Eating and Drinking
Edinburgh has a vast array of places to eat and drink – and five restaurants with Michelin stars.
Trip Advisor is obviously a good starting point to check out what’s what:
There are some great bars where you can just soak up the atmosphere or listen to some live Scottish music.
An amazing old-style pub in Morningside. Great ale and wine plus champagne and oysters! No website but directions here
Al-Dente for Italian
A great little spot with loads of atmosphere and original food:
The Mash Tun
A pub in Easter Road, this place does good pizzas and a nice selection of beers - http://mashtunedinburgh.co.uk/
Probably the best Indian take away in Scotland (seriously!). Try the lamb or chicken tikka and any of the curries with naan, rive and dhal. They’ll deliver to the apartment 9give them the address and postcode – Flat 15, 13 Lochend Park View, EH7 5FX): http://www.shaplatakeaway.co.uk/
If you fancy eating at one of the Michelin-starred eateries, lunch is by far the best and cheapest option (around £40 per head including a glass or two of wine).
My favourite is Paul Kitching’s (not to be confused with Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin) 21212, which will afford you the most amazing and unique food experience of your life (I love it – other people don’t agree; check out the reviews on Trip Advisor):
Just 10 minutes from the apartment right on the traffic lights junction where Easter Road meets Regent Road.
A really cool spot with good ales.
Another charming old-style pub (which says the interior hasn’t altered since 1906) in Toll Cross (at the bottom of Lothian Road) - http://www.bennetsbar.co.uk/default.html
Manna House Bakery
A great spot for breakfast, a mid-morning coffee, some lunch or afternoon tea (and brilliant bread and cakes to take away): http://www.themannahousebakery.co.uk/
The Jazz Bar
A great late night haunt in the Old Town near the Royal Mile (on the 35 bus route) with surprisingly good music.
A great bar (young and trendy) and main outlet of the brewery with the same name
Boda run a selection of brilliant bars across Edinburgh, including the Jospeh Pearce pub in Leith Walk, Hemma near the Parliament and Sofi’s at The Shore – all unique and packed with atmosphere. http://www.bodabar.com/mt-static/pearce.html
The Whiski Rooms
Has good music and plenty of scotch to sample - http://www.whiskirooms.co.uk/index.html
Excellent middle-eastern food in a great atmosphere at the top of Leith Walk:
Taste of Italy
Good value Italian near the Playhouse at the top of Leith Walk: