November 2010 - Bite Magazine

November 2010 - Bite Magazine



The Monthly Mini Guide To

Eating & Drinking In Edinburgh

November 2010

Restaurant & Bar Reviews

Food, Wine, Beer,

Cocktails, Whisky, Listings


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Cook an Indian Omelette

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Hello Biters!


Dave Albury

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

The Insider

Leila Arfa

Lea Harris

Sandy Ramsay

Kelly Smith

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel


Thanks to

Simone Hilliard

Welcome to our November issue. As a child bonfire night

was always my favourite party night of the year. Us kids

were all bundled up, the smell of burning leaves filled the

air and I can still taste the dripping yellow butter as it mixed with salty

grated cheddar and melted into the fluffy flesh of my baked potato.

The skin had been crisped in the oven and burnt my tongue as I

greedily gobbled it down and watched the catherine wheels and

rockets burst through the darkness. The taste of November.

In This Issue

Hardeep Singh Kohli cooks us a simple Indian omelette whilst Real

Foods provide the recipe for a healthy and seasonal chocolate and

pear torte. We review La Garrigue whilst Jean-Michel and team are still

fresh from their appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant

programme. They were robbed! Afternoon Teas are all the rage and

Bite is particularly excited about the opening of The Georgian Suite

Tea Room at The Dome. Henderson Wines have opened a new shop in

Roseburn and excellent Edinburgh gastro-pubs like Guilty Lily and

Roseleaf are all serving hearty Autumnal fayre. Also this month you

can also win a year’s free membership to Greens Health & Fitness.

Keep those love handles in check and see you next month

...Love from Bite x

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‘The best of Scottish produce prepared for you in

the heart of Edinburgh’

Deli & Licensed Cafe

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Open evenings for Christmas

functions throughout December

See our website or call us for further details

Tel: 0131 556 6922

Review: La Garrigue

Best bistro in Britain

have always liked La Garrigue. The name

refers to the wild and rural Languedoc

Iregion of France, which borders Catalonia.

Loving the area, I feel a genuine affinity for

the characteristic cuisine that proprietor Jean

Michel Gauffre faithfully reproduces at his

charming restaurant. I had already

experienced one of my best meals of 2010 at

La Garrigue, so when I heard that he was to

appear on Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant

programme I thought it was high time for a

return visit, this time for Saturday lunch with

the girls.

The lunch deal is a competitive £13.50 for 3

courses. Starters were a partridge, lentil and

chanterelle salad for me, salmon brandade,

mackerel and aioli for Rayne and a lamb shank

terrine for Simone. My lentils were cooked

perfectly, the partridge was juicy, the

mushrooms slippery and earthy; bright

emerald, ruby veined chard completed the

plate. Simone commented that her terrine had

a good texture and delicate flavour whilst

Rayne declared hers perfectly balanced and

delicious. Fresh, seasonal, well-though-out


Mains were polenta cake with chanterelles for

Rayne and sea bass fillets with Camargue rice

and mussels for Simone and me. The polenta

cake was creamy and tasty and a swirl of basil

oil dressing was appreciated. Simone and I,

however, thought that our dish didn’t quite

work. The rice was oily and too rich for the

delicate fish, it was cooked the wrong side of

al dente and the fish itself needed seasoning

and was served too hot.

Desserts were good. Rayne and I plumped for

apple turnovers, with scoops of vanilla; a swirl

of raspberry sauce and flecks of orange zest

for finishing touches. Simone had a rosewater

crème brûlée which she thoroughly enjoyed

and I was a little jealous as I imagined the

delicate flavour combining with the rich,

luscious cream.

A bottle of fresh, clean Les Costieres de

Nimes was unanimously enjoyed. The wine list

at La Garrigue is worth more than a second

look. You will find wine that doesn’t merely

complement your food but that positively

enhances your whole dining experience.

A nice lunch in a pleasant ambience, did

Gordon make the correct decision

La Garrigue

– 31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

– 0131 557 3032

Opening hours

Mon-Sun 12 noon-2.30pm & 6.30pm-9.30pm

Also open Christmas Day

Photo: Simone Hilliard


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Guilty Lily

Guilty pleasure

n a corner of Bonnington Road in a

spot whose previous incarnation had

Obeen a pretty average boozer, Guilty

Lily brings a touch of retro glamour to its

location. Here we have the familiar touches

of a popular local bar or bistro with a relaxed

vibe and comfy sofas, but also more than a

hint of fabulous with crystal chandeliers,

flock wallpaper and a background of old


Their menu features a selection of pub

favourites such as nachos, burgers, fish and

chips, however, it’s with the expansive

chalkboard featuring daily specials that the

kitchen gets the chance to impress. In a

sharing mood, the Silver Fox and I started

with home-made hummous and pesto with

toasted flatbread, and also the goats’ cheese

and caramelised onion crostini. The thick

hummous with a wee kick of spice was

excellent and the fresh bright green pesto

really stood out – packed with tangy taste, it

was a mite addictive. The crostini featured

the always-pleasing combination of flavours;

in this case carefully executed with toasted

sourdough bread, two generous rounds of the

soft warmed cheese, and sweet onion jam.

On to mains, and from the specials board my

fella chose the hake with chorizo and sweet

peppers. The pavé of white fish was cooked

to flaky perfection. The chorizo, though

arguably a little too powerful for the delicate

fish, did add a nice depth to the pepper

dressing, and the dish was accompanied by

good skins-on new potatoes.

I was delighted when my thick-cut ribeye

steak arrived and was cooked medium-rare, as

ordered. The still-pink inside steak was juicy

and covered with a silky mushrooms sauce.

The dish was accompanied by the obvious

choice of chunky chips, and they were the

ideal thing to scoop up the last of the

peppery sauce. My glass of mellow

Tempranillo, chosen from the short but

functional wine list, was a good pick.

Alas the generous sized portions didn’t allow

space for dessert, however, we did still have

room for a couple of cocktails to round off

the evening. My fave was the St Germain, a

refresher made with white wine, St Germain

elderflower liqueur, soda and lemon. Great

food and cocktails on a Monday evening

Guilty! The bill for food: £32.50 (L. Arfa)

Guilty Lily

– 284 Bonnington Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5BE

– 0131 554 5824


Opening hours – 7 days


The Scottish Restaurants


29-33 Dublin St, Edinburgh EH3 6NL

T. 0131 556 2231

8-10 Grindlay St, Edinburgh EH3 9AS

T. 0131 229 5405

38 St Mary’s St, Edinburgh EH1 1SX

T: 0131 557 5754

Open 7 days a week

Private dining facilities available

Outdoor dining area

Now in its 21st year

Now Booking

for Xmas

Bring in this copy of Bite Magazine to receive

50% off your food bill!

Offer valid until 30th November 2010 at Howies Cellar only.

Not valid on Saturdays or in conjunction with any other offer.

Valid for up to 6 people per table.

1a Alva Street Edinburgh EH2 4PH | 0131 225 5553 |

Review: Howies Cellar

Scottish food for sharing

ith a small collection of

restaurants in Edinburgh, Howies

Whave recently re-branded their

West End premises as Howies Cellar. A warm

ambiance awaits in this cosy candle-lit

basement, and tonight Maggie and I went

along to try out their new menu of ‘Scottish

food for sharing’.

The idea is similar to that of tapas, and the

menu features a selection of 18 plates which

were priced between £3.55 and £5.95. We

were advised to pick three each along with a

couple of side dishes.

The recommendation of the Zenato Pinot

Grigio was spot-on as it proved a lively wine

to accompany the food. From the main plates

we’d chosen came the calamari, haggis spring

rolls, battered stuffed mushrooms and chicken

goujons. Far from being Scottish chip-shop

oily, each of these had been cooked well and

each offered a satisfying crunch.

The spring rolls were the least impressive as

the haggis itself was surprisingly underflavoured,

and the small portion of two rolls

were disproportionate to the large pot of

accompanying pear relish. More successful

were the calamari, which were well-seasoned

and delicately soft inside, with a tangy aïoli

We also liked the stuffed mushrooms which

were rescued from retro party food status, as

the duck liver pâté was so rich and made

each bite a real treat.

We then shared the highlights of the

evening’s eating, a beef casserole, which was a

hearty winter stew with sweet baby onions.

We had a side order of crispy French fries and

I thought these two dishes would have made

a nice, simple light lunch.

Favourite of the night were the venison

collops. Nicely seared on the outside and still

pink on the inside, it came with braised red

cabbage and a sweet apple jus, and was a

better reflection of chef’s skills than some of

the more snacky items on the menu.

We finished with their selection beautifullypresented

mini desserts which were a bit hit

and miss. The chocolate mousse was delicious

with a silky texture and just a hint of saltiness.

The banoffee pie was let down by some sad

pastry and the cranachan lacked sweetness due

to past-season raspberries.

A few tweaks are needed before this new

menu entirely convinces, but I’ll definitely

come back again to find out. (L. Arfa)

Howies Cellar

– 1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH

– 0131 225 5553



Opening hours

7 days 12pm to 2:30pm and

5:30pm to 10pm





Adria, Redzepi or Ainsley Harriot


here has been fanciful talk for some

time now of food being the new rock

‘n’ roll. Well now it turns out that it

actually is! Over the next month or so you

can catch the Love Cooking show with one

James Martin at the Playhouse. He is in

residence for the entire day and if you buy

top end tickets for all five shows it’ll set you

back around £200. (I see wee Tom Kitchin is

his guest in the evening, you

wouldn’t want to be in Row Z

for that one.)

Over in Glasgow’s gargantuan

SECC, the BBC Food Show is in

residence for a whopping

three days. A VIP ticket to see

Mr. Ramsay and the boys –

although Gordon’s sold out so

you’ll have to make do with

that greengrocer from

Masterchef – will leave you

£130 out of pocket.

Much more sensibly priced, and way more

rock ‘n’ roll, is Rene Redzepi at The

Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden for the

princely sum of…£2! That’s got to be worth a

date and time – 12th November at 6.30pm.

Ever the academic, Ferran Adria dusts down

his professor’s mortarboard for a Q&A at The

Royal Geographical Society on the 24th of

October, again keenly priced at £4. So there

you have it Gino D’Acampo, Oz Clarke, Rachel

...way more rock ‘n’ roll is

Rene Redzepi...for the

princely sum of...£2

Allen and, erm, Ainsley Harriott for £200 or

two of the world’s top chefs for £6. You pay

your money you take your choice.

Incidentally, some of these

events will have come and gone

by the time Bite is published but

the point remains relevant.

Whilst I am in London for the

bargain basement boys above –

screaming like a Bay City Roller

fan in the front row of the

Redzepi ‘gig’ – I shall also want to

take in The Imperial War

Museum’s The Ministry of Food

(£4.95), which runs until January.

The show focuses on the way the British

people adapted to food shortages during and

after the war. Telling the story of food on the

'Kitchen Front' from planting to plating up.

Whilst food rationing coupons betoken

wartime restraint, learning to be frugal with

food encouraged a certain creativity and

ingenuity in the kitchen. It seems the 1940s

mantra of understanding ingredients, growing

your own food, eating seasonal vegetables

and recycling, rings equally true today.


Yum Café at Earthy Foods and

Goods Yum’s the word


iscovering a hidden gem always feels

victorious, however, the downfall is

realising you should have known all

along. Earthy Foods and Goods, for example,

has been at my fingertips for some time, and I

feel like the most foolish foodie in town for

its very late appearance on my radar. I am

certainly making up for lost time.

Earthy, situated on Ratcliffe Terrace in

Newington, began as a market/ treasure

trove of all things organic, local and ethically

sourced; it has evolved into not only a place

to shop for beautifully dusty vegetables

seemingly just pulled from the earth itself,

but also a place to relax over delicious lattes

and lunches at its yum café.

Yum’s blackboard menu changes daily but is

consistently impressive. Uniquely, the chefs

can walk around the shop plucking

ingredients, creating the menu as they go.

Inside the café, customers sit at community

tables sifting through cookbooks, newspapers

and copies of Bite magazine (plug!), or they

can wander while they wait.

Menu items available on a recent visit

included lamb and mint burgers with ‘Earthy

sauce’ (£6.95), spicy harissa chicken (£4.25),

quiches, paninis and soup. Salad plates (£6.95)

are tempting with various choices as fresh as

they are diverse. My favourites lately: an

Aiket cheese, sausage and just-foraged-for

greens-filled baguette and, second, a Cromail

cheese toastie on walnut bread with chilli

jam; both are resounding testimonies to food

that's fresh from the ground or the cow, and

supplied by passionate, local makers. The

leaves were so good I had to ask what they

were. The answer Simply spinach, like I’d

never had it before.

Goodies that can be purchased from the

shop include everything from organic baby

food to East Lothian ricotta, Black Isle

Brewery beers to Chocolate Tree bars, and

organic washing powder to rapeseed oils. An

array of potato and mushroom varieties will

leave you indecisive, as will the many flavours

of ice cream!

Earthy also hosts cookbook swaps, baking

and jam competitions, craft fairs and special

dinners hosted by one of their many local

suppliers. Event updates as well as their evergrowing

supplier list can be found on See you soon, Earthlings.

(K. Smith)

Earthy Foods & Goods

– Earthy Food Market

– 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace

Edinburgh, EH9 1SX

– 0131 667 2967

Opening hours

– Everyday





Chocolate and Pear Torte

from Real Foods

Free from: wheat, gluten and eggs,

can be dairy, soya and nut free


Serves - 8

100g gram flour and 100g rice or potato

flour, OR 200g gluten-free and wheatfree


1 level tsp xanthan gum (available in

health food stores)

110g dairy-free margarine or butter

30ml cold water

350ml cows', soya or rice milk (rice milk

will be rather thinner and sweeter)

15g cornflour

80g dark, dairy-free chocolate (70%

cocoa solids minimum)

2 tbsp brandy, Crème de Framboise or

any favourite liquer

3 ripe pears

Preparation Time - 30 mins to 1 hour

Cooking Time - 10 to 30 mins


1 Sift the flour or flours with the

xanthan gum into the bowl of a

food processor.

2. Cut the margarine or butter into the

flour and blend it until it resembles


3. Add the water and blend again; if it

looks dry, add a little more water.

Blend until the dough forms a ball.

4. Remove from the processor, wrap

and chill for 30 minutes.

5. Pre-heat the oven to

180C/350F/Gas 4.

6. Remove the pastry from the fridge.

Roll it out onto a well floured

board and line a 20-25cm/8-9in

loose-bottomed flan tin. The pastry

will be quite soft, so you may need

to patch any bits that tear. Line the

pastry with greaseproof paper and

weight with baking beans.

7. Bake for 15 minutes then remove the

beans and paper and bake for a

further 10 minutes to crisp the

pastry. Cool.

8. Meanwhile, gradually mix whichever

milk you are using into the

cornflour and heat slowly, stirring

continually until it thickens. Cook

for a minute or two then remove

from the heat.

9. Break up 60g/2½oz of the

chocolate and add it to the

cornflour mix, stirring until it is all


10. Stir in the liqueur or brandy.

11. Quarter the pears, core and peel

them and arrange them, pointed

side to the middle, in the flan dish.

12. Spoon the chocolate sauce over the

pears; allow to cool entirely.

13. Grate the remaining chocolate over

the pears before serving.

Real Foods Shops

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh,

EH1 3JU – 0131 557 1911

8 Brougham Street, Tollcross,

EH3 9JH – 0131 228 1201

Order online at

Photo: Simone Hilliard



Out Of Town:

The Tweeddale Arms Hotel

“Don’t worry it’s a friendly ghost” says Paul

Mundy, chef at the Tweeddale. Mr Bite and I

are having a pre-dessert break as Paul tells us

about this 17th century coaching inn that he

runs with his wife Kim, in Gifford. Nestled in

the luscious East Lothian countryside but still

with an EH postcode it is a rural haven,

perfect for some r & r away from the hoi

polloi of the city.

I decide quietly that some tiramisu will

probably settle me. Paul is a ‘proper souf

London geezer’ and is regaling us with tales

of kitchen visitors laden with game, apples

and fish, no frozen food or cash and carry van

darken his door; he is happier with a

progression of dead animals waiting to be

plucked and cooked; a daily changing menu

using local produce where possible although

he is also partial to salt marsh lamb and

Hereford beef.

This conforms to what Mr Bite and I have just

experienced. Starters were a salad of pickled

herring and Stornoway black pudding for me

and a haggis fritter with home-made cider

and apple chutney for Mr Bite. As the crispy

fritter was cracked open its aroma reached

appreciative nostrils. The chutney’s fruity,

floral notes provided the perfect foil to the

spicy meat. Mr Bite was pleased with his pint

of Stewart’s Gold which didn’t overpower. My

herrings were sweet and vinegary against

sumptuous black pudding and our thick slices

of white bread had a nice, chewy crust.

Main courses were a locally caught brown

trout for me; crispy brown skin revealed pinktinged,

flaky flesh cooked in dill butter.

Colourful lettuce, peas and tatties came from

either the kitchen garden or one nearby as

did a thick, fleshy tasty tomato, sweet rather

than acidic. Mr Bite had a hearty dish of

braised oxtails, thick mashed potato, chunks

of carrot, and gravy that just had to be

mopped up with more of the bread.

The tiramisu with its strong espresso flavour

distracted me from the ‘little girl ghost’ and

fast forward to breakfast of French toast and

crispy bacon, like my mum would make. You

just know it came from a well-used, heavy

bottomed frying pan and was all the better

for it.

The Tweeddale Arms is no boutique hotel. Its

age ensures creaky plumbing and floorboards.

If you have pristine expectations it’s probably

Don’t worry it’s

a friendly ghost

not for you but if you appreciate understated

class with heaps of character you are in for a

treat. Good food and hospitality are the

most oft repeated phrases in the visitor book.

Think crisp, country walks, centuries old trees

and air that smells of Autumnal bonfires.

With its 13 bedrooms, public rooms and

gardens it’s perfect for private parties and

weddings and well located shooting, golf and


Close to the city but feeling like a million

miles away and ....quiet. (S. Wilson).


Dinner, B&B is £135 for a double or twin room,

single £90.

The Tweeddale Arms Hotel

– Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4QU

– 01620 810240





Indian Omelette from

Hardeep Singh Kohli

ardeep was runner-up on the first series of Celebrity Masterchef which

led to two series for UKTV Food, New British Kitchen and Chefs and the

HCity. His love of food is expressed in his larger than average belly and the

publication in 2008 of his first book Indian Takeaway, nominated for an

Independent Book Award. He has written about food for Olive, Observer Food

Monthly, The Spectator, The Times, The Sunday Times and various other

publications. As well as his work with the Braehead Cook School he is also

currently touring the UK with his live show The Nearly Naked Chef (for details see




Potatoes, some garlic, couple of

tomatoes, green chilli, onion,

some coriander, and half a dozen eggs


1. So. Boil some potatoes, whole in

their skins; this keeps the moisture

out and will give you firmer

potatoes later.

2. While they cook away, deseed and

dice a couple of tomatoes, chop a

green chilli, dice an onion and

roughly chop a good handful of

coriander leaves, stalks and all.

3. In a skillet (which is a fancy

American word for a frying pan)

heat some oil.

4. Beat half a dozen eggs to within an

inch of their eggy lives.

5. Now. This is the science bit. Fry the

onions and chilli for a few minutes.

Add a crushed garlic clove and fry

for thirty seven seconds, stirring

with your left hand while listening

to Bob Dylan (earlier work preferred

but even the recent “Together

Through Life” album would do, at a


6. Now toss in the thickly sliced

potatoes followed shortly after by

the tomatoes and fry for a few


7. Add the beaten egg to form an

omelette similar in shape to Malta

but without the disused harbour in

the east.

8. Scatter the coriander on top so that

it sets within the egg as it cooks.

9. Finish the omelette under a hot

grill, crisping and cooking the top.

Enjoy with some hot buttered toast or a

friend (but not in a cannibalistic way).


Wine: Glossary of Terms

o you find yourself wandering

through the wine aisle of your local

Dsupermarket looking at wine labels

thinking “this may as well be written in

Greek!” Most of us buy wine simply on the

look of the label. This month’s article is all

about helping you become savvier when

buying your next bottle of wine. I have

included a list of words with descriptors

which should help you along. Rip out the

page and put it in your wallet, you never

know when it could come in handy.

Grape Variety: i.e.: Sauvignon Blanc,

Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon etc.

If you know your grapes then you can

imagine how the wine may taste.

Region: In the case of French wines, only

the region will be listed. Most regions in

France, i.e. Burgundy, by law only grow

specific grapes, in this case Chardonnay and

Pinot Noir.

Producer: Producer enables you to know

who makes the wine. Some producers have a

better reputation than others.

Estate Name: An estate name will tell you

if the wine is from a single vineyard. Single

vineyard wines are often more concentrated

and slightly more expensive as there is a

limited amount of grapes, therefore less wine.

Alcohol level: Implies the body and

sweetness. Above 14% wines are full-bodied

and more tannic if red. Sweeter and lighter

wines generally have alcoholic levels below

11%. The lower the alcohol, the sweeter the

wine; the higher the alcohol, the dryer the


Grands Cru or Premiers Cru: Used in

the French regions to describe a vineyard of

high quality. (Cru means vineyard)

Gran Cru Classé: greatest classed growths

with specific reference to classified vineyards

in Bordeaux.

Gran Reserva (Spain): The wine is

bottled for at least 5 years, 2 of which must

be in wood. Whites and Rosés must be aged

at least 4 years, which no less than 6 months

are in wood.

Reserva (Spain) = Spanish wines age at least 3

years, must be in oak casks.

Crianza = Spanish wines aged in oak casks.

Reserve is often seen on labels but has no

legal meaning; however it does indicate that

the wine has been aged in wood.

Vieilles Vignes (old vines): the wine is

made from grapes grown on old vines, usually

over 40 years old. Old vines have lower grape

yield but produces grapes with richer


Vintage: Is simply the year the grapes are

grown and picked in. (S. Ramsay)

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Beer: Knops Musselburgh Broke


t’s pathetic, I know, but I do derive a small

amount of pride from the numbers of

premieres, previews, product launches

and opening nights I have managed to sneak

myself into over the years. There was a time

in the late nineties when it felt like I was

never without a canapé in one hand and a

warm glass of Sauvignon in the other.

It was in this spirit that I found myself

starting October by sitting on a tasting

panel, alongside many of Edinburgh's online

beer geek community. Our genial host was

Robert Knops: brewer, Edinburgher and allround

good bloke. He had corralled us

together to evaluate a selection of

prototypes of his latest creation, mild Scotch

ale, of moderate alcohol & bitterness. As the

evening began, the only thing that had been

decided was that this new beer should be

called Musselburgh Broke, an obscure and

arcane brewing reference that I shan't bother

you with.

As it progressed we were poured a succession

of beers that differed in slight variations of

malt balance and alcohol. They all looked

pretty much alike; spectacular, chestnut-hued

beers, topped by a fluffy head. But besides

appearance I was struck by how very minor

adjustments to the recipe had resulted in

very different beers.

All were malt accented and rather sweet, but

the beer with slightly more hop

Forthcoming Attraction

concentration was decidedly more

effervescent, had a savoury edge to the

palate and had developed a wood smoke &

charcoal aroma. The strongest sample was

much fruitier, with a palate rich in molasses,

raisin, Demerara and maple syrup.

To one batch he had added a dash of wheat

malt which gave the beer a Bavarian feel,

creamy with aromas of roast banana. This was

very popular, but we all wondered whether it

had strayed too far from the brief, having too

much weight & body to be gluggable and not

being Scottish enough in character. Opinion

gradually gravitated toward a beer that had

maybe a bit less personality, but made up for

it in being absolutely bloody delicious. A

deep brown ale with a subtle nose of dried

fruit, rich caramel and gentle spice, a gentle

hit of 4.9% abv and a warming finish. Fuller in

flavour than your common-or garden eighty

shilling but very easy to drink.

Whatever the final recipe, if these early

samples are anything to go by, it should be a

stonking wee beer to see the winter nights in

with. Hopefully it will be hitting the shelves

before Christmas.

James Wrobel is the proprietor

of Cornelius Beer and Wine on

Easter Road and can be

contacted on 0131 652 2405.





Drinks That Make

You Go Hmmm!


hilst lounging at the Roseleaf bar

with D, our excellent host, Jonny,

remarked that he had been going

through caseloads of Thistly Cross cider

(brewed locally, just outside Dunbar). This, it

transpired, was down to a number of patrons

developing a taste for the aforementioned

cider being served with Roseleaf’s own fiery

ginger beer.

As I tried out this wonderful combination

served in an old fashioned half pint glass,

with a little jug of the ginger beer on the side

so you could adjust to taste, we ruminated

on other unusual drinks that make you go

hmmmm, and end up delighting your palate.

I recalled a variation of the Manhattan that I

tried recently at Bond No.9 in Leith. When

Chris the proprietor, knowing my liking for

Absinthe, suggested I try a Manhattan made

with Woodford Reserve and Amaro Nardini –I

was reluctant. Although enjoying a little

bitterness to my Manhattan, I thought the

bitter Amaro would overpower everything else

and spoil the drink. I shouldn’t have worried;

the sweetness of the bourbon was wellmatched

with the herby, liquorice flavours of

the Amaro. Definitely one to try again.

One of Jonny’s regulars, a friendly American

lady, added their own unique take on a classic

to the conversation. I’ve often written about

D’s love of Martinis and her occasional

enjoyment of the Dirty variety. Well this

extreme form of the Dirty Martini, more

appetiser than aperitif, certainly did it for D.

Make your martini as usual, replacing the

vermouth with brine from the olive jar and

using a soft, subtle gin. Serve in a chilled

martini glass with several (it’s up to you how

many, although D tends to go for three)

olives stuffed with blue cheese. No need for

any amuse bouche.

Finally Jonny served us up a drink he had

been asked to make that certainly had me

thinking ‘I’ll humour him and try it, but it

must be revolting!’ It was a White Russian,

with the vodka replaced with a Glaswegian

alcoholic’s staple tipple – Buckfast Tonic

Wine. (35mls Kahlua, 100mls Buckfast and

150mls milk or milk & cream, stirred in a glass

with ice). I was amazed; it was a creamy,

fruity, delightful sweetie with a lingering

coffee finish. Our only issue, we couldn’t

agree on an appropriate name. (M. Earl)

Whisky: Royal Lochnagar


ust the other day I was having a

whisky conversation with a couple

fellow Canadians and they were

asking about Royal Lochnagar. Generally

you can find the 12-year-old around and

although it is not one of the most

popular whiskies, it is nonetheless a

pleasant one.

Royal Lochnagar is presently one of two

distilleries to bear “royal” in the title. The

royal warrant was given shortly after

Queen Victoria visited the distillery

during one of her visits to the recently

acquired Balmoral Estate. It is rumoured

that Victoria was a fond drinker of

Bordeaux wine and when given a dram of

whisky, she poured it into her wine,

perfectly destroying both drinks.

Derived from illicit brewing this distillery

was brought into legal existence in 1826.

A fire destroyed the distillery in 1842 and

it was then rebuilt. The distillery is one

of six of the smallest in Scotland. It is a

very lightly peated whisky with the

water coming from a local peaty dam.

Two short stills are used in the process

with the whisky left to mature in exbourbon

and ex-sherry casks.

I had the privilege in 1997 to taste the

Royal Lochnagar Select Reserve that is

presently for sale at approximately £135

per bottle, it was very memorable. This

review is of the 12-year-old, much more

affordable and easier to acquire.

The Review

Royal Lochnagar

12-year-old – Highlands – 40% abv.

On the nose, this whisky portrays honey and

heather notes with mild spices. Overall it is a nice

starter whisky as it is light and can almost come

across as a little watery. The finish is still honeyed

with undertones of a light peat and a slight

maltiness. Lovely.

You can find this wee gem at the Malt Whisky

Shop on the Royal Mile or if you don’t want to

leave the comfort of your home, you can order it

online. Approximately £29.95 per bottle.

Farewell! I am off to discover the wonders of

whisky for next month. (S. Ramsay)



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a Merry Christmas

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Gourmet Girl Goes To: Broughton Street

recent holiday in the beautiful

Ardèche area of France was truly a

Aweek of living it up as ‘Gourmet Girl’. I

took to shopping for baguettes and produce

in village stores and markets like ‘un canard’ to

water. I returned with great culinary memories

and a food-stuffed suitcase. Edinburgh had a

lot to live up to, but fortunately a trip to

Broughton Street made me realise I didn’t

have to miss France too much.

Starting with a trip to Edinburgh’s original

health food shop: Real Foods. They stock

everything from local fruit and vegetables,to

cereals, pulses, and a huge selection of

organic, fairtrade and gluten-free items. It’s

also a great place to buy sea salt, herbs and

spices – inexpensive and more eco-friendly

than always buying new jars from the

supermarket. For treats, there’s a great range

of ethically-sourced chocolate, and delicious

organic halva.

If you like your caffeine, head a little further

down the hill and stop in at Artisan Roast.

What started out a few years ago as a roaster

and seller of coffee beans quickly had to add

‘coffee shop’ to their description as local

demand meant their espressos and cafetières

of ‘just-roasted’ were as popular as the bags of

beans to take away. Once you’ve smelled their

rich Kilamanjaro, you’ll know what all the fuss

is about!

Mention Crombie’s sausages to most

Edinburgers, and you’ll likely get an instant

nod of approval. An Edinburgh institution,

this butcher has been around since 1955 and

is best known for their always- rotating

repertoire of sausages, as well as succulent

steak pie for New Year’s day.

And lastly for this month, L’Escargot Bleu’s

Épicerie, a taste of France here at home.

When I visited, owner Betty was on hand to

guide me around the best of Gallic eats. Firstoff

there’s the famous Parisian wood-fired

sourdough pain Poilâne. Toasted, this bread is

perfect with some of L’Épicerie’s home-made

Gartmorn Farm duck rillettes. There’s a full

selection of artisanal French products such as

honey, jams, hams, oils and wines. Cheese

guru, the ‘affineur’ Hervé Mons looks after

their selection of fromages. Try the ewe’s milk

Pérail for a creamy flavour. Oh, and it

wouldn’t be right not to mention the

macarons ....délicieux!

Leila Arfa writes




Off The Trolley: Afternoon Tea

fternoon tea is my

favourite meal. Nicely

Afilling that otherwise

too long void between lunch

and dinner, it ticks just about

every box I have. Tea is all the

best parts of a meal, pared

down and made beautiful.

There are no brussel sprouts,

no over-cooked meat, and no

wilting salad on an afternoon

tea tray. Instead it’s tiny

sandwiches with crusts

delicately removed, fingers of

cake and shortbread, and

little hor’doeuvres. It’s like a

canapé tray placed in front of

you at a party, and you are

free to devour the entire


To add to its list of virtues,

afternoon tea is economical.

Granted, The Balmoral may

charge £21 (£34.50 with

champagne), but that's still a

far cry cheaper, and every bit as luxurious, as

a three-course dinner. Recline on a comfy

chair, sample cakes from a tiered stand as the

city rushes by outside and just try to not feel


But one problem with the resurgence in

popularity of the afternoon tea is that it is

now everywhere, and the difference in

standards is dramatic. I recently visited a tea

It’s like a canapé

tray placed in

front of you at a

party, and you are

free to devour the

entire thing

room in Morningside: the place

where one would expect the

utmost in afternoon tea.

However, the afternoon began

badly when my order failed to

appear. When I finally made it

clear that I wanted Afternoon

Tea, and not a pot of tea

(strangely for a tea room, this

was quite the task), I waited the

further 25 minutes for a plate

of stale traybakes and soggy

sarnies. Not a treat at all at


But at the other end of the

scale, The Howard on Great

King Street is so confident of

their tea service that they

have an afternoon tea club. I

am delighted to be their 139th

member, and although tea is

also £16.95 a head, they run a

range of offers and

promotions that make it quite

an affordable visit. And with

sandwiches like fig and parma ham and

cucumber and mint, and coffee and pecan

roulade and chocolate moelleux for sweets,

it may well be my new favourite place. I plan

on spending most of the winter here, in the

style of Lady Bracknell, subsiding on

cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey tea – at

least, until the German Market opens...

(R. Edwards)

The Dome Is Festive:

Introducing The Georgian Suite Tea Room

dinburgh’s Christmas starts officially

on November 25th but locals know

Ebetter. When the Herculean columns

of The Dome on George Street are caterpillared

with their festive garlands, Christmas

is truly here.

Step into the foyer and you are transported

into a sparkly winter wonderland. The

investment is huge but it works. If a visitor

book existed it would be roll-call of the

local and well-travelled, the young and more

mature, the famous and the unknown. It’s a

very popular place.

Queues for the Club Room and The Grill

Room are familiar and last year’s reached

epic proportions. The Club Room with its

mirrored and black American walnut walls,

crystal chandeliers and candle-lit tables has

an intimate, clubby atmosphere as the name

suggests whilst The Grill Room is

spectacular. The light here bounces around

the always-gleaming mirrors, surfaces and

decorations lying as it does under the

arched ceilings of the central dome itself.

The only problem is squeezing everyone in

but this year’s solution is ingenious. By the

time this article is published, Afternoon Tea

will be being served in the elegant, first floor

Georgian Suite Tea Room and Bite was

allowed a pre-press peek.

The large Suite overlooks George Street and

has chandeliers, stately drapes and of

Putting on the style

course, plenty of festive ambience. White

linen and three-tiered, vintage-style cake

stands will be de rigueur for the traditional,

indulgent feast of finger sandwiches, cakes,

scones, jam, cream and tea, coffee or

champagne. Classic, favourite dishes such as

The Dome Fish and Chips and The Dome

Burger which are served in The Club Room

and The Grill Room will also be available in

The Georgian Suite Tea Room as well as a

full drinks menu.

Afternoon Teas are fashionable and

traditional and this bodes well for this new,

festive addition to The Dome. A truly

scrumptious place to treat yourself and take

the weight off your tootsies after all that

Christmas shopping! The Dome is Festive

from November 1st.

The Grill Room

– Open for 7 days from 11am until Late

The Club Room

– Open 7 days from 9am until Late

The Georgian Suite Tea Room

– Open from 10am everyday until late

afternoon/early evening during November and


For further information about the Festive

Season at The Dome, please telephone

0131 624 8634, Monday-Friday between

9am and 5pm.




What’s In Season: Ginger

I’m a believer

art of the joy of Autumn is cooking up

a hot mess of comforting foods, often

Pletting the smell of spices drift through

the house to sweetly announce the season’s

arrival. Cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind

but what I’ve been obsessed with lately is

ginger. And though it can be at its tastiest

when used to bake up a fragrant treat there

are so many ways to love this deliciously

versatile root.

– Have you tried Crabbie’s Not only is it an

alcoholic ginger beer that is beyond lovely

and quite easy to become addicted to, it is

also made in Scotland.

– If that’s not boozy enough for you, try

King’s Ginger liqueur. Fit for a king (Edward VII

to be exact) it is most royal when served

inside a glass of champagne or on ice with

tonic and lime. Check the website for a

decadent cheesecake recipe.

– If King’s isn’t to hand but you love your

spirits, find yourself a good ginger beer like

Fentiman’s and add Sailor Jerry’s rum for a

Ginger Jerry. Better yet, go to Roseleaf Cafe

or the Guilty Lily in Edinburgh for some of

their homemade ginger beer.

– And of course, have it in your biscuits (Dean’s

make a mean one with oats) or whip up your

own creation and celebrate the smell of

Autumn baking with the following recipe.

(K. Smith)



Makes 9 muffins


75g butter

75g light muscovado sugar

2 medium eggs, beaten

2 medium ripe pears, peeled, cored, cut

into chunks

2.5cm piece stem ginger, finely chopped


grated zest from one lemon

4 tbsp semi-skimmed milk

175g natural yogurt

175ml self-raising flour

1-2 tbsp ground ginger


1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

Lightly oil nine deep muffin tins.

2. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl,

then beat until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the eggs, then stir in

the pears, stem ginger and lemon zest.

3. Mix the milk into the yogurt. Mix the

flour with the ginger. Stir a little of

the milk mixture into the butter

mixture, then stir a little of the flour

into the mixture. Repeat until all the

ingredients are used up, being careful

not to over-mix.

4. Divide the mixture between the

muffin tins, filling to the top. Bake for

40 min until golden.

Serve warm.



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


Lancers Brasserie – A sumptuous dining experience

in Stockbridge offering award-winning Indian cuisine.

Three dining rooms, Lancers Mess, The Regiment

Club & The Officers Club, can cater for every desired

dining experience from an intimate dinner for two,

through to private dining and up to large parties. Try

the Chef's Selection from the A La carte menu

(£18.95) and the vegetarian and non-vegetarian Thali

(£22.95) and (£17.95) respectively. Open for lunch and

dinner. 5 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

EH3 5BA. Tel: 0131 332 3444 & 0131 332 9559.


The Basement Bar & Restaurant

– Daily changing menu packed full of inspiring

freshly cooked dishes sitting alongside comforting

staples means that there is something for all in this

local institution. Priced to tempt you and us away

from cooking at home. If you have not found this

place yet you are truly missing out.

10a-12a Broughton Street – 0131 557 0097

Bisque – Casual gourmet dining using locally

sourced food, served in a relaxed and

contemporary setting. The bright, airy brasserie

and sunny garden terrace are perfect for breakfast,

brunch, lunch and dinner, not to mention a glass

of wine from the well thought out list. Open all

day, every day. 69 Bruntsfield Place – Bookings:

0131 622 8163 or

Browns – Spacious brasserie-style restaurant with

trademark quality service and bustling

atmosphere. Choose throughout the day from a

freshly prepared menu or enjoy a snack or predinner

cocktail in the bar. Bar open daily

9am-10.30pm Sun, until midnight Mon-Thurs, 1am

Fri and Sat; restaurant noon to 11pm daily (10.30pm

Sun). 131-133 George St – 0131 225 4442.

Elbow – Eat... the freshest produce from cakes to

steaks. drink...grape to grain & everything in between.

Enjoy...the little things that count. Open for

breakfast at 11am. Live music 1st Friday of every

month. Pub Quiz every Tuesday. Open mic every

Sunday. Upstairs space available for free hire.

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh,

– 0131 556 5662

e.s.i. – Englishman, Scotsman and an Irishman!

Watch the chefs in the open kitchen create your

meal with fresh, homemade produce. Diverse beer

list ranging from Timothy Taylors Landlord of

Yorkshire, to James Boags of Tasmania, whilst the

bottle of wine on your table could be award

winning. Expect value for money, a comfortable

environment and an enjoyable experience. 46

Queen Charlotte Street, Leith – 0131 555 3103 www.


Out And About

Monster Mash – A traditional retro British Cafe,

‘not so much Jimmy Choo shoes as jumpers for goal

posts’. All your favourite home-cooked meals from

yesteryear made freshly on-site.... just like ‘maw’

used to! In addition to a range of British favourites, a

good rota of daily specials and vegetarian options of




Out And About

sausages guarantee a regular clientele. Fully licensed,

traditional beers & wines complement the menu.

Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner Mon-Fri from

8am and Sat & Sun from 9am. 20 Forrest Rd

– 0131 225 7069


Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines – WINNERS

of Speciality Restaurant of the Year. Great food,

great wine, wine sales, wine tastings, whisky

tastings all available at Edinburgh’s Original

Californian Restaurant now based exclusively at

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX

– 0131 225 1233.


The Lot – A laid-back, spacious bistro, arts &

music venue with recently acquired charity status.

Works to support local musicians & artists and

operates as an ethical business that serves the

local community. The bistro menu is full of

delicious, fresh dishes made with locally sourced

ingredients which are excellent quality and value

for money. All tea and coffee is fairly-traded, in

keeping with the ethical aims of the charity.

Highlights include an exciting exhibition

programme of new artists, a child-friendly

atmosphere, very helpful staff and a unique and

relaxed environment. Open Mon-Sat 11am-late,

Sun noon-6pm. 4 Grassmarket – 0131 225 9924

Urban Angel – Open daily for brunch, lunch and

dinner Urban Angel source the very best organic,

fair trade, local and free range produce from

across Scotland. A creative menu with a host of

daily specials. Home-made breads, cakes and

desserts and a reputation for the best croissant

and cakes in town. Numerous local and national

awards, ‘best breakfast in Scotland’ The Observer

Food Monthly Awards and ‘best budget dining in

Edinburgh’ The List Food & Drink Guide. Enjoy

with a clear conscience in stylish and

environmentally aware surroundings. Private

dining. Open – 121 Hanover St, Mon-Sat

10am-10pm & Sun 10am-5pm – 0131 225 6215;

1 Forth St, Mon-Sat 9am-10pm & Sun 9am-5pm

– 0131 556 6323


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.

Skippers – Leith’s original seafood bistro serving

fresh, quality produce for over 25 years. The menu is

complemented by a superb wine list and a fine

selection of Scottish bottled ales. Open 7 days,

lunch from 12pm, dinner from 6.30pm.

1a Dock Place, Edinburgh – 0131 554 1018.


Café Marlayne – An absolute winner! Both

branches of this Edinburgh favourite have a well

deserved reputation for serving consistently first

rate cuisine that is fresh, seasonal and skilfully

cooked. The homemade desserts are ‘to die for’.

Open for lunch and dinner. 7 Old Fishmarket

Close – 0131 225 3838 and

76 Thistle Street – 0131 226 2230.

La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and Terroir

Wines from the Languedoc/ Roussillon. A restaurant

where “Chef/ proprietor Jean Michel Gauffre brings

warm Languedoc to your plate” (Pete Irvine in

Scotland The Best). This restaurant is simple and

stylish with the relaxed ambience of a French bistro

and it is a firm favourite with locals and tourists

alike. Winner of the Good Food Guide Readers’

Restaurant of the Year 2010 (Scotland). Open 6 days

for Lunch & Dinner, Closed Sunday. 31 Jeffrey Street

– 0131 557 3032

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 £8.95, noon-3pm. Dinner a la

carte 6-11pm. Large groups catered for, set dinner

available. Open 7 days (Suns eve only).

9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983


Britannia Spice – This award-winning gem of the

Edinburgh dining scene is often referred to as the

best Indian restaurant in the Capital. In fact it won

the ‘Best in Britain’ Award three years running! The

menu is vast – Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Thai

dishes are served and the prices are reasonable.

Conveniently located in Leith near the Royal Yacht

Britannia, Ocean Terminal shopping centre and the

Scottish Executive, Britannia Spice is served by

frequent buses from the City centre.

150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive, Leith,

EH6 6LB. 0131 555 2255.

Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-2pm;

5pm-11.45pm, Sun 5pm-11.45pm

Suruchi and Suruchi Too – Indian Cuisine at its

best. Innovative cuisine from the major culinary

regions of India bought to Edinburgh and skillfully

prepared by master chefs.

14a Nicolson Street and

121 Constitution Street – 0131 556 6583

and 0131 554 3268 respectively. &


Out And About

Al Dente – Literally ‘on the tooth’ which is typical

of freshly cooked pasta and typical of this authentic

restaurant which serves ‘pure’ Italian food. The

changing menu includes dishes from Puglia to

Tuscany and is complemented by regionally themed

nights once a month. Food cooked with passion

using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Ideal

venues for corporate events private parties or

business lunches. Nominated for the Ethical Good

Food Awards 2009.

– 139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA

– 0131 652 1932 mob 07530516822

Centotre – Centotre is an Italian restaurant with a

difference. In this beautiful building Victor and

Carina Contini have created a happy and buzzy place

to be where the food is described as a labor of love,

using only the freshest and most authentic

ingredients available. Simple • Fresh • Italian – at its

best. 103 George street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES.

– 0131 225 1550

Santo’s Bistro – At Santo’s bistro we could bore you

by saying we do paninis, wraps, hot filled rolls etc,

etc... But, now open, at the heart of office-land, we

are proud to serve real homemade food that

changes daily and is all artisan-made. By the way

don’t be afraid of the comfortable and expensive

good look... you can choose a good bite to eat from

2.50 upwards. Fresh, simple, good, ‘no fuss’ food

made daily – guaranteed! All you have to do is come

in and see for yourself. Open 8am-5pm, 23 Canning

Street, Edinburgh – 0131 228 6298.




Out And About

Zanzero – Zanzero adds the zing to Italian food,

using only the best ingredients to create delicious

pastas and organic gourmet pizzas this Italian Diner

also offers a selection of burgers and salads for the

more laid back Italian food lover. Our young, fun,

Italian cafe bar in Stockbridge is alive with flavor and

atmosphere. See you there! 14-16 North West Circus

Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6SX.

– 0131 220 0333,


Hanam’s – Edinburgh’s only Kurdish & Middle East

restaurant proudly offers a wide variety of authentic

dishes served with complimentary naan bread.

Traditional costumes, music, decor and speciality

events throughout the year, ensure the Hanam’s

experience is really something to shout about. Also

Shisha Pipe Balcony. Open 7 days from Midday-

Late. 3 Johnston Terrace (nr the castle)

– 0131 225 1329 and online booking at


Pani Solinska – Fully licensed restaurant/bistro

serving the best traditional and modern cuisine

including classic dishes such as Bigos and Perogi.

Also serving light meals, soup, sandwiches, tea,

coffee and cakes. Vodkas, beers and wines. Open for

breakfast, lunch and dinner.

73 Broughton St – 0131 557 6900.


The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie –

The best in contemporary eating and drinking & unparalleled

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-


Book on line at

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

The New Bell Restaurant / Hellers Kitchen –

The New Bell is Scottish seasonal cooking at its best

using fresh, locally sourced produce. They offer a

relaxed dining experience in informal surroundings.

Serving lunch & dinner every day 12noon - 2pm

(Sundays 12.30pm) and 5.30pm until late. Pre-theatre

menu available and large parties welcome.

See the website for special offers and menus

233 Causewayside (5 mins from the Meadows) –

0131 668 2868.

Sister restaurant, Hellers Kitchen, is a bright, modern

bistro in the heart of the Southside. Chef Richard

Heller cooks up a storm in the kitchen – from

American style pancakes to perfectly cooked steaks

and daily changing fresh fish dishes. For a quick bite,

try one of their special recipe stonebaked pizzas.

Their on-site bakery delivers the perfect midafternoon

pick-me-up of cupcakes, scones and

delicious desserts. Open all day from 8.30am (Sat

9am & Sun 10am)

15 Salisbury Place – 0131 667 4654,

A Room In The Town, A Room In

The West End, A Room In Leith

– Scottish bistro, BYOW optional.

Open for lunch and dinner.

In Town, 18 Howe Street – 0131 225 8204,

The West End, 26 William Street

– 0131 226 1036,

In Leith 1c Dock Place – 0131 554 7427.

The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant

– We are delighted to welcome you to The Scottish

Cafe & Restaurant at The National Gallery of

Scotland. A celebration of Scotland's wonderful

produce and best producers. Whether you are

looking for a coffee and home made cup cake, a

quick light lunch, bowl of soup and sandwich or a

more formal dining experience whilst overlooking

the delightful Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh

skyline. National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound,

Edinburgh, EH2 2EL.

– 0131 226 6524

Stac Polly – One of Edinburgh’s original restaurants

for authentic Scottish food and atmosphere; now in

its 21st year. Tasteful, traditional décor such as

stonewalls, Anta furnishings and thistles combine

with flickering candles, crisp linen and twinkling

glasses to give a truly Scottish experience. Expect a

menu of exciting interpretations of modern and

traditional cuisine. Private rooms available and

outdoor facilities in Dublin St. Open 7 days.

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

8-10 Grindlay St – 0131 229 5405

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754


Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989, Iggs now specialises in

seafood. Lunch 2 courses £12.50, pre-theatre

available and dinner à la carte. Barioja is a multiple

award-winning restaurant serving paella and tapas.

Great for parties. All overseen by the ever

charismatic Iggy. 15/19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 8184

(restaurant) 0131 557 3622 (bar).

Tapa Bar and Restaurant – “Fantastic meal, service

excellent and choice of tapas”, “Excellent food and

good value - and children friendly!”, “Good food,

fantastic service, great value” (customer quotes for

popular tapas bar in Leith). Try the Chef's daily

selection of Tapas served on a sharing plate suitable

for 2 persons (served 12.00-5.00pm / excl. drinks)

only £10.00. 19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW

– 0131 476 6776. Open all day 7 days.


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


Love You Long Thai – Utilizing the extensive

expertise of a team of world class Thai chefs in

Edinburgh, Love You Long Thai is the latest and most

exciting news for Thai food lovers in Edinburgh. Each

dish is made using the freshest, top quality authentic

ingredients with no MSG. Thai garden outside with

water features etc for when the weather is clement

Tues-Sun 6pm-late. Lunch served Fri-Sun with

Sunday carvery. 20 Leopold Place – 0131 652 3987

Thai Orchid – Award-winning authentic Thai

cuisine using the best locally sourced produce

and imported Thai spices.

3 course business lunch £7.95.

5a Johnston Terrace (top of the Royal mile)

– 0131 225 6633


Out And About

Henderson’s Restaurant and Bistro – Delicious,

wholesome food, using the best and freshest of

ingredients, all at reasonable prices from Scotland’s

legendary vegetarian restaurant, family run since

1962. Special diets and food intolerances catered for.




Out And About

Mon-Wed 8am-10pm; Thurs-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun

Bistro open 12-8.30. 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh

EH2 1DR – 0131 225 2131 and

23 Roseburn Terrace – 0131 337 4444

L’Artichaut – Fully accredited by the Vegetarian

Society just three months after opening, L’Artichaut,

the latest vegetarian restaurant in town is a marriage

between two incompatible cuisines; a French-

Vegetarian restaurant, treading the fine line between

indulgence and healthy living. Superbly presented,

yet very satisfying dishes, supported by a totally

organic and vegetarian wine list makes L'Artichaut

an ideal venue for any food and wine lover. Vegans

are also well-catered for with a large selection on

offer. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 12 noon - 9.30pm.

14 Eyre Place – 0131 558 1608


Rainbow Cupcakes – Bespoke cupcakes for all

occasions, four ranges to pick from or why not

create your own for birthdays, weddings,

christenings, congratulations etc. Anything is

possible! 5% of profits go to cancer related

charities. Contact Katie on 07886600530 or


Amicus Apple – Hardly a secret destination, Kevin

Spacey, the cast of Gossip Girl and top

premiership footballers have been clocked

enjoying an award-winning cocktail in recent

months. However, the food is the real find!

Whatever you fancy, leisurely lunches, languid

evenings or late nights, you are guaranteed a great

time. 17 Frederick Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 226 6055

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 Free Wifi.

The Basement Bar & Restaurant – Real gem, with

staff who have an interest in providing unusual,

quality drinks. A great homegrown cocktail list, hand

picked wines from local suppliers, beers that you

won’t find in any high street bar and a dizzying range

of tequilas. perfect atmosphere to relax and lose a

few hours. 10a-12a Broughton Street

– 0131 557 0097

The Espy – Esplanade Bar & Restaurant overlooking

Portobello beach known for its wide range of menu

options created with quality produce and freshly

prepared specials. A new and comprehensive

breakfast menu is now being served from 9am to

1145am. Also coffees & teas, delicious wines, cask

ales, cold beers, cocktails and freshly squeezed fruit

juices plus free wifi & live music too. Bright sea

views and cosy sofas, you can relax and watch the

world go by friends. 62-64 Bath Street, Portobello,

Edinburgh EH15 1HF – 0131 669 0082

Forth Floor Bar – For the finest bespoke cocktails,

wines and draught beers head to this swanky

cocktail bar with curvy banquettes, chilled music

and stunning views. Open from noon every day,

Tues-Sat til midnight. Food served noon-7pm.

Harvey Nichols, St Andrews Square

– 0131 524 8350.

Guilty Lily – Caught between the decadence of

1940’s burlesque and the comfort of your local

watering hole, Guilty Lily welcomes and seats you

on some of the squishiest sofas in Leith. An

extensive menu that includes, homemade specials

prepared daily, fresh ground coffee and scones,

fabulous live music, funky cocktails, fine beers and

ales, fruity wines, free wifi and a huge big smile. We

are a family friendly café/restaurant and are

licensed for children. Café by day, bar and venue by

night. After the success of the Esplanade in

Portobello, Amanda decided to share the love with

the good people of Leith.

284 Bonnington Rd, – 0131 554 5824.

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 Open Sun-Thurs 11am-

12pm and Fri-Sat 11am-1am. 23 Elm Row

– 0131 556 4140.

Nobles – With this café bar and venue, the Phoenix

has risen from the flames. Since reopening in April

2010 this classic Victoriana bar has very quickly

established a top reputation as a classy watering

hole, fine eatery and live music hub. Nobles has a

warm, inviting, contemporary feel but with

traditional, bold, wood and stain glass heritage. Food

from the winter menu is locally sourced and freshly

prepared, weekend brunches are superbly tasty.

Music plays a large part in the day to day life of

Nobles and expect to see top-drawer, original live

music from Thursday through the weekend after

food service is completed at 9pm. Throw in High

Out And About

speed wi-fi, fresh fair-trade coffee, various organic

loose leaf teas and the experience is complete.

Open 12pm-1am Monday to Sunday. Children

welcome. 44a Constitution Street, Leith,

Edinburgh EH6 6RS – 0131 629 7215

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar cafe in the

heart ‘o’ Leith serving fresh juices, real ales,

homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose leaf

teas & “Pot-Tails!”... cocktails in teapots! All served up

in Grannies finest bone china. Wholesome

brunchies, lunchies, din-dins & munchies served

from 10 till 10 everyday with daily changing specials

including Sunday roasts & home baked cakes all

made with luv! All locally sourced, free range &

organic where possible cause it tastes really, really

good! Free WIFI, wheelchair & child friendly. Open

from 10am-1am everyday. For bookings call

0131 476 5268 or email

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith

Sofi’s – is a chic, hip, upbeat and popular little bar

with many events, e.g Champagne Sundays where

champagne is offered at great prices, film nights

every Monday, Knitting on Tuesdays and lots more.

Our lighter snacks are perfect with one of our many

wines and we also have a great new cocktail menu

both virgin and alcoholic. Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat

noon-1am and Sun 1pm-midnight.

65 Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019 Free WiFi.

The Earl of Marchmont – The Earl a bustling,

community-based hub has a contemporary interior

with generous outside seating and beautiful lighting.

On offer is an extensive all day menu served by a

welcoming service from all the staff. Enjoy chilled

Sunday afternoons or a night out with friends and

family. Visit and follow link for the

Earl. 22 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh

– 0131 662 1877.




Out And About

The Standard – Bar menu available all day with a

seasonal set menu changing daily. Breakfasts

available at weekends, Roasts available every Sunday.

Children welcome 'til 6pm. We also now have a new

cocktail/wine list available and excellent deals on

spirits and beers. Live sport shown in basement

sports. Function room available to hire. All this

makes this new town bar a must for foodies, locals,

sports fans and students. Sun-thurs 11am midnight;

Fri & Sat 11am-1am. Food served noon-9pm. 24 Howe

Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TG – 0131 225 6490

The Street – Lively night time hot spot with an

eclectic back bar, plus light bites & classic pub grub

served until 9pm daily, light bites until midnight on

weekdays, check out “orange wendy’s” Wednesday

Pub Quiz. Djs every Thus, Fri, Sat. Open everyday

from midday until 1am. 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.

The White Horse – on the Canongate has recently

been re-opened by the Ross Brothers of The Earl of

Marchmont. The bar is an institution on the Royal

Mile where it has been serving thirsty locals and

tourists alike in several different guises since 1742.

Come along for a glass of wine, pint, meal or simply

a coffee and a slice of cake. Great bar menu

available. The White Horse is also a free fringe venue

in the private stable room to the rear of the building

throughout the festival. Opening times: Mon-Thur 12

noon-11pm, Fri & Sat 12 noon-12 pm, Sun 12 noon-

11pm. 232 Canongate, EH8 8DQ – 0131 556 4481


Tonic – Edinburgh’s stylish, vibrant and sexy cocktail

bar has a new menu showcasing 40 fabulous new

creations with a twist on the classics. A brand new

selection of premium spirits, bespoke bitters are

also available including up to 10 new products

exclusive to Scotland. Open 12 noon to 1am every

day. 34a North Castle Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 225 6431


Always Sunday – Enjoy a sunny refreshing

experience in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town.

Serving fair-trade coffee, pots of tea, fresh fruit

smoothies, breakfast, lunch, wine and beer, all day

deli dishes and fabulous home-made cakes! Open

Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm, (extended

hours in the summer). 170 High Street, Edinburgh


Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed, bright and

welcoming environment with a delicious selection

of local, good quality food, using organic / seasonal

ingredients wherever possible. Great coffee from

Artisan roast, fantastic teas from Eteaket, lovely

home baking and superb cakes. Fully licensed with

tasty local beer, wines from Friarwood and a

selection of Scottish spirits. Free WIFI, wheelchair &

child friendly. Open from 8am-5pm Monday-

Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday.

15 Blackfriars Street EH1 1NB

– 0131 5566 922

Espresso Mondo/E Mondo – By day Espresso

Mondo is so relaxing that it has become a favourite

spot for professionals to visit at lunchtime or after

work for a coffee, a bite to eat and a chat. Serving

pasta, tapas, wraps and bagels, speciality teas, fairtrade

coffee, pastries, cakes and muffins. Like the

food, it is a cut above standard cafe fodder. Come

evening, the venue changes its name to E Mondo to

emphasise the shift from coffee shop to brasserie

serving a varied menu of fine wines, cocktails and

beers. 116 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

– 0131 228 3990.

Renroc – After four successful years ownermanaged

by Billy and Jane Ross, Café Bar Renroc is

under new ownership. There's an emphasis on

seasonal and organic produce, and a great deal of

support for Scottish-based producers and

distributors. Renroc is still a laid-back, rather quirky

neighbourhood venue, and now, with extended

evening opening from Thursdays to Sundays, the

new owner Debbie Taylor hopes to expand upon the

good work of the Rosses, yet make her own mark.

Passionate about hospitality, good food and wine

she is offering a well-considered but short, simple

menu, and a choice of house, boutique, organic and

vegetarian-approved wines, alongside some

interesting bottled beers and Blue Moon beer on

draft. Opening hours Monday-Wednesday

9am-6pm, Thursday-Sunday 10am-11pm.

91 Montgomery St (200 metres from Leith Walk

heading east) – 0131 556 0432


Deli Polonia – Offering the largest range of Polish

produce in Edinburgh. We have a variety of fresh

breads which are a combination of sweet and sour

dough (half wheat-half rye), the biggest range of

fresh Polish Sausages and a wide range of Polish

beers and much much more... All nationalities very

welcome. Come in and enjoy a coffee –

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


Bite Club – The gourmet food and wine club

associated with this fine magazine! Exclusive

invitations to bespoke events, discounts at

restaurants and bars, free tastings and more! For

more info please email us at



Spicebox Authentic Thai Cuisine –

Utilising the extensive expertise of a team of

world-class Thai chefs, Spicebox, a gourmet takeaway,

is the latest and most exciting news for Thai

food lovers in Edinburgh. Each dish is hand made

to order using the freshest, top quality ingredients

with no MSG. Fruit carving, catering and chef hire

also available. 20 Leopold Place – 0131 652 3987


Out And About

Appellation Wines – This truly independent wine

shop and internet business specialises in importing

and selling wines that you won’t find anywhere else

in Edinburgh. 50% of stock is exclusive to

Appellation Wines in the UK. Staff are

knowledgeable and friendly. The shop stocks some

great examples from the classic wine regions, but

also expect something a little more leftfield too –

definitely one for the wine enthusiast. Also

international beers and you can buy a coffee and/or

cupcake. 43 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2BU

– 0131 202 0985

Henderson Wines – Independent wine merchant.

Extensive range of wines, champagnes, beers &

spirits. Wines range from pick ’n’ mix for £10 to



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bottles of £130. Collectable spirits also. Home

delivery. 109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and

new shop now open at 23 Roseburn Terrace –

0131 337 4444.

Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine specialist.

Over 150 wines and beers available. Free delivery in

Edinburgh area. Buy direct from

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX – 0131

225 1233.

WoodWinters Wines & Whiskies – Drinking wine is

about pleasure and should be fun whether you’re

buying party wine sub £5 or you’re a canny claret

collector. Our shop is…small; compact and bijou. We

treat our customers like wine-loving friends;

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91 Newington Rd, Edinburgh, EH9 1QW

– 0131 667 2760


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and whisky education, customer service training and

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