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Frances Bentley

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

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Lea Harris

The Insider

Jemma Porter

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Stephanie Taylor

Sharon Wilson

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Hello Biters!

W

ell I can hardly contain my excitement this month! Forget the

festival, forget the fringe, it’s all about food here at Bite Towers.

August 6th sees Bite participating in ‘Food on Forth’ at Harvey

Nichols, then we head to the fabulous Foodies Festival on August 10th, 11th

and 12th and follow with ‘Cocktails on the Canal’ with Edinburgh Gin on

August 26th. There are also ‘openings galore’. The Gardener’s Cottage and

Timber Yard are both fresh and exciting additions to Edinburgh’s food scene

and of course, Jamie’s has finally landed. Have a great foodie month and see

you in September.

Bite x

In this issue

09 Review Al Dente

10 Review Locanda de Gusti

12 Pop Up Pommery Bar

13 Review Pomegrante

14 Review Jamie’s Italian

16 Review Late Night Nibbles

17 Review Martin Wishart Cook

School

19 Funny Food With Tom Stade

20 Out Of Town Shieldhill Castle

23 Festival Shopping Guide

from Real Foods

27 Beer The Bristol Beer Factory

28 Wine Seasonal Pairings

29 Wine August Tastings

30 Cocktails Elderflower Edinburgh

Gin

31 Gourmet Girl Goes To

Cranachan & Crowdie

32 The Insider Nigel Slater In Nappies

33 Edinburgh Diva

What’s Hot This Month

35 Off The Trolley The Magnolia

Bakery, New York City

36 Tempting Takeaways Pierinos

37 Whiskipedia Braeval 12 Year Old

Single Malt

38 What’s In Season Summer Pudding

39 Listings

47 Competitions

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Salt ‘n’ Sauce

– a flavour of what’s happening this month.

The ‘pop up’ Bar Raconteur will remain above

Restaurant Mark Greenaway at 12 Picardy Place

until the end of August and prior to opening

their new venue this Autumn.

Neil Forbes of Café St Honoré

returns this August 25th with

another Slow Food Masterclass.

The class, held in conjunction with

Slow Food Edinburgh will cover an

array of classic desserts such as

lemon posset, Bakewell pudding and

Eton mess. £25 including a 2-course

lunch. North West Thistle Street

Lane – 0131 2662211 to book.

Andrew and Lisa Radford formerly of Blue and

Atrium open Timberyard this month. It is an

80 seater bistro with an adjoining

smokehouse, kitchen garden, outdoor

courtyard, and wood fires. Décor is rustic and

recycled whilst food is billed as simple and

unpretentious. 10 Lady Lawson St,

– 0131 221 1222 www.timberyard.co


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This month Scotland celebrates the

‘Glorious 12th’ and The Blackface

Meat Company are preparing to send

out Grouse. The first deliveries will be

on Thursday 16th August.

www.blackface.co.uk

Chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray have

opened Edinburgh’s ‘first social-dining

restaurant’. The Gardener’s Cottage

has three communal dining tables and

diners enjoy a set menu utilizing the best

local, seasonal produce. Royal Terrace

Gardens. Thurs-Mon, 12noon-3pm and 5pm-

10pm. Closed Tues & Wed – 0131 558 1221

www.thegardenerscottage.co

Look out for

the newly

launched

Elderflower

Edinburgh

Gin. It joins

the award

winning

Edinburgh Gin

and Perthshire

Raspberry Infused Gin – all from the

Spencerfield Spirits Company.

More info on page 30.

The Street is an official Free Fringe venue

from 4-25th August. Food is served all day as

well as a selection of fine wines, cocktails,

premium lagers, and spirits. The venue is open

until 3am ALL FESTIVAL over 2 floors.

2 Picardy Place – www.thestreetbar.co.uk


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Review: Al Dente Regional Italian

O

ur country has a problem with Italian

food. Too often we think a pizza or a

plate of sloppy pasta is a decent

representation of one of the most complex

cuisines around.

It's criminal, as Italy is a country with a hugely

diverse array of dishes, many of which don't

utilise pasta or pizza. Al Dente is one man's line

in the sand. Graziano Spano is from Puglia

(that's the heel of the boot), and he's

passionate about regionality, provenance and,

importantly, taste. “The olives are from

Apulia.” Graziano tells us, “They’re the best”.

I’ve heard THAT line before from many

beautifully-shoed Italian men, but he’s right.

They are the best I’ve been able to get for

months.

The menu of his small Easter Road restaurant

is simple, short and interesting. Around ten

dishes are offered per course, each hailing

from one of Italy’s twenty districts.

Antipasti include Apulian baked figs with

gorgonzola and Parma ham (£5.80), steamed

mussels with orange aromatics and spinach

(£5.50) and ricotta gnocchi (£5.10); the figs

being a particular star, rich and unctuous with

the sharpness and sweetness of the cheese

balanced by the salty ham.

First courses are a similarly interesting; a

Venetian squid ink risotto (£10.90), a Veronese

lasagne-style dish of radicchio, mushrooms and

Parmesan (£8.60) and paccheri with sea bass

and seafood (£10.80). All the pasta is served

with thought, care and a light touch, no heavy

cream sauces or smothering of Parmesan.

Reach second courses and you are treated to

the real regional gems and powerhouse dishes

that Graziano is currently focussing on; Rome

is represented by an intensely flavoured lamb

rack in a breaded herb crust (£16.90); whilst the

Northern classic, beef stuffed with Parma ham

and mozzarella (£18.50) is well judged in

components and generously sized.

Dessert would defeat many folk, thankfully I

had an expert on hand and the apple tart

(£4.80) was all perfect pastry and balanced

sweet, sharp filling with a pleasing dollop of

home-made ice-cream. Comforting Italian

desserts are all here, Tiramisu, poached pears

and sweet ricotta pancakes.

The wine list is affordable and straight-forward

with most regions represented but for real

insight into Italy’s gastronomic identities,

contact Graziano about his Regional Gourmet

Evenings where a four course menu is

presented with paired wines. I'll be there, but

I'll be leaving the Vienetta at home. (F. Bentley)

Al Dente

– 139 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QA

– 0131 652 1932

– www.al-dente-restaurant.co.uk

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 12 noon-2pm

Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10pm

Sunday closed

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Review: Locanda de Gusti

‘Look! I whispered to the Silver Fox.’ There.

He’s doing it again!’ We’re having dinner in

Locanda de Gusti and I’ve just noticed that

Head Chef Rosario Sartore actually smiles at

the moment he’s ready to hand his creations

over. A little tweak of a garnish here, a

quarter turn of the plate there, the smile, and

it’s ready for service.

For anyone who’s still under the

misapprehension that Italian cuisine mainly

features cheese and tomato on top of some

form of carbohydrate, I’d encourage a visit to

this stylish restaurant for a masterclass in

how big Mediterranean flavours can be

presented carefully and enthusiastically. So

much so, they’ve recently opened a small deli

and shop so that everyone can take a little

flavour home with them.

The front of house team are effusive in their

welcome, and brought us home-made rolls

and antipasti to snack on whilst looking over

the menu. An entire page is devoted to

specialities from Scottish waters, and so to

start, the Silver Fox netted himself the zuppa

di pesce (£8.95). Almost overflowing from the

bowl were just-cooked langoustine, clams,

mussels, squid, and at the bottom a tangy

broth with lively notes of tomato and basil. I

embraced the authentic ‘pasta’ as first course

option, and had the mezzannelli (£7.95) a

skinny long macaroni with chunks of

pancetta, sweet scallops and a light but


creamy butternut squash sauce. My appetite

surprised me, as nearly every one of the al

dente little tubes disappeared from my plate!

Next, I had the lamb rib chops (£16.95) with

acacia honey, breadcrumbs served with

saffron-scented couscous. The little lamb

lollipops were succulent and garnished with a

sprinkle of rosemary, and the dish presented

itself pretty close to perfect. With gusto, my

amore approached his main course of

orchiette pasta with an oxtail ragù (£11.95). It

was topped with a generous dollop of soft

ricotta which melted amongst the pasta.

Given the sheer enjoyment of the preceding

courses, desserts (all £5.95) were a must! My

fella had the show-stopping savarin al

limone – a sweet, sticky cream-filled babà

that just (but only just) overshadowed my

ricotta and pear tart in its deliciousness.

The food, ambience and service were nothing

short of exemplary, and I left knowing we’d

return - pronto! (L. Arfa)

Locanda de Gusti

– 7-11 East London Street, Edinburgh EH7 4BN

– 0131 558 9581

– www.locandadegusti.com

Opening hours

Deli/café Mon-Fri 8am-3pm

Lunch Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm

Pre-theatre & Dinner Mon-Fri 5pm-10.30pm

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Edinburgh’s Pop Up Pommery Bar Takes

Over ‘The Finest Drawing Room In Europe’

A partnership between award-winning

caterers Heritage Portfolio and The Society

of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, the pop up

Pommery Champagne Café Bar at the Signet

Library will be open from 3-27 August.

O

n the back of rave reviews for its first

Fringe run in 2011, Edinburgh’s pop-up

Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar will

once again bring festival fizz and sparkle to

the iconic Signet Library.

Making a triumphant return to the festival

city, the Cafe Bar will be open daily

throughout August from 11am until late. And

with the stunning Signet Library throwing

open its doors for three weeks only, this is a

unique opportunity for visitors to experience

a true taste of Edinburgh’s impressive history.

As the books make way for the bubbly, the

elegant library will be transformed into a

buzzing haven for performers and festival

goers alike. Famously described by King

George IV as ‘the finest drawing room in

Europe’ and promising exquisite champagnes,

beautifully crafted cocktails, fine seafood and

tempting afternoon teas, where better to

indulge in the festival sport of celebrity

spotting

For the latest news and offers follow

@PommeryBar on Twitter or visit

www.thesignetlibrary.co.uk/

pommery-champagne-cafe-bar/


Review: Pomegranate

Posh kebabs and delicious desserts

omegranate is a Middle-Eastern

restaurant decked out in hot pinks and

Plime greens. Perched on the corner of

Antigua Street, it has outside seating and you

can order a Shisha Pipe for £10. The restaurant

is already drawing sizeable crowds after its

launch last month.

The menu is kept simple, offering hot and cold

mezze, kebabs, shawarma and an extensive and

tempting list of desserts. There are plenty of

vegetarian options, a dry bar and there is BYOB

with no corkage fee.

I started with the hummus shawarma (£6);

hummus topped with slices of marinated lamb.

I felt quite decadent tucking into the spicy

meat on its bed of creamy chickpea, although I

did feel that the dish would have benefitted

from some flat bread for dunking.

My dining partner had the lamb samboussek (£6),

crisp pastry triangles filled with spiced lamb

mince, served on a bed of salad. Crispy on the

outside and spicy on the inside, the filo

crunched satisfyingly but he found the filling was

too hot to handle. Fellow wimps, be warned.

Our main courses soon followed; gosht

barzaow kebab (£14.45) for me and merishke

kebab (£13.50) for him. Both were presented

with the meat on a strip of flatbread, with a

fresh side salad. Our accompaniments were a

basket of naan bread (£2), french fries (£2), and

small dishes of sauce (garlic and chilli).

The kebabs were filling, although a little dry

but the sauce helped. The flatbread below the

meat absorbed the juices, and when I tucked in

I was reminded of a gravy soaked yorkshire

pudding during Sunday lunch.

Remembering I have a bridesmaid’s dress to fit

into, I said no to dessert. It didn’t stop me from

greedily eyeing the rosewater sorbet (£3.50)

and pretty cupcakes (£4.50) displayed near the

front door. Yep: if Carrie Bradshaw owned a

kebab joint, this would be it. (J. Porter)

Pomegrante

– 1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh EH1 3NH

– 0131 556 8337

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 12 noon-11.30pm

Sat & Sun 11am-11.30pm

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Review: Jamie’s Italian 7/10

F

orget independent eateries 'Jamie's' is

all about feeding the masses. With 250

covers and 96 staff, the Edinburgh

branch has landed with a big fat thud! I am a

fan and I like the Glasgow restaurant and so I

was eager to secure a table for the 'soft'

Edinburgh opening.

The Dowager and I started with beautiful

bruschetta (£8.95) which was stunningly good.

Crispy baked thin bread with pea & mint

ripple, grilled asparagus, smashed broad

beans, smoky mozzarella, spinach, mint &

chilli. The aromatic summery flavours were

divine especially the spearmint flavour with

the peas and hot chilli. Crispy squid (£5.75)

and courgette fritto (£6.50) were both

declared good but heavy on the garlic by

Simone and Nina. Mr Bite liked his meat

antipasti plank (£6.85), superb presentation

and a good mix of flavours and textures. Paul

tucked into the world’s best olives on ice

(£3.75) which are actually just good but

‘hifalutin’ is a recurring theme at Jamie’s. Get

used to it.

We had a very long wait for our main courses.

On arrival they were pretty much enjoyed by

all. Whole sea bream (£15.95) for me was very

tasty but choc full of bones. I can handle this,

others may not like it. The flavour mix of

olives, garlic, wine, capers, parsley & sweet

baby plum tomatoes was excellent, a side of

steamed tenderstem broccoli (£3.25) with

lemon, garlic and olive oil equally so, whilst

posh chips (£3.25) with truffle oil & Parmesan

were nothing short of 'When Harry met Sally'.

The Dowager equally praised the flavours of

mint, chilli & sticky balsamic in her British

lamb breast (£12.75). Mr Bite and Paul enjoyed

spaghetti vongole (£13.35) and wild rabbit

taglioni (£10.95) respectively.

All good so far but Nina thought her sausage

papperdelle (£10.95) was too ‘al dente’ We

mentioned this to the waitress who replied

“yes we serve it al dente". We explained we

were familiar with the concept of ‘al

dente’but this was 30-45 seconds short. Blank

look. The staff are very friendly in an

obviously regimented and scripted manner.

They had no decision making power to


address any of our wee gripes. Annoying, as

this would happen immediately in many of

Edinburgh’s independent eateries.

Only Mr Bite was tempted by dessert.

Unfortunately, his first two choices had both

sold out and so he was offered Tiramisu

which “I am sure you will really love” came

the sales pitch. He didn’t. It was sloppily

presented and pedestrian.

Jamie’s is housed in the 18th Century Supper

Rooms of the historic Assembly Rooms; jawdroppingly

beautiful with the high corniced

ceilings. A marble-topped island bar replete

with hams tempts for a lunchtime nibble and

tipple. We favoured the decor above the more

industrial look of the Glasgow restaurant.

Despite the obvious teething problems, we

all agreed that we would return, probably

regularly. Jamie's is sure to be a success and if

there aren’t queues down Rose Street

“mangio il cappello”. (S. Wilson)

Jamie’s Italain

– Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street

(entrance on Rose St) Edinburgh EH2 2RL

– 0131 202 5452.

– www.jamiesitalian.com

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 12 noon-11pm

Sun 12 noon-10.30pm

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OLD CHAIN PIER

Fine panoramic views of the Firth of Forth

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

Take your time at the old chain pier

but haste ye back


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Après-Show Late Night Bites

othing whets my appetite more than

watching up and coming comedians

Nfend off hecklers. The problem is that

after 9pm dining options become rather

limited. It seems that most restaurants in our

fair city forget that there’s a festival going on.

If you don’t know where to look, it’s easy to

end your evening with a polystyrene

container of chips and cheese. But the

following places will offer you a delicious

meal after hours, and you won’t have to eat

with plastic cutlery.

Negociants is a firm favourite with

Edinburgh University students; not only do

they serve a cracking cappuccino; they also

serve food until midnight Mon-Thu and 2am

on weekends. The menu is all about the pub

grub; expect to find burgers and fries a-

plenty. But after staggering out of a festival

show, isn’t that what you need

Well, if you’re after a slap up meal head to

B’est. Operating extended hours during the

festival (past 11pm), a three course meal from

the set menu will set you back around £15.

The menu is rich: scallops, venison, and

salmon often feature. B’est is home to the

popular ‘Fawlty Towers Dining Experience’

show, if you want a bit of comedy with your

coq au vin. Be sure to book your tickets in

advance.

For laid back Mediterranean style dining,

Favorit is ideal. This gem of a café seems to

be open all hours, although in truth food is

only served ‘til 1am during the week and 3am

at weekends. Again, don’t expect haute

cuisine: instead enjoy the chance to get out

of the chilly August evening somewhere with

good atmosphere and passable paninis. Their

hot chocolate is the perfect accompaniment

to hot gossip.

And finally, if you’re fancying something a

little more international, you can’t go wrong

with Kampong Ah Lee on Nicolson Street.

Don’t be put off by the simple exterior and

simpler decor: the canteen style restaurant is

immensely popular with Edinburgh’s Asian

and student populations alike. Delicious roti

flatbreads, rendang curries, and well spiced

noodle dishes are enough to get me coming

back for more. (J. Porter)


Review:

Cook School by Martin Wishart

Practical Italian

o your sauces split Is your gravy

lumpy Does your gnocchi resemble

Dammunition Don’t panic. I recently

attended the Cook School by Martin Wishart

and help is at hand.

I can cook, but not expertly. So I confess I was

a little nervous about attending the school

but I assume most people feel the same way.

There was no need. On arrival I met and

chatted to my fellow classmates (a group of

friendly foodies) and we were introduced to

our host and teacher, ‘Chef Kevin’.

We each had our own Masterchef-style

station and Kevin discussed the menu for the

day. This being an Italian class we were going

to cook, goat’s cheese and truffle gnocchi

with an asparagus and parmesan glaze, guinea

fowl with pancetta and golden raisins, and

amaretto parfait with poached pear and

praline. The day lasts from 9am to 3.30pm

and you can expect to cook about 90% of

your food. There are lots of demos and chat

from Chef Kevin and the kitchen fairies

magically clean up your station and keep you

right as you go. You also get to eat your

(delicious, if I do say it myself) food and share

wine with your classmates in the convivial

setting of the private dining room.

One of the benefits of cooking classes are the

tips. It is often the small things that can

transform your cooking. For example, sautéing

gnocchi rather than poaching it results in a far

lighter dish. Half way through the day I met

my nemesis in the form of a pasta machine

but by now I had learnt and applied the

mantra ‘it’s all in the dough’ and my pasta

swept smoothly through the silver appliance.

Another benefit of the class is that Kevin

inspires you and gives you the tools to be

more ambitious with your home cooking. He

makes it appear achievable, even, dare I say it,

easy.

I was certainly inspired. The pasta machine

has been dusted off and the next class I

fancy, Practical French Cookery, beckons!

(S. Wilson)

Cook School by Martin Wishart

– 14 Bonnington Road, Edinburgh EH6 5JD

– 0131 555 6655

– info@cookschool.co.uk

– www.martin-wishart.co.uk

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One of the benefits of cooking classes are the tips. It is often

the small things that can transform your cooking


Joseph Pearce’s

Crayfish Party

A very popular Swedish tradition when we eat lots of crayfish,

sing schnapps songs and drink aquavit.

Come along and try this fun tradition!

Dates available:

Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Saturday 28th August

£25

TIcket price includes welcome drink, lots of crayfish, bread and

cheese, and for main course a Swedish recipe cheese tart served

with salad, plus 2 shots of OP Andersson Aquavit is also included.

Come into Joseph Pearce’s to

buy your tickets for Crayfish Party!

Joseph Pearce’s, 23 Elm Row, Edinburgh 0131 556 4140

WHISKI ROOMS

WHISKY SHOP, BAR & BISTRO

Food served all day. Fresh, local, Scottish produce.

Premium wine & spirits list

Scottish craft beers & ciders

Iconic views over The Mound

Adjoining whisky shop with daily tastings

Opulent range of hampers and gifts

The Mound 4-7 North Bank Street,

Edinburgh. www.whiskirooms.co.uk

info@whiskirooms.co.uk

Bar & Bistro

0131 225 7224

Whisky Shop

0131 225 1532

Daily Whisky

Tastings

Jazz on the Mound

Free Entry every Thurs-Sun

from 9:30pm


Funny Food with Tom Stade

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What is your favourite restaurant and

why

For sit down it’s got to be Zizzi’s! Love risotto

and have a taste card which gets me 1/2 price

off! For takeaway it’s Franco’s in Stockbridge.

They know me there and the pizzas are fab!

Do you have a favourite bar

Always the one I’m gigging in ‘cause the drinks

are usually free! Ya that's right, I love deals.

Who would you most like to go out

drinking with and why

My father cause he always challenged me to

keep up with him! Man we used to get drunk

and laugh! Can't wait for my son to come of

age.

Any embarrassing food faux pas

In Australia I was at a restaurant and for some

strange reasons I was playing with a chilli.

Rubbed my eyes and realised it was on fire!

BAD IDEA! Never happened before panic set

in tried to wash it out with water got it in

other eye! Learned about chillies that day I'll

tell ya.

What do you think of the food and

beer in Scotland

Absolutely fabulous, world class, nothing

better – because after the festival is over

everybody goes back to their respective

homes but I live in Edinburgh and who wants

backlash.

What would you pack for a picnic

An umbrella for sure! And egg salad

sandwiches. Goes back to my childhood!

Maybe a Greek salad.

What is your idea of a romantic meal

The one where I get laid after I fed her!

Whose isn't

What is your fave meal

Rump roast, must be tender, with gravy

smothered everywhere and it’s every slow

cooker I’ve ever had. Go get one people! Best

invention since the wheel.

What would your last meal consist of

A cup of tea and a bag of Walkers salt and

vinegar crisps. Save the big meal for some

starving child that needs it. I'll die on an

empty stomach. And I'm sorry for whatever I

did.

Tom Stade's new stand up

show Tom Stade Totally

Rocks will be at the

Pleasance Courtyard from

1st – 26th August for tickets

go to www.edfringe.com


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Out Of Town: Shieldhill Castle Hotel

T

his four star country house hotel lies

deep within the beautiful Upper Clyde

countryside only 30 minutes from

Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is independently

owned by a family who refurbished it in early

2011.

The familial hospitality was immediately

apparent. We were welcomed into a plush

but homely sitting room with tea and superb

locally-made tablet, a great start.

Things got better when we were surprised

with an upgrade to the honeymoon suite

which had definite wow factor; ornate but

very comfy bed, a raised level mezzanine with

sunken Jacuzzi, lots of space and nice furniture.

We had already decided to take advantage of

the entertainment, so a bout of clay-pigeon

shooting kept Mr Bite happy whilst I enjoyed

a much-needed full body Ayurvedic massage.

This took place in my room on a treatment

table complete with hot-water filled

mattresses The masseur, was very

experienced and she managed to find all my

old injuries and stubborn knots of energy; an

added treat to any weekend away.

Muscles relaxed and pigeons shot we were

ready to eat. The restaurant has 2 rosettes

and is tastefully decorated; linen tablecloths,

candles, and a welcoming palette of gold,

caramel and warm browns.

I started with Scottish flaked house smoked

salmon with a celeriac and caper remoulade

and Mr Bite plumped for the haggis pithiviers

with a turnip and potato purée; both were

excellent. My salmon was summery and

refreshing and the capers didn’t overpower but

rather added a wee zing. The pastry around the

spicy haggis was crisp, golden and moreish. The

purée was presented in a wine glass which

sounds a bit cheesy but actually it worked and

together with a sprig of micro-herbs succeeded

in making a brown dish look very pretty.

Main courses were roast leg of lamb with

apricot stuffing and redcurrant jus for me and

pan seared fillet of sea bass with a crushed

confit of tomato and new potatoes with a

chorizo cream. Hearty, country dishes was the

theme here. The chef was brave enough to

keep it simple whilst using the ‘extras’ subtly.

For example, neither the chorizo or apricots

were pronounced; the fish and lamb were


clearly given top billing.

For pudding I had chosen the trio of apples. A

sugar blown Granny Smith-green apple (think

an air-filled boiled sweet) was filled with

apple ice cream. It was fun, tasty and

imaginative. An apple cheesecake with a

fancy chocolate butterfly on top was dreamy;

the crumble just ok.

Hedonists that we are, we took the

cheeseboard to our room. A Dunsyre Blue, a

Lanarkshire old grain mustard cheddar and a

Lanarkshire Cheddar. Brownie points were

awarded for keeping it local.

A little more attention to detail is needed at

Shieldhill to make it a true 4 star experience.

Little things like no water on the table at

dinner, no bin in our room, having to ask for

napkins at breakfast, were noted. However,

the very friendly team and beautiful, plush

surroundings more than compensated and

ensured a return visit. (S. Wilson)

Rates are £95-£280 for Bed and Breakfast but

it is well worth checking the website for

details of any deals.

Shieldhill Castle Hotel

– Biggar, ML12 6Na

– 01899 220035

– enquiries@shieldhillcastle.co.uk

– www.shieldhillcastlehotel.co.uk

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This multi award-winning oil, a

healthy Scottish alternative to

olive oil, is now available in

original Classic range (Lemon,

Ginger, Garlic, Chilli) or new Herb

range (Basil, Coriander, Oregano,

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bottles. www.supernature.uk.com

NEW

Stewart Brewing

This award winning Edinburgh microbrewery has plenty

to offer the discerning ale fan, including these two top

choices. Hollyrood is full of fresh citrus aroma. It has light

body, a moderate bitterness and tangy grapefruit

flavours whilst the Gold as you might expect, golden in

colour and more continental in style, has aromas of

caramelised orange and melon and has a full body with

medium bitterness and a smooth finish. Both these

award winning beers are suited to light flavoured foods,

fish dishes or pasta. www.stewartbrewing.co.uk

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IQ Chocolate – for real

smarties!

This single origin raw chocolate is made with

Criollo beans from Peru at Manor Loan in

Stirling making this company Scotland’s first

bean to bar chocolate maker. The beans are

only lightly fermented, unroasted, and gently

stone-ground for 3 days using artisanal

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undamaged from the bean to the bar. The chocolate is subtly sweetened with low GI

coconut palm sugar. www.iqingredients.com

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Hood's Honey

George Hood bottled his first jar of honey in East

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of Hood’s honey ever since. The Hood ethos has always

been to keep the business small and manageable,

tending for the bees the ‘old-fashioned’ way. Every

sample of honey is harvested, extracted and stored

purposefully. It is personally tasted, bottled and

labelled. Stuart Hood, is now carrying on the proud

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Beer: The Bristol Beer Factory

Bristol fashion

A

s consumers, I think few of

us would admit to being

gullible stooges who are

quick to respond to a celebrity

endorsement or a pretty label. So it

is with a smidgen of shame that I

must confess to being unduly

excited when I received a small

parcel of beers from the Bristol

Beer Factory at the beginning of

July.

The reason for my excitement was

that these are beers that I had heard

much about but had yet to get my

hands on. Everything I had read

about them led me to believe that

they were right up my street, and

the bottles are so very stylish.

They come in sensibly sized 500ml bottles

with a bold, iconic stylised pint on the label.

(Which also cleverly incorporates a profile of

the Clifton Suspension Bridge).

They are mercifully free of the silly names

and badly written hyperbole, which is

deemed de-rigueur on a beer label these

days.

The beers themselves employ a similar nononsense

approach, leaning towards the

traditionally British and away from the

modern transatlantic style. They are all pretty

good, solid session beers with my standout

being their interpretation of a milk

stout.

A milk stout is a dark beer of a

moderate strength which contains

lactose sugar to add depth and

texture. The Bristol Beer Factory’s

variant weighs in at 4.5% a.b.v and is

bottle conditioned. It is a lively

beer with plenty of natural

carbonation and a couple of inches

of billowing head. It is very nearly

black with a heart of deep, dark

crimson. It is quite aromatic, with a

sweet perfume of Nutella &

roasted malts. The body is rich and

creamy with a smooth, creamy

mid-palate of milk chocolate.

There is a touch of bitterness to

the finish with a suggestion of dried fruit. It is

a deeply satisfying and very neckable pint

which oozes character, without being overly

showy.

A bottle should set you back just under £3

and should be available throughout

Edinburgh’s better Offies in the coming

months.

James Wrobel is the proprietor of

Cornelius Beer and Wine,

18-20 Easter Road, and can be

contacted on 0131 652 2405.

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Wine: Seasonal Pairings

A

s July slides into August I insist on a bit

of al fresco cooking, even if it’s raining

and you have to improvise! Here are

my favourite wines to wash down some of my

barbecue specialities, not a burger in sight.

Salad Niçoise

A hearty salad for lunch or supper of French

beans, hard boiled eggs, potatoes, tomatoes

and some grilled sardines all with a light

vinaigrette. You need a reasonably full-bodied

white wine with this, with a bit of zing to set

off the acidity of the vinaigrette and tomatoes.

I like this grenache blanc, it has lovely body to

balance the oily fish, fresh peach flavours and

a herb like note that chimes beautifully with

the greens. Saint Cirice, Domaine Saint

Cyrgues Grenache Blanc, L’Art du Vin, £7.75

Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables

Normally a trip to Earthy or the Farmers’

Markets results in a glut of vegetables I failed

to resist, so I slice them, douse them in olive

oil and barbecue them. The combination of

smoky aubergine, peppers and courgettes is

nigh on perfect and could eat it with

everything. The deep flavours that the

vegetables take on from the barbecuing and

beefy texture mean you could serve a red wine

with it. I recently tasted this Spanish wine and

loved it. It has a really vibrant character, juicy

dark fruit and an earthiness that works so well

with the smokiness and umami of aubergine.

Molino Loco Monastrell, Drinkmonger, £6.50

Spatchcocked Chicken with Harissa

Just writing about this makes me hungry! There’s

something delicious about the char and

juiciness of the chicken with the spice of the

harissa that transports me to faraway places and

evokes the sun. There are lots of wines that will

work with this dish; you need some ripe fruit to

offset the spice and some acidity to refresh

your palate. Rosé is a great choice, particularly

Spanish Navarra rosé which is beautifully ripe

with deep strawberry flavours and a dry finish.

Rosa Azul y Garanza, Earthy, £8.95

I’m a wine and food lover who believes that

wine should be fun. If you want to discover

more check out the WineTubeMap on

conviviumwine.com where you will also find

handy hints on local stockists, food matching

and wine and food events. (N. Fletcher)


Wine: August Tastings

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Henrick’s Wine Society

The Art of Blending with

Neil Robertson of Bibendum

Where: Henrick’s Bar & Bistro,

3 Barclay Place

When: First Monday of every month

Time:

Price:

7.30pm

£15 (6 Wines and

themed nibbles)

How to Book: 0131 229 2442

www.henricksbar.com

Wine School at The Fringe

Where: Bon Vivant’s Companion

When: 4th-26th

Time: Various times – 1hr duration

Price: £19

How to Book: www.casestudies

wineschool.co.uk

Drinkmonger Wine Tastings at

11 Bruntsfield Place

When: Wed 8th: 4pm Sicily; 6pm Loire Valley

Thurs 9th: 4pm South Africa;

6pm Rhone Valley; 8pm Chile

Wed 15th: 4pm Australia;

6pm Rosé wines

Thurs 16th: 4pm Tuscany;

6pm Bordeaux; 8pm bubbly (£10)

Fri 17th-Sun 19th: Wine Fringe

Wed 22th: 4pm Argentina; 6pm Spain

Thurs 23rd: 4pm Southern France

6pm Portugal; 8pm New Zealand

Taste 5 Wines in 1 hour for £5 – 0131 229 2205 to Book.


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Cocktails: Elderflower Infused

Edinburgh Gin A real taste of summer!

O

n a truly miserable July

afternoon in which I'd

already been drenched

twice due to the unseasonably

inclement weather I finally got a

glimpse of how summer should

be! A warm, bright golden sun

against a clear blue sky, swifts

darting overhead as they feed on

the wing and a long, crisp,

refreshing drink in hand. Okay so

the sun didn't appear in a

depressingly grey sky and I still

haven't seen a swift searching for

food, but I did get to try that

drink. Ah well, as Meatloaf

couldn't quite bring himself to

say, one out of three ain't bad.

Anyway onto that drink. I have to be honest;

it's not quite true to say I got to try my

wonderful summer drink in all its glory. What

I did get are glimpses of what it could be, a

few fleeting moments of bliss, a mere hint of

the seductions that lie ahead if that darned

Jet Stream would stop meandering over the

UK and head back north where it belongs.

And what set me off on my day dreams of

meadows, nymphs and never ending summer

evenings A lovely little liqueuresque libation

called Elderflower Infused Edinburgh Gin.

What's not to like about this addition to the

summer drink portfolio It's local, produced

by the Spencerfield Spirit

Company, its base is their small

batch award winning Edinburgh

Gin (an excellent gin it its own

right) and it has just the right

balance to make it a great

addition to any cocktail cabinet.

On its own, there's a strong aroma

of elderflower, a pleasing

sweetness, with floral overtones

and a hint of juniper on the

palate. You know this is made

from gin and not some neutral

grain spirit.

However it’s as an ingredient in

cocktails that it will come into its

own. A must for a GE&T with 1

measure of Edinburgh Gin, 1/2 measure of

Elderflower Gin, served in a tall glass, over ice

and topped up with a damned fine tonic and

garnished with a slice of lemon. Other

flavours that will go great with the

Elderflower Gin are juniper (obviously), apple,

ginger, rhubarb, citrus, summer berries and

cucumber.

Get hold of a bottle (available from Vino at

£18 for a 50cl bottle) and try making your

own summer concoctions. You can also try it

(along with their other mouth-watering

infusion – Raspberry Gin) at a number of bars

in town including Joseph Pearce on Elm Row

and its sister bars. (M. Earl)


Gourmet Girl Goes To:

Cranachan & Crowdie

G

reetings all! I hope

you’re well and this

finds you ready for

some August festival fun

here in Edinburgh. For us

natives, it’s been a rather

dreich summer thus far, and

so I’m optimistic this month

will be a little more ‘outdoorsy’ and we can

enjoy the city’s top parks for picnics, a show

here and late nights with friends there.

I recently visited the newly opened

‘Cranachan & Crowdie’ on The Royal Mile

(just down from the Jeffrey Street/St. Mary

Street junction) and had a lovely chat with

co-owner Beth Edberg. The ethos of the

beautifully decorated shop is simple; to stock

the best Scottish eatables they can find. To

reiterate the point, the pledge is that every

single item on the shelves comes from a

Scottish company, most of whom are small

and independently owned.

So what flavours do C&C have in store for us

A stand of fresh loaves from the Manna

House bakery is the first thing you’ll see when

you head in; talk about promising! The fridge

is filled with savouries like Uig Lodge smoked

salmon, MacSween haggis, Stornoway Black

pudding, Findlater’s pâtés, Glen Game

smoked meats. Cheeses come from the

venerable I.J. Mellis, including of course the

soft Crowdie cream cheese, perfect with any

one of the variety of small-batch hand-made

oatcakes available.

For the sweet of tooth (my

hand just shot up!) there’s a

glorious selection of treats

from the institution that is

Tunnock’s, along with

shortbreads, cakes, myriad

types and flavours of shortbread including a

bespoke one shaped like a thistle. Fruit jams,

heather honeys and artisan chocolate always

make a lovely gift. And just try to resist the

bain of Scottish dentistry – tablet!

Situated right in the heart of the old town,

Cranachan & Crowdie provides something

better than the usual ‘jumbo’ box of

shortbread for tourists to take home. For

locals, there are plenty of great products on

the shelves to tempt you for return visits,

including whiskies and craft beers and there

are plans for sampling sessions with suppliers

and producers. And should the sun care to

make a guest appearance, you can buy a little

picnic kit along with a crusty loaf and

smoked meats, and head up to Arthur’s Seat

for a view of that gorgeous Edinburgh skyline.

(L. Arfa)

Cranachan & Crowdie

– 263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ

– www.cranachanandcrowdie.com

Opening hours

Open daily 11am to 6pm

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The Insider:

Nigel Slater In Nappies

M

aggie Cuddihy had just served me

the best asparagus dish of its too

short season, a walnut roulade

wrapped around asparagus tips with a divine

orange hollandaise – effortlessly trumping

the rather mean spirited cold asparagus

rolled in hazelnut dust with a, yes a, candied

hazelnut served at L’Astrance – when I asked

to be excused to (cover your eyes for you

shall join me) go to the loo. Where I found a

whole library of magazines from the early 80s

called A la Carte. A cursory flick had me rapt.

One recipe allows only for lemon with ‘good’

skins, another demands French butter, a third

offers: if you can’t get fresh parmesan use

dried up cheddar. Raspberry hollandaise is

suggested as an, ‘unusual foil for salmon’ (I’ll

bet it is). Veal cutlet with kiwi fruit and

advocaat (whoa) is served by ‘attractive’ staff

at the Papillon restaurant, ‘constructed

around a swimming pool’ away from ‘traffic

noise and fumes’ – good advert Holiday Inns!

Chilled apple and fennel soup, courtesy

Francis Bissell, sounds wonderful mind.

Fussy garnishes are everywhere, tomato roses,

tomato petals with cucumber skin stems,

fronds made of peppers… Around this time, I

trained as an entermetier (a chef de partie in

charge of veg and soup). I recall carving

three-dimensional stars out of potatoes,

tying up bunches of French beans in a bow

made out of a sliver of bean, and ‘turning’

mushrooms – the 80s foodie equivalent of

shoulder pads and big hair, which brought

nothing to the table except hours of useless

toil (see image). I doubt the post exists today.

My but A la Carte magazine had the big hitters:

the irreducible Jonathan Meades on Italian

restaurants in London, ‘ …the décor is

promising; in other words it’s fairly awful’. Jane

Grigson offers a thousand words on Dover sole,

illustrated by the delightfully monikered Chloe

Cheese. Speaking of which, there is a fifteen

hundred-word review of a single cheese – St

Nectaire. They trusted their readership’s

attention span; a three page round up of

cookbooks contains one passport-sized photo.

And here comes Nigel Slater, who must have

been about two, all kumquats, cape

gooseberries, tamarillos and persimmons. But

even in nappies he still had it, grilled goat’s

cheese topped with grated parmesan and

crushed juniper berries in dressings are worth

revisiting.


Edinburgh Diva: What’s Hot This Month

Bite’s very own ‘Diva about town’ gives you her tips

E

dinburgh in August

is a busy buzzy

hotbed of festivals

fabulousness. With the

Edinburgh International

Festival, the Fringe, the

Book Festival to name but

three, there will be plenty

to keep you amused. This

month I’m sharing a few

of my favourite ways to

chillax between festival shows.

Pop your cork!

The super-fabulous Pommery champagne bar

is back in town for August. I can hardly

contain myself! It is almost too much pleasure

to bear. Indulge in champagne, a creamy

delicious afternoon tea or light and lovely

seafood platter in the glorious historic

surroundings of the Signet Library. Not usually

open to the public it is a heavenly haven in

which to fortify yourself between shows. Find

out more at www.thesignetlibrary.co.uk or

call 131 225 0651

Cocktails on the Canal

Enjoy delicious cocktails as you glide along

serenely. It really is a superb way to spend a

Sunday afternoon. We’ll sail away from

Edinburgh Quay while sampling gin cocktails

made with the award winning Edinburgh Gin

including the newly launched Elderflower

Edinburgh Gin. This event is organised by Bite

Magazine so a lovely time is guaranteed!

Find out more at

www.bite-magazine.com

Get Thai-d up but don’t

tell anyone…

Along a little cobbled street

in Edinburgh you’ll find my

favourite Thai restaurant –

Dusit. Now if you could

kindly keep this to yourself

as it’s difficult enough to

book a table as it is. You will be in for a treat.

I highly recommend the mixed starter – a

veritable feast. The chicken gaeng massaman

gaeng main is eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head

good. And if you’ve never tried coconut rice,

you simply must. Warning: you won’t be able

to move anywhere quickly afterwards so

ensure you’ve plenty of time before your next

show Find Dusit Thai at 49a Thistle Street

EH2 1DY or call 0131 220 6846

Get out of town

Jupiter Artland is an outdoor contemporary

sculpture park just outside Edinburgh. But

that doesn’t convey the magical nature of the

Park which will delight adults and children

alike with installations such as a 12 metre high

orchid. It’s all set in the beautiful gardens of

Bonnington House. After your walk visit the

lovely mirrored caravan café. Find out more

at www.jupiterartland.org

(S. Taylor) More Edinburgh Diva at

www.edinburghdiva.com

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Off The Trolley: The Magnolia Bakery

New York City

T

he cupcake. It’s ubiquitous. It’s perhaps,

even, a bit passé. For the last five years,

cupcakes have been more than a fad.

So why am I adding to the already obscene

anthology of cupcake writing Because last

month, I visited the Magnolia Bakery in New

York City. Not the original, but one of the

ever-growing number of locations in the Big

Apple and around the world. The bakery has

featured in a number of shows and movies,

but its big break came when Sex and the

City's Carrie and Miranda sat outside eating

cupcakes and talking about (surprise) men. It

was the moment widely credited with

creating the cupcake craze.

And so, I popped in to the Bloomingdale’s

location where I bypassed the beautiful,

towering cakes sold by the slice and joined

the cupcake throng. Five cost $16: vanilla, red

velvet, carrot and orange, chocolate, and my

favourite, a lemon coconut concoction. Did

they live up to the hype Just about. They

were ridiculously light, and the icing was

fabulous. Quite probably the best I’ve had.

In between customers, I managed to ask a

few questions of the tirelessly friendly staff.

Best sellers: the red velvet and vanilla

cupcake. How many do they sell a day Well

over a thousand – at that location alone. And

Sex and the City The woman laughed: ‘Yes,

that’s what started it all – but that was the

Bleecker St location of course.’

Does the cupcake craze show any sign of

ending The Magnolia love affair at least may

be cooling. Once a key location on the Sex

and the City tour, the bakery no longer

features as a stop. Instead cupcakes from a

different company are offered on the buses

so that tourists can experience New York

cupcakes, à la Carrie and Miranda. New

Yorkers don’t credit theirs as the best

cupcakes in town, and the original owners

sold up in 2007. Are cupcakes on the way out

(I type, with echoes of a Carrie Bradshaw

voice over in my head) And if so, what's

next

I predict donuts. Small, independent donut

shops are popping up all over North America,

offering everything from the classic cake

donut to Earl Grey and maple-bacon flavours.

A change from buttercream, yes, but I doubt

we'll every really lose our love of the

cupcake. (R. Edwards)

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Tempting Takeaways: Pierinos

A wee bit of history...

T

his Leith Fish and Chip shop is part of

Edinburgh’s food heritage. In the late

19th/early 20th century many Italians

escaping poverty in Italy were heading for a

better life in America and stopped off in

Scotland. Initially working as ‘hokey pokey’

men, selling ice cream from barrows they

soon combined ice cream making with

selling fish and chips. Restaurants and

takeaways were established and sold food

made using ingredients widely available in

Scotland – fish and potatoes.

One look at the menu of this takeaway and

you can see the origins. Traditional Italian

favourites such as calzone, pizzas and pastas

combine with ice-cream and fish and chips.

Whether you are a local or tourist there is

little better than buying a fish supper,

heading to the shore and devouring it

greedily with your hands. Why does a fish

supper always taste best eaten this way

Perionos also sells the Scottish speciality, the

deep fried Mars Bar and an Edinburgh staple,

the bottle of Chip Shop Sauce.

Loved by Leithers even michelin starred chef,

Martin Wihsart had given this chip shop his

blessing, “one of Edinburgh’s best fish suppers

and this is where I go to treat myself at least

once a month”. (S. Wilson)

Pierinos

– 11 Bernard Street Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6PW

– 0131 477 7727

– Delivery: 5pm-11pm. Collection: 5pm-11.45pm

You can order online at www.pierionos.co.uk


Whiskipedia: Braeval 12 Year Old Single

Malt, 46% ABV

HISKI on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and

sister venue WHISKI Rooms have just

Wreleased their first independent bottling

of single malt Scotch whisky via their specialist

whisky shop WHISKI Rooms.

“Bottling our own whisky is something we have

always wanted to do” said Anne Still, Director of

Whiski.

The new whisky is a Braeval, 12 year old single malt

Scotch whisky matured in a single sherry cask with

only 150 bottles available.

“We had great fun choosing and went through a lot

of samples, scoring each one before selecting the

Braeval as our fist independent bottling” said

Gareth Van Rooyen, manager of the WHISKI Shop

on the Mound.

This is the first bottling from the WHISKI Group

and we are very happy with it and intend to bottle

many more in the future.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Light golden wheat colour.

Nose: Soft tropical fruits.

On the Palate: Incredibly soft and even more so

with water added. Honey and sweetness. Creamy

with a drying quality. A slight tongue tickle of

white pepper.

Finish: Doesn’t linger and doesn’t assault your

senses. A very refined, sophisticated whisky.

Smooth finish.

Available from the Whiski Rooms

Shop at £49.99

WHISKI Rooms & Shop

– 4, 6 and 7 North Bank Street,

Edinburgh EH1 2LP

– Bar & Bistro 0131 225 7224

– Whiski Shop 0131 225 1532

– info@whiskirooms.co.uk

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What’s In Season:

Summertime,

Hopefully!

W

ell, by the time you read this, summer

will have arrived, hasn’t it London will

be packed to capacity for the

Olympics, the Edinburgh Festival will be rocking

and we will be revelling in glorious sunshine.

If that’s the case, then I suggest grabbing a

metaphorical wicker basket and head out to one

of the pick-your-own farms that are scattered

around our fair city. You really can’t beat our

glorious berries; even in the depths of a driech

day, the smell from a punnet of raspberries is

intoxicating and brings a little sunshine into my

heart. You could settle for strawberries and

cream, sitting in the garden dipping the wee

darlings into thick cream, or you could try

summer pudding.

If you’re a regular reader of Bite, you’ll know I

tweak and twist the classics. Well this recipe is no

exception. With no hard and fast rules, throw in

what you fancy, but whatever you do, the cordial

must be a thick, high fruit one, I use Pixley Berries

or you could make your own. I dislike the texture

of white bread, which is normally used, hence

brioche or cake (chocolate sponge is a fav). Even if

it’s peeing down, let summer reign! (L. Harris)

Lea writes

http://OfftheEatenTrack.wordpress.com

and is @BakersBunny on Twitter

Summer Pudding

Enough for 4-6

2lb of mixed berries, cherries and

blackcurrants (if using)

Blackcurrant cordial

Sliced brioche or cake

Caster sugar to taste.

Method

1. Line a 2-pint pudding basin with

clingfilm.

2. Make up ¼ pint of cordial with water

and sugar to taste. Bring to the boil in a

saucepan.

3. Reduce heat, add cherries and

blackcurrants (if using), leave to simmer

for about 3-4 mins, then add halved

strawberries and the rasps. Remove from

heat.

4. Line the bowl with the brioche or cake,

pressing firmly against the sides. Drain

the fruit, reserving the juice.

5. Add the fruits to within ¼ inch of top of

the bowl and cap with brioche or cake.

6. Place a plate on top and weight down.

Leave in fridge overnight.

7. Unmold the pudding; pour some of the

juice over the top. Serve the rest in a jug

with a healthy glug of cream and any

remaining fruit.

What else is in my basket

Apricots, nectarines, artichokes, sweetcorn, runner beans,

John Dory, skate, crab, grouse, hare.


Restaurants

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

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, Private Dining available. Recently under

new management and fresh after a makeover.

BYOB. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road Edinburgh,

EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664.

www.bijoubistro.co.uk

Bread Street Brasserie – Serving

international cuisine with a Scottish focus,

Bread Street Brasserie is the perfect setting in

which to relax and enjoy your surroundings, a

step away from the bustling City Centre. In

crisp, stylish surroundings, local, seasonal

produce is offered, showcasing Scotland’s

finest seafood and beef. Open daily for

breakfast, lunch, pre-theatre and dinner.

Bread Street Brasserie, 34 Bread Street,

Edinburgh EH3 9AF – 0131 221 5558

www.pointhoteledinburgh.co.uk

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The Edinburgh Larder Bistro –

Scottish/Nordic menu, produced with locallysourced,

free range, seasonally fresh

ingredients. This bistro states a commitment

to be boldly flavoursome, environmentally

sustainable, and culturally daring as they work

with lesser-known but sustainable cuts of

meat and fish. Sample Scottish Spirits & Beers,

carefully selected wines from Woodwinters

and Edinburgh-based Artisan Roast coffees

and Eteaket teas. Open 12noon-3pm & 5.30pm-

10pm Mon-Sat (pre-theatre menu available

5.30pm - 6.45pm). Closed Sunday. 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

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

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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.

French

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. Now also

at Leith. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner. 31

Jeffrey Street - 0131 557 3032 and

88 Commercial Street Leith – 0131 553 5933.

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

Mexican

Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas

and Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilled

marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slowcooked

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

Middle Eastern

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 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

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 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 St.

Listings

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 – 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

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

bistro/restaurant serving fresh Scottish food

and cakes. 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

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Spanish

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

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

Bars and Bar Food

52 Canoes Tiki Den – Cheeky Tiki Cocktails,

Real Ale, Fresh, Fun Tiki Dishes with a Twist, Live

Bands, Live Cheeky Tiki Burlesque Shows, Pooch

Friendly, Children Welcome, Fresh, Ground

Coffee. Sit In or Takeaway Menu. Breakfast

Served 11am-3pm, 7 Days. Open 11am-1am

Monday-Friday, Sat & Sun open 9am-1am.

13-14 Melville Place, Edinburgh EH3 7PR

– 0131 2264732

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 1pm-midnight. 229 Leith Walk –

0131 553 5900

– www.bodabar.com Free Wifi.

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 Compass Bar – Warm welcomes, a cosy

environment and excellent service makes

Compass the well established bar and

restaurant it is. Serving great food, all locally

sourced and fresh, daily – changing menus. All

day breakfast menu on Saturday & Sunday.

Wide selection of beers, real ales and quality

wines available. Food served 10am-10pm daily.

44 Queen Charlotte Street Edinburgh, EH6

7EX – 0131 554 1979.

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.

The Guildford Arms – Elegant ‘Gallery

Restaurant’ serving quality Scottish food

overlooks one of Edinburgh’s finest Victorian

Bars. Popular with Real Ale enthusiasts. Situated

at the East End of Princes St opposite the

Balmoral Hotel. 1 West Register St, EH2 2AA –

0131 556 4312 – www.guildfordarms.com

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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

Fairtrade TM 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 EH6 6RS

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

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 Parlour – Offers a warm and welcoming

atmosphere, with comfy sofas for people to

come sit, chat and relax on. Serving up a damn

fine coffee, loose leaf Suki teas and freshly

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squeezed juices. We offer great evenings of

entertainment – 2nd Aug, Moira McKay and

Open Mic – 4th, Cow Cow Boogie – 5th, Mike

Parker – 11th, Blues ‘n’ Twos – 18th, Full Moon

Reunion – 25th, Carbon not Glue, Ramones

Tribute, every Mon Andy Lang, Fri Night DJ's. All

music 8pm, entry free. Child and Dog Friendly

– 142 Duke Street – 0131 555 3848

www.theparlouredinburgh.com

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 bread and 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 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

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 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

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

– www.bodabar.com


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

Bakeries

Bakery Andante – Exceptional Artisan bread,

pastries and cakes made at a slower pace!

Breads include seven types of sourdoughs,

speciality loaves, rye, spelt etc. Also croissants,

baguettes, brownies and much more. All

products are made from scratch (starting from

basic ingredients) on the premises. “Bread, like it

should be!” 352 Morningside Road, Edinburgh

EH10 4QL – 0131 447 8473

www.bakeryandante.co.uk

Follow on Facebook: ‘Bakery Andante’

Cafés/Informal

Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and

welcoming cafe 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 a range of great

value wines from Alliance Wines. Free WiFi,

wheelchair and child-friendly. Open from 8am-

Listings

5pm Sun - Thurs and 8am-9pm Fri - Sat. 15

Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922

www.edinburghlarder.co.uk/

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need

soup. We have soup. Six handmade soups every

day, with fresh-baked artisan bread. Veggie &

vegan options and most soups are gluten-free.

Also, breakfast: soup or porridge with two

toppings. Takeaway is in eco-friendly packaging

and we compost! Sit in our bright, friendly café.

Free wi-fi; Artisan Roast coffee; gluten-free &

vegan cakes. Simple. Delicious. Now open 9am-

4pm weekdays. 8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN,

– 0131 226 4436 – www.unionofgenius.com

Delicatessen

Cranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of Fine

Scottish Food & Drink is Edinburgh’s newest

delicatessen selling only products produced in

Scotland. All our cheese, smoked fish and

venison are pre-packaged for easy transport

home, to take on a picnic or to ship worldwide.

Complimenting these are chilled foods

including award-winning yoghurt and a superb

range of oatcakes, condiments, tea & coffee,

beer and whisky, jams, biscuits, shortbread,

cakes, chocolate and not forgetting 3 different

brands of tablet. Our freezer contains

handmade meals, ice cream and iced desserts.

Open daily 11-6. 263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8

8BQ – 0131 556 7194 –

www.CranachanAndCrowdie.com

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

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wide range of Polish beers and much much

more... All nationalities very welcome. Opening

hours Mon-Sun 10am-6pm (Café and Deli).

Come in and enjoy a coffee –

www.delipolonia.com

235-7 Leith Walk, Edinburgh – 0131 555 1281.

Takeaways

Fish ‘n’ Chips Pierinos – Local fish and

chip shop and delivery service. Delicious menu

ranging from fabulous Fish & Chips and

succulent Sausages to perfect Pizza and

irresistible Pasta. Call 0131 477 7727 or order

online at pierinos.readyforfood.com.

11 Bernard Street, Leith, EH6 6PW

Good Food Online

Meat

Peelham Farm – Is an organic Sustainable

farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed. They produce

Free-range rare-breed pork, lamb, mutton and

field-raised beef-veal; including dry-cured &

smoked ham, charcuterie (prosciutto, salami,

chorizo, cottechino, pancetta), sausages &

burgers. Committed to guaranteeing product

integrity, traceability and taste. Shop at

www.peelham.co.uk – 018907-81328

Retro Sweets

Lickety Splits Gallery – Edinburgh’s one

stop shop for retro sweets, birthday parties,

bespoke hampers and personalised gifts for

that special someone. A feel good retrodecorated

sweet shop where sweets are stored

in glass jars and weighed out on a scale. More

than 145 different kinds of sweets including

traditional Scottish, retro American and an

impressive range of Danish salt liqourice. 6

Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DT – 07581342204.

Tea Rooms

Tea at 94 – invites you to experience a

different kind of Tea room. Situated near the

Meadows, at 94 Buccleuch Street, this modern

Tearoom supplies you with the sustenance you

need! From lovingly home baked treats to a

large choice of house teas and an ever changing

selection of guest teas, not to mention freshly

ground coffee, we’re sure you’ll find something

you like. We also have delicious breakfast and

lunch menus, with everything made on the

premises. Open Mon-Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm;

Sat 9.30am to 5.00pm; Sun 11.00am to 3.30pm.

94 Buccleuch St.

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.

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


WIN TICKETS TO FOODIES EDINBURGH

Foodies Festival returns to Edinburgh on Friday

10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August.

Highlights of this year's festival include Top

chefs cooking signature dishes live in the

Chefs’ Theatre, Fringe acts Lucy Porter, Tim

Vine and Stephen K Amos donning chef hats

and giving comical demonstrations,

Masterclasses from Hendricks Gin, Caledonian

Oysters, The Gardener’s Cottage, Charles

Metcalfe The Backyard Company, the Food of

Love Cinema, the City Beach Street Food

Avenue and Great Taste Market.

www.foodiesfestival.com

Bite has ten pairs of tickets to give away to this unmissable event!

WIN A PAELLA COOKING

LESSON FOR SIX PEOPLE

AT TAPA

This month Bite has teamed up with Tapa, on the Shore, to offer

readers the opportunity to learn how to cook the traditional Valencian

dish of Paella.

After being welcomed with a glass of Cava, Tapa's Andalusian Head

Chef will begin to prepare the Paella whilst chatting about his

experiences of Spanish culture and passing on his mother's advice and

tips on how to make the perfect Paella.

As the Paella is being prepared you will also experience some of Tapa's

most popular dishes culminating in the Paella that you have just seen

prepared. 19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW – 0131 476 6776.

To enter either of the above competitions simply email your details to

contact@bite-magazine.com and winners will be picked at random.

Please note – your details may be passed on. Also the paella cooking lesson must be redeemed Sunday

through to Thursday and the reservation must be received with one week’s notice.

Good Luck Biters!


THE DOME

14 GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH EH2 2PF

TEL 0131 624 8624 • FAX 0131 624 8649

EMAIL sales@thedomeedinburgh.com • www.thedomeedinburgh.com

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.

The Georgian Suite Tea Room – Open every day in August from 11 am until 6 pm,

serving Hot and Cold Food and Drinks and Afternoon Tea.

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.

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