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35 Drumsheugh Gdns

City of Edinburgh Members
EH3 7RN
Tel:0131 226 6050
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Quintessential style - the cool place to be! With inspired menus The Bonham is the perfect haven in Edinburgh's bustling West End. Moments away from Princes Street the dining room overlooks the stately peaceful crescent of Drumsheugh and also over Dean Village and its historic buildings. It masters the skills of being a hotel with a beautiful restaurant and the ambience of a stylish residence. There is also a lovely lounge bar called the Consulting Rooms, a nod to its former use. One magazine has dubbed it "One of the Coolest Hotels of the Twenty First Century." They very kindly allowed me to bring along some students to see behind the scenes and they were blown away! The Bonham also offer lighter meals and afternoon teas.



34 NW Thistle St Lane

City of Edinburgh Members
EH2 1EA
Tel:0131 226 2211
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Tucked away snugly down a back lane in the New Town off Hanover Street, this stylish French inspired bistro is oozing atmosphere, locally sourced produce and a certain je ne sais quoi. Neil Forbes, deservedly voted Chef of the Year at the Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards 2014, creates stylish menus where the produce is the star. He also runs Masterclasses for Slow Food Edinburgh and was one of the chefs who goes to Terra Madre in Turino.


Cannonball House
Royal Mile

City of Edinburgh Members

Tel:0131 225 1550
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A unique partnership has transformed one of the Royal Mile’s most historic buildings into a food and drink experience unlike anything else in Scotland. Sixteenth century Cannonball House has undergone an ambitious renovation to create a landmark restaurant, gelateria, and caffe spread over three floors with spectacular views of the Castle and the city of Edinburgh. The project has been undertaken by Victor and Carina Contini who already own Contini Ristorante on George Street and The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at the Scottish National Gallery on The Mound. With a porridge bar, artisan gelateria and Italian street food café, the newly opened Contini Caffe celebrates the couple’s Italian heritage with a food offering to match. Doesn't it look amazing?


Cannonball House

City of Edinburgh Members

Tel:0131 225 1550
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Cannonball, The Contini's showcase restaurant on the top floor, serves the best of Scotland with dishes like Stornoway Black Pudding Risotto, Clash Farm Slow Roast Pork Belly and Macaroni Cheese with East Lothian Lobster Thermidor Sauce. Open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday and on Sundays from 10am until 8pm for brunch, Sunday roast, high tea and supper, the landmark restaurant looks over the Castle Esplanade and Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. The new venture’s interior is inspired by the Contini’s family heritage with hints of tartan mixed with great Italian style.


103 George Street

City of Edinburgh Members
EH2 3ES
Tel:0131 225 1550
Comments
Beautifully prepared Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients from the Milan markets and their East Lothian garden, Victor & Carina's vibrant venue serves delicious lights as well as more substantial dishes - open 8 till late. A touch of Italy in Scotland's capital. Formerly called Centotre I have had wonderful meals here .such as tasty pasta dish pictured! They are keen supporters of all that is Slow, creating a kitchen garden for sustainable produce for both here and their sister restaurants The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant and Cannonball (see new entry opened summer 2014). Click on their link to read more.


West Craigie Farm

City of Edinburgh Members
EH30 9TR
Tel:0131 319 1048
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This beautiful café has terrific views over the Forth and is a pleasant short drive from the city centre on the road to the bridge near South Queensferry. They serve hot dish of the day, light dishes, salads, terrines, soups and home baking. Great supporters of local and home grown produce and a super place to eat. 2009 Winners of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Food, the Sinclair family have been local food heroes for many years with their lovely jams and chutneys from their West Craigie Jam Kitchen and their wonderful farm soft fruits available in punnets from the shop or pick-your-own. Alongside their cafe they also have a great deli with many locally sourced meats, fish and cheeses and provisions such as Brodies teas and coffees. Well worth a visit... again and again.


123b High Street

City of Edinburgh Members
EH1 1SG
Tel:0131 557 5732
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A staunch supporter of Scottish produce, James' reputation for excellent food makes this a popular haunt. Charming place, modest size so best to book. The meals are delicious and always with seasonal produce. The black pot (prais dubh) of the logo sits snugly in the corner. James and Heather created this charming restaurant in the heart of the old town 24 years ago, and ever since it is sought out by locals, tourists and great names alike. Raymond Blanc has dined here several times – indeed once was turned away when there were no free tables! Great place; lovely atmosphere. Click on link for website to see menus but Telephone Bookings only please. No e mail.


94 Hanover Street

City of Edinburgh Members
EH2 1DR
Tel:0131 225 2131
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Scotland's original for top veggie dining. 50 years young in 2013 and still owned by the Henderson family, now in its 3rd generation. Look out for their cookbooks full of healthy eating tips. Counter service by day and table service in evenings. The Henderson family has also an art gallery dedicated to the founder Janet Henderson. Janet was an absolute trail blazer, creating innovative salads in the early 60's in Edinburgh and generations have dated and dined here. It has live music and local produce, often cooked with an international twist reflecting the cosmopolitan chefs over the years. As much as possible is sourced organically. A real treat.


3 Lothian Road


City of Edinburgh Members
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Henderson's @ St John's is in the former Cornerstone Cafe beneath St John's Church at the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road at Edinburgh's West End. St John's is one of Edinburgh's most recognisable landmarks. It was designed by the architect William Burn, whose other buildings include Inverness Castle, John Watson's Hospital - now the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The historic barrel-vaulted bistro can seat up to 80 people and offers the very best in contemporary vegetarian cookery at great value prices. It is a snug atmospheric place to go in winter and has al fresco seating all summer in addition to the lovely views from the windows, views of Edinburgh Castle that were secured by an Act of Parliament forbidding any further building on the south side of the church. From coffee and cakes to lovely main courses, salads and desserts, all home made and mainly organic, accompanied by their delicious breads, this is a great place to go any time and available to be booked for events too.



25c Thistle Street

City of Edinburgh Members
EH2 1DR
Tel:0131 225 2605
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A trailblazer since the 60’s Henderson’s has done it again and launched Henderson’s Vegan at what was formerly their Thistle Street Bistro. When Janet Henderson first opened, her recipe for success was farm surplus vegetables, a passion for healthy family eating plus an interest in nutritional developments in mainland Europe. Edinburgers were greeted with raw foods, intriguing salads and seasonal produce cooked in ways not generally seen on the tables of Scotland! She would be delighted to see her grandson carrying on the tradition of innovation, healthy eating and imaginative dishes over half a century on!

Business Development Manager Barrie Henderson said: “We recognise the growing awareness and interest in vegan food within the UK. A vegan diet has been shown to reduce your food-related carbon footprint by 60% (New Scientist July 2015) so, given our passion for ethical and sustainable food choices, at the heart of the Henderson’s ethos, it is a natural direction for us to take.

 “At Henderson’s Vegan we will have the opportunity to show people what a wide range of cuisine there is. Most people just think of fresh salads but there are a wealth of exciting dishes, decadent desserts and some of the favourite classics but all without using animal products.”

 “It’s an exciting project and we are all very excited about the opening at the end of July - we naturally look forward to seeing you there.”



17 Queensferry Street

City of Edinburgh Members
EH2 4QW
Tel:0131 226 1890
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This bistro has the delightful tagline 'French Twist Using The Best of Scotland' and it truly does. These delightful bistros are totally French in style yet proud of their use of Scottish produce. Meats are often slow cooked for full flavour; fish and shellfish are skilfully cooked with a lightness of touch. 'The Auld Alliance is alive here and Fred & Betty have their own version of "entente-cordiale". Fred seeks out others that share his passion for excellence.' On the evening we dined we had steaming pots of moules mariniere, excellent vegetarian woodland mushroom vol au vents and an individual pot au feu brimming with braised lamb and roots slow cooked in their juices. With French posters and signs, bistro tables and delightful French staff we could have been in Paris! ALSO...L'ESCARGOT BLEU @ 56 Broughton Street on 0131 557 1600



Prestonfield
Priestfield Road

City of Edinburgh Members
EH16 5UT
Tel:0131 225 1333
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Rhubarb is at Prestonfield House. This magnificient historic mansion has been creatively and sensitively restored to its former glory. Set in grounds with peacocks and highland cattle the whole experience is unforgettable - it is also on record for growing Scotland's first rhubarb, until then an uknown plant from China! Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club. Prestonfield is an exceptional place: the staff are superb and the food exceptional.


The National Gallery of Scotland
The Mound

City of Edinburgh Members
EH2 2EL
Tel:0131 226 6524
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Stylish and contemporary, the latest addition to the National Galleries of Scotland makes a gastonomical experience also a cultural one! Here Victor and Carina Contini bring you traditional recipes and fresh produce from local suppliers, only this time the menu is more celtic than Italian and equally successful. Their venues are always stylish and enjoyable with superb savoury dishes, sweet cakes and imaginative treats. There are light bites and substantial meals, all delicious. They pride themselves in local Slow Food, with a map showing where producers are and also growing their own in their kitchen garden.


Chambers Street

City of Edinburgh Members
EH1 1JF
Tel:0131 225 3003
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Pure style on the rooftop of the National Museum of Scotland - a view matched only by the menu. This is another inspirational venue and menu from James Thomson, of Prestonfield fame. This is a smooth city venue, minimalist and chic yet only a short walk from Princes Street in the city centre.


19 Elm Row

City of Edinburgh Members
EH7 4AA
Tel:0131 556 6066
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Celebrating 80 years 1934-2014 trading in Elm Row in this fabulous emporium. Here is Philip Contini in their lovely cafe bistro. World class Italian - no food guide worth its salt should be without it! This amazing treasure chest of Italian gourmet food is a wonderful journey for all the senses. Look upwards and you will see giant risotto pans alongside hams. Inhale the wonderful cheeses and freshly baked breads. There is a wine selection that few could match; an interesting array of arty cookware, and an excellent cafe to the rear. Mary Contini is also an accomplished writer and her books are on sale here too. Check their website for latest calendar of events.



Multrees Walk

City of Edinburgh Members
EH1 3DQ
Tel:0131 557 0088
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The latest addition to Valvona & Crolla family enterprise, from Mary and Philip''s daughter Francesca, next door to Harvey Nicks. High on style and quality dining, a very 'hip' place to be. The Wine List is selected by Philip Contini, grandson of founder Alfonso Crolla, from his award-winning range in Valvona & Crolla. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club. Open all day Mondays to Saturdays then Sunday brunch.



Royal Mile

267 Canongate

City of Edinburgh Members
EH8 8BQ
Tel:0131 558 8737
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After a successful career in the Lake District we are lucky that Paul has chosen to settle in Edinburgh and opened this lovely restaurant here with his partner Lisa. He is now a prominent figure on Edinburgh's restaurant scene for his stylish contemporary Scottish cuisine and wonderful relaxing atmosphere. As he says they have created 'their own perfect night out.'

A passionate supporter of local produce he has presented entertaining cookery shows at the Royal Highland Show for us and has quite a following! Here is his wonderful take on Herbed Grains, Glazed goats cheese, pickled chanterelles, squash.



13 Hope Street

City of Edinburgh Members
EH2 4EL
Tel:0131 225 8674
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Atmospheric cellars with a host of well-selected wines, many offered by the glass. The impressive menu has an emphasis on fine local seafood and you can have a full meal or just a light bite. These home made fishcakes were brilliant. This West End wine bar has been on the go for over 25 years and is ever a vibrant and popular meeting place. Check out their website link for details of their jazz nights too.


Castlehill
The Royal Mile

City of Edinburgh Members
EH1 2NF
Tel:0131 225 5613
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Lavishly unique and steeped in history. Right beside the castle and elegantly styled it is always a gastronomic delight to dine here. Now over 30 years young, this was James Thomson's first restaurant venture in Edinburgh and still winning accolades today. Now also with incredible suites above, within this amazing Edinburgh site.


Region: East Lothian Members



Main Street
Aberlady

East Lothian Members
EH32 0RE
Tel:01875 870682
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Malcolm Duck took over this well known Aberlady landmark in 2004 and since then has not only been bestowing upon it much tender loving care but also attracted accolades for its food and wines. Now there is another dining option, Donald's Bistro (named after his Dad). This serves food all day with informal tasty menus to tempt you after a bracing coastal walk, a round of golf or no excuse required - just enjoy. Like Duck's, Donald's also prides itself in sourcing the best of Scotland's produce along with real ale, 50 to 60 malts and Ducks wine list. The chowder is a big favourite together with mussels, beef, fish and chips.


Main Street
Aberlady


East Lothian Members
EH32 0RE
Tel:01875 870682
Comments
A charming country hotel and well known landmark in the pretty village of Aberlady. Proprietor Malcolm Duck's original restaurant here is the award-winning Ducks, for fine dining, romantic dinners or larger celebrations with a superb wine list reflecting Malcolm's passion for fine food and wine- a real asset to East Lothian. Ducks has just added Winner of Best Hotel Restaurant Award at recent East Lothian Food and Drink Awards to its other accolades. See above entry for the latest addition .....Donald's Bar and Bistro.


Gosford Eastate
by Longniddry

East Lothian Members
EH32 0PX
Tel:01875 871234
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This super farm shop on the edge of Aberlady is famous for its locally reared wild boar but the farm shop also stocks a range of seasonal vegetables from surrounding farms and a very good range of other Scottish store cupboard essentials. The cafe is a great place to stop and there is outdoor seating too for the summery days.



Region: Edinburgh



Amber Restaurant
Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
345 Castlehill

Edinburgh
EH1 2NE
Tel:0131 477 8477
Amber Restaurant
Comments
Sophisticated dining in the heart of Old Edinburgh by Edinburgh Castle, complete with resident whisky expert. With a pleasing selection of contemporary dishes and needles to say...also a whisky bar! Also available for private dining events. No e mail address at present


Angels with Bagpipes
343 High Street
Royal Mile

Edinburgh
EH1 1PW
Tel:0131 220 1111
Angels with Bagpipes
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Angels with Bagpipes takes its name from a beautiful wood carving in the Thistle Chapel of the St Giles Cathedral opposite the restaurant and pictured here. This restaurant has made a big impression in a short time with its contemporary twist on fine produce.


Balmoral Hotel
1 Princes Street

Edinburgh
EH2 2EQ
Tel:0131 556 2414
Balmoral Hotel
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An imposing Edinburgh landmark with food to match. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club. Restaurant Number 1 is award-winning Chef Jeff Bland and his team's height of culinary excellence and the building in which it is situated is steeped in the stuff of legends. The rich and famous have been flocking here for more than a century... if only walls could talk!


Cafe Newton, Dean Gallery
73 Belford Road

Edinburgh

Tel:0131 624 6200
Cafe Newton, Dean Gallery
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Fascinating gallery in historic venue, Dean Gallery is adjacent to the Modern Art Gallery, with stylsh brasserie style diner within. Compact, so go early/book ahead to avoid disappointment. Lovely Mackintosh inspired decor with appealing menu.


Café Royal Circle Bar
17 West Register Street

Edinburgh
EH2 2AA
Tel:0131 556 1884
Café Royal Circle Bar
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The Café and upstairs Oyster Bar are unique Edinburgh classics. Almost 200 years old the name reflects the oysters that were so commonplace around Edinburgh in the 1820's - indeed so common the poor were fed up eating them! This opulent baroque Parisian building is hidden behind Princes Street at Edinburgh's East End but only a moment away from the thoroughfare so well worth seeking it out. Go for a gastronomic experience or simply a light meal. The menus are a celebration of the best Scottish classics and produce, particularly but not exclusively seafood. You can even pop in for a coffee or dram. Watch out for the ghost - there is a resident one!! No e mail at present.


Cambridge Bar
20 Young Street

Edinburgh
EH2 4JB
Tel:0131 226 2120
Cambridge Bar
Comments
Not only a lively bar but also a "gourmet grill" with prime Scotch beef used for a great selection of burgers. There are veggie options too and with Mackies Ice Cream or smoothies for afters it's a simple highly successful formula. More and more, people care about food quality and provenance, and we’re no different. Where possible, we buy locally and make things in-house. They use 100% Scottish beef which is sourced exclusively through J Gilmour, along with chicken and seasonal pork and lamb. Their buffalo comes straight from Puddledub Farm, in Fife.


Castle Terrace Restaurant
33/35 Castle Terrace

Edinburgh
EH1 2EL
Tel: (+44) 0131 229 1222
Castle Terrace Restaurant
Comments
Described as Modern British it is the brainchild of Tom Kitchin with Chef Patron Dominic Jack, who has worked in many Michellin starred restaurants across Europe. Dominic uses seasonal produce in his own unique style and is a welcome new addition to Edinburgh's West End.


Cuckoo’s Bakery
116 Bruntsfield Place

Edinburgh
EH10 4ES
Tel:0131 228 6100
Cuckoo’s Bakery
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Complete with dainty cafe to rear of shop, this lovely emporium specialises in layer cakes, as well as offering Cuckoo’s infamous cupcakes, brownies, scones and a wide range of tray bakes. It has a lovely retro décor and 1950s style coffee machine, offering customers a nostalgic, retro feel. The team at Cuckoo’s Bakery uses only the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients to craft the most imaginatively designed, flavoursome cakes. The provenance of items is something they are clearly proud of making this a very ethical venue. The team won ‘Best Cake in Scotland’ at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2014 for their raspberry and white chocolate cupcake and have been shortlisted as a finalist for Scottish Baker of the Year, 2015. Also with branch/nest in Dundas Street!



Edinburgh Larder
1a Alva Street

Edinburgh
EH2 4PH
Tel:0131 225 4599
Edinburgh Larder
Comments
As a Slow Food Chef Alliance member, here is a bistro that is proud to source Scottish seasonal produce. The basement entrance conceals a lovely conservatory (pictured) and light ambience. The style is quirky and informal and the food excellent. Popular with all ages, botanical drinks, real ales and artisan wines also play a part on the dining experience. I particularly like the supplier and seasonal info on the boards outside - nice touch. Also with a cafe at 15 Blackfriars Street


Edinburgh Larder - Deli and Licensed Cafe
15 Blackfriars Street


Edinburgh
EH1 1NB
Tel:0131 556 6922
Edinburgh Larder - Deli and Licensed Cafe
Comments
A lovely deli and cafe in the heart of the Old Town. Strong advocates of Slow Food they have gone to great lengths to find local suppliers and also hold foodie events.


Fishers in the City
58 Thistle Street

Edinburgh
EH2 1EN
Tel:0131 225 5109
Fishers in the City
Comments

Lovely maritime theme in both menu and décor. Naturally a predominantly seafood menu with particularly delicious bisques. Informal and casual. Very popular with the locals. Also with a venue on the shore in Leith.



Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
Harvey Nichols
30 - 34 St Andrew Square

Edinburgh
EH2 2AD
Tel:0131 524 8350
Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
Comments
Talk about a room with a view…! This forth floor restaurant has astounding views over Edinburgh where you can splash out on an amazing meal courtesy of their team of highly qualified chefs. You can also opt for a lighter (on wallet and waistline) more informal meal... or even, depending on the time of day, just pop in for a creamy luxury hot chocolate! There is also a very exclusive food hall on the top floor - a delight for any foodie. Absolutely fab of course - it's Harvey Nicks after all!


Glass & Thomson
2 Dundas Street

Edinburgh
EH3 6HZ
Tel:0131 557 0909
Glass & Thomson
Comments
Classy deli with cafe - light and airy with a few seats to enjoy a latte or light bite. Lots of deli type goodies, pates, cheeses, to eat in or take away. No e mail address at present so please telephone.


Grain Store
30 Victoria Street

Edinburgh
EH1 2JN
Tel:0131 225 7635
Grain Store
Comments
Fine food served naturally.This is a little gem, upstairs in Edinburgh's historic winding Victoria Street, very laid back and unpretentious. Victoria Street is brimming over with interesting food shops to visit too - Demijohn for example.


Howies
10-14 Victoria Street

Edinburgh
EH1 2HG
Tel:0131 225 1721
Howies
Comments
Informal and contemporary, light and airy. Tempting menu in an appealing setting. Good value for money with local food and daily menus. Back with its original owner and with a bistro in Waterloo Place, Edinburgh and Chapel Street Aberdeen


Jacob Patisserie
by Haymarket Station

Edinburgh

Jacob Patisserie
Comments
This Gorgie Road Patisserie now has a bright and charming cafe too, across the road from Haymarket Station. Comfy sofas, warming stove, small selection of interesting foodie gifts and of course his wonderful patisserie to go with that coffee.


Kyloe
1-3 Rutland Street


Edinburgh
EH1 2AE
Tel:01312293402
Kyloe
Comments
On the first floor of the Rutland Hotel at Edinburgh's West End is Kyloe (an old Scots word for highland cattle). This is a quintessential gourmet steak restaurant although if steak is not your bag do not fear. With rich leathers and cattle decor, meat is definitely de rigour and the well designed menu also gives informative notes on the breeds and cuts. Highly respected David Haetzman is Executive Chef here and is also kind enough to present entertaining shows in our Cookery Theatre at the Royal Highland this year, 2015. ...and while you are there, The Edinburgh Gin Distillery and Visitor Centre is in the hotel basement - well worth a visit!


La Garrigue
31 Jeffrey Street

Edinburgh
EH1 1DH
Tel:0131 557 3032
La Garrigue
Comments
Languedoc dishes created by Masterchef Jean Michel Gauffe..... and now also with a venue in Leith. This, his original, has a deep blue theme with many pleasing contemporary artworks reflecting his roots on the walls. Appeared on TV with Gordon Ramsay as voted the best French restaurant in Scotland. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


McKirdy's
151-155 Morrison Street

Edinburgh

Tel:0131 229 6660
McKirdy
Comments
The McKirdys have been butchers in and around the Edinburgh and East Lothian area since 1895, gaining a reputation for the very highest quality meat available; a quality that is now available at McKirdy's Steakhouse - Edinburgh's only Steakhouse owned and supplied by Award Winning butchers. Now that's what I call joined up thinking!


Ondine
2 George IV Bridge

Edinburgh
EH1 1AD
Tel:0131 226 1888
Ondine
Comments
Chef Patron Roy Brett ran Rick Stein's empire prior to having his own place where he prides himself in sustainability and seasonality. Although predominantly seafood there are gourmet steaks here too. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club. The dishes are international in style but most definitely Scottish in produce. On the night we dined we had crab, cured salmon, Orkney rib and a wonderful pavlova for dessert. Sublime. This is definitely a place to remember. Roy was a very popular chef at the RHS Cookery Theatre 2014 where he created dishes such as the one pictured.


One Square Bar & Restaurant at The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
1 Festival Square

Edinburgh
EH3 9SR
Tel:0131 221 6422
One Square Bar & Restaurant at The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
Comments
This luxury modern hotel is located at Edinburgh's West End opposite the Usher Hall and in view of the castle - a prime location for all that's happening in the Capital. The chefs take pride in sourcing local produce and it is always good to see such provenance highlighted on menus: Scabster haddock, Ayrshire bacon and even Pittenweem oatcakes. One Square can also morph easily from relaxed lunching to evening dining, with private dining options and even "Dining at The Pass."


Scran & Scallie
1 Comely Bank Road
Stockbridge

Edinburgh
EH4 1DT
Tel:0131 332 6281
Scran & Scallie
Comments
Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack have created menus of fresh, home-cooked dishes using quality, seasonal, local produce, with Head Chef David Umpherson to create a gastro pub for Stockbridge residents and beyond. Quirky and Scots, with a balance of traditional ingredients with chefs' twist. The lovely decor also reflects its celtic style.


Stac Polly
29-33 Dublin Street

Edinburgh
EH3 6NL
Tel:0131 556 2231
Stac Polly
Comments
Named after the famous Scottish peak this venue has just had a complete facelift at entrance level creating a vibrant contemporary Scottish Gin and Wine Bar with Bistro for lighter meals, buzzing lunches and post work chill times (pictured). The menu comprises sharing platters, creamy seafood soups and showcases gourmet producers. Quirky and appealing, Stac Polly has been on the go for quite a while and is as popular as ever. Consistently rated highly for their authentic celtic style menus in the atmospheric lower ground restaurant this is a popular place with a difference. There is a second venue in St Mary's Street.


The Dogs
110 Hanover Street

Edinburgh
EH2 1DR
Tel:0131 220 1208
The Dogs
Comments
Well-known Edinburgh restaurateur David Ramsden, who brought us (fitz)Henry and Rogue has brought us The Dogs – a great concept of value for money, delightful informality, and above all, great food - ethical, sustainable and great tasting! David champions Scottish and British ingredients and I for one shall certainly be back! Interestingly for locals of a certain age (!) The Dogs is in the venue formerly occupied by the Edinburgh Wine Bar. And as for the name? Well from the quirky artwork to the humorous designs and the beautiful photography I assume David loves his canine companion.


The Gardeners Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens
London Road


Edinburgh
EH7 5DX
Tel:0131 558 1221
The Gardeners Cottage
Comments
This delightful and diminutive listed Playfair building was indeed the gardener's cottage and is now a quirky restaurant owned and run by two gifted young chefs, passionate about local produce and unflinching in their standards to use seasonal ingredients in all their dishes. Their methods are innovative and you will love it! I dined here recently with the students from the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, and Slow Food members - we all had a great time. No great string of dishes on the menu here - concise menus with top produce - a winning combination.


The Pantry
1-2 North West Circus Place
Stockbridge


Edinburgh
EH3 6ST
Tel:0131 6290 206
The Pantry
Comments

This informal relaxed bistro cafe on the edge of Stockbridge has a youthful energy and a tempting blackboard menu. Chris Thompson always wanted to be a chef and has great love for food. He took this passion and drive and opened his own restaurant, alongside wife Charlotte in December 2012. All dishes are very ethically sourced and cover a range of home comforts with a contemporary twist and a light touch in pairing foods. Most suppliers are mentioned by name and their suppliers considered their partners. Their pulled pork is delicious.



The Timberyard
10 Lady Lawson Street

Edinburgh
EH3 9DS
Tel:0131 221 1222
The Timberyard
Comments
Andrew, along with wife Lisa and their children Ben, Jo and Abi have opened their exciting new venture, The Timberyard, at Edinburgh’s West End. The building’s history is fascinating and when last open it was the timberyard on Lady Lawson Street. I remember it well as my Dad is very skilled with woodwork and we were often to be found there on Saturday mornings selecting lengths for his latest ploy. I remember the scents of cedar, pine and linseed… and now you can enjoy wonderful ethical dishes from Ben's kitchen. Reflecting elements of Nordic inspiration in their decor and use of ingredients, we savoured his Wild Mallard and Soused Mackerel (pictured) for our starters, followed by Tongue with Horseradish Mash and Newtonmore Venison Hot Pot. The Radfords have transformed this warehouse into an inspiring food destination.


Region: Edinburgh, Leith



Plumed Horse
50-54 Henderson Street

Edinburgh, Leith
EH6 6DE 
Tel:0131 554 5556
Plumed Horse
Comments
Award-winning eatery. Highly creative menus with Scottish produce. The Plumed Horse initially received acclaim in Dumfries & Galloway and now is flourishing in Henderson Street, Leith, near Edinburgh. Award-winning chef proprietor Tony Borthwick.


Restaurant Martin Wishart
54 The Shore

Edinburgh, Leith
EH6 6RA
Tel:0131 553 3557
Restaurant Martin Wishart
Comments
Eponymous restaurant with many plaudits. Martin Wishart has justly won many awards for not only his skills but also his expert use of our fine local produce. Martin has been awarded a Michelin star and 4 AA rosettes. You can now learn a few skills for yourself by signing up for a course at his latest Leith addition the Martin Wishart Cook School. Now also a brasserie, newly opened in Castle Street, called The Honours.


The Kitchin
78 Commercial Quay

Edinburgh, Leith
EH6 6LX
Tel:0131 555 1755
The Kitchin
Comments
Gifted chef Tom Kitchin with a Michelin Star to his name for his fusion of French cuisine and Scottish produce. His philosophy is 'From Nature to Plate.' Now with Castle Terrace Restaurant following suit under the watchful eye of friend and fellow leading light Chef Patron Dominic Jack.


The Ship
24-26 Shore

Edinburgh, Leith
EH6 6QN
Tel:0131 555 0409
The Ship
Comments
Waterfront dining in this charming inn/bistro. Fresh local seafood a speciality but something for everyone. I love the wallpaper! Whilst waiting for your delicious meal to arrive you can dream of travel on the high seas as every wall is papered with nautical maps adding to the character of the place. Family run with a warm friendly atmosphere.


The Shore
3/4 Shore


Edinburgh, Leith
EH6 6QW
Tel:0131 553 5080
The Shore
Comments
An excellent seafood brasserie from the team at Fishers on the waterfront at Leith - great informal atmosphere with food to match. There are bar menus and a la carte dinners - and don't worry, carnivores and vegetarians are not neglected!


Region: ELothian



Creel Restaurant
The Harbour

25 Lamer Street

Dunbar

ELothian
EH42 1HJ
Tel:01368 863279
Creel Restaurant
Comments
This delightful bistro has won many plaudits from the East Lothian Food Awards and is a massive supporter of local producers of which East Lothian is well placed. Although primarily seafood (chef proprietor earned his spurs with Rick Stein) there are other tasty menu options to savour and a Member of Scotch Beef Club. No e mail address at present so please telephone.


Crown & Kitchen
25-27 Bridge Street
East Linton

ELothian
EH40 3AG
Tel:01620 860098
Crown & Kitchen
Comments

Delightful bar bistro in this bonnie village. Totally refurbished, the 'old' crown now has a great 'kitchen' in a lovely setting - natural stone and woodwork, modernist yet restrained and sensitively restored using elements of the old pub in its design. A cool place to dine with a menu to match. Scotch beef is highlighted along with other local producers, their menu is full of tempting dishes - the home made burgers and smoked sausages were excellent as were the desserts.



Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant
Muirfield

Gullane

ELothian
EH31 2EG
Tel:44(0)1620 842144
Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant
Comments
Greywalls is an elegant country residence created by the famous Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens with gardens attributed to Gertrude Jekyll. Add to that the Chez Roux restaurant and you have a wonderful combination in the heart of East Lothian by the championship course of Muirfield.


Herringbone Bar & Restaurant
1–3 Westgate
North Berwick

ELothian
EH39 4AE
Tel:+44 (0)1620 890 501
Herringbone Bar & Restaurant
Comments

A light and airy contemporary space in the heart of North Berwick. This bistro bar has a great range of freshly prepared dishes presented on lovely slate, linen white bowls and blocks of wood. The seafood soup was delicious and their steak platters are very popular too. The front dining section is popular for lunches with large windows to watch the world go by and there is another spacious dining area to the rear.



Old Clubhouse
East Links Road
Gullane


ELothian
EH31 2AF
Tel:01620 842008
Old Clubhouse
Comments
Charming old inn established 1890 overlooking the golf courses of Gullane. Very pleasant for a refreshment pause in the country or a more substantial meal. With local produce on the menu it is a great place to sample the treasures of the lovely landscape of East Lothian. It has a pleasant old inn ambience with very friendly and efficient staff.


The Avenue Restaurant at The Victoria Inn
9 Court Street

Haddington


ELothian
EH41 3JD
Tel:01620 823 332
The Avenue Restaurant at The Victoria Inn
Comments
A buzzing bistro with a bias towards local seafood, in the heart of Haddington right by the farmers' market. A restaurant within an old inn, it has won plaudits from the East Lothian food awards, Chef Craig Hunter has transformed this into a popular contemporary dining spot.


Region: Midlothian



Secret Herb Garden
32A Old Pentland Road
Damhead

Midlothian
EH10 7EA
Tel:07525 069 773
Secret Herb Garden
Comments

This delightful herb garden and cafe is on the old site of Damhead near Hillend ski slope on the way to IKEA. It is an idyllic spot, beautifully and harmoniously presented with charming outside spots to dine as well as a few tables inside the main building and the largest greenhouse. There are all sorts of things to catch your eye - from vintage gardening tools to good books, home grown produce and interesting garden themed gifts. The home baking is delicious and over lunchtime they also have a quiche of the day with herb salad served in an eco box if you are eating it in the gardens. Fun, fabulous and friendly!



Region: WLothian



Bridge Inn at Ratho
27 BAIRD ROAD
RATHO

WLothian
EH28 8RA
Tel:0131 3331320
Bridge Inn at Ratho
Comments
This hostelry has a long history of providing sustenance and warmth to the weary traveller over the generations and since 2010 has come into its own with new owners creating a great venue worthy of destination dining. It is light and contemporary yet still has the character you would wish. The staff are friendly and enthusiastic and the menu is not only well set out and balanced but also filled with interesting notes on provenance such as the pork is from their own Saddleback pigs grazing on the slopes opposite - and great pork it was too! They have a walled garden and stress the importance of produce throughout the menu. They justly received Catering in Scotland's Pub Excellence Award in 2012. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club. Right on the bridge by the canal it also has two barges available for hire for cruise dining.


Champany Inn
Linlithgow

WLothian
EH49 7LU
Tel:01506 834532
Champany Inn
Comments
'Steak' out in style at this renowned eatery. They have a fine menu of prime produce and have particularly made their name showcasing Scotch Beef and seafood. The proprietors took a collection of buildings - some dating back to the sixteenth century - and transformed them over the years into this award-winning restaurant with rooms. We tend to think of Champany for languid evenings of serious dining however they also do a 'quick supper' menu - equally delicious but a different option. Nearby is their more informal Chop & Ale House too. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Livingstone's
52 High Street
Linlithgow

WLothian
EH49 7AE
Tel:01506 846565
Livingstone
Comments
Make the effort to find this pretty venue tucked away down a vennel. The Livingston family opened in 1994 and continue to be destination dining. Its popularity is testament to their success and their wonderful seasonal menus are a joy to the palate, such as this beautiful lamb I chose. They serve contemporary food with character, at elegant tables with views over their beautiful gardens.