Festival Foodie Guide

IT DOESN'T SEEM like any time has passed since I published last year's Festival guide, and since then, I've visited some really great dining spots. I hope visitors to Edinburgh manage to visit these marvelous restaurants that truly cement the city as a real foodie destination.

Must Visit:

Purslane is a gem of a find and a restaurant I suggest no visitor misses out on while visiting Edinburgh. Nestled downstairs on St. Stephen Street, Purslane serves up a mouth-watering menu of seasonal delights with ingredients predominantly sourced from the surrounding  Stockbridge area. 

Chef Paul Gunning has honed his craft under the watchful eye of some of the top chefs in the UK, including Marco Pierre White (The River Room) and Phil Thompson (Auberge Du Lac).  

Offering three courses for around £28 (taster menu is also available) and a considerable wine list, Purslane will give any visitor (or local alike) a real taste of modern Scottish cooking and the best value for money in the city.

Phone: (0131) 226 3500 

33a St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AH

Top Lunch Spot:

Located just off Princes Street, The Edinburgh Larder's food philosophy is an inspiration for any foodie. Not only does the eatery offer a top rate lunch deal (two courses for £12 or three for £15), it also houses an artisan bakery where you can purchase their breads and pastries. 

The restaurant doesn't just take pride in the way ingredients are turned into top notch dishes, but also in informing the customer of the provenance of such produce by promoting their excellent array of suppliers.

I highly recommend one of their gin cocktails with home-made lavender cordial!   

Phone:(0131) 225 4599

Bistro: 1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH
Cafe: 15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB

Taste of The Sea

Scotland offers some of the best seafood in the world, and you're in good hands at A Room in Leith. This popular seafood joint serves up some of the finest fish in the city, with a range of beers and whiskies to boot.

Situated on The Shore area, their use of quality produce is given the necessary respect that will send you away with fond memories of Scottish cuisine - a far cry from our reputation as deep fried Mars bar eaters! 

Their neighbouring pub, Teuchters Landing, is the ideal spot for an after dinner drink, and also serves up a brilliant mug menu to snack on - ideal for munching on their outside terrace. 

Phone: (0131) 554 7427

1a Dock Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU


  1. We've still not been to any of these places! Need to rectify this!

  2. Yes you do!! Read your review of The Magnum there, glad because I'm reviewing it soonand don't know anybody who has been.


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