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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!