THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL is soon upon us and I wanted to give visitors to our wonderful city a quick guide to the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh.
With such a vast array of great pubs and restaurants, here are my recommendations that'll leave you reminiscing about the Edinburgh food and drink scene for years to come:
Don't let the 'fine dining' heading put you off here... you simply won't find this level of cooking for better value anywhere in Edinburgh. Chef Paul Gunning has put together a menu that proudly showcases the finest local produce with stunning presentation and imagination. There's no pretentiousness with Purslane - just excellent and honest food from a chef on top of his game.
33a St. Stephen St., Stockbridge,
Edinburgh, EH3 5AH
0131 226 3500
The perfect place to enjoy great value, top quality food and a great selection of beers and the whiskys. Proudly using the finest local ingredients, Nobles is a very relaxing place to enjoy a few drinks and food that is far better quality and value than you'll find in the usual overpriced tourist spots. They also have live music on later in the night, which only adds to the atmosphere. Highly recommend their burgers!
44a Constitution Street,
0131 629 7215
New Kid on the Block
Field opened in January of this year and has made quite the impression on the Edinburgh food scene with it's relaxed approach to fine dining.
From field to fork is very much the philosophy used by chef Gordon Craig, who's background includes some of the finest establishments in the UK, most notably working under the Roux family at The Waterside Inn.
This city centre restaurant boasts a superb menu with a great range of dishes that, not only showcase the best seasonal ingredients, but will leave you wanting to come back for more.
41 West Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
0131 667 7010
Beer and Whisky
The Bow Bar
For cask ales and whisky this is simply one of the very best bars in town. With over 200 malts, eight regularly changing beer casks and a wide range of beers from around the world, the Bow Bar is a must visit for any beer or whisky connoisseur.
The staff boast expert knowledge of their drink and expertly find something to suit any palette. You can even bring some cheese over from I.J Mellis cheese mongers over the road and they'll happily sort you out with knives, plates and beers to suit your cheese!
Situated just off the Grassmarket, one of the things i love about this bar is that they don't allow tacky hen or stag parties to disturb your drinking enjoyment!