We visited the Mad Hatter in the city’s West End one quiet Sunday afternoon and found that much like its fictional namesake, the Mad Hatter Pub appears a little ‘mixed up’ perhaps reflecting the mid-gentrification phase of this area of town. Décor comprises both cosy sofas and massive solid wooden […]

Review of The Mad Hatter for Bite Magazine


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  Back in July, I was invited to the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School as a guest for a day at their Vietnamese Cookery course. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited the school a few times before for different events and tastings, and knew that a great day was […]

Vietnamese Cuisine at The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School



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When Tower Restaurant opened in 1998, Edinburgh’s restaurant scene was morphing. A new wave of bistros and gastropubs was arriving. Testament to its staying power then that The Tower, most definitely in the fine dining camp, has stood its ground and the test of time. Not to say there haven’t […]

Review of Tower Restaurant


Our lunch in the Apex last week marked the second time I’d been lucky enough to eat Tony Singh‘s food. A few years back, The Silver Fox & I celebrated an anniversary with dinner at Tony’s sadly departed Oloroso restaurant. A combination of sunny July evening, exquisite food (the fish, […]

Tony Singh’s Road Trip – Edinburgh Festival Pop-Up



‘A summer of travel chaos and delays’ the headlines proclaim. Yes, there’s some guff going on with the central belt trains. Tortuous for commuters, no doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice to turn travel travails into a positive instead? A chance to slow things down? A recent Sunday jaunt to Glasgow […]

The Gannet Glasgow – Easy like Sunday – Review for Bite Magazine


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    Every once in a while this food blogger thing brings up a tantalisingly delicious-sounding event that you’d pretty much move hell and high water to make it along to. A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation to a dinner to showcase Birra Menabrea, Italy’s oldest family-run brewery. The […]

Menabrea Beer Dinner at Divino Enoteca



Cucina at the G&V Hotel (or for locals, the artist formerly known as Hotel Missoni) is a spot I’ve dined at a few times but oddly hadn’t ever gotten round to reviewing. I spied a good pre-theatre deal via Bookatable Edinburgh and thought it would make for a nifty central location for […]

Dinner at Cucina at the G&V Hotel


It’s had a tough few years, but the The West End is back on track. Ryan’s Bar is one of the hood’s institutions, and their cellar’s had a stylish revamp launching under a new guise as ‘Usquabae’ whisky bar and kitchen. The gantry twinkles with translucent bottles of the ‘water […]

Dinner at Usquabae for July’s Bite Magazine



Things are definitely looking up. After a tricky few months following surgery, it’s nice to be able to get out and about a bit again. Mum and I stopped in for an impromptu lunch at The Potting Shed a couple of weeks ago (on the way to The Scottish Juniper Festival […]

Lunch at The Potting Shed


  As two mummies of young boys (her of two, me of one), Emily and I couldn’t have chosen a better day to plan our overnight escape to Melville Castle, which is located on the Southern tip of Edinburgh towards Dalkeith. The sun was virtually splitting the trees as we […]

Dinner and a stay at Melville Castle



The hunt for imaginative food in the most touristy parts of any city can be a bit of a challenge, but if recent(-ish) reviews are anything to go by, Edinburgh’s not actually doing too badly at all. Monteiths is tucked away down off one of The Royal Mile’s olde-worlde vennels, […]

Review of dinner Monteiths


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Hi folks, in a change to the usual reviews, I’ve been writing for Time Out Edinburgh‘s Blog for the past few months. So far I’ve covered roller discos, trampoline-ing, pies and Turkish Baths with more to come. My posts can be found at the following link – feel free to […]

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