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January 2015

Restaurant & Bar Reviews,

Food, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Listings

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Your Independent, Local Guide to Eating and

Drinking in Edinburgh


C-shack, by Port of Siam, is now open and located at Newhaven Harbour our new seafood restaurant offers

an ever-changing daily menu, presenting contemporary dishes from the finest that the Fish Markets have

to offer. This is supported by our regular menus which have a range of fresh fish and seafood, the best

in burgers, made from 35-day dry-aged, farm-sourced rump steak and a refreshingly different range of

vegetarian dishes. Check our website for more details – www.cshack.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you at Newhaven soon

3 Pier Pl, Edinburgh, UK EH6 4LP • 0131 467 8628 • info@cshack.co.uk • www.cshack.co.uk

Opening Hours – Closed Monday • Tues & Wed 6pm-10pm (kitchen closes 9.30pm)

Thurs & Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm, (kitchen closes 9.30pm)

Sat 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 10pm (kitchen close 9.30pm) • Sun 12.30 pm - 8pm (kitchen close 7.30pm)

Now Open on Saturdays

‘Drink tea, eat cake’ 6 days a week

New opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am to

6.00pm. Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Specialists in wedding & celebration cakes

Call 0131 555 6065, email hello@lacerise.biz, web lacerise.biz,

fb lacerise cerise, tw laceriseleith

199 Great Junction Street, Leith Edinburgh EH6 5LQ


Cooked up by

Amy Brewer

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Lea Harris

Jean-Michel Gauffre

The Go-Between

The Insider

Nikki Welch

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel

Subbing by

Leila Kean

Front Cover

Gracias to

Serrano Manchego

In this issue

05 Salt ‘n’ Sauce

07 Review El Cartel

09 Review The Queens Arms

10 Ethical Eating Change Your Mind to

Change Your Waistline

11 Review Travelling Teapot

13 Review Casa Amiga

14 Seville Oranges

15 Review Affogato

16 Wine of the Month Gran Cerdo Tempranillo

17 Review Cloisters Bar

18 Review The Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow

19 Insider A Large Table and a Knife

20 Beer Czech It Out

21 Cocktails Clouds & Soil

22 Dish of the Month Seared Scallops with Spiced Cauliflower,

Pomegranate and Wild Rice

24 Languedoc Notebook Gâteau des Rois

25 Off the Trolley Hot Chocolate

27 Healthy Eating with CNM

Balancing Blood Sugar

28 What’s in Season

Salsify in Air-Dried Ham

29 Listings

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Bistro Provence

Lunch – 2 Courses £12.50, 3 Courses £16.00, Course & Coffee £9.50

Dinner / A la Carte – 2 Courses £21.00, 3 Courses £26.00

Also Menu Degustation • Awarded One Rosette

Bonne année

We are closed from 1st Jan opening again 12th Jan

Sun-Thu – until 31st Jan mention Bite when you

book and get a complimentary glass of bubbly.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 22:00.

Closed on Monday

88 Commercial St, Leith, EH6 6LX 0131 344 4295

reservations@bistroprovence.co.uk

17 Frederick St, New Town Edinburgh EH2 2EY • 0131 226 6055

212

2 COURSES • 1 BOTTLE OF WINE • 2 PEOPLE

£15 PER PERSON

FOOD SERVED

MON - THU / SUN 12PM - 9PM

FRI & SAT 12PM - 10PM

BAR OPEN

7 DAYS A WEEK

12PM - 1AM

edinburgh@amicusapple.com • www.amicusapple.com


Salt ‘n’ Sauce

A sprinkling of newsy nibbles for January...

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Maison de Moggy is Scotland’s first ever cat café

and will be popping up in Stockbridge, Edinburgh this

month for a limited time only. The café will unite the

therapeutic qualities of being around cats with those of

enjoying a ‘purrfect’ cuppa! 26 Hamilton Place and more

info at www.maisondemoggy.com

Get your neeps on for Burns Night

Suppers on 25th January. Many

restaurants will put on a special

menus with entertainment and

there are charity events dotted

about. We like the look of the

Burns Brunch at Summerhall

which is very reasonably priced at

£20. More info online.

Champions of local produce,

Cranachan and Crowdie

are now stocking Batch #1

Bottles of Arbikie Vodka

and Crossbill Gin. Cranachan

and Crowdie will also be

highlighting one of their

Scottish producers each

week, beginning in February

to celebrate Scotland’s Year

of Food and Drink. Open

again, after a post-festive

holiday, February at 263

Canongate – 0131 556 7194

The Scratch Series is a

pop-up restaurant at Iglu

from renowned chefs Ben

Read (Nordic Food Lab, River

Cottage) and David Crabtree-

Logan (Kitchin, Plumed Horse).

It began last December and

will run until March. The chefs

will serve meals on Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays and

promise seven course suppers

of refined, whimsical, thoughtprovoking-

and above all,

delicious food. All local and

cooked from scratch. £45 –

www.thescratchseries.com


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Reekie’s Smokehouse is a family-run,

family-friendly restaurant at 20 Holyrood

Road, Edinburgh. It serves a Scottishaccented

slow smoking BBQ menu with

informal, counter service which pushes

the concept, “take your fast-food slow”.

All sauces, ketchups and mustards are

made from scratch on premises, as are the

cakes. From meat to bread, beer, coffee

and tea, all suppliers have been sourced

locally. www.reekiessmokehouse.co.uk

Bite is

holding a

Wine and

Cheese Dinner

in association

wtih Bistro

Provence on

Monday 2nd

February.

Taste five

artisan French

cheeses

from Bistro Provence supplier Henri’s of

Stockbridge matched with five French fine

wines. We start with fondue! Communal

seating and tutored talk. Details and

tickets at www.bite-magazine.com

If you are partaking

in a Dry January

it is good to have

some alcohol-free

drinks to hand. Brand

new Kopparberg

Alcohol Free

Strawberry &

Lime is the third

flavour to join the

UK’s only alcoholfree

cider range,

and is available in

supermarkets and selected bars and pubs

across the UK. Other flavours include

Kopparberg Alcohol Free Pear and

Kopparberg Alcohol Free Mixed Fruit,

which blackcurrant and raspberry flavours.

If you are not

partaking in

Dry January

there is a

new beer on

the block.

Launched last

summer in its

land of origin,

Payesa

Ibiza is an

amber beer

made with

100% spring

water and

the first craft beer made in Ibiza. It is a honeygolden

brew with notes of cereal, some herbs

and dry fruit, alongside caramel flavours. Find it

in Voodoo Rooms, Villager and Panda and Sons

and more info at www.bite-magazine.com


Review: El Cartel Casera Mexicana

E

dinburgh is riding a culinary Mexican

wave at the moment. Recent years

have seen Tex Mex or solo Mex

popping up everywhere; whether it is a

nod to the cuisine as with dive bar Paradise

Palms, the revamped Basement or the chain

ChimiChanga. Meanwhile old faves such

as Los Cardos takeaway, The Blue Parrot

Cantina and perhaps the daddy of them

all Lupe Pintos (Mexican and World Foods)

continue to be popular.

The newest addition is El Cartel from the

owners of Bon Vivant et al, previously Tex

Mex II.

To say the menu is pared down is an

understatement. They do a sprinkling of

things very well. So, despite the simplicity

there is plenty to shout about.

The drinks list for me is a joy to read; Tequila,

Mezcal and associated cocktails such as

Mezcal Old Fashioned and margaritas made

with citric acid. There are three frozen

flavoured margaritas daily and the only softies

are the best, Fever Tree ginger ale, ginger beer

and tonic. The three wines on offer comprise

Chilean Riesling, Chilean Carménère and a

sparkling Torrontes. Beers include Day of the

Dead IPA, Hefeweizen and Porter.

The food menu fits one A5 page and lists five

starters and eight soft corn tacos (all $6.50).

Simone has salmon ceviche, Mexico City

style and marinated in orange, lime, soy

cucumber, onion and tomato. I comment

that the fish looks fine quality and she

confirms it is indeed top notch and perfectly

marinated and flavoured.

I have a guacamole nacional ($5) with freshly

cooked (halleluja!) tortilla chips. You can

also have pork crackling. It is served with

fresh feta and pomegranate seeds and the

avocado is chunky. El Cartel knows the way

into this woman’s heart, belly and soul.

Main courses are pork shoulder taco for

Simone, lots of red onion and fresh vibrant

flavour but slightly under-seasoned meat

and fish tacos for me which hit the spot with

their crispy batter, white juicy fish and fresh

Mexican slaw.

The one dessert on offer is the chilli

chocolate ice cream with white chocolate

and chipotle flaked dust. One scoop is

simple and perfect. (S. Wilson)

El Cartel

Casera Mexicana

– 64 Thistle Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 226 7171

–www.elcartelmexicana.co.uk

Opening hours

Daily 11am-1am.

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Review: The Queens Arms

Roast with the most

unday lunch is a tradition that most

of us can get on board with. You can

Swear your comfies, chat with friends

and fam, drink whatever you like and be

safe in the knowledge that it’ll always end

with pudding. Winner, especially in the

winter months, I say. The Sunday pub lunch

takes that tradition another step towards

perfection. Ok you have to leave the house,

but hey presto – no dishes! I expected good

things from the Queens Arms (having won

awards for their gastropub fare) and good

things we found.

After taking a seat in our copper-topped

booth table, I started with a seriously well

peppered-up Classic Bloody Mary and mum

supped a beer. We shared an order of the

ham hough and black pudding lollipops,

which were as good as something that coolsounding

should be. Crisp panko crumbs

outside, a smoked-meaty filling inside and

mustard mayo dip for dunking. Wish we’d

ordered twice, but the main event was still

to happen.

The sunday roast is £29 to share and for this

you get a bountifully-laden board with meat

(for this is indeed a carnivorous undertaking),

Yorkshire puds, roast tatties and various

versions of veggies including roasted roots,

and sprouts. As this review took place in

December, you can guess which bird featured

as roast of the week. The turkey ballotine had

a pleasing ratio of white meat to the stuffing

which had a deeper flavour, I think with some

hearty liver in there. Home-made Yorkies – 2

each – were duly drizzled with gravy and

golden crunchy roast tatties elicited a lot of

‘mmm-ing’. The sprouts were cooked with

care; thankfully no mushy greens here. Only

downer was the deliciously sweet root veg

mash which unfortunately was served barely

warm. Twice.

Pudding was pedestrian but satisfying

nonetheless. A sizeable chunk of warmed

chocolatey brownie and boules of raspberry

ripple ice cream. I mention that I’d have

preferred a more traditional fruit crumble

and custard combo, but I remind myself again

about the lack of dishes to do and duly eat

up the brownie, followed by a nice cuppa.

The food at The Queens Arms sits way

above many of its pub-neighbours in the city

centre, and with its cosy vibe and impressive

selection of drinks, I’ll come back another

time to partake in some roast beast and get

my chops around those fluffy Yorkshire puds

again. (Leila Kean writes www.leilappetit.com)

The Queens Arms

– 49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP

– 0131 225 1045

– www.queensarmsedinburgh.com

Opening hours

Food served: Mon-Sat 11am-9pm and Sun

12:30pm-9pm

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Ethical Eating: Change Your Mind to

Change Your Waistline

Want to lose weight Here’s how: stop shopping at supermarkets.

ow I’ve got your attention, let’s go

back a step. Ah, that January tradition:

Ndieting. No one likes diets and they

never last. After the fun and over-eating of

Christmas, it’s hard to motivate yourself to

do something that feels like punishment. So

maybe diets would be easier to prolong if

they were enjoyable. Perhaps we struggle to

maintain our good intentions because they’re

intrinsically selfish: rarely does anyone diet to

make a lasting change to others, or without

expectation of reward. Altruistic behaviour, on

the other hand, releases dopamine, a hormone

associated with pleasure.

So let’s rethink our approach to dieting. Let’s

not just eat better, let’s eat smarter. Let’s

choose to diet altruistically, in a way that

benefits the wider community. How Stop

shopping at supermarkets.

These days, we’re (apparently) greedier and

we’re also over-exposed to food. Supermarket

stores big and small are everywhere, making

it too easy to access something to nosh.

The lack of thought required to purchase is

no good for your waistline but choose to

shop locally and you’ll have to think ahead.

Independent businesses aren’t always open all

hours and they often have a more limited (but

higher quality) range of produce. So you’ll have

to plan your meals based on what’s available,

instead of getting what’s on offer. Buying local

also means walking between shops, rather

than the aisles. And planning meals and simple

exercise are two key factors in weight loss.

So let’s not diet, let’s revamp our eating habits.

Eat more carefully and shop better. Buy from

local independents, not from a supermarket, and

let the dopamine flow. Lasting change will be

more achievable as you’ll feel good about your

diet. Let your local community gain the pounds

instead.

Not sure where to begin

Edinburgh is rich with independent shops, so

here’s a couple of routes that’ll also build up

your appetite.

• Southside workout

Beginning on Morningside Road, choose

cheese at Iain Mellis and fill up on Scottish

beer at Growler. Cross over to South Clerk St

to grab bread from the Wee Boulangerie and

find fruit at Earthy on Causewayside.

• Northern adventure

Starting on Easter Road, pick up bread at the

Manna House. Head to Broughton Street for

veg at Real Foods and meat from Crombies.

Alcoholic necessities can be found at Beer

Hive on Rodney Street. (A. Brewer)


Review: Travelling Teapot

The Afternoon Tea that travels to you!

N

ot that long ago the concept of

Afternoon Tea was an antiquated

one. It evoked images of fusty

Morningside drawing rooms, Aunt Maude and

curled up cucumber sandwiches. How times

have changed. It is now the epitome of cool

and Carolyn Girvan tells me it is popular with

hen parties, girls about town and anyone who

wants to fill that long gap between lunch

and dinner with a light meal of tea, cakes and

sandwiches.

Carolyn and her daughter Mairi are the brains

behind Travelling Teapot or the Afternoon

Tea that travels to you. In June 2012, Carolyn

helped her mother bake for, and host a tea

party for a special birthday at the sheltered

housing complex where she lives. Carolyn

thoroughly enjoyed baking favourite recipes

from her childhood and then seeing the

delight that they gave her mother’s friends

when they saw the memories laid out on a

plate. Hey presto and Travelling Teapot was

born.

Carolyn tells me, over a cuppa of course, that

Travelling Teapot has served tea to corporate

clients, yummy mummies with children, at

birthdays, anniversaries and retirements

as well as to hens and a younger clientele.

Everyone loves cake and a cuppa says Carolyn

and Afternoon Tea is a treat that suits a

variety of occasions.

They source their teas from Anteaques in

Edinburgh and you can choose from Scottish

Breakfast, Earl Grey, Margaret’s Hope aka the

Champagne of Teas, Vanilla Tea, Chun Me and

Natural Mint.

Mairi has always liked to bake (and eat!)

cupcakes and her friends particularly enjoy

the mix of vintage crockery and modern

treats. Therefore, Mairi was keen that the new

venture should not only offer old favourites

like custard creams, but contemporary cakes

too. I should point out however, that Bite has

tasted the traditional home-made custard

creams and they are awesome.

Ingredients are sourced locally wherever

possible and menus can be tailor made.

Carolyn is coeliac so Travelling Teapot offer a

scrumptious gluten free Afternoon Tea.

This really is a great idea, Mother’s Day

anyone

More info at www.travellingteapot.com or

call Carolyn on 07974 226 722.

Prices start at £15 per person.

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Photo: Simone Hilliard.

Food at

As well as an extensive wine list with

many sold by the glass, we now also

have an Extended Food Menu.

Cheese, charcuterie & fish platters,

gilled snails, beef sandwich, Croque

Monsieur, steamed mussels and

two burger lunches per month.

XMAS MENUS NOW AVAILABLE

Monthly wine tastings and

private area also available.

St Ann’s Oratory

9 Randolph PLace, Edinburgh.

0131 5381815 • www.ledivin.co.uk

Getting ready for the rugby! DRINK...RUGBY...EAT...DRINK

Teuchters Bar William Street • Teuchters landing Dock Place Leith

‘a room in the west end’ and ‘a room in leith’ Scottish bistros

www.aroomin.co.uk


Review: Casa Amiga Powered by Pastel de Nata

very now and again a café opens

locally that changes the culinary

Elandscape of the area. Portuguese

bakery and cafe Casa Amiga (‘friend’s home’)

has done that in Leith over a few short

months. Specialising in pastel da nata, the

traditional Portuguese custard tart, and

excellent coffee, Casa Amiga has carved a

niche for themselves and a spot dear to my

heart.

I run a fitness studio locally and have been

known to refuel on their excellent Deltabrand

coffee and sweet and savoury treats.

A pastel de nata (£1.50) is a bite-sized rich

treat for an energy boost mid-afternoon. The

tradition of exceptional custard tarts dates

back pre-18th Century, when convents and

monasteries in Lisbon created a recipe to

use up egg yolks, as they used egg whites for

starching their clothes, such as nuns’ habits.

Certainly when I went to Lisbon a few years

ago, there was a proliferation of custardy

treats in the numerous bakeries. The pastel

de nata at Casa Amiga are as good as, if not

better, than the sweets I sampled in Portugal.

And the local community think so too, as

it’s not unusual to see a queue for their very

reasonably priced eats. I know a few folk

who even buy them in bulk, fresh to serve at

dinner parties!

The sweets cabinet displays a wide array

of pastries and tarts, including custard

slice, pineapple puff, coconut tart and rice

pudding, all affordably priced between £1.45

and £1.95. Savoury snacks include chorizo

bake (£1.45), the vegetarian mista de pimentos

(£1.85), and lunch of a daily changing soup

(£3.80), served with a freshly baked bread

roll. The atmosphere is relaxed, despite the

speedy service, and owners Patricia and Mike

are clearly pouring their heart and soul into

the enterprise. It’s a handy address to know

if you’re looking for somewhere to meet for

coffee on Leith Walk, and they’re licensed,

dog-friendly with free wi-fi to boot. Go

there! (T. Griffen)

Casa Amiga

Portuguese Bakehouse

– 294 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5BX

– 0131 467 5664

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 8am-6pm and Sun & Mon 9am-6pm

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Seville oranges

“Picture yourself in a boat on a river, With tangerine trees and marmalade skies”

Lennon & McCartney

hat I get up for everyday is

breakfast. Who is not tempted out

Wof bed by thickly-sliced smoked

salmon with organic, free-range, still-loose

scrambled eggs, creamy porridge or perhaps

best of all – wholemeal toast, unsalted butter,

lashings of marmalade and lots of tea

January through to February is when you

should make your own marmalade with the

bitter Seville oranges that arrive from Spain.

They are high in pectin and therefore give a

good set. The term ‘marmalade’ derives from

the Portuguese word ‘marmelada’ which was

a solid paste made from quinces and sugar

and can be bought today in Edinburgh from

Casa Amiga or eaten with cheese at Serrano

Manchego. However, in the 16th century with

the availability of more fruit, the English began

to experiment.

The ‘invention’ of marmalade as we know it

however, is generally credited to the Scots.

According to urban myth, a Dundee woman,

Janet Keiller, made the first shredded batch

of marmalade in the 1790s. When faced with

a pile of bitter oranges from Seville, she set

about finding a use for them. The Keiller family

built the first marmalade factory in 1797 and

thereafter Dundee was referred to as the

‘home of marmalade’.

Marmalade is very versatile; try it for glazing

meat, in cocktails or in bread and butter

pudding, Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

in Cumbria hold a marmalade festival in

February which culminates in a competition.

This year’s dates for the Dalamein Marmalade

Festival are are Saturday 28th February and

Sunday 1st March 2015 – 10am to 4pm.

Manchego & Quince


Review: Affogato Gelato isn’t just for summer!

ou can’t fail to notice the ice

cream carousel, filled with vibrant

Yfruit sorbets and pastel gelato, it

dominates Affogato’s window. Stepping over

the threshold, the sweet fragrance of spiced,

buttery waffles makes me drool.

Then there’s Epix’s canine greeting with a

bouncy welcome along with cheerful smiles

from owner Anna Campbell and her staff.

This dug friendly establishment is overseen

by well-behaved Epix and her very waggy tail.

Primarily a gelateria, Affogato offers a few

savouries, but that doesn’t really matter,

because ultimately it’s all about the gelato,

waffles and feisty Illy coffee.

Seasonal specials and everyday favourites

twist tantalisingly slowly in the revolving

display freezer. Anna trained in Bologna and

her decision to keep her flavours simple does

her credit. As well as the ice creams, she also

makes the majority of cakes including some

rather fine macarons (75p) that would be the

envy of any Great British Bake Off contestant.

The Husband starts with spiced pumpkin

waffle, bacon and maple syrup (£5.50); it’s

almost sensuous – hint of spice, warm and

soft, the saltiness of the maple-doused bacon

is pleasurable. I ease my way in with a ham

and cheese croissant (£2).

It is also a place for the glutton with the

‘build it yourself option’ – basic waffle (£2.50);

toppings and sauces at 50p each include nuts,

butterscotch chunks and chocolate cookie

bits, chocolate, coffee, dulche de leche, fruits

(£1), and gelato at £1 per scoop.

I love the Dutch spice mix speculoos, so I

plumped for a good-sized dollop in a bowl

of espresso (well one of us had to have an

affogato – £3.10). The bitter coffee contrasts

delectably against the warming spiciness

of the ice cream. It could easily have been

nutmeg or rum & raisin or mince pie. The

Daught built herself one helluva waffle; layers

of banana, chocolate cookie bits, salted

caramel and chocolate orange gelato with a

good squirt of fresh raspberry sauce. We took

our tax payment from her (several spoonfuls

were extracted!).

Breadwinner supplies baked goods, tea is from

Dammann Frères Premium Teas and Valrhona

chocolate is used in the hot chocolate.

Anna is more than happy to make ice cream

to your specification with prior notice.

With free wifi, this is going to be another

addictive haunt for us. (L. Harris)

Affogato

– 36 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4QS

– 0131 225 1444

– www.affogatogelato.co.uk

Opening hours

Tues – Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 11am-6pm.

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Wine of the Month:

Gran Cerdo Tempranillo

C

an a wine answer your New

Year’s Resolutions This

one might…

If you have challenged yourself to

be healthier, get less hangovers,

be more adventurous, support

independent business or protect

the planet, then this wine could

potentially tick all your boxes.

Gran Cerdo Tempranillo

This wine is considered to be a

‘natural wine’, an ambiguous term

used for a growing number of

wines that are made by people

who have a philosophy of growing

grapes and producing wines

without the use of chemicals

or lots of technology. Sounds

obvious, but the wines we drink

today use a lot of high level

technology and additives like

sulphur or commercial yeast to

achieve the styles and flavours we like.

Natural wine is the retort to this, often using

biodynamic vineyard management, wild

yeast and little or no sulphur. The result is

controversial, many of the wines are so far

removed from what we are used to that it is

hard to compare them like for like, and are

the realm of natural wine fans. Others are

far more similar to the wines most of us are

used to. The benefits are unproven, but many

are turning towards these wines because of

the low sulphites, believing these to be an

irritant and cause of headaches (or at least

part of it). Natural wines are

rarely sold in the supermarkets

and are generally made by

small wine growers who care

passionately about the land

they farm and the product they

make. Their ethos fits with that

of slow food.

This wine belongs to the latter

category, a wine from the

natural wine school, but it is

not so far out that you can’t get

your head around it. A young

rioja which hasn’t been aged in

oak (another element blamed

for red wine headaches), the

result is a really interesting

mix of delicious strawberries

and blackberries, with a hint

of violets and an altogether

funkier element of earthy,

savoury notes. It isn’t an easydrinking

fruit bomb, instead it is

a wine to crack open with something meaty,

it will evolve as you eat, giving you brilliant

bang for your buck… And you’ll be able to

see for yourself whether it gives you a feel

good glow and no hangover the next day.

Available from L’Art du Vin £9.20. (N. Welch)

If you are very interested in natural

wines visit Henri in Stockbridge who

source and stock a fantastic range.


Review: Cloisters Bar Ringing in the new

o I heard on the

‘foodvine’ that

Sthe ex-owners of

Sweet Melindas, who

moved a couple of years

ago, had recently taken

over the kitchen side of

this traditional Tollcross

ale haven. Visualising a

freshly-pulled half of

quality real ale alongside

fond memories of the

old Sweet Melinda squid

salad, my other half practically bit my hand off

when I suggested we should re-visit Cloisters Bar

for food as well as drink.

And there it was – squid with coriander, lime

and sea salt, arriving with the dewy freshness

hoped for, with soft marinated baby squid rings

and just a touch of fine batter meaning that the

salad stayed light and easy to eat (£6.50). The

same light freshness allied to punchy flavour

characterised the smoked mackerel & dill pâté,

with gherkins and soda bread (£5.50), both

working well with beer as well as wine.

The ‘Burger and Seafood’ menu comprises

a varied list with several other specials like

sea bass or duck breast with black pudding &

caramelised pear. Casual and colourful, this

generous bowlful (£8.50) featured perfectly

tender pink duck, finely sliced Thai-style in

a warm salad, with sautéed potato cubes,

cucumber and sweet pear. Unfortunately while

I was savouring a stolen slice of duck the last

piece of pear was devoured, probably proving

how tasty it was.

My own burger (I had a cheeseburger (£8.95),

but could have had Macsween haggis or several

interesting versions with sides to suit), was

uber-juicy, tender & a pleasure to eat, banishing

a recent touch of patty-phobia I have been

developing due to less carefully-prepared

dry burgers. Here, chuck steak is marinated in

porter or stout and scented with thyme. All

come with toasted-seed red cabbage coleslaw

and triple-cooked crispy chips to die for – you

must have the Piri-Piri dusted ones, and so must

I again since my scoffing partner plundered an

unfair proportion of my pot of them.

A commitment to top quality, very local

suppliers is very much in evidence on tasting –

meat from local Tollcross butcher Saunderson’s

– fish from Eddies, etc. An express Tue-Fri

£6.50 lunch deal offered steak burger, turkey

burger with trimmings or chickpea & cannellini

bean burger. Cheerful, well-informed barstaff

enhanced our relaxed meal. (The Go-Between)

Cloisters

– 26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH

– 0131 221 9997

– www.cloistersbar.com

Opening times

Mon-Fri noon to midnight; Sat noon to 1am;

Sun 12.30pm to midnight

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Review: The Brunswick Hotel,

Glasgow Brutti Ma Buoni

ne is tempted to

keep schtum about

Othis boutique hotel

in Glasgow’s Merchant City

lest everyone suddenly wants

a room. On the other hand

Bite is beholden to inform our

readers of the best and so,

with a tad reluctance, we are

prepared to spill the beans.

The Brunswick is an old fave of your editor’s

who has been around the block a bit and

knows this hotel from her Glasgow Days.

The concept is simple and has endured; a

boutique hotel with everything you need and

a kitchen/ bar /café serving great food and

coffee.

A standard double room is bijou but very

comfortable with telly, tea and coffee, hot

shower, well-functioning central heating and

wifi, even the shampoo and hair dryer are up

to scratch; nothing shonky noted and all this

in the city centre to boot.

Brutti ma Buoni translates in Italian as ugly

but nice and this is the name of the Kitchen

Bar Café that forms part of the hotel. Pizzas

on crispy Italian base form the backbone of

the menu but there are also burgers, small

plates, soups and salads. The menu takes

inspiration from around the world but is all

home-made.

I had a deceptively simple goats’ cheese and

walnut salad with lots of toasted

nuts, honey, tomatoes, cucumber,

red onions and olives. I liked it so

much that I went back the next

day and had an equally good

black pudding and bacon salad.

Capuccinos are superlative IMHO

and a further bonus is the twenty

per cent discount on food

Monday to Thursday for staying guests or you

can download a voucher online.

Finally, and I know I have said it before,

Glaswegians, like Dubliners exude a down

to earth genuine friendliness that is most

welcome.

When visiting Glasgow I see little reason to

stay elsewhere and my room was £40!

(S. Wilson)

The Brunswick Hotel

– 106-108 Brunswick Street, Merchant City

Glasgow G1 1TF

– 0141 552 0001

– www.brunswickhotel.co.uk


Insider: A Large Table and a Knife

I

t was the strangest event of the year. In

an old ambulance depot off Leith Walk

the artist Kevin Harman had created an

installation based on a 19th Century Absinthe

Bar. Inside, a strange multi-spouted brass

contraption dripped absinthe slowly over

sugar cubes into three antique glasses. The

candlelight made everyone’s face seem

coloured by the buttercups we put under our

chins as children. The occasional plump, ruby

red cushion and dark oak furnishings gave the

whole the feel of a Caravaggio painting come

to life. Finally, in the centre, stood a sturdy

table a large knife and some hooks with half a

cow hanging from them.

In a bravura performance Kevin Harman’s

father (a butcher to trade) gave an

accomplished display of knifework and

sleight of hand. Rendering the beast down

into recognisable roasts, steaks and choice

cuts in less than half an hour. The while

discoursing poignantly on the dying art of

(public) butchery and taking questions from

the audience with good humour and insightful

tips. When he finished, in the flickering yellow

light, everyone seemed awestruck. Hushed.

It was a simple conceit contrived by the

Harman’s to point out that the craft of

butchery has been taken behind the scenes

into soulless factories. In your local butcher’s

shop everything will be laid out in neatly

ordered rows behind the glass counter – no

knifework will take place front of house.

This applies in restaurants too, these days

most chefs order their meat pre-packed and

portioned.

In my first hotel job there was a slaughter

house at the bottom of the road (the butchers

used to come into the bar for a lunchtime

beer in bloodied overalls, knives sheathed in

leather belts) and we’d get a whole sheep/

lamb one week and half a cow the next. It

was my favourite day. The head chef would

make a rare appearance from his smoke

fuddled office, with it’s shelf buckling under

the weight of bottles of wine and spirits for

cooking which, under strict instruction from

him, were “under no account to be used for

cooking.” And he would be briefly happy.

His eyes would beam as he directed me to

“follow the bone, fleece the carcass; on no

account leave any meat behind.”

I thought of him the other day when I bought

a large duck from Lidl for £6. I got 8 starters

and 6 main courses from it, which would have

realised about £130 in a mid-priced restaurant.

Chefs…Ordering pre-portioned meat is a false

economy.

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These days most chefs order their meat in pre-packed

and portioned


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Beer: Czech It Out

I

n these early weeks of 2015 when we’re all

feeling just a wee bit bloated chances are

you’ll want to take things down a notch,

maybe you’re even daft enough to have

made some sort of resolution. So there is

very little point in me wasting a few hundred

words eulogising about the latest Calvados

cask-aged imperial stout, or cantaloupe and

Naga chilli-infused Belgian sour.

Instead, let’s take a look at that most basic of

beer styles: the humble, much maligned lager,

specifically the classic Czech pilsner.

Even if you consider yourself in the vanguard

of new beer trends, it’s a great time to reacquaint

yourself with this basic lager.

Much to the (presumed) chagrin of the

Germans, it’s a matter of record that the

Czechs perfected lager as we know it.

The gold, gassy, refreshing lubricant drunk

throughout the world was first brewed in the

town of Pilsen.

A classic pilsner should be a rich gold and

poured to maximise its fluffy, white head. It

should offer much more on the nose than a

bog standard lager – cereal, shortbread and

lemon rind (by comparison, industrial lagers

always smell like damp cardboard to me).

The palate tends to be lighter and crisper

than the German equivalents with a gentle

bitterness and a persistent effervescence

that seems to last even to the dregs. But the

very best thing about Czech lagers is their

ubiquity, there really is no need to place

an online order or trek down to your local

independent store (though you are most

welcome).

Strangely enough, the market leaders are

every bit as good as the niche, artisan

regional brewers. Pilsner Urquell has been

owned by Miller now for over a decade and

despite being part of a megacorp its quality is

undimmed. It’s a great lager; crisp, zesty and

bitter with a real bite.

Budvar is the other big guy of Bohemian

brewing and it’s a richer, maltier beer; less

quaffable, more satisfying. It’s been partly

state owned for most of its history (helpful

when fending off the attentions of an

American rival).

Both beers are widely available and cheap;

their inherent superiority makes the

continued existence of lesser branded lagers

an enduring mystery. (J. Wrobel)


Cocktails: Clouds & Soil

The Space between

he clouds and soil is where you’ll find

me hiding, waiting for you. And what a

Twonderful place to hide and wait (and

drink) it is – the curiously named Clouds &

Soil that fills the previously unkempt space at

4 Picardy Place.

Now before I go any further I have a

confession to make: this place is virtually my

local. After all I can walk there in under two

minutes and the short journey home is all

downhill. But I do refrain from going in too

often: too much of a good thing spoils you

and I would hate to stop appreciating their

eponymously named Clouds & Soil (pictured).

On the ‘few’ occasions D and I have

frequented Clouds & Soil we have managed to

try the booths, the bar stools, the table stools

and the window stools. Each has its merits,

but if there are four or five of you grab one

of the booths – ideal for talking and sipping

in a relaxed setting, helped by some subdued

lighting and laid back music.

I have yet to find a stinker on the cocktail

menu, but there are a few standouts I

would recommend you try. First is the

aforementioned Clouds & Soil (£8.50), a

sublimely rich and smoky cocktail with

Zacapa rum, Talisker whisky, Velvet Falernum

and Amontillado. This has quickly become

a favourite post prandial sipper for me. The

perfect way to finish a great dinner.

Next up is one of D’s favourites, the El

Pequeno Claro (£6.95), a clear margarita made

with citric acid instead of lime. Wonderfully

refreshing, this is the polar opposite of the

Clouds & Soil, an aperitif to stimulate the taste

buds before you eat.

Finally there’s the PBJ Flip (£7.50), a joyfully

flippant (sorry) take on the classic flip. Made

with Buffalo Trace bourbon, raspberry

liqueur, peanut butter, Demerara sugar and

egg, imagine taking a peanut butter and jelly

sandwich and liquidising it with a good slug of

whiskey – you get the picture.

And I haven’t told you the best bit yet. Most

people don’t seem to have found this little

gem, so get along before it gets too busy.

PS apologies to all Dave Matthews fans – you

know why. (M. Earl)

Clouds & Soil

– 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh

– 0131 629 2728

– www.cloudsandsoil.com

Opening hours

11am to 1am

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22

Dish of the Month: Seared Scallops

with Spiced Cauliflower,

Pomegranate and Wild Rice

From Russell Up Catering

T

his is a simple but impressive starter. Buy pomegranates from now until about March

and try to buy one which feels heavy for its size. Buy hand-dived scallops preferably in

the shell and wild rice in shops like Real foods.

Ingredients

Serves four as a starter

8 hand dived scallops,

coral removed

1 small cauliflower

1/3 tsp turmeric

1/3 tsp mild curry powder

1/3 tsp ground cumin

25g butter

25ml cream

A handful of wild rice

1 pomegranate

1 apple

50ml rapeseed oil


Cauliflower purée

• Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

Heat the butter in a heavy based pan over

a medium heat.

• Sweat the cauliflower for 10 minutes with a

pinch of salt, after about 5 minutes it should

start to colour, if not turn up the heat.

• Once the cauliflower is lightly coloured,

add the spices. Continue cooking, stirring

frequently, for 5 minutes.

• Add 100ml water, and cover the pan.

Cook for 15 minutes until tender.

• Tip into a jug blender with the cream on

full power for 2-3 minutes or until velvety

and smooth, check seasoning.

Wild rice

• In a deep, heavy pan heat 200ml of

vegetable oil. If you have a digital

thermometer, heat the oil to 200 0 C. If

not, heat until the oil is almost smoking.

TAKE GREAT CARE WITH OIL THIS HOT.

• Sprinkle a few grains of rice into the pan.

If the oil is hot enough, it will puff up

immediately.

• Fry the rice for about 15-20 seconds until

puffed and golden. Remove and drain on

kitchen paper. When cool, season lightly

with salt.

Pomegranate and apple

• Halve the pomegranate and move the

seeds buy holding the cut side facing

down and hit the outside with a wooden

spoon.

• Peel and dice the apple.

• Mix the apple and pomegranate seeds

with a pinch of sugar and salt, a squeeze

of lemon, and rapeseed oil.

To assemble

• Heat a heavy frying pan over high heat.

• Season the scallops with salt just before

cooking. Fry in 1 tablespoon of oil for

about 60-90 seconds until golden. Place

the presentation side of the scallop in the

pan first.

• Turn the scallops, and add a knob of

butter and a squeeze of lemon. Baste the

scallops in the foaming butter for another

60-90 seconds depending on size. The

scallops should firm up, but should still

feel slightly soft in the middle.

• Rest for 2 minutes.

• Serve in the shell, or on a warmed plate.

• Reheat the cauliflower purée, and spoon

two tablespoons in the centre.

• Place the scallops onto the purée. Spoon

over the pomegranate and apple dressing.

• Sprinkle over the wild rice.

Russell Up is a bespoke catering

service based in Edinburgh and

operating worldwide but can cater

for any event, big or small, where

the focus is on quality, value,

and professionalism. For more

information please call 07581 242 138

or email russell@russell-up.co.uk

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Languedoc Notebook: Gâteau des Rois

A

fter the gastronomique indulgence of

the festive period, January can lack

a bit in terms of food and seasonal

products.

My memories of winter in Languedoc are of

long walks by the sea between Montpellier

and Sète, pink Flamingos or a trip to

L’Alpinouse, the mountains behind Bedarieux

for sledging. We would then return home for

a large slice of Gâteau des Rois and a warm

bowl of chocolate.

The French tradition of serving a frangipane

filled tart known as the ’Galette des Rois’ (or

the Gâteau des Rois in the South of France)

on, or around the 6th January, (the first

Sunday of each New Year) actually dates

back to the 14th century. It is an ancient

festival which celebrates the three kings who

brought gifts to the baby Jesus.

Although a normal school and working day,

La Fête des Rois is still very much a family

tradition. A “fève” (originally a bean but now

tends to be a plastic trinket) is baked inside

the cake and the cake is shared around the

table. Whoever receives the fève is then

crowned king or queen for the day and has

the much coveted opportunity of bossing

the rest of the family about! That same

person can also choose someone to be their

king or queen.

According to tradition, the cake should be

cut into as many slices as there are people

present, plus 1 extra. This extra slice is called

either, the part du Bon Dieu (God’s slice),

the part de la Vierge (the Virgin Mary’s slice)

or the part du pauvre (poor man’s slice) and

should be offered to the first poor person

who stops at the home! (Tip: watch out for

your teeth if you are the lucky winner of the

fève; trust me – I talk from experience!)

Of course this traditional cake is going to

find its way on our winter menu when La

Garrigue reopens on the 12th of January, but

if you cannot wait until then Bite has posted

the recipe online www.bite-magazine.com

Happy cooking,

J-Michel

Jean-Michel

Gauffre

runs La

Garrigue French Restaurant

at 3 Jeffrey Street


Off the Trolley: Hot Chocolate

hile I have

enormous

Wtolerance for

cheap chocolate, I have

little stomach for bad

hot chocolate. There is

nothing better than a good

cup of hot chocolate and

there is little worse than a

bad one.

As a child, hot chocolate

came in a sachet.

Synonymous with a

slightly scorched tongue

and watery consistency,

it was often served with

a greyish skin forming on

top, dotted with clumps

of powdered mix. Tending

towards the sickly sweet, it was good for a

sugar hit and very much a child’s drink.

When I first moved to Edinburgh, I lived just

down from the now no-more Chocolate

Soup. With countless varieties of hot

chocolate, topped with everything from

cream, Maltesers and Crunchies, it wasn’t

quite luxury – but it was a step in the right

direction. There I first drank hot chocolate

flavoured with cinnamon and nutmeg, looking

out the windows onto the Royal Mile. But

luxury hot chocolate is not just about adding

cream and marshmallows.

When Coco of Bruntsfield opened, hot

chocolate grew up. They offered cocoa made

from real chocolate, melted in warm milk,

flavoured with peppercorns, or spices and

chilli. I was – and remain – a devoted fan of

Chocolate & Churros

the Aztec hot chocolate,

which can be bought

by the jar and made at

home.

Now, other city locations

for hot chocolate

aficionados include

The Chocolate Tree,

and Contini Ristorante

(formerly Centrotre)

where the chocolate

is so thick it’s best

consumed with a spoon.

I’m still in search of the

Mexican hot chocolate,

made by melting discs

of chocolate into boiling

water. This requires a

special chocolate which

is unavailable even in the Aladdin’s cave

that is Lupe Pintos. However, in search of

something with a Spanish flavour I recently

tried the chocolate and churros at Serrano

Manchego. Mugs of thick and creamy

chocolate are served with oval twists of fried

dough for dunking. It’s a testament to the

quality of the hot chocolate that my children

ignored the donuts in favour of drinking the

chocolate straight up.

Hot chocolate should be taken seriously

for the indulgence it can be. On a wander

through Brussels one cold February day, I was

offered hot chocolate by the chocolatiers

not as a luxury but a necessity. They give their

chocolate respect, whether solid or liquid

in form. In the right hands, hot chocolate is

definitely a grown up drink. (R, Edwards)

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Find out more at our free-to-attend Open Evenings in Edinburgh

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6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Reserve your place for either event on line at:

www.naturopathy-uk.com 01342 410 505


Healthy Eating with CNM:

Balancing Blood Sugar

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Why it’s important

Adequate blood sugar levels provide fuel to

both the brain and body. When there is not

enough fuel, energy can drop, especially in

the late afternoon, then we crave foods that

raise the blood sugar quickly. Ever wondered

why everyone heads to the vending machine

at 3pm Low blood sugar can also affect our

mood negatively, making us depressed or

short-tempered.

Insulin is the primary hormone which

regulates blood sugar. If we skip meals, go

too long between meals, or eat too many

sugary foods, our bodies may not respond

to insulin or may produce too much insulin.

Either can cause weight gain and other

health complications. Balancing your blood

sugar and regulating insulin can help you

maintain a healthy weight.

How to balance blood sugar

After festive excesses, try some of these

tips to help regulate blood sugar:

- take regular, moderate exercise

- never skip meals, especially breakfast!

- eat at regular times and include protein

(fish, meat, eggs, beans, lentils)

- and include complex carbohydrates

(sweet potato, brown rice, noodles,

wholemeal or rice pasta)

- avoid high-sugar foods.

Seasonal Tip

Cinnamon is not just for Christmas! It

sensitises our bodies to insulin so we don’t get

those dips and cravings! You can use the bark,

known as a quill, or it is also available ground.

Sprinkle on porridge, add to lamb stews or add

to tea for a great flavour boost.

By Nutritional Therapist Roisin Cooke,

lecturer at CNM (College of Naturopathic

Medicine) in Edinburgh.

You can find out more about training with CNM for a career in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy

by attending one of CNM’s free-to-attend Open Evenings in Edinburgh. Next dates: Tuesday 6th

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www.naturopathy-uk.com or call 01342 410 505.


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What’s in Season:

Caterwauling from

the rooftops

I

t’s here! It’s finally arrived - Scotland’s Year of Food and

Drink! Those of us who live and eat Scotland, already know

what amazing raw ingredients we have; what amazing

people we have who turn our produce into delicious food.

It’s the year that we, as a nation, show the world that there

is more to Scotland than the stereotypical lard laden-images

they seem to have of us.

We are diverse; we are innovative; we are resourceful. Over

the past year, there have been some fantastic achievements

from so many individuals who have made their quirky ideas a

reality. Bloombox Salads peddled her wares across the city.

Coffee roasters, gin distillers, beer brewers all have found

their niches in and around Edinburgh. We have a multitude

of independent bakeries, chocolatiers and crowd-funded

food businesses to make even the most blinkered sceptics

sit up and take notice. By the time this month’s magazine hits

the street, Maison de Moggy cat café should be opening its

doors in Stockbridge!

There’s even a tea plantation in Perthshire; how about that

Our own local brew.

Even I’ve got caught up in this explosion of creativity, with

several foodie projects in the pipeline. Hopefully, one of

them has come to fruition – my own weekly food program

on Castle FM (98.8) where my ‘dulcet’ tones will be heard

caterwauling across the airways about what stunning food

Scotland has to offer!

What food ventures will you dipping into in 2015

Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.

wordpress.com and is @BakersBunny on

Twitter and Instagram

Salsify in

Air-Dried Ham

(enough for four as a

starter)

Ingredients

10 salsify roots

juice of a lemon

10 slices air-dried ham of

choice

Method

• Whack the oven on to preheat

(Fan160 o C/180 o C/

Gas4).

• Put a couple of inches of

water into a pan and add

the lemon juice.

• Peel the salsify quickly (try

using a green scratchy), cut

in half and plop into the

acidulated water.

• Bring everything to a boil,

then simmer for about 15

mins.

• Cut the ham in half and

individually wrap drained

salsify.

• Shoogle them onto an

oiled baking sheet.

• Roast for about 20mins or

until ham is nice and crispy.

Serve straight from the oven.

What else is in my basket

Venison, goose, wild duck. Wild salmon, lobster, sea bass. Jerusalem

artichoke, swede, leeks. Forced rhubarb, blood and Seville oranges.


Restaurants

Bistros and Brasseries

Apiary – New addition to the growing

Newington dining scene, Apiary is the bigger

version of Three Birds already creating a buzz

about town. In an old bank building, the space

is large and airy with seating for up to 60

in intimate booths or bigger groups. Lunch,

dinner, pre-theatre, weekend brunch and

even Tunnocks & coffee are the bill of fare,

served by knowledgeable, smiley staff...open

Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm/5.30pm-10pm, sat+sun 11am-

4pm/5pm-10pm. 33 Newington Road, Edinburgh

EH9 1QR – 0131 668 4999

– www.apiaryrestaurant.co.uk

Bijou – A local eatery for breakfast, lunch &

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

ever changing menu, available in 3 different sizes,

bijou, medium and main – you choose. Private

Dining available. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road

Edinburgh, EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664

– www.bijoubistro.co.uk

Bread Street Brasserie – Fresh. Seasonal.

Scottish. City Centre dining in our elegant,

welcoming brasserie. Open daily for lunch and

dinner. Lunch and early evening menu £9.95 for 2

courses, £12.95 for 3 courses.

– 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AF

– restaurant@DoubleTreeEdinburghCity.co.uk

– 0131 221 5558

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Inspired

by local ingredients, The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

serves the best of Scotland’s landscape on a plate.

Tucked away downstairs on the corner of Alva

and Queensferry Street the Bistro is a hidden

gem with cosy dining rooms that blend beautiful

old and modern décor. Proud to work closely

with suppliers who treat Scotland’s wild, natural

Listings

resources with honour they offer a uniquely

Scottish experience that doesn’t stop at the

food. The menu also offers a range of Scottish

gin, malt whiskies, local beers and artisan roasted

coffees. Their bakery launched in December 2013

and is open from 11am-5pm Tue-Sat serving a

beautiful range of cakes and artisan breads. The

bistro is open Tuesday-Saturday (closed Sunday

& Monday) with lunch served between 12pm-2.30

and dinner from 5.30-10pm.

1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH

– 0131 225 4599 – www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

The Shore – Next to the famous Fishers

restaurant on The Shore sits this classic bistro

from the same owners with wood panelling, huge

mirrors, open fires and hearty satisfying food.

The food is a creative mix of classic British dishes

with a modern European twist. Set lunch Mon-

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

also available all day. Live folk and jazz musicians

entertain customers in the bar on Tuesdays and

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

Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW – 0131 553 5080 –

www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

The Olive Branch – With its large windows

and relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place

to enjoy a relaxing brunch, lunch or dinner in

the company of friends or family, with children

under 14 welcome until 8pm. Using the best local

produce, we aim to provide inventive seasonal

dishes with a Mediterranean feel, as well as

classic comfort food. Open Mon to Fri 11.45 to

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

Street, EH1 3RX – 0131 557 8589

– www.theolivebranchscotland.co.uk

Stac Polly Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar –

Scottish lunch menu with meat, fish, vegetarian

options and sharing platters. Light bites from

mid-afternoon and throughout the evening.

Selection of premium Scottish and London gins

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Listings

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and beautiful, modern Scottish décor. Open 7

days a week from 12 noon until midnight. Mon-

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

29-33 Dublin Street Edinburgh EH3 6NL

– 0131 5562231 – www.stacpolly.com

Three Birds Restaurant – A firm

neighbourhood favourite in Bruntsfield, 3Birds is

a pocket-rocket of a restaurant. Small, cosy and

busy, menus change every 3 months and daily

specials add more choice. Famous for sharing

platters and great wine pricing, a warm welcome

always awaits...open Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm/6-

10pm, sat-sun 12pm-4pm/5pm-10pm.

3-5 Viewforth, Edinburgh EH10 4JD

– 0131 229 3252

– www.threebirds.co.uk

Burgers

Burger Meats Bun – If you want a burger

that’ll blow your box you’re in the right place. At

Burger Meats Bun we are dedicated to producing

the tastiest burgers, using only the best quality

ingredients, served to you with a huge smile (and

on a brioche bun) from our Edinburgh kitchen.

1 Forth Street, EH1 3JX Edinburgh – 0131 556 7023

British (Modern)

One Square – A vibrant restaurant and bar,

serving an inventive range of dishes by Executive

Chef, Craig Hart. As well as the extensive à la

carte menu, highlights include views of Edinburgh

Castle, Dining at the Pass in the heart of the

kitchen, and interactive gin tastings in homage to

the fifty plus varieties of premium gin.

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR

– 0131 221 6422

– www.OneSquareEdinburgh.co.uk

Purslane – It’s all about the produce at

this bijou restaurant in Edinburgh’s boho

neighbourhood of Stockbridge. Fresh local

seasonal ingredients are the foundation upon

which Chef Paul Gunning creates stunning dishes.

He uses a mix of old and new techniques with a

nod to worldwide influences and the result is top

notch dining but in a casual unbuttoned ambience.

33a St. Stephen Street Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3

5AH – 0131 226 3500 – www.purslanerestaurant.

co.uk – Open for lunch & dinner Tues-Sat 12

noon-2pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm.

Californian

Calistoga – Current Holders of ‘Speciality

Restaurant of the Year’ at Scottish Restaurant

Awards. Edinburgh’s original and only Californian

restaurant. Our unique fresh food is prepared

by our great kitchen team who are inspired by

the flavours of California. Wine List of over 100

Californian wines at only £5 above shop prices.

Try us or book one of of unique Wine, Whisky or

Beer Tastings Dinners. Private Dining.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX

– 0131 225 1233 – www.calistoga.co.uk

Fish and Seafood

C Shack – Seafood, Burgers and Bières at

Newhaven Harbour. Changing daily menu

presenting contemporary dishes from the finest

that the Fish Markets have to offer. Regular

menus off a range of fresh fish and seafood, the

best in burgers, made from 35-day dry-aged,

farm-sourced rump steak and a refreshingly

different range of vegetarian dishes. Check our

website for more details 3 Pier Pl, Edinburgh, UK

EH6 4LP • 0131 467 8628 • info@cshack.co.uk •

www.cshack.co.uk • Opening Hours – Closed

Monday • Tues & Wed 6pm-10pm (kitchen

closes 9.30pm) Thurs & Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-

10pm, (kitchen closes 9.30pm) Sat 12pm - 4pm,

6pm - 10pm (kitchen close 9.30pm) • Sun 12.30

pm - 8pm (kitchen close 7.30pm)


Fishers in the City – A spacious and stylish

space – the epitome of a classic city centre

eatery. Set in a converted warehouse on cobbled

Thistle Street the contemporary surroundings

offer the perfect venue for a casual lunch or

intimate night out. A firm favourite with locals

and visitors for fabulous Scottish seafood. Set

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

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

12 noon-late. 58 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2

1EN – 0131 225 5109

– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

Fishers in Leith – has been the last word in

Edinburgh’s finest casual dining for 21 years. The

original Fishers is nestled on the historic shore of

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

beautiful dining areas, the round room and bar

and the restaurant as well as outside dining. All

offer great atmosphere and, of course, fabulous

Scottish seafood – Set lunch & pre-theatre menu,

2 courses £13, 3 courses £16. Open everyday from

12 noon-late. 1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW

– 0131 554 5666

– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

French

Bistro Provence – Patron Michael Fons and

the team bring the taste of Le Midi to Edinburgh.

Taste typical Provencal dishes and wines in

this friendly relaxed bistro. The menu changes

seasonally and there is a degustation menu every

Saturday night. Open Tues-Sun 12 noon-10pm. 88

Commercial Street, Leith – 0131 344 4295 – www.

bistroprovence.co.uk

La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon. A

restaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre brings

warm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter Irvine,

Scotland The Best). Simple and stylish with the

relaxed ambience of a French bistro and a firm

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favourite with locals and tourists alike. Winner

of the Good food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of

the Year 2010. Also Gordon Ramsay’s Best French

Restaurant 2010. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.

31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032

– www.lagarrigue.co.uk

La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro with

mixed clientèle. Favourites include moules frites,

steak frites, beef bourguignon, duck, etc. Extensive

wine list. 2 course lunch £10.50, noon-3pm. Dinner

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

catered for, set dinner available.

9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983

L’Escargot Blanc – first floor West End

restaurant. Sit beside a window and reminisce of

the bohemian Latin Quarter or Marais district of

Paris. Traditional French and classic dishes such as

garlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Sheltland

lamb Navarin or Cassoulet, Îles Flottantes and

Tarte Tatin. Provenance is paramount here and

expect to find imported goods from well reputed

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

and 5.30pm-10pm. Fri & Sat 12 noon-3pm and

5.30pm-10pm. Closed Sunday. 17 Queensferry St

– 0131 226 1890 to make a reservation

– www.lescargotbleu.co.uk

L’Escargot Bleu – “French twist using the best

of Scotland”. The Auld Alliance is alive and well!

Chef Patron Fred Berkmiller seeks out others that

share this passion for excellence. Producers of

Scotland for 1st class quality meat, fresh water

fish, handpicked fruits and vegetables whilst

his partner Betty will proudly serve you Hervé

Mons exclusive selection of French cheese.

Recommended by the Michelin Guide and listed

in the best 5 restaurants by Peter Irvine/Scotland

the Best. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-2.30pm and

5.30pm-10pm. Fi & Sat 12 noon-3pm and 5.30pm-

10.30pm. Closed Sunday (open 7 days during

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August). 56 Broughton Street – 0131 557 1600 to

make a reservation – www.lescargotbleu.co.uk

Italian

Mia – simple, cosy and welcoming. Serving

delicious food, fine wines and fresh Italian

coffee. 2 course lunch £7.50 with a dessert and

glass of wine £9.50 (Mon-Fri), £8.50 & £10.50 (Sat),

2 course dinner £14.95 & £16.95 (Sat). A La Carte

available daily from 10am-late.

– 96 Dalry Rd, EH11 2AX – 0131 629 1750

– www.mia-restaurant.co.uk

Kurdish / Middle Eastern

Hanams –Authentic cuisine in the heart

of Edinburgh and voted one of Britain’s

Top 5 Middle Eastern Restaurants by the

Telegraph. The menu features falafel and baba

ghanoush, charcoal cooked shish kebabs and

mouthwatering exotic ices and desserts. There is

an extensive Dry Bar and shish balcony (blankets

provided!). Open 7 Days. 3 Johnston Terrace, EH1

2PW – 0131 225 1329 – www.hamans.com

Pomegranate – Middle Eastern Street Food

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

wide selection of vegetarian dishes, main courses

and mouthwatering desserts. BYOB with no

corkage charge. Non-alcohol bar available plus

Shisha pipes. 1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh,

EH1 3NH – 0131 556 8337

– pomegranate-edinburgh@hotmail.com

– www.pomegranatesrestaurant.com

Mediterranean

Laila’s Mediterranean Bistro and

Takeaway – Middle Eastern and Mediterranean

favourites – fresh salads, paninis, wraps, and

mezze style light meals. Breakfast from 8am daily,

specialty coffees and teas and Mediterranean and

Middle Eastern cakes and pastries throughout

the day. Laila’s transforms into a warm and cosy

bistro in the evening with olive tree inspired decor,

hanging lanterns, comfy seating, delicious dinner

menu, BYOB and free corkage. 63 Cockburn Street,

EH1 1BS – 0131 237 2448 – www.lailas-bistro.co.uk

– lailas-bistro@hotmail.com

Mexican

Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas

and Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilled

marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slow-cooked

pork. Vegetarian and vegan options also available.

Fresh made guacamole and choice of five salsas

ranging from Mild to Extra-Hot. Delivery to EH3,

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

– 0131 555 6619 – www.loscardos.co.uk

Modern European

Credo – Relaxed, casual dining at a very

reasonable price. Start with the MAT (mezze,

antipasti, tapas) for sharing, followed by a choice

of main courses and an assiette of desserts or

cheeseboard to follow. £15 for 3 courses/£11.50

for 2! Also informal lunch, brunch at weekends.

Mezzanine area for parties – 46 Queen Charlotte

Street, Leith, EH6 7EX – 0131 629 1411 –

credorestaurant@outlook.com

– www.credorestaurant.co.uk

Scottish

Field – This restaurant as its name suggests

loves ‘field-fresh food’ and is proud to showcase

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

seasonal dishes. The wine-list is carefully

chosen and tempting. A cosy, unpretentious,

neighbourhood restaurant in the University /

Old Town area which also happens to be superb

value for money 2 courses, £11.95 and 3 courses,

£14.95 until 18:45pm, à la carte all day. 41 West

Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB – 0131 667 7010


– www.fieldrestaurant.co.uk – Sittings: Tue-Sun

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

The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &

Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating

and drinking & un-paralleled views from the

Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef Stuart

Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish produce to

create food of the finest quality by matching

modern flavours with classical techniques. Fresh,

sustainable seafood available from the Seafood

Bar whilst the Brasserie offers round the clock

eating. Brasserie: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-

5pm; Restaurant: lunch – Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm,

Sat & Sun 12 noon-3.30pm, dinner, Tues-Sat 6pm-

10pm.

forthfloor.reservations@harveynichols.com

Book on line at www.harveynichols.com

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

a room in leith and teuchters landing,

a room in the west end and teuchters bar

– Two well-loved Scottish bistros attached to

two well loved bars. The emphasis is on quality,

fresh, locally sourced Scottish food and drink .

Spend the day with us meandering between bar

and restaurant! The west end, 26 William Street,

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

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

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

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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

Turquoise Thistle – Fine dining in a relaxed

atmosphere. A La Carte Menu from 5pm; pretheatre

menu from 5pm-7pm. Bar area serving

signature cocktails and a great selection of

Scottish beer and lager in convivial surroundings.

At Hotel Indigo, 59 York Pl, EH1 3JD

– 0131 556 5577

– www.hotelindigoedinburgh.co.uk

The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister

venue to the award winning WHISKI on the

Royal Mile. With iconic views over the mound

to Edinburgh, it’s an all day dining bar & bistro/

restaurant serving fresh Scottish food. Stocking

an impressive range of premium spirits, wines

and Scottish beers,ciders and over 300 whiskies.

Beside the bar is a specialist whisky shop where

you can buy the bar’s range and more. Daily

whisky tastings.

– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095.

Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North Bank

Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP – 0131 225 7224

– bar@whiskirooms.co.uk

Whiski Rooms Shop – 0131 225 1532

– shop@whiskirooms.com

– www.whiskishop.com

Spanish

Tapa – With its white-washed, high vaulted

walls, one adorned with a stunning floor to ceiling

antique bull fighting poster and the others with

vintage Spanish movie posters, a visit to Tapa

is instantly evocative of the Iberian Peninsula.

Working with Artisanal Spanish produce, Head

Chef Paco Martin Romano has not only created

a menu of inventive, distinctive tapas dishes but

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has also given serious consideration to those with

specific dietary requirements – e.g nearly a third

of the menu is dedicated to vegetarians! New: La

Terraza de Tapa, Tapa has just opened and is a

large, al fresco dining space that is a brilliant sun

trap from 2pm- 8pm!

19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW

– 0131 476 6776 – tapa@tapaedinburgh.co.uk

– www.tapaedinburgh.co.uk

Bars and Bar Food

Amicus Apple – stylish bar in the city centre

with great food and drink selection. The former

includes smaller sharing plates, sandwiches,

burgers, classic pub standards, and more

substantial Scottish meals. Excellent cocktail,

wine, draught beer, cider and outside seating.

Reservations@amicusapple.com

– 17 Frederick Street – 0131 226 6055

– www.amicusapple.com

The Abbotsford – City’s finest ‘island bar’. Est.

1902 specialising in Scottish real ales (6) and malt

whiskies. Food served all day in the bar. Lunch &

dinner in the Restaurant ‘Above’.

3-5 Rose Street, EH2 2PR – 0131 225 5276

– www.theabbotsford.com

– theabbotsford@dmstewart.com

Boda Bar – A cosy, friendly bar with a subtle

Swedish twist. Regulars, Leithers, Students and

Tourists mix together are all welcome. When

you book the backroom for more than 15 people

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

the lovely Idun’s Elderflower cider, Aquavit and

many odd shots. Every Monday is live music and

on regular basis there are Bar Boot Sales. Check

web page for all events: www.bodabar.com Open

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

229 Leith Walk – 0131 553 5900

The Canons’ Gait – Royal Mile Bar & Bistro

specialising in Ales from Scottish micro breweries.

Reputation for impressive bar food. Live Music.

Cellar Bar free hire. Food served: Mon-Sat noon-

8pm. 232 Canongate, High Street, EH8 8DQ

– 0131 556 4481 – www.canonsgait.com

– canonsgait@dmstewart.com

The Cumberland Bar – Spacious New Town

local, lots of rooms and beer garden. Eight real

ales on tap. Plus good wine list. Food all day.

Sunday Roasts (till 6.00pm).

1 Cumberland Street EH3 6RT – 0131 558 3134

– www.cumberlandbar.co.uk

– cumberland@dmstewart.com

Element – Tucked away amongst the

boutiques of Rose Street, Element has long

established itself as the perfect place to eat &

drink right in the heart of the city. You always

receive a genuinely friendly welcome in the busy

bar and you will find a calm & cosy restaurant

serving a tempting mix of dishes prepared using

the finest Scottish ingredients. There’s a wellchosen

wine list to complement the menu and

the cocktails are a must too! 110-114 Rose St EH2

3JF – 0131 225 3297

– www.elementedinburgh.co.uk

Joseph Pearce – Joseph Pearce’s popularity is

testament to the warm and genuine welcome it

extends to a diverse clientele. During the day a

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

stocked with all the toys, highchairs and feeding

paraphernalia that junior patrons and their

beleaguered parents could require. From 5pm a

more grown-up but equally laid-back atmosphere

pervades, making Pearce’s a favourite haunt

of a cool crowd seeking simple relaxation or

perhaps taking part in one of the regular jogging.

Many will be there to enjoy the Scandinaviantinged

menu of gravadlax, pork meatballs with


oot vegetable mash in a plum sauce or smoked

haddock with crisply roasted hasselback potatoes

and poached egg, all washed down with a great

draught and bottled drinks selection Open Sun-

Thurs 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am -1am.

23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.

The Guildford Arms – Edinburgh’s finest Real

Ale Bar Est. 1898 (10) ale taps mainly Scottish, (13)

keg beers/ciders, good wine and whisky lists.

Food served all day in classic Victorian bar or

boutique ‘Gallery’ restaurant above.

1-5 West Register Street – 0131 556 4312

– www.guildfordarms.com

–guildfordarms@dmstewart.com

The Huxley – Your home from home in

Edinburgh’s West End. The Huxley is the perfect

place to relax, refuel, gather with friends and

enjoy our extensive cocktail list. An informal vibe

where the focus is on terrific food – burgers and

dogs, beautifully created cocktails, wide selection

of beers and wines served with exceptional

customer service. The burgers are listed as some

of the best in town whilst the ‘dogs’ include,

‘naked’ and ‘chilli-cheese’ versions which regularly

change and evolve. Small plates and boards of

tempting tapas also feature. Coffee and homebaked

pastries to sit in or to go make this a very

flexible venue. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE

– 0131 229 3402 – www.thehuxley.co.uk

The Lioness of Leith – Bar/brasserie

situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant and

fashionable Leith area specialising in fine British

and European food and drink. Since opening

in December 2013 The Lioness has rejuvenated

Duke Street to make this end of town a goto area

synonymous with good times. Live DJs, eclectic

and quirky decor, in a relaxed atmosphere,

combined with a fantastic selection of local and

international premium beverages and an exciting

and innovative choice of cocktails, mean there’s a

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new destination for Edinburgh’s foodies and style

set alike. The Lioness of Leith is on Facebook and

is at 21-25 Duke Street – 0131 629 0580.

Monboddo – Chic and cosy, day and night. Eat:

Breakfasts, Coffee and Cake and Express Lunches,

to Afternoon Tea, Seafood Platters and bar

classics. Drink: Perfectly created cocktails, bottles

of bubbly, a fine selection of Gin. Enjoy: Castle

views in sophisticated surroundings. Open daily

from 8am-1am (Sundays until 12am).

– Bar@DoubleTreeEdinburghCity.co.uk

– 0131 221 5555

Nobles – This classic Victorian bar & restaurant

has an established 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 whilst

maintaining it’s traditional, bold wood and stain

glass heritage. The menu is locally sourced and

expertly prepared to an exceptionally high

standard. A famous weekend brunch, craft beers,

real ales, fantastic wine list, high speed wi-fi, fresh

Fairtrade coffee plus various organic loose leaf

teas complete the experience. Opening times

11am-1am Monday to Friday, 10am-1am Saturday

and Sunday. Children & dogs are welcome.

44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

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

– www.facebook.com/noblesbarleith

The Old Chain Pier – Under the new

management of Billy and Peter Ross, this

Newhaven bar has a glass frontage with views

over the firth of forth which allow one of the

finest panoramic views in Edinburgh. The water

almost laps your toes. Real ales, bottled beers,

wines and whiskies. Fresh, homemade pub

food made on the premises daily. Child and

dog friendly, beer garden. 32 Trinity Crescent,

Edinburgh, EH5 3ED – 0131 552 4960

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The Queens Arms – A hidden jewel, below

the cobbles of Frederick Street and steeped in

Scottish history. This New Town pub provides

a home from home for locals and tourists alike.

With an amazing selection of real ales, Scottish

Whiskies and a twist on some classic cocktails

you’re guaranteed to enjoy this cosy wee pub.

49 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP – 0131 225 1045

– www.queensarmsedinburgh.com

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy bar café off the

shore in Leith serving fresh juices, real ales, local

bottled beers, cracking coffee, loose leaf teas

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

up in Grannies finest bone china. Barry brunchs

served from 10am till 5pm & din-dins & munchies

served from 5pm till 10pm everyday with daily

changing specials including Sunday roasts & home

baked bread & deserts all made with luv! 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 us at info@roseleaf.co.uk. 23-24 Sandport

Place, Leith – www.roseleaf.co.uk

The Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of

the majestic Arthur’s Seat and opposite the

Commonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbished

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

couches and a stunning restaurant area. Serving

quality home cooked food with an interesting

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

EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518

– www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.uk

The Sheep’s Heid – village pub & restaurant

in Duddingston and Edinburgh’s oldest surviving

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

dine on Scottish seasonal food or in the warmer

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

tap, wine list and a skittle alley available to hire

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

3QA – 0131 661797. Open everyday

– www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk

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

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

So feel free to sink in and snuggle up, with a

glass of wine, or a pint of beer. On Friday and

Saturdays it is more like a party in the kitchen

with many delightfully tasty cocktail s on offer.

Lots of events: Sing Songwriters nights, Clothes

swaps, Knitting nights, Film nights and variety of

cool parties. Check webpage: www.bodabar.com

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

-1am. 65 Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019.

The Street – A popular mixed bar at the top

of the very funky Broughton Street. By day the

glass front makes it an ideal place to relax inside

or out with a coffee and 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. Antipasti plates. Premium

selection of beers, wines & spirits and cocktails

and Edinburgh 3 HOP on draft! Open 12pm-1am

Mon-Thurs and ‘til 3am Friday & Saturday in

Street Night-club! 12.30pm-1am Sun.

2b Picardy Place EH1 3JT – 0131 556 4272

– www.thestreetbaredinburgh.co.uk

Victoria – Victoria’s philosophy is that

everyone who is nice is welcome to join the

party. The drinks range is chosen and proven

by staff and regulars, including beers from at

least thirty-five different countries and their

own-brand Iduns swedish cider. Events include

a language café every Monday, live acoustic

music every so often and irregular speed-dating

singles nights. Any sense of gimmickry is nicely

underplayed, though. With a child-friendly


ethos during the day, a warm and moodily lit

atmosphere at night, a well-stocked bar and very

friendly service, all you need for a great local is

right here. Check facebook for all events. Open

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

265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638.

The White Horse – The bar is an institution on

the Royal Mile where it has been serving thirsty

locals and tourists alike in several different guises

since 1742. Come along for a glass of wine, pint,

meal or simply a coffee and a slice of cake. Great

bar menu available. The White Horse is also a free

fringe venue in the private stable room to the rear

of the building throughout the festival. Opening

times: Mon-Thur 12 noon-11pm, Fri & Sat 12 noon-

12 pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm.

266 Canongate – 0131 557 3512

Afternoon Teas

The Travelling Teapot – The Afternoon

Tea that travels to you! Perfect for hen parties,

yummy mummies, special occasions and treats.

Tea from anteaques, and a mix of tradtional and

modern sandwiches, scones and cakes, all fresh

and homemade. Coeliacs catered for. Prices start

from £15 per person. More info

www.travellingteapot.com or 07974 226 722.

Cafés/Informal

Brass & Copper – Your coffee is provided by

Union Roasted and served by either Astrid or Rob.

Every morning they bake their our own cakes and

brownies. Soup is homemade by Astrid (tell us if

you have any preference and we’ll try to make it)

and sandwiches are freshly made throughout the

day. Long story short: perfect place for coffee,

breakfast, lunch, cake and cupcakes! 18 William

Street EH3 7NH - open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm and Sat

9am-4pm. www.brassandcoppercoffee.com

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Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and

welcoming café with a delicious selection of

local, good quality food using organic/seasonal

ingredients whenever possible. Great coffee

from Artisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovely

homebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed

with tasty local craft beer and cider. Free WiFi,

wheelchair and child-friendly. Open from 8am-

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

15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922

– www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

Hemma – A café/bar with great brunch, lunch,

buffet, smörgåsbord platters, dinners and last but

not least cakes. A family friendly haven daytime

and a party place at night with 12 well chosen

draughts on tap and an extensive cocktail list.

It is a big place where you can bring 130 of your

friends and have a great party on the mezzanine

level. Every Friday is a after work DJ starting from

6pm. Other events like networking meetings,

promotional events, Vintage pop up shops and

plenty others are occurring on a frequent basis.

Come and have a look! Open Sun-Thurs 11ammidnight

Fri-Sat 11am -1am.

Tun Building, 75 Holyrood Road – 0131 629 3327.

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need soup

and we have soup – officially the best soup in

Scotland! Two of our soups are Great Taste Gold

award-winners. Each day we serve six different

soups, flavour-matched with artisan breads. We

always have veggie and vegan options, and most

of our soups are naturally gluten-free. We have

Artisan Roast coffee, Eteaket teas and a gorgeous

range of hot chocolates from the Chocolate Tree.

Open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.

8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN, – 0131 226 4436

– www.unionofgenius.com and we are now

mobile – see ‘Soup Van’

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Coffee on the Canal

Brunel Coffee – Sunny in the summer and cosy

in the winter! What better place to sit on the

dock of the bay and watch the world go by This

coffee house/canal boat has outside seating and

cute tables inside. Coffee is Union Roasted and

cakes are homemade daily. Croissants, pastries

and bread for sandwiches are also served and

made with bread from the excellent Morningside

bakery ‘Andante’. Open Mon-Fri 8m-5pm, Sat &

Sun 9am-6pm. Union Canal EH3 9NY – Facebook

and Twitter.

Confectioners / Café

Tipsy Mallows – Handmade gourmet

mallows created using fresh fruit purées, natural

flavourings and more than a dash of favourite

liqueurs and spirits. We also serve coffee, and sell

gifts, Iain Burnett chocolates and fudge. Visit us at

230 High Street, EH15 2AU Portobello

– www.tipsymallows.co.uk

Craft Pattisserie and Café

La Cerise – is a fresh and innovative patisserie

cake and coffee shop that will leave you hooked

on Café Culture. Individual cakes, celebration

cakes, pastries, award-winning home-made

ice-cream and more – all made fresh on the

premises. All products are hand-crafted fine

foods made from the best quality ingredients.

Many are gluten-free and they use free-range

eggs. From homemade soups that will transform

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

cakes and desserts that evoke sheer ecstasy, and

delicious savoury items. 199 Great Junction Street

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

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

Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm – www.lacerise.biz

Food Events

Eat Walk Edinburgh – A foodie walking tour,

presently in the top ten of activities in Edinburgh

on Tripadvisor with a five star rating. The morning

tour takes in the Canongate and visits a number

of shops and bars where you get the chance to

talk to the locals and taste some great Scottish

produce. The afternoon tour takes in the Old and

New Towns offering more of a full meal as we

meander between six venues tasting food, wines

and whisky as we go. Both tours last three to

three and half hours. Gift vouchers are available

for the Foodie in your life.

Visit our web site for further information at

www.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk

Foodie Gift Shop

Cranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of Fine

Scottish Food, Drink & Gifts, this Royal Mile gem

is Edinburgh’s leading speciality food & gift shop,

selling only Scottish products. Choose a unique

present or create a tantalizing Scottish food

hamper filled with award winning delights. Their

range includes scrumptious Scottish must-haves

such as smoked venison and salmon, cheese,

chutney, shortbread, tablet, chocolate, haggis,

black pudding, tea, coffee, beer and spirits.

Beyond the array of edibles are quality Scottish

gifts including Harris Tweed, earthenware, handblown

glass and an exclusive range of ex-whisky

barrel pieces. Open daily 11-6.

263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ

– 0131 556 7194

– www.CranachanAndCrowdie.com

Ice Cream

La Cerise – Award winning artisan ice cream. 5

Bronze awards at the Royal Highland Show 2012.

All ice-creams are gluten-free and are home-made

using Scottish milk and Scottish cream. No fat


substitutes or flavourings. All available as cones

or in tubs to eat-in or take-away and a huge range

of flavours which include the exotic and well

as classic favourites. 199 Great Junction Street

(corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ

– 0131 555 6065 – www.lacerise.biz

LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36.

Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.

Affogato – gelato e caffé. Specialising in

artisanal gelato, made fresh daily on the premises.

All crafted using the finest ingredients with no

artificial flavourings or colours. Our gelato is

vegetarian with plenty of gluten-free and dairy

free (vegan) options. Large seating area. Sit in or

takeaway. Handmade cakes, Illy coffee, Valrhona

chocolate and savoury snacks. 36 Queensferry

Street, Edinburgh. EH2 4QS (2 minute walk from

Princes Street) – www.affogatogelato.co.uk or

www.facebook.com/affogatoedinburgh

Soup Van

Union of Genius Street – Find Dumbo, our

Citroen H van on the NW corner of George

Square, next to Middle Meadow Walk. Dumbo

carries four different Union of Genius soups each

day, paired with Manna House breads. The South

Side is now the Soup Side! With our Forrest Road

café and Dumbo, you can now find 10 Union

of Genius soups each weekday. Dumbo trades

11.30am-2.30pm Monday-Friday

– www.unionofgenius.com

Takeaways

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

Wine Bars

Listings

Le Di-Vin – is Edinburgh’s most sophisticated

Wine Bar beside La P’tite Folie restaurant on

Randolph Place. You can enjoy complementing

charcuterie with your favourite wine as most are

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

Closed Sundays. 9 Randolph Place, EH3 7TE

– 0131 538 1815 – www.ledivin.co.uk

Wine Stores

Bacco Wine – Independent Italian wine and

oil specialists. Delivering only the best Italy can

offer. Free delivery on any 6 bottles case and

special discounts in the Edinburgh area. New

Shop Open Now at 136 Dundas Street

– www.bacco-wine.co.uk

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

Vino Wines – Local, Independent and

Different. the best wines of the world, the

UK, world craft beers and specialist artisan

spirits. Branches at Grange Loan, Stockbridge,

Morningside and Broughton Street – www.

vinowines.co.uk @vinoshops

– info@vinowines.co.uk

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We have Edinburgh’s best selection of bottled beer, lager and cider.

(we also stock some rather nice wine)

18-20 Easter Road – (0131) 6522405 – www.corneliusbeers.com

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