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Your Independent, Local Guide to

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May 2012

Restaurant & Bar Reviews, Food,

Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Whisky, Listings

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Dinner for Two and a Bottle of

House Wine from The Bread Street Brasserie

Written

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locals!


THE DOME

14 GEORGE STREET,

EDINBURGH EH2 2PF

TEL 0131 624 8624

FAX 0131 624 8649

sales@thedomeedinburgh.com

www.thedomeedinburgh.com

Incorporating:

The Grill Room, The Club Room,

Conference and Private Dining Facilities,

The Garden Café

Outdoor Dining

– The Garden Café is Open

– From 10 am

– A wonderful selection of Hot and Cold

Food, Coffees, Teas and Drinks are served

in the beautiful surroundings of The

Garden Café which is located at the rear

of the Dome building with access from

Rose Street.

The Grill Room

– Open from 12 noon until Late, every day

– A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menus.

The Club Room

– Open for Coffees and Food from

10 am until 5 pm

– Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

10 am until Late

– Thursday, Friday and Saturday

(The Club Room is closed on SUNDAYS)


WHISKI ROOMS

WHISKY SHOP, BAR & BISTRO

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

Premium wine & spirits list

Scottish craft beers & ciders

Iconic views over The Mound

Adjoining whisky shop with daily tastings

Opulent range of hampers and gifts

The Mound 4-7 North Bank Street,

Edinburgh. www.whiskirooms.co.uk

info@whiskirooms.co.uk

Bar & Bistro

0131 225 7224

Whisky Shop

0131 225 1532

2 course lunch/

early bird £9.95

Jazz on the Mound

Free Entry every Thurs-Sun

Thur-Sat from 9:30pm

Sun from 7:30pm

Making cakes

and ice-cream

in Leith

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


Editor,

The Ship, Limekilns

Words

Leila Arfa

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Lea Harris

The Insider

Davy King

Jemma Porter

Paula Phillips

Stephanie Taylor

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel

Front Cover

Thanks to Simone Hilliard.

About Bite

B

ite is an independent magazine that is distributed to about 250 bars,

restaurants, delicatessens, cafés throughout Edinburgh. It has been

published since 2003. Our reviews and articles are written by

passionate locals, who really know their onions, wine, beer and cocktails.

We receive no funding and revenue is generated primarily by advertising but

this in no way affects how we review restaurants. Our reviewers, publisher

excepted, have no involvement whatsoever with advertising and their remit is

always “write the truth as you find it”. We aim to provide a handy, informative,

up-to-date and credible guide to the Edinburgh Eating and Drinking scene.

Thanks for picking up Bite and have a great foodie month.

Bite x

In this issue

08 Review Stac Polly

11 Interview with @TheJockPandas

13 Review Henrick’s Bar & Bistro

14 Review Bread Street Brasserie

17 Edinburgh Diva

What’s Hot this Month

19 Wine Three Wine Men

20 Wine Summer Wines Part 1

21 Wine Summer Wines Part 2

22 Wine This Month’s Tastings

23 Wine Real Wine

25 Review The Canons’ Gait

26 The Insider

Ambrosia Of The Gods (not)

27 Beer Nobles IPA

29 Review The Guildford Arms

30 Cocktails Hard Rock Rita

31 Cocktails For Spring And Summer

32 Gourmet Girl Goes To

Andante Bakery

33 Off the Trolley Wee Scones

34 Off the Trolley

Ice Cream From La Cerise

35 Healthy Eating With Real Foods

Local Hero

36 Whisky The Whisky Stramash

37 Whiskipedia

Deanston 12 Year Old

38 What’s in Season

Slam In The Lamb

39 Listings

47 Prize Draw Win Dinner for Two

and A Bottle of House Wine at

The Bread Street Brasserie

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Bites

Highland Game have launched their

new ‘Chef’s Selection’ range exclusive

to selected Tesco stores which

includes venison sausages, burgers,

meatballs and grill steaks The Dundee

based company currently supplies

venison to over 500 supermarket

stores and to deli shops, quality

butchers, catering industry distributors

and online sites. Products will be sold

at a £2.50/pack for the first 12 weeks.

www.highlandgame.com

The Old Chain Pier has re-opened under new

management. Billy Ross, who also owns The Earl

of Marchmont and The White Horse has taken

over the lease and plans to keep it traditional.

Classic pub grub and booze will combine with a

great location and views over the firth of forth.

Philosophy in Pubs (in Edinburgh) is a

new club of like-minded people searching for

philosophical stimulation in a relaxed

atmosphere (i.e. pubs, bistros, coffee shops,

bookstores & community centres). Currently the

venues are at the Canons' Gait and Kilderkin pub

and are run on a weekly or monthly basis. The

club is informal and open to all.

www.philosophyinpubsinedinburgh.weebly.com

Murder...Whisky...Barbers...Cocktails...Music...

The Inaugural Whisky Stramash will take place this

month on 26th and 27th May. Held at The Surgeon’s Hall

in Edinburgh, a ticket inclusively allows you to sample

an amazing range of whiskies and whisky ‘experiences’.

For further information, see page 12 of this issue and

visit the website www.thewhiskystramash.com


Peelham Farm Produce an organic farm and

food business based in the Scottish Borders are

taking advantage of the surge in popularity with

online food sales. Chris and Denise Walton have

diversified the farm business to include an on

farm organic butchery from which over hundred

quality organic products are sold online. Choose

from free-range rare-breed pork, lamb, mutton,

beef and ruby-veal including charcuterie and

gluten-free. www.peelham.co.uk

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StreetBars is an exciting new chain with the

first outlet open early May at Royal Exchange

Square. Their USP is 150 plus milkshakes made

with everything from smarties and snickers bars

to healthier options. Cakes will be supplied

from The Foodie Company, sandwiches from

Stromboli and coffee from Italy. Many of the

suppliers are local.

An evening with Tom Parker Bowles,

Matthew Fort and Mr Trotter’s Pork

Scratchings

On Wednesday 30 May, to celebrate the

arrival of Mr Trotter’s Pork Scratchings at

Harvey Nichols Foodmarkets, Tom Parker

Bowles and Matthew Fort will be hosting a

dinner event at the Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

Forth Floor Brasserie, Edinburgh. Tickets for

the evening event are £30.

To book tickets or for further information

please contact Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

Forth Floor Brasserie

forthfloor.reservations@harveynichols.com

Tel: 0131 524 8350.

Renowned Italian restaurant Locanda de

Gusti has launched catering classes which

run from Monday the 16th April through to

the 4th June. There will be two classes on

Mondays at 5.30pm or 8.30pm (£26.00 pp).

Chef Rosario Sartore has been awarded 2

AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence and

each attendee will work closely with

Rosario to prepare, cook and enjoy their

very own meal which consists of a starter,

main course and dessert with a vegetarian

option too. www.locandadegusti.com


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Review: Stac Polly The Scottish restaurant

S

tac Polly’s Dublin Street premises is a

surprisingly expansive warren of New

Town cellar rooms. The atmosphere

combines the plush of a Baronial Mansion

with a good dash of rustic Highland

Farmhouse, and crisp white linen tells us

we’re in a proper restaurant. Opened in 1990,

it’s one of ‘the’ original Scottish Restaurants

in Edinburgh, known as a classic go-to place

to take any visiting guests.

I recently dined with ‘stressed Bride-To-Be’

and we had a most enjoyable, relaxed

evening. The food and wine were delivered

with that elusive balance between friendly

and formal. To start, B-2-B opted for the

smoked salmon and Arbroath smokie roulade

(£7.95), served with a wasabi and saffron

mayonnaise. What sounded like a flavour

fight waiting to happen turned out to be an

excellent take on classic Scottish seafood

tastes. The salmon had a light cure, and the

creamy smokie filling was satisfying without

being too heavy.

My starter, the haggis filo parcels (£7.95) with

plum and red wine sauce is a dish of nearlegend

in Scottish guide books. Crisp pastry

wrapped the moist spicy haggis, and the dipping

sauce a sweet accompaniment. I loved it.

Main courses perhaps didn’t entirely fulfil

their potential, but were satisfying none the

less. I opted for the supreme of Guinea fowl

(£18.95) with white wine and wild mushroom

sauce. The flavoursome bird was juicy and

provided a more interesting option to the


ubiquitous chicken. The fondant potato was

soft in the centre and al dente broccoli and

green beans provided pleasing eating. The

sauce itself was slightly off-key, just a touch

too rich.

B-2-B’s main was a fillet of ling fillet wrapped

in Parma ham (£17.95); the main ingredients

were spot on. Ling, a clean white white fish

was lovingly wrapped in its salty blanket.

However, the accompanying butter sauce

featuring basil and chillies didn’t really work,

and the sweet potato mash didn’t live up to its

billing.

Desserts (all £6.75) were deliciously lush. I fell

for, and enthusiastically into, the warm

chocolate sponge with vanilla custard. My now

less-stressed dining companion deemed the

Grand Marnier and orange crème brûlée to be

exemplary, and the chunk of almond

shortbread I managed to steal was crumbly

buttery perfection.

Stac Polly’s warm atmosphere and desserts

alone merit a return trip, and that’s without

even mentioning the whiskies...! (L. Arfa)

Stac Polly

– 29-33 Dublin Street, Edinburgh EH3 6NL

– 0131 556 2231

(also at 38 St. Mary’s Street - 0131 557 5754)

– www.stacpolly.com

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 12 noon-2pm & 6pm-10pm

Sat & Sun 6pm-10pm

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Edinburgh’s Newest Pop Up Restaurant

The Gardener’s Cottage at

The Farmers’ Market

A

head of opening

Edinburgh’s first

social-dining

restaurant this summer,

chefs Dale Mailley and

Edward Murray are bringing

their innovative concept to

the Edinburgh Farmers’

Market. In the run up to the

launch of The Gardener’s

Cottage, Dale and Edward are

hosting a series of pop-ups at the

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market on Castle

Terrace. Serving brunch and lunch at an openair

communal table, all food served on the day

comes from the market’s stallholders.

The Gardener’s Cottage is due to open in

June of this year and will be housed in an

historic building located in Royal Terrace

Gardens at the foot of Calton. The B-listed

building was designed by William Playfair and

constructed in 1836. The

building, is currently

undergoing major

refurbishment. Combining

his experience as an

architect with his love of

eating with friends,

Edward has developed a

design which brings

together diners and chefs,

making the most of the

limited space while remaining

sensitive to the buildings historical

and cultural importance. Three communal

dining tables are being hand-crafted from

reclaimed teak decking from Glasgow-built

SS Olympia, and will be dressed with antique

silverware and vintage crockery.

Watch this space and visit

www.thegardenerscottage.co


Bite Talks To The Animals

(@TheJockPandas on Twitter)

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If bamboo didn’t exist what would

you eat instead

Each other.

What’s it like being a figurehead for

the WWF

Pandas are quite peace loving so being

associated with wrestling doesn't particularly

sit well with us, but our agent got a cracking

deal so we'll live with it.

What is it like being global sex

symbols

Ironic, seeing as we're currently not doing it.

How are you dealing with the

pressure, what do you do to kick back

and relax

Relax Mrs P has got a list of DIY jobs as long

as a Bamboo shoot, I should be so lucky.

How is the Lynx working

He isn't, he just sits in his enclosure making

eyes at Mrs P.

Have you read The Little Red Book

No, but I have a little Black and White one,

can I have your number

Any comment on the penguins being

re-housed

Yes, the sooner the better.

You have ten years to breed in

Edinburgh, are you planning a big

family

The only family planning Mrs P has in mind is

the type where she doesn't put out.

Who would you invite for dinner and

why

Anyone with a spare £250,000.

To delve a little deeper, how come

you are behind bars

Is it us behind the bars, or you

Should pandas have human rights

Humans are never right, everybody knows

that.

Any restaurant or bar that you would

like to visit in Edinburgh

We're quite fond of Chinese, or where we

come from just 'food'.

What do you think of the food and

beer in Scotland

Buckie is brilliant; it helps you forget the

food.

Pandas live a long time, what is your

secret

Botox and fillers.

I believe I recently beat Mrs P to the

post of ‘Woman of the Year’ how is

she taking it

I'd step back a little if I were you.


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Review: Henrick’s Bar & Bistro

Contemporary dishes and house faves

M

r Bite and I were at Henrick’s to

sample the new spring menu. We

were happy as we like a buzzy

bistro atmosphere especially when Mr Bite

can get a real ale and I have the run of both a

wine and cocktail menu.

The menu features ‘contemporary dishes’ and

‘house favourites’, the latter consisting of

crowd pleasers such as burgers, nachos and

steaks whilst the former offers more seasonal

specials.

To start I chose the seared scallops on a bed

of black haggis pudding with a cauliflower

pureé & crispy pancetta (£5.25). Tasty scallops,

a soft spicy pudding, two rashers of salty

pancetta and a textured pureé all combined

for a very satisfying starter indeed. Mr Bite

similarly loved his haggis parcels wrapped in a

filo pastry and served with a rich whisky

cream sauce (£4.50).

I was drinking the Grenache – Shiraz Rose (St.

Hallett’s, Barossa, 2010) – lots of summer

berries, hints of bubblegum and a refreshing

acidity and Mr Bite enjoyed a pint of

Pentland IPA (Stewart Brewing).

Onto the mains and for me, freshly baked

fillet of cod, served on a bed of Puy lentils,

capers & diced potatoes and a light vermouth

voluté (£8.95). Cod has just been declared

sustainable again and I thoroughly enjoyed

this meaty satisfying slab of snow white flesh;

guilt-free. The plate was peppered with

pretty magenta micro Swish Chard, the lentils

were al dente and the capers plump, zingy

and juicy. The chef has good produce to work

with. Mr Bite had a house favourite the

Henrick’s Burger with mushrooms, blue

cheese, salad and chips (£7.95); full of robust

flavours; strong cheese, garlicky mushrooms

and a big bouncy burger.

Unfortunately, desserts were a

disappointment. Mr Bite went for Irn Bru

Cheesecake and I chose white chocolate and

green tea mousse. I didn’t like the cheesecake

but Mr Bite insisted it had redeeming features

such as the Irn Bru jelly which he declared

“very good”. My mousse was an inedible

kitchen nightmare. Rock hard and I only

managed a couple of spoons.

The bill came to £55 which is superb value for

a three course meal for two with drinks and

coffee; despite desserts. I just wish I had

plumped for the Espresso Martini!

Henrick's Bar & Bistro

– 3 Barclay Place, Edinburgh

– 0131 229 2442

– www.henricksbar.com

Opening hours

7 Days - all day

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Review: Bread Street Brasserie

Pulled pork and no room for dessert!

S

andwiched between Lothian Road and

the Grassmarket, until now Bread

Street wouldn’t be my first area of

choice for a glam night out. Once I stepped

into the marble lobby of The Point Hotel,

however, all notion of time and space

disappeared. Both the Bread Street Brasserie

and accompanying Monboddo bar have a

distinct George Street vibe.

I met with my friend and fellow blogger Little

LB for a midweek girly catch up, and after

settling on a bottle of pinot grigio we soon

got down to the business of stuffing our faces.

To start I simply couldn’t resist the mussels

with cream, white wine, garlic and almonds

(£6.99). The sauce coated the plump, coral

mussels well, and the almonds were a

pleasant addition. Although the dish was

enjoyable, for me it lacked that essential

component: some crusty bread for dunking.

LB’s generous portion of baked smoked

Scottish Cheddar rarebit (£5.99) was

pronounced as “nice, and really cheesy: but

that’s to be expected”.

As a carb lover it’s a no brainer that I would

choose my main from the Comfort Food

section of the menu. I decided to be a right

piggy and ordered the pulled pork marinated

in beer, mustard and worcestershire sauce

served in a bun with sauerkraut (£9.95). Days

later I can’t stop thinking about the flavours

and textures. This bun was a triumph.


The pork itself was meltingly tender, and hints

of creamy fat gave it an indulgent richness.

The marinade had been fully absorbed by the

meat and provided a tangy, aromatic kick that

didn’t overpower. The accompanying chips

with sweet tomato relish were the perfect foil

for the soft bun and softer pork. It was

comfort food in every sense.

LB’s braised pig cheeks with apples,

vegetables, tarragon dumpling and

rumbledethump (£14.95) were also impressive:

the meat, again, tender and the

accompaniments well judged. A silence

descended upon the table as we made it our

mission to clear our plates: despite being

stuffed. “I’m full, but it’s so good I don’t want

to leave any” lamented LB.

Unfortunately this meant neither of us had

room for dessert: although the warm pear,

almond and amaretto tartlet (£3.95) and dark

belgian chocolate parfait with cream

chantilly and caramelised banana (£3.95) may

be cause for a return visit. (J. Porter)

Bread Street Brasserie at

The Point Hotel

– 30-32 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AF

– 0131 221 5558

Opening hours

Daily for breakfast, lunch,

pre-theatre and dinner

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Edinburgh Diva:

What’s Hot this Month

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

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Walk like an Egyptian

Friday 18 May will be a night

out to remember at the hugely

popular RBS Museum ‘Lates’

opening of the Fascinating

Mummies exhibition. The

exhibition itself is compelling

enough whilst Lates turns it up

a notch with music, magic,

entertainment and lots of

surprises. A real party

atmosphere will help you see

the exhibits in a new light.

Adults only. Tickets available

from www.nms.ac.uk

Just the Tonic!

I really shouldn’t tell you about this but, if

you can keep a secret, Tonic has an amazing

cocktail list to suit cocktail connoisseurs of

every persuasion. Slightly hidden away in a

basement on North Castle Street, it’s a real

gem. My favourite so far is the Porn star

Martini, with passion fruit and flames it’s big

on wow factor and even bigger on taste.

Tonic is at 34A North Castle

Street Edinburgh.

Fridays just got better

You will float into the weekend with this

fabulous Friday offer for 30 minutes of

reflexology and 30 minutes of massage for

just £30! Available every Friday 1-7pm until

the end of May at the Tao

Clinic, Alva Street,

Edinburgh. To book call

Catriona on 07817 208 142.

Sexy Spanish &

Portuguese Tasting

Thought that might grab

your attention! It certainly

got mine. Tantalise your

tastebuds with an

entertaining evening

discovering Iberian wine

delights with the lovely guys

at Drinkmonger and the

Sunday Brunch Club

activities network. This wine

tasting is on Thursday 24 May at 7pm. Tickets

available from www.sundaybrunchclub.co.uk

Feed your soul

Enjoy an enchanting evening at the opera when

Scottish Opera’s Tosca comes to the Festival

Theatre. Puccini’s dark tale is in excellent hands

in Anthony Besch’s production. The music will

move you and the sets will transport you to

the grandeur of Rome. This production is on

Wed 23, 25, 27 and 31 May. Tickets available

from www.fctt.org.uk

More Edinburgh Diva at

www.edinburghdiva.com


Wine: Three Wine Men

Olly, Oz and Tim are on a mission to show you just how much fun

wine can be...

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o you recognise these three wine

personalities Oz Clarke, most recently

Dspied visiting pubs on the Boat Race

course with Top Gear’s James May; Olly Smith

and Tim Atkin MW from Saturday Kitchen, the

Mail on Sunday and other media titles.

Together they are known as the Three Wine Men

and they are going to be in Edinburgh at The

Signet Library hosting one of their wine tasting

events over the weekend of 23rd & 24th June –

an event not be missed!

The Three Wine Men want to get everyone in

the country tasting, experiencing and enjoying

new wines and discovering different foods. Their

events bring together wine and food retailers

and producers to show you just how much fun

your taste buds can have in a day.

It doesn't matter if you're an expert, an

enthusiast or just enjoy the odd glass

– When you arrive, you just grab a glass and get

tasting – it's as simple as that; each visitor gets a

free Riedel glass worth £10 and it's all included in

your ticket price.

Saturday 23rd June 2pm-7pm and

Sunday 24th June 12 noon-5pm.

Tickets are £20 per person

and can be purchased at

www.seetickets.com

www.threewinemen.co.uk

Twitter: @threewinemen

‘Like’ us on Facebook

– Three Wine Men

You can find out more, and see videos from

previous events at www.threewinemen.co.uk

Corporate and VIP entertaining packages are

also available.


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Wine: Summer Wines Part I Aldi

egular readers may be surprised that

we are featuring supermarket wines

Rin this issue as we usually like to beat

the drum for independent retailers.

However in the interests of balance we

thought we’d take a look at some ‘summer

wines’ from the core range at Aldi.

Conclusion: you don’t have to sacrifice

quality for price; Here are three great wines

and unbeatable prices.

The Bordeaux White Wine (France,

£3.99)

This Sauvignon/ Semillon blend has a clutch

of awards most recently Bronze from The

International Wine and Spirit Competition,

2011. From the first sip I loved this wine.

Good acidity and length of balance and

with really juicy, thirst quenching properties.

30% Semillon gives a hard citrus edge, whilst

passion fruit comes from the Sauvignon

Blanc. Drink it with fish dishes or goats

cheese.

Freeman’s Bay New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc (£5.49)

Another multi-award winning wine, this time

from the Southern hemisphere and a region

synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc.

Characteristic gooseberries jostle with kiwi

and grapefruit to provide a wine with acidity

and crispness. Again pair it with summer fish

dishes and seafood.

Toro Loco Tempranillo (Spain, £3.49)

Five awards this time (!) for this berry-laden

red wine. It hails from Utiel-Requena D.O. in

the Valencia region. It is made entirely from

Tempranillo grapes and has the silky tannins

and finish that you associate with this grape.

Juicy berries; redcurrants, strawberries and

black cherries plus hint of spice suggest a

pairing with strong flavoured spicy red

meats like sausages or chorizo.


Wine: Summer Wines Part II Codorniu

rupo Codorniu has some fabulous

wines to recommend this summer for

Gall your picnics and barbecues. Based

in Barcelona the Codorniu family started

making wine in 1551 and in 1872 were of the

first to produce cava. Today the company

owns 10 wineries across Spain, Argentina and

the US. www.codorniu.co.uk

Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina 2008

Blanc de Noirs (£14.99)

Legaris Roble 2010 – Tinta Fina

(100%) (£9.99)

Red berries with underlying notes of toffees

and vanilla from oak aging. Pair it with grilled

meats and tomato-based dishes. Wine Rack

and independents.

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This is Codorniu’s premium cava and has a mix

of 87% Pinot Noir and 13% Chardonnay. Red

Fruit and violet aromas with a creamy,

delicate finish; pair it with fish, sushi, seafood

and fruity desserts. Available from Majestic.

Legaris Verdejo 2011 (£7.49)

An aromatic white from Rueda with intense

citrus and tropical fruits alongside floral

undertones. 93% Verdejo with a splash, 7%,

of Sauvignon Blanc. Try it with seafood,

salads and light pasta. Available Wine Rack

and independents.

Castell de Raimat Xarel.lo

Chardonnay 2010 (£9.99)

Xarel.lo is the traditional grape of the Catalan

region. Here it accounts for 50% of the blend

with the other 50% coming from Chardonnay.

Fruit with hints of soft vanilla. Pair it with

white meats, seafood and salad. Available

Wine Rack and independents.


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Wine: May Tastings

Henrick’s Wine Society

Califonia Dreamin’ and

Old World Wines

Where: Henrick’s Bar & Bistro,

3 Barclay Place

When: Tuesday 1st May and

early June (check site)

Time:

Price:

7.30pm

£15 (6 Wines and

themed nibbles)

How to Book: 0131 229 2442

www.henricksbar.com

Rose Murray Brown

Champagne Masterclass & Buffet

Where: 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

When: Friday 11th May

Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm

Price: £50 per person

– 10 different champagnes

from top brands to small

growers, non-vintage, vintage,

rose & prestige cuvee

How to Book: 01334 870731 / 07984 893138/

masterclass@

rosemurraybrown.com/

www.rosemurraybrown.com

Rose Murray Brown

Fine French Classics Dinner

Where: Rhubarb Restaurant,

Prestonfield House Hotel,

Edinburgh

When: Wednesday 16 May

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £80 for four courses/

eight wines Includes

Champagne, Loire, Alsace,

Burgundy, Bordeaux

and Rhone

How to Book: As above

WoodWinters Big Wine Tasting

Where: The Meadows Hotel

When: Saturday May 20th

Time: 4pm-7pm

Price: £15

How to Book: www.woodwinters.com

Call 0131 667 2760,

pop into the shop or email!

It's a Big Wine Tasting with over 50 wines. A

number of wine producers will be present

and there will be discounts for wine

purchases on the day.

Wine UnEarthed – World of Wine

Where: The Scotsman Hotel

When: Saturday 26th May

Time: 10.30am-4pm

Price: £85pp

How to Book: 01477 537072

drink@wineunearthed.co.uk

www.wineunearthed.co.uk


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Review: The Canons’ Gait Best kept secret

A

city’s character can be illuminated by

its ‘hidden gems’. Something I sat

mulling over as a result of recently

flicking through a book of Edinburgh’s ‘best

kept secrets’ and my dinner pal remarking, as

he admired the decor, that he walks past this

pub all the time without really noticing it. I

had to admit, I wasn't too familiar with The

Canons’ Gait Pub myself but we now hoped

we had found our own wee treasure.

We were being treated to a sneak peak of the

bar’s new menu and I chose the mussel

popcorn (£3.95) to start. As I popped the

tempura batter covered mussels into my

mouth I thought I’d be just as happy to eat

these whilst propping up the bar, affirming

the menu’s claim of “Ultimate Beer Snack”.

The mussels were plump, fresh and the batter

was light enough to eat with your fingers. The

homemade tartare sauce was zingy and

pleasingly chunky! My friend had opted for

the smoked haddock goujons (£5.95) which he

found a little salty but shared my enthusiasm

for the tartare sauce.

To follow, again from the new menu, I

selected the organic guinea fowl with honey

roast celeriac, courgettes, peas, carrots and

game jus (£12.95). The bird was juicy and the

jus light, whilst retaining a rich, intense

flavour. The vegetables had good texture,

cooked to leave a little firmness and bite. My

friend had the slow cooked lamb stew (£8.70)

and announced that the wedges of puff

pastry were, and I quote, “light, buttery

gatekeepers to the succulent meat portal

below”. Which means he enjoyed it!

The Canons’ Gait skilfully walks the line of

Traditional Pub where one can get ‘a proper

pint’ and Gastro-pub where one can eat

elegant food. I will be recommending The

Canons’ Gait to friends and enjoying my

hubris if they have never visited. I am sure

they will thank me for the tip.

Nothing like protecting a “best kept secret”

by reviewing it in a city-wide magazine

though eh... (D. King)

The Canons’ Gait

– 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ

– 0131 556 4481

– www.canonsgait.com

Opening hours

7 days until late

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The Insider:

Ambrosia Of The Gods (not)

A

bit like Jamie Oliver, I used to help

my dad out in his kitchen during the

school hols. Unlike the bold Jamie,

my dad was a jobbing chef, so these early

culinary forays would take me to such farflung

places as The Cluny Hills Hotel in Forres

(now, I think, a New Age retreat), Fort

Augustus Abbey (now, criminally, holiday

homes) and Glenurquhart Lodge Hotel (now

Nessieland Castle Monster Centre).

Even then, at the callow age where, had I not

readily volunteered for the task, my presence

in the kitchen might have been construed as

child labour; I could see that vegetarians were

getting (pardon the pun) a raw deal.

In those days, before health & hygiene

outlawed its use, there was a never-ending

stockpot simmering on the stove. All manner

of meat waste and veg shavings went in and

this formed the base of all soups. Thus a large

tin of powdered soup (always asparagus,

always years old) was kept at the back of the

store cupboard for veggie diners. Boiled eggs,

readily to hand for the then inexplicably

popular egg curry, could be topped with

mayonnaise – hand whisked mayo (pinch of

cayenne pepper, blob of English mustard) not

the pallid Hellman’s we have become

accustomed to – or, a touch of the exotic;

half avocado on a mountain of taste-free

iceberg lettuce, with a ladle of vinaigrette

dressing in the de-stoned hole. Starters

covered then…

“And to follow” The waiter would ask,

needlessly, for the answer was always the

same. The second chef’s face would take on

the expression of someone who has just been

asked to open the new wing of a

crematorium; “We can offer a cheese salad.”

(Think salad niçoise with the tuna replaced by

grated orange cheddar.) “Oh, and the ham and

mushroom omelette, without the ham.” The

waiter would nod, click his heels, and walk

away as if he had been given the ambrosia of

the gods to offer his diners.

We should not, however, pat ourselves on the

back too much about the steps taken since.

We have the ground breaking Terre a Terre in

Brighton and most Michelin chefs offer a

considered vegetarian tasting menu, but the

average – indeed above average – chef (still

wilfully stubborn about vegetarians) would,

after a cursory glance at the menu, offer;

“Give them the goat’s cheese without the

black pudding and then the herb risotto from

the halibut dish.”

The chef’s face took on the expression of someone asked to

open the new wing of a crematorium


Beer: Nobles IPA Fine Art

rewing is a lot like sausage making, in

that knowing too much about it can

Bruin your enjoyment of the product. A

good example is the process of fining which

has been deemed vital in the production of

cask ale since time immemorial.

A proper cask ale is one which arrives at the

pub containing live yeast and continues

evolving & fermenting in the cellar.

Unfortunately this results in a fair bit of grit

and sediment ending up in the beer. Although

inert & tasteless this is considered unsightly

and is usually removed using a fining agent.

This is added at the very end of the brewing

process and coagulates the yeast into a sticky

gunk which sinks to the bottom of the cask.

The clarified beer can then be drawn from the

top.

The most common fining agent is isinglass,

which is derived from powdered fish swim

bladders (a great bit of trivia to drop on any

beer swilling vegetarians you know). This is

done with the sole purpose of achieving a

classic, photogenic, clear, shiny amber or

golden pint.

But there is a small, growing movement of

brewers who would rather offer their beer

raw and unrefined. Leading the charge in

Scotland is Colin Stronge at the Black Isle

Brewery whose unfined, dry-hopped IPA is

now the house beer at Nobles Café Bar down

in Leith.

Now, there are many barmen landlords who

would find a dirty, unclarified beer a hard sell,

so Nobles deserve respect for getting behind

the product and giving it their endorsement.

It has to be acknowledged that it really isn't a

pretty beer. It pours, a hazy, pale yellow-green;

cloudy, maybe even murky with a frankly

unimpressive head. However, these first

impressions are then blown away once your

nose comes within a foot of the glass. Primary

aromas are of cardamom pod, balsa wood,

green pepper and lime zest with a prickly,

herbal edge. Despite the lack of foam there is a

fair bit of life to the beer, with good

background carbonation of very fine, tight

bubbles.

These zesty, crisp, herbal characters are all to

be found in the palate where they are joined

by sweeter, creamier notes of tangerine, fudge

and ripe, red apples. The finish is crisp,

balanced & dry; making for a thirst quenching

and very easy couple of pints.

Black Isle are very keen to expand the range

and availability of their unfined beers, but

they need landlords and punters to be willing

to take the plunge and opt for a flavoursome

beer that maybe looks a bit shite.

James Wrobel is the proprietor of

Cornelius Beer and Wine,

18-20 Easter Road, and can be

contacted on 0131 652 2405.

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Review:The Gallery Restaurant at

The Guildford Arms

Traditional with a twist

his was the very first pub I visited in

Edinburgh; 1988, pre-Trainspotting, pre-

TMr Bite and ‘Sunshine on Leith’ had just

been released. I remember a boozy, busy,

cosmopolitan bar. Fast forward 24 years (gulp)

and The Guildford Arms still attracts a heady

mix of locals, tourists and late-night shoppers.

‘The Gallery’ is a micro-restaurant (twenty-ish

covers) above the hoi-polloi of the bar and

close to the pub’s spectacular ceiling. There

are always ten ales on pump making it a Mecca

for ale-lovers; Mr Bite is immediately

recognised.

The menu is traditional with the odd

interesting twist, e.g. sautéed lamb kidneys.

To start however, I make a conventional choice,

seared scallops with Stornoway black pudding

and apple (£8.50). Emperor-sized sweet

scallops, crispy pud, a lightly-dressed salad of

good old-fashioned lettuce (the best) and

rocket. Mr Bite chooses a salad of tossed green

apples, celery and walnuts in a thinned mayo

(£5.60). He pairs this light, lemony, refreshing

salad with a complementary pint of Bla Bheinn

(5% ABV) with its soft, fruity, hoppy taste.

Main courses are bold on flavour. I choose

grilled sea bass with crispy smoked bacon and

roasted red pepper sauce (£14.70) served with

chips and veg. The fish is lovely and the chips

are really tasty and ‘potatoey’ they would

taste equally good eaten cold for breakfast the

following day. I couldn’t decide about the

sauce. It was good with the chips but I would

have been just as happy with something a little

lighter on the lovely fish. Mr Bite has smoked

haddock, king prawns and mussels in a coconut

curry stew with crushed new potatoes and

coriander (£15.80). It’s actually a Thai curry and

the fragrant lemongrass and lime leaves hit

immediately. It’s a very generous plate of fish. I

have my doubts re the haddock with the Thai

flavours but Mr Bite likes it a lot. Again

flavours of the Bla Bheinn complement the

curry well.

Desserts are really good. A raspberry

pannacotta has an abundance of tart scarlet

fruit to offset the lush cream. Mr Bite has a

banoffee tart with cream (both £4.50); pungent

banana, good pastry and lots of cream.

We leave with happiness levels and bellies that

would befit a Buddha. (S. Wilson)

The Gallery Restaurant at

The Guildford Arms

– 1 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA

– 0131 556 4312

– www.guildfordarms.com

Opening hours

Food served daily 12 noon-3pm and

5.30pm-9pm

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Cocktails: Hard Rock Rita More like hard luck Rita

I

don't know why we ended up in the Hard

Rock Café but we did. I think it was

because it was close, the bar we had

been in was understaffed with no hope of

getting served food within the next century,

and it just seemed like a good idea at the

time. You know the score, suddenly you take

a hankering for the American Dream and the

only way you can live it is through a ‘great’

American Diner. It never works out though,

does it

Anyway, once we had been shown to our

table, our server quickly appeared and asked

for our drinks order – very efficient as we

hadn't even had time to open the menu.

After being unable to catch his name (unless

Pearl Jam were belting out Jeremy in his

honour), we askedfor a few minutes to study

the menu and off he went with a laboured

smile on his face. Quickly reading the menu,

after all we didn't want to reduce the serving

staff's productivity, Iimmediately thought

what an interesting selection of margaritas,

perhaps we should try some of them. This

was the second mistake of the night.

When our nameless server returned we

ordered an Exotic Rita (£7.25) and a Lovely

Rita (£6.75) to go with our Tupelo Chicken

Tenders in a rather hot Heavy Metal Sauce

(£7.95). It was at this point that I realised our

Great American Dream was fast becoming

the Great American Nightmare. First the

chicken tenders arrived well before the

drinks; in fact they arrived so fast I'm sure

the kitchen staff must be precognitive.

Second, there was no cutlery to eat our

sauce drenched tenders. This arrived after

the drinks and once we had pointed out the

glaring error to our server. Third, both of the

Ritas were entirely nondescript. Mine

supposedly contained Patron Silver tequila

but to be honest I couldn't even confirm if

there was any tequila in the drink. The same

could be said for D's Lovely Rita which

substituted Grand Marnier for triple sec.

We decided to give them a second chance

as both the Ritas had been served on the

rocks, not how either of us like them. So

with our main courses of pulled pork

sandwiches (£10.75) we ordered an Azul Rita

(£6.75) and a Raz Margarita (£6.75) and asked

for them straight up. "Frozen" came back

the confused reply. "No, no ice at all" I said.

This was, thankfully, our last mistake.

The Azul was supposedly defined by the

addition of blue curaçao and the Raz by the

addition of raspberry syrup and fresh

raspberries. What we got were warm drinks,

(I didn't mean don't shake them with ice!)

that had undoubtedly been topped up with

margarita mix to ensure they filled the

oversized glasses. My Rita looked like a

sickly green liquid and tasted like over

strong Roses Lime Cordial and D's was a pale

orange colour with tiny bits of raspberry

floating in it.

We won't be going back. (M.Earl)


Cocktails: For Spring And Summer...

Inspired by Andy Thompson, SLTN Mixologist of the Year

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Apple Crisp

25 ml Grey Goose l’Orange vodka

100 ml Apple juice

50 ml Prosecco

Mix all ingredients and serve in a flute glass.

Available at The Golf Tavern – www.golftavern.co.uk

Very Berry Mule

35 ml Grey Goose vodka

25 ml Lime juice

12.5 ml Gomme

Dash of Angostura Bitter

5 ml of Raspberry juice

5 ml of Blueberry juice

100 ml Ginger Beer

Mix all ingredients and shake.

Serve as a long drink in a

highball glass.

Available at Element –

www.elementedinburgh.co.uk

Fresco

25 ml Grey Goose vodka • 5 ml Campari • 10 ml Grapefruit

(juiceliqueursyrup) • 5 ml Gomme • Squeeze of lemon

50 ml of lychee juice • Dash of Angostura bitter

Mix all ingredients together and shake hard. Serve in a flute glass

over crushed ice, adding a grapefruit twist and straw as garnish.

Available at The Rutland Bar – www.therutlandhotel.com


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Gourmet Girl Goes To: Andante Bakery

B

eing the first person in a bakery before

it opens for the morning’s business is

quite exciting. The heat, the hypnotic

sound of K-mixes finishing off the last

batches, trays being moved from the ovens to

cooling racks, shelves and window displays

filling up ahead of the day’s customers. And

the smells! I’m at Bakery Andante on a Sunday

morning and the air is literally thick with the

warm, comforting scent of bread, pastries and

a sweet note from the brownies which are

setting.

I’m here to meet bread-baking guru Jon Wood,

owner of this Artisanal Bakery which has been

gaining loyal followers since opening 18 months

ago. In that time, Andante has been wowing the

local Morningside crowd, and building links to

supply several independent restaurants and

cafés. After my visit, I feel distinctly sad that

my Leith flat isn’t a little closer.

If you crave real bread, baked from scratch, full

of flavour and character and (if like me), you

happen to have a ‘thing’ for ryes and

sourdoughs, then step right this way. Similar to

the famed Parisian Poilâne bread, the

sourdoughs are sold by weight, and I tried the

Tryst loaf which was a dense beauty. The 30%

rye became the clear favourite though, its crisp

crunchy crust and chewy centre was perfection.

Try also the softer New York deli loaf with

caraway seeds and soft dough, more than

worthy of your best rare roast beef sandwich.

Jon honed his craft for years as a home baker

before starting up the business and you can

tell the years of creating recipes for friends

and family has been directly translated to

Andante’s baked goodies. This mag’s esteemed

editor has a thing for biscotti, and might

rightly be tempted by the various biscotti that

were available, including ‘walnut and orange’

and ‘spelt, hazelnut and cinnamon’. The bag of

ginger nuts I took home were a zippy

accompaniment to my afternoon cuppa tea.

To master bread is one thing, pastry is quite

another. The lightness of their croissants

should be seen as the diametric opposite of

overly greasy, stodgy so-called ‘just baked’

supermarket specimens. Expect perfection

from the almond ones with a delicately

browned top, flaked almond pieces and the

sweet almond paste rolled into the centre.

If bread be the food of love... (L. Arfa)

Bakery Andante

– 352 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4QL

– 0131 447 8473

– www.bakeryandante.co.uk

Opening hours

Mon: 8:30am-6pm; Tues to Sat: 7:30am-6pm

Sun: 8:30am-12:30pm


Off The Trolley: Wee scones

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When I first started writing this column, I

thought about documenting my quest for the

perfect scone. Tattie scones, drop scones,

fruit scones, griddle scones: there's a whole

realm of home baking to be investigated.

Clotted cream or butter, strawberry v

raspberry jam, and applied in which order

And of course, the scone-scoon-scon debate

(according to the always trustworthy

Wikipedia, 99% of Scots favour 'scone'). Yes,

writing about scones seemed a properly

Scottish, cake-y thing to do. And yet, the idea

went no further.

But scones (in my world, rhyming with bones)

haven't disappeared from my thoughts. These

days, I'm a regular at the work canteen at

precisely 9.35am each weekday morning. This

is a relatively new habit, dating back to

October when some clever person had the

genius idea of introducing a special scone of

the week. When the honey walnut scone

comes on the menu, I know it's going to be a

good five days.

But while I do love the things, I've struggled

to make them. The biscuit, their North

American relative made with shortening and

served with soup – not a problem. I can

knock a dozen out in ten minutes and they

always work. But scones are another story.

Countless are the times I've opened the oven

to a tray of flat, sad looking pucks, barely tall

enough to split and allow a spoonful of jam

to raise them up. I've tried various recipes,

from Delia to Rachel Allen to the WI

themselves, but no luck. My scones might

taste alright, but they look a fright.

I debated, discussed, and researched the

matter at length, but it was only quite

recently that I discovered the flaw in my

method lay not in using regular flour instead

of self-raising, or baking soda instead of

powder. It transpires that I am simply rolling

my dough too thin. 2 to 2.5cm seems to be

the suggested pre-baking height. Manhandle

the dough as little as possible and lofty,

soufflé-like scones should be yours.

Should be. Mine have improved to the point

where they can now comfortably

accommodate the butter knife bisecting

them, but towering golden mounds they are

not. Still, it’s a work in progress and as long as

I have plenty of clotted cream and raspberry

jam (applied in that order, please) this could

be quite a pleasant summer project. Now if

we could just sort out that pesky matter of

pronunciation… (R. Edwards)

Countless are the times I've opened the oven to a tray of flat,

sad looking pucks, barely tall enough to split and allow a spoonful

of jam to raise them up


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Off The Trolley: La Cerise Getting the scoop

Summer is nearly here and to me that means

one thing: ice cream! If you want the best

that Edinburgh has to offer, look no further

than Great Junction Street; home to La Cerise

Patisserie.

Martin and Claire have been churning out

their artisan ice cream for four years now.

Martin has a background in dairy, and his

passion for the product is obvious. At La

Cerise, they like to do things a little

differently. “Most ice cream makers have a

white base that they add flavour to; whether

that’s pistachio or strawberry” he explains,

“but here at La Cerise we always start from

scratch with a focus on both texture and

flavour.”

The result is full flavoured ice cream that

actually tastes like the flavour it claims. My

favourite is the strawberry sherbert, packed

with Fife strawberries; creamy, and singing

with fruit, it’s hard to believe that this

yoghurt based treat is so low in fat. It’s also

hard to believe that such joyful ice cream is

made in a basement kitchen in Leith.

“The best thing about making our own ice

cream is that we can experiment with

different tastes and textures” enthuses Claire.

For the Leith Festival a few years ago they

created a Crabbies ice cream: ginger, with

popping candy to add sparkle. Every weekend

the shop closes while the two beaver away in

the kitchen below, dreaming up new and

exciting flavour combinations.

The indecisive among us can choose from a

range of ice cream sundaes. Their creative

staff and customers have dreamt up most of

the combinations. Make no bones about it,

their customers are loyal. “We have one

couple who come up from the Borders once

a week just to see us” says Claire, proudly.

Unfortunately for nine to five-rs, La Cerise is

open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

You can still sample their fabulous ice cream

out of hours, as they supply to a select few

local eateries: The Beachhouse, Peter’s Yard,

Loudon’s, and Bia Bistrot.

But if you ask me, this is ice cream worth

pulling a sicky for. (J. Porter).


Healthy Eating With Real Foods: Local Hero

en Raffles grew up on a Somerset

farm before pursuing his dreams of

Bbecoming a rock star. He eventually

arrived in Edinburgh to study and compose

music and today combines that with

managing our Broughton Street shop and

coordinating a wide range of exciting events

for our customers.

“At Real Foods we treat each customer as an

individual – it sounds a cliché, but it’s what

we do! People are more than just consumers;

often they are looking for advice on diet,

cooking or lifestyle choices. I’ve seen people

transform over the time they have shopped

here – weight loss, happiness, life changing

decisions, nutrition, disease and allergy

management.

People diagnosed with food intolerances

often feel devastated and initially confused

about what they can eat. Real Foods has the

widest selection of thousands of free-from

(wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, fat-free,

etc.) alternatives to everything you would

normally eat at any meal. We thoroughly

understand about food intolerances so can

advise customers on ingredients and

cooking too.

I think we are agents for change at Real Foods

– it goes beyond work – it is about creating

and being part of a community.”

Real Foods hold regular, fun, informative

events. See the website for updates –

www.realfoods.co.uk/article/

events-at-real-foods

• Free delivery on over 4000 products

online for orders over £15

• Local and organic seasonal produce

• Free-from & Special diet foods,

Superfoods & Raw foods

• Free recipes and health advice

• Over 250 price promotions every month

and daily special offers

• Student, Senior Citizen and Early Bird

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• Two central Edinburgh shops with friendly

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Real Food Shops

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU

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Whisky: Murder...Whisky...Barbers

...Cocktails...Music...

he Inaugural Whisky

Stramash will take place

Tthis month on 26th and

27th May. Held at The Surgeon’s

Hall in Edinburgh, a beautiful

and dramatic venue steeped in

great whisky history and

tradition the event promises to

provide opportunities to taste

Scotch and other worldly

whiskies in new and innovative

ways

Glenfiddich Warehouse

47 – will take guests on a pioneering virtual

tour of the Glenfiddich Distillery stillhouse,

cooperage and warehouses

The Cocktail Pod – visitors will help the

bartender choose from an array of ingredients

to create their perfect cocktail which they can

then recreate at home.

Molecular Experiments – will focus on

whisky in different and unusual ways including:

whisky caviar, a range of gourmet infused

whisky and smoking unpeated whisky by

Stramash’s very own Heston Blumenthal-esque

chemist.

Dewar’s Barber Surgeon – a Sweeney

Todd-style bladed barber surgeon, in

partnership with Dewar’s Blended Whisky, will

offer those brave enough to volunteer

procedures of the follicle kind.

The Jura Murder Mystery –a

classic whodunit will give one lucky

visitor the chance to win a once in a

lifetime trip to Jura, including a

special distillery tour, if the cunning

culprit is guessed correctly.

The Balvenie Brand

Ambassadors will enlighten dram

enthusiasts about the craftsmanship

behind the nation’s top tipple.

Plus ...

Glen Moray, Surgeons’ Hall’s own

whisky, Dancing Stag Single Bottlings,

Bunnahabhain, Finnieston, Isle of Mull, Arran

Single Malt, Dalmore, Fettercairn, Whyte &

Mackay, Aberfeldy, plus BrewDog, serving its

extraordinary creation of Jura whisky beer;

beer matured in casks to infuse the ale with

the wonderful flavours of the finest dram.

Robert Graham will be sampling a range of its

special premium single cask bottlings including

Linkwood, Ben Nevis and Deanston.

The Stramash will be held on three sessions

over the 26th and 27th of May 2012 and a

ticket inclusively allows you to sample an

amazing range of whiskies and whisky

‘experiences’.

More info at www.thewhiskystramash.com

and for offers on tickets go to

www.bite-magazine.com


Whiskipedia: Deanston 12 Year Old,

Single Malt (70cl, 46.30%)

P

roduced by Burns Stewart Distillery the

Deanston hails from Doune, Perthshire

in the Southern Highlands. It is

handmade, un-chillfiltered and so has a

natural colour. Regular readers will be aware

that chill filtering is essentially a cosmetic

process which adds E150A caramel colouring

to make the whisky ‘appear’ more aged and it

also prevents the whisky becoming cloudy

when water is added.

I recently tasted it at the Clachaig Inn in

Glenco which has over 100 malts. I tasted it

straight after a very antiseptic Ardbeg which

served to wildy accentuate the character of

this mild, fruity sweet, caramel whisky. It may

not have the romantic back story of some

other malts (thinks windswept shores, rugged

landscapes and mountain waterfalls) but it is

a very fine whisky indeed.

WHISKI Rooms & Shop

– 4, 6 and 7 North Bank Street,

Edinburgh EH1 2LP

– Bar & Bistro 0131 225 7224

– Whisky Shop 0131 225 1532

– info@whiskirooms.co.uk

Tasting Notes

Colour: Light golden.

Nose: Light, cereals, zesty note.

On the Palate: Ultra soft, caramel, barley

sugar, touch of salt.

Finish: Disappears quite quickly. .

Taste with: Would be adorable with fudge or

a cream-based dessert. However, against the

grain I tasted it with some organic dark

chocolate (it was handy) and although it

shouldn’t work, as with the antiseptic whisky,

the strong contrast served to accentuate the

mellow nature of Deanston.

Available from the Whisky Rooms Shop at

£34.50

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What’s In Season: Slam In The Lamb!

I

love May, but I’m biased. May is a beautiful month;

she’s a tease, offering us a glimpse of warmth;

gentle buzzing of bees on just opening clover;

chirping and fluttering baby birds. It’s also the month

that I age a year. I might not be a spring chicken, but

spring lamb gambols over the butcher’s block and my

mind whirs into overdrive. I love lamb with its sweet

flesh and its ability to adapt to any method of

cooking and seasoning. What I’d give to dig a pit in

the garden to cook one whole and invite friends over

to eat, drink and put the world to rights, but I think

BOGG (Big Old Grumpy Git) would object to his lawn

becoming a field kitchen!

This month’s recipe is a favourite of mine; ras el hanout

can be found in many supermarkets and is a blend of

warm spices that just lend themselves to lamb. If it’s

warm, BOGG cranks up the barbie and I marinade

cutlets, steaks and cubes of lamb with spice and oil

before throwing over the coals. Salad made from

watercress and orange is refreshing, but my absolute

fav has to be tabouleh – bulgar wheat, parsley, lemon,

spring onions and oil mixed together and left to

absorb the flavours. Dolloping hummus onto a warm

flatbread followed by lumps of lamb is my idea of

foodie heaven. However, if it’s chill, this recipe will

warm you inside and out – from gob to gut.

Close your eyes and you could well be in some

Middle Eastern desert.

Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.wordpress.com

and is @BakersBunny on Twitter

Moroccan Lamb

- Serves 3-4

1lb lamb neck fillet, cubed

1tblsp ras el hanout

2tblsp oil of choice

Medium onion, chopped

Clove garlic, chopped

Tin tomatoes

1tblsp skin on almonds

6-8 prunes

Salt

Method

1 Rub lamb with spice blend. Heat

oil in casserole dish and brown

meat.

2 Throw in onions and garlic, stir

until coated with oil. Add

tomatoes, almonds, prunes and

salt to taste. If it looks thick, add

½ can of water. Bring to the boil.

3 Cover and pop into a medium

oven 180C/Gas4 for a couple of

hours.

Serve with couscous or rice and a

green salad.

What else is in my basket

Duck, crab, lemon sole, sea trout, asparagus, samphire, cherries,

elderflowers, gooseberries.


Restaurants

Bengali and Indian Dining

Ignite – Cuisine based on traditional recipes

from Bangladesh and Northern India in a

sumptuous setting. Dining at Ignite is an

experience capable of rekindling your passion

for Indian food. Open 7 days for lunch and

dinner. 272 Morrison Street, Haymarket

– 0131 228 5666 – www.igniterestaurant.com

Lancers Brasserie – A sumptuous dining

experience in Stockbridge offering awardwinning

Indian cuisine. Three dining rooms,

Lancers Mess, The Regiment Club & The

Officers Club, can cater for every desired

dining experience from an intimate dinner for

two, through to private dining and up to large

parties. Try the Chef's Selection from the A La

carte menu (£18.95) and the vegetarian and

non-vegetarian Thali (£22.95) and (£17.95)

respectively. Open for lunch and dinner.

5 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

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

www.lancersbrasserie.co.uk

Bistros and Brasseries

Bijou – A local eatery for breakfast, lunch &

dinner, or maybe just a cheeky glass of wine.

An ever changing menu, available in 3 different

sizes, Private Dining available. Recently under

new management and fresh after a makeover.

BYOB. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road Edinburgh,

EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664.

www.bijoubistro.co.uk

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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, Edinburgh, EH10 4HH

Reservations: 0131 622 8163

Online reservations:

www.bisquebar.com/contact

www.twitter.com/bisquebrasserie

www.facebook.com/bisquebrasserie

Bread Street Brasserie – Serving

international cuisine with a Scottish focus,

Bread Street Brasserie is the perfect setting in

which to relax and enjoy your surroundings, a

step away from the bustling City Centre. In

crisp, stylish surroundings, local, seasonal

produce is offered, showcasing Scotland’s

finest seafood and beef. Open daily for

breakfast, lunch, pre-theatre and dinner.

Bread Street Brasserie, 34 Bread Street,

Edinburgh EH3 9AF – 0131 221 5558

www.pointhoteledinburgh.co.uk

Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from

cakes to steaks. Drink ... grape to grain and

everything in-between. Enjoy ... the little

things that count. Open for breakfast at 11am.

Live music is now every Friday. Pub Quiz every

Tuesday. Open mic every Sunday. Upstairs

space available for free hire.

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh –

0131 556 5662 – www.elbowedinburgh.co.uk

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Californian

Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines –

Current Holders of ‘Speciality Restaurant of the

Year’ at Scottish Restaurant Awards. Edinburgh’s

original and only Californian restaurant. Our

unique fresh foodis 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

The Ship on The Shore – Seafood

Restaurant and Bar. Sustainable Scottish

seafood served with simplicity and style

complemented by a carefully chosen and

extensive wine and champagne list. Try the

fruits de mer for two or the oysters, both with

champagne. The Ship also serves lobster,

smoked salmon, mussels, crab, monkfish, bass

and much more. Seasonal specialities include

game and meat dishes. Outside seating. Food

served Mon-Sun noon-10pm.

24-26 The Shore – 0131 555 0409.

French

La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro

with mixed clientèle. Favourites include

moules frites, steak frites, beef bourguignon,

duck, etc. Extensive wine list. 2 course lunch

£9.50, noon-3pm. Dinner a la carte 6-11pm.

Closed Sundays. Large groups catered for, set

dinner available.

9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983

Indian

Britannia Spice – This award-winning gem

of the Edinburgh dining scene is often referred

to as the best Indian restaurant in the Capital.

In fact it won the ‘Best in Britain’ Award three

years running! The menu is vast – Indian,

Bangladeshi, Nepali, Thai dishes are served and

the prices are reasonable. Conveniently

located in Leith near the Royal Yacht Britannia,

Ocean Terminal shopping centre and the

Scottish Executive, Britannia Spice is served by

frequent buses from the City centre. Open

Mon-Sat 12 noon-2pm; 5pm-11.45pm,

Sun 5pm-11.45pm

150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive, Leith,

EH6 6LB – 0131 555 2255

– www.britanniaspice.co.uk

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.

281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619

– www.loscardos.co.uk


Scottish

The Dome – Located in the city centre, The

Dome is situated on the site of the Old

Physician’s Hall designed and built in 1775 by

James Craig, the celebrated planner of

Edinburgh’s New Town. After major

refurbishment, this listed building became The

Dome which opened in 1996. The Dome houses

2 restaurants, namely The Grill Room & The

Club Room. A La Carte Lunch & Dinner Menus

are offered in both restaurants. The Dome

favourites include The Dome Club Sandwich

and The Dome Burger. Local Scottish produce

is used wherever possible. The menus are

created to include a flavour of Scotland and

Europe. The Grill Room is open seven days from

12 noon until Late. The Club Room is open

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am

until 5 pm: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from

10 am until Late. The Club Room is closed on

Sundays. 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF.

Reservations – 0131 624 8624.

www.thedomeedinburgh.com

The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &

Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating

and drinking & un-paralleled views from the

Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef

Stuart Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish

produce to create food of the finest quality by

matching modern flavours with classical

techniques. Fresh, sustainable seafood available

from the Seafood Bar whilst the Brasserie offers

round the clock eating. Brasserie: Mon-Sat

10am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm; Restaurant: lunch –

Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm, Sat & Sun 12 noon-

3.30pm, dinner, Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm.

forthfloor.reservations@harveyhichols.com

Book on line at www.harveynichols.com

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

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A Room In The Town, A Room In

The West End, A Room In Leith

– A trio of well-loved Scottish bistros. The

emphasis is on quality, fresh, affordable Scottish

produce served in a relaxed and friendly

atmosphere. All are fully licensed with BYOB

option also. Leith has a stunning waterside setting

and incorporates the bar 'Teuchters'. The West

End branch also has a Teuchters and like The

Town is within easy walking distance of Princes St.

18 Howe St – 0131 225 8204, The West End,

26 William St – 0131 226 1036, Leith, 1c Dock

Place – 0131 554 7427 – www.aroomin.co.uk

Stac Polly – Stac Polly is one of Edinburgh's

original restaurants for authentic Scottish food

and atmosphere; now in its 23rd year. Stone

walls combine with flickering candles, crisp

linen and twinkling glasses to give a truly

Scottish experience. Expect a menu of exciting

interpretations of modern and traditional

cuisine using locally sourced produce. We have

a fantastic selection of Scottish beers and a

fine array of single malt whiskies at both Dublin

Street and St Marys Street Bistro. Private dining

rooms at Dublin Street and St Mary's Street

Bistro. Open 7 days.

New menus online – www.stacpolly.com

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754

The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister

venue to the award winning WHISKI on the

Royal Mile. With iconic views over the Mound

to Edinburgh, it’s an all day dining

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bistro/restaurant serving fresh Scottish food

and cakes. Stocking an impressive range of

premium spirits, wines and Scottish beers,

ciders and over 300 whiskies. Beside the bar is a

specialist whisky shop where you can buy the

bar’s range and more. Daily whisky tastings.

– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095. Whiski

Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North Bank Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, 0131 225 7224,

bar@whiskirooms.co.uk

Whiski Rooms Shop, 0131 225 1532,

shop@whiskirooms.com

www.whiskishop.com

Spanish

Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989, Iggs now

specialises in seafood. Lunch 2 courses £12.50,

pre-theatre available and dinner à la carte.

Barioja is a multiple award-winning restaurant

serving paella and tapas. Great for parties. All

overseen by the ever charismatic Iggy.

15/19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 8184 (restaurant)

0131 557 3622 (bar).

Tex Mex

Tex Mex – Donald Mavor, head chef and

proprietor brings the heart of Mexico to your

table, emphasising traditional Mexican food

with an authentic menu. Try the flaming fajitas

and the potent Margaritas ‘the best in town’.

Good fun, tasty food and very affordable.

64 Thistle Street – 0131 260 9699

– www.texmex2.com

Bars and Bar Food

Advocate – Traditional Scottish Ale House

offering an extensive range of freshly prepared

food at great value everyday.

7 Hunter Square, Edinburgh.

Albanach – Serving the best in Scottish

cuisine daily in both the restaurant and bar.

Over 250 Malt Whiskies on offer alongside an

extensive wine and ale list.

197 High Street, Edinburgh.

Boda Bar – A bohemian, cheeky, wee boozer

with a subtle Swedish twist. It is a cosy bar with

a strike of craziness. If you are unlucky you can

get to hear Abba more than once per night. But

since we love Spotify – you can always ask if

you have any special requests. Since the owners

love their wine, they have decided to have nice

wines at a good price so – try out the wine list.

You can also try Idun's a new Elderflower Cider

or maybe an OP Andersson Aquavit (only you

have to sing before you drink it). Or what about

our Craft Guerilla nights – every last

Wednesday of the month. Check web for full

event details. Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat

noon-1am, Sun 1pm-midnight. 229 Leith Walk –

0131 553 5900

– www.bodabar.com Free Wifi.

The Canons’ Gait – A Real Ale/Gastro pub

in Edinburgh’s Old Town offering a selection of

Ales from Scottish micro breweries. This bar has

gained a reputation for it’s impressive bar food.

The menu includes traditional dishes such as

Crombies sausage and mash, fish ‘n’ chips,


haggis etc, more ambitious daily specials and

outstanding desserts. All offer superb value for

money and always with the emphasis on home

made and seasonal produce. There is also a

large Cellar Bar available for free hire, book

early to avoid disappointment! Food served:

Mon-Sat noon-8pm. 232 Canongate, High

Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DQ – 0131 556 4481

– canonsgait@dmstewart.com

– www.canonsgait.com

The Compass Bar – Warm welcomes, a cosy

environment and excellent service makes

Compass the well established bar and

restaurant it is. Serving great food, all locally

sourced and fresh, daily – changing menus. All

day breakfast menu on Saturday & Sunday.

Wide selection of beers, real ales and quality

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

44 Queen Charlotte Street Edinburgh, EH6

7EX – 0131 554 1979.

Cameo – Food served daily, 2 for 9.99 deal

Mon-Thurs. All live sport shown and an

extensive range of continental lagers on offer.

23 Commercial Street, Edinburgh.

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Hampton Hotel – Extensive menu of

Scottish classic and modern favourites served

12-3 5-9pm daily. Dine in the restaurant or bar

and enjoy a 2 for 9.99 deal midweek.

14 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh.

Joseph Pearce – A large airy bar at the top

of Leith Walk. You can eat from 11am-9pm daily.

The menu changes seasonally, but always

include meatballs! Daytime we are more like a

cafe with a popular kidscorner for all ‘latte

mothers’. Free WiFi. Night-time busy bar with a

relaxed, cool, friendly crowd. Check out web

for all our crazy events www.bodabar.com

Open Sun-Thu 11am-12pm and Fri-Sat 11am-1am.

23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.

The Guildford Arms – Elegant ‘Gallery

Restaurant’ serving quality Scottish food

overlooks one of Edinburgh’s finest Victorian

Bars. Popular with Real Ale enthusiasts. Situated

at the East End of Princes St opposite the

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

0131 556 4312 – www.guildfordarms.com

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The Earl of Marchmont – The Earl a

bustling, community-based hub has a

contemporary interior with generous outside

seating and beautiful lighting. On offer is an

extensive all day menu served by a welcoming

service from all the staff. Enjoy chilled Sunday

afternoons or a night out with friends and

family. Visit www.renroc.co.uk and follow link

for the Earl. 22 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh

– 0131 662 1877.

Merlin Roadhouse – Recently refurbished

and with an extensive menu and very

competitive prices the Merlin is a must visit for

anyone on the southside of Edinburgh.

168 Morningside Road, Edinburgh.

Nobles – With this cafe bar and venue, the

Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since

reopening over a year ago this classic Victoriana


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bar has very quickly established a top

reputation as a classy watering hole, fine eatery

and live music hub and continues to charm

critics and customers alike. Nobles has a warm,

inviting and contemporary feel whist

maintaining it's traditional, bold wood and stain

glass heritage. The menu is locally sourced and

expertly prepared to an exceptionally high

standard. Music also plays a large part in the

day to day life of Nobles so expect to see top

drawer, original live music from Tuesday

through to Sunday following food service. Real

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

Fairtrade TM coffee plus various organic loose

leaf teas complete the experience. Opening

times 12pm-1am Monday to Friday & 11am-1am

Saturday & Sunday. Children & Dry well

behaved dogs are welcome. 44a Constitution

Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

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

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar cafe in

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

homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose

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

served up in Grannies finest bone china.

Wholesome brunchies, lunchies, din-dins &

munchies served from 10 till 10 everyday with

daily changing specials including Sunday roasts

& home baked bread and cakes all made with

luv! All locally sourced, free range & organic

where possible cause it tastes really, really

good! Free WIFI, wheelchair & child friendly.

Open from 10am-1am everyday. For bookings

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

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith

– www.roseleaf.co.uk

The Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of the

majestic Arthur's Seat and opposite the

Commonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbished

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

couches and a stunning restaurant area. Serving

quality home cooked food with an interesting

wine list and cask ales. 58 Dalkeith Rd,

Edinburgh, EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518

www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.uk

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

bar with many events, e.g Champagne Sundays

where champagne is offered at great prices,

film nights every Monday, Knitting on Tuesdays

and lots more. Our lighter snacks are perfect

with one of our many wines and we also have a

great new cocktail menu both virgin and

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

Sun 1pm-midnight.

65 Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019

– www.bodabar.com. Free WiFi.

Starbank – Traditional Ale House with 8 daily

cask ales pouring, great range of homecooked

food served with daily specials to ensure you

never tire of eating at the Starbank. 64

Laverockbank Road, Edinburgh.

The Street – Lively night-time hot spot with

an eclectic back bar, plus light bites served until

midnight Sunday to Thursday and classic pub

grub served until 9pm daily, until midnight on

weekends. Check out ‘orange Wendy’s

Wednesday Pub Quiz’. DJ’s every Thurs, Fri &

Sat. Open everyday from midday until 1am.

2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT

– 0131 556 4272 – www.thestreetbar.co.uk


Victoria – If Scandinavian style equals

minimalistic Victoria doesn’t fit. It is colourful,

radiant and full of life. The crowd is a cool,

friendly and open-minded and there are a lots

of events e.g. singles nights, Eurovision party,

Come Dine with Me and what ever else that

pops up in our silly minds. We serve a lot of

different drinks: Beers from 30 different

countries and 12 different gins. Open: Mon-Fri

2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am; Sun 1pm-midnight. Now

also children licensed from opening til 5pm.

265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638. Free WiFi

– www.bodabar.com

White Hart – Selection of Scottish favourites

served daily in the surroundings of Edinburghs

oldest bar. Trading since 1517 this is one not to

miss. 34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

The White Horse – The bar is an institution

on the Royal Mile where it has been serving

thirsty locals and tourists alike in several

different guises since 1742. Come along for a

glass of wine, pint, meal or simply a coffee and a

slice of cake. Great bar menu available. The

White Horse is also a free fringe venue in the

private stable room to the rear of the building

throughout the festival. Opening times: Mon-

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

12 noon-11pm.

232 Canongate, EH8 8DQ – 0131 556 4481

World’s End – Famous Edinburgh pub serving

high quality pub food daily complemented by a

range of cask ales, whisky and wine. 2-8 High

Street, Edinburgh.

Bakeries

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Bakery Andante – Exceptional Artisan bread,

pastries and cakes made at a slower pace!

Breads include seven types of sourdoughs,

speciality loaves, rye, spelt etc. Also croissants,

baguettes, brownies and much more. All

products are made from scratch (starting from

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

should be!” 352 Morningside Road, Edinburgh

EH10 4QL – 0131 447 8473

www.bakeryandante.co.uk

Follow on Facebook: ‘Bakery Andante’

Cafés/Informal

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need

soup. We have soup. Six handmade soups every

day, with fresh-baked artisan bread. Veggie &

vegan options and most soups are gluten-free.

Also, breakfast: soup or porridge with two

toppings. Takeaway is in eco-friendly packaging

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

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

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

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

– 0131 226 3346 – www.unionofgenius.com

Delicatessen

Deli Polonia – Offering the largest range of

Polish produce in Edinburgh. We have a variety

of fresh breads which are a combination of

sweet and sour dough (half wheat-half rye), the

biggest range of fresh Polish Sausages and a

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wide range of Polish beers and much much

more... All nationalities very welcome. Opening

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

Come in and enjoy a coffee –

www.delipolonia.com

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

Good Food Online

Meat

Peelham Farm – Is an organic Sustainable

farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed. They produce

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

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

smoked ham, charcuterie (prosciutto, salami,

chorizo, cottechino, pancetta), sausages &

burgers. Committed to guaranteeing product

integrity, traceability and taste. Shop at

www.peelham.co.uk – 018907-81328

Retro Sweets

Lickety Splits Gallery – Edinburgh’s one

stop shop for retro sweets, birthday parties,

bespoke hampers and personalised gifts for

that special someone. A feel good retrodecorated

sweet shop where sweets are stored

in glass jars and weighed out on a scale.More

than 145 different kinds of sweets including

traditional Scottish, retro American and an

impressive range of Danish salt liqourice. 6

Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DT – 07581342204.

Tea Rooms

Tea at 94 – is a new Tea Shop at 94 Buccleuch

Street near the Meadows. It is styled as a

traditional tea room with a modern slant. The

breakfast selection includes bacon rolls,

porridge and pancakes; for lunch try the soup,

sandwiches and specials. Loose leaf teas,

freshly ground coffee, homemade cakes, scones

and afternoon tea all look very tempting, with

the lemon drizzle, carrot and gingerbread cakes

being very popular. Open Mon-Friday 8.30am to

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

3.30pm. 94 Buccleuch St.

Wine Stores

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on

offer wines to £100 plus on fine clarets and

champagne. A good range of collectable Malt

Whiskies up to £300 a bottle. 100+ beers

available. Collectable spirits also. Home

delivery.

109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and new

shop now open at

23 Roseburn Terrace – 0131 337 4444.

Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine

specialist. Over 150 wines and beers available.

Free delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct from

www.Bottleshock.co.uk.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh

EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233

– www.Calistoga.co.uk


Win a Three Course Meal

for Two with a Bottle of

House Wine at

The Bread Street Brasserie

Serving international cuisine with a Scottish

focus, this award winning Brasserie is the

perfect setting in which to relax and enjoy a

great meal. In crisp, stylish surroundings, local,

seasonal produce is offered, showcasing

Scotland’s finest seafood and beef.

The Bread Street Brasserie,

34 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AF

– 0131 221 5558

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