Place. You can enjoy complementing

charcuterie with your favourite wine as most are

sold by the glass. Open Mon-Sat 12 noon ‘til late.

Closed Sundays. 9 Randolph Place, EH3 7TE

– 0131 538 1815 – www.ledivin.co.uk

Vino Wines – Local, Independent and

Different. The best wines of the world, the UK,

world craft beers and specialist artisan spirits.

Branches at Grange Loan, Stockbridge,

Morningside and Broughton St –

www.vinowines.co.uk – @vinowineshops

info@vinowines.co.uk


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