Sunday Lunch at The Sheep Heid, Duddingston

Box-baked camembert, chutney and dough sticks

I was looking forward to trying a re-launched offering at The Sheep Heid. When I last went a few years ago, the menu was a reflection of new corporate owners, Johnny Walker. Although the charming jumbled antiquities and dark wood furnishings remained, the food and drink felt soulless. This time,…

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Discovering Edinburgh – a well-balanced foody day out

Edinburgh - the view form Arthur's Seat.

I love walking around Edinburgh in the sunshine and if I can show my adopted home town off, all the better. My cousin came to visit recently and gave me a great opportunity to do just that. There are lots of great hotels in Edinburgh but I enjoy having people stay…

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The Edinburgh Grand’s Inaugural Supper Club

The star dish was a roasted beetroot, with hazelnuts and curd cheese

I was in a treat last week when I attended the Edinburgh Grand and the Register Club’s Inaugural Supper Club, in the splendour of its penthouse suite, with its amazing city views.  The first of these monthly supper clubs was hosted by Bristol-based chefs, Josh Eggleton, Head Chef at Michelin…

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The Wine Jewels of Zonin at The Wine House 1821

The Wine Jewels of Zonin

Last Friday, I was invited to join guests and other bloggers and journalists to discover the jewels of Zonin wine estates with a fabulous dinner at The Wine House 1821, plus the opportunity to try the new Zonin ‘Imperiale’ craft gin. Last updated by Kerry Teakle at March 6, 2019.

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Pizza Geeks – the dough force is strong in this one

Colourful, funny with very good dough: I give you Pizza Geeks.

It was one of those evenings: we weren’t going to do anything and we most certainly wasn’t going to stay out and eat. But after a pint in Mad Hatter we didn’t really feel like going home to cook either. I suggested pizza and we decided to have a look…

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Roots – warm and veggie on William Street

Avocado bagel: tasty as anything but dear at £10.

We were looking for somewhere to eat lunch on a chilly January Monday and found ourselves walking aimlessly around the West End. I spotted the sign for Roots and got excited: I had heard of this place, we should try it. In we went. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee…

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L’escargot blanc – Scottish Larder

Tasting the Scottish Larder - Hogget caillette

You know when you’re invited to an event at l’escargot blanc in Edinburgh’s West End that it’s going to be a good night.  With its friendly downstairs bar, Bar A Vin and its lofty upstairs restaurant with its lively French atmosphere, it always provides a down-to-earth welcome with hearty food…

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Merienda – elegant (and delicious!) small plates in Stockbridge

Ballotine of veal, lemon scented spinach and ricotta

Merienda is a cosy small-plate restaurant in Stockbridge. If you haven’t been yet, go. This is relaxed, delicious and well-thought out eating where you can build your own tasting menu. Spoiler alert: this post will be a love letter to small plates in general and those at Merienda in particular.…

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Fiocchi di Neve – a warm welcome in Dalry

Cake. It's not all about the cake but this stuff is fabulous.

I’m a fan of chef Rosario Sartore, owner of Locanda de Gusti and Pizza 1926 in Dalry. Both restaurants are excellent in their own way. I’m celebrating my anniversary at Locanda this year and Pizza 1926 has some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. Rosario’s extending his reach in…

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Bistro du vin: French classics with a twist – the prix fixe menu

Tender pigs cheeks with caramelised shallots and a mountain of silky mash.

It is too easy to think of Hotel du vin as only for tourists; a hotel with a bar and restaurant attached. Having stayed with them in a number of other cities, I think they are a great place for a weekend break. In Edinburgh, it’s a rare festival that Caroline…

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