Whenever I get stuck on trying to decide where to go next for a meal out, I always like to ask my friends. Between us, I think we have a pretty comprehensive knowledge of the Edinburgh dining scene and they are always able to remind me of places I haven’t thought of. This time around, I was craving some Italian and the opinion was unanimous – I had to try out Taste of Italy.
A few years ago now, the landmark large Odeon cinema on Lothian Road changed quite dramatically. The large letters ODEON hanging above the glass front came down and were replaced by the unfamiliar signage of Croma – a new pizza place. For a while, I thought that the cinema had closed completely but to avoid any confusion, the Odeon is still open today, it’s just the main foyer is almost completely dominated by this new restaurant.
Hamilton’s, like many establishments in Stockbridge, has passed me by until fairly recently. In the seven years or so that I’ve lived in Edinburgh, I’ve kind of stuck around the south side of the city, but since I’ve started this site and following the rave reviews, I find myself going north of Princes Street and heading to Stockbridge more and more often.
After hearing a couple of good words about Hamilton’s, I thought I’d better give it a go. So, one lazy weekend afternoon, Mr. B and I decided to treat ourselves to a spot of brunch.
As you pass St Giles Cathedral, you may notice an unassuming brick mosaic of in the shape of a heart on the pavement. This is the Heart of Midlothian, and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it. However, it’s rarely missed by the locals, who normally feel compelled to spit a huge gob of phlegm in it every time they pass. Why do they do this? Where does this icky tradition come from? And should you do it too?
This post has been, quite literally, months in the making. I know the owner from a previous life and the place has a fantastic reputation, so shortly after I started up Edinbug nearly 4 months ago, Brew Lab was high on my list of places to cover. So why has it taken me so long to get something written about it?
Right in the very heart of the city, you’ll find one of Scotland’s largest and finest collections of art in the Scottish National Gallery. A complex of three different buildings seamlessly interconnected, this wide collection consists of ever-changing exhibitions in the Royal Academy, and permanent works from the great names of European art like Monet, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt.
If you love hot dogs, then you must make a beeline for The Other Place, which is in the heart of Canonmills. This pub has a good atmosphere, but it’s the selection of “gourmet hot dogs” that makes it really worth the visit.
The Canons’ Gait bar is located on the Royal Mile, but it has a great selection of drinks and an excellent menu. That, coupled with its excellent location, makes a great option for those who are visiting the city.