Wine and cheese: where to go?

I love cheese. Add wine into the mix, and I’m in absolute heaven. But where do you go in Edinburgh to get a good platter of cheese and a nice bottle of wine? Here are a few tips. (There are a lot of other places too – this is by no means a complete list.)

Cheese board at Bar à vin - three perfectly ripe cheeses on a long wooden board.

Cheese board at Bar à vin – three perfectly ripe cheeses on a long wooden board.

Bar à vin

17A Queensferry Street

This is my current favourite. L’escargot blanc’s cosy downstairs bar has a range of interesting wines from France and beyond. They also sell oysters, charcuterie and, of course, cheese. The cheese is deliciously French, always a surprise and always great. One board serves two. The staff are in love with their product and very knowledgeable. Check the shelves behind the bar for special offers and interesting new wines.

Artisanal cheese board (three cheeses, bread, conserves): £15.00


56A Broughton Street

Using the unit directly below L’escargot bleue on Broughton Street is Pickles. Here, the cheese board comes in two varieties: French or Scottish. One board is for two but I know from experience that it works for three too. Pickels is very popular and gets very busy on weekend nights. In the summer, you can sit outside.

Scottish cheese platter (three cheeses, baguette and oat cakes, pickles): £15.00
Bottle of port with Scottish cheese platter: £33.00

Le Di-vin

9 Randolhp Place

A mere stones-throw from Bar á vin, behind Tudor House, elegant Le Di-vin also offers a great wine selection and cheese or charcuterie boards with authentic French flair. A medium planchette serves two. I love the long metal bar and enjoy pouring over the wine menu – they have a lot of wines by the glass.

Medium fromage planchette: £16.00

Honorable mention: Smith & Gertrude, on 26 Hamilton Place, is next on my list for places I to go to. I’ve heard so much good about this place. House selection cheese board (5 cheeses, oatcakes, crackers, grapes, chutneys): £15.00

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About Caroline von Schmalensee

Cooking, eating and drinking is fun as well as necessary. I do food for fun and I write for a living. Good food makes the world a more delicious and satisfying place. Good writing, meanwhile, can make the world a less confusing place.


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  2. Great picks here! There’s nothing better than the perfect wine and cheese pairing, and it’s great to know there are plenty of options for a Scottish platter. It sounds like you can try a lot of new flavours in these places as well, which is always great.

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