I have been meaning to revisit Edinburgh for gosh, I don’t know how long. Great British Food got in touch and invited me on an overnight stay to experience some of the cities food highlights and the Royal Highland Show. I extended my stay to make the most of being on the other side of the country. Good job really, Edinburgh has so much to offer!
If you find yourself there sometime soon, definitely add these places to your list.
What a treat. I’d go back to Edinburgh for here alone. The restaurant is family run and well known for doing remarkable things in food. I hope the dishes you see here speak for themselves. But Timberyard is so much more than the pretty plating and interiors. Lots of pickling, foraging and smoking. Everything is sourced within the parameters of Edinburgh. Including the ingredients to make their own soft drinks, inspired by the wild and land around them (a consistent focus with the food too). Think crab apple soda and strawberry woodruff kombucha, just to give you a flavour!
10 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh EH3 9DS, 0131 221 1222
Edinburgh Food Studio
Although I didn’t get a chance to go here, everyone has recommended it to me. They host guest chefs, offering a creative tasting menu with a focus on seasonal produce and local suppliers. I can’t tell you much more than that but worth looking up at the time of your visit to see who is heading up the kitchen.
158 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5DX, 0131 258 0758
Good, honest and simple food in this relaxed neighbourhood style restaurant. They’re not pushing the boundaries here but then they don’t need to. I would recommend the steak or short rib and to take advantage of the natural wines they have available. Leftfield reminded me how service is a big part of an enjoyable restaurant experience, such a warm and welcoming bunch! Good spot for people watching in the summer (or any season, really) as it looks out over the meadows.
12 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4HP, 0131 229 1394
Another great restaurant with seasonal and local produce at the heart of the menu. The lovage, pea and pancetta soup pictured here will be a dish to remember. Worth pointing out it is actually an old stone cottage (once home to a gardener and built in 1836) and a little off the beaten track from the city centre, in the surrounds of a beautiful terraced garden. And unusually so for this kind of food, long communal tables for a different dining experience. Don’t let that put you off though! I promise you’re in good company with anyone who chooses to eat here.
1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5DX, 0131 677 0244
Pastries, great coffee, bread and oh…the doughnuts. Do not miss the doughnuts!
90 Brunswick St, Edinburgh EH7 4AQ
Another opening from the wonderful people behind Twelve Triangles bakery. Serving all day breakfasts at a communal table adorned with in-house made chutneys and jams to serve alongside your chosen dish.
148 Duke St, Edinburgh EH6 8HU
And for coffee:
- Lowdown Coffee
- The Milkman
- Artisan Roast
- Cairngorm Coffee
- Hyde & Son