There are lots of lovely fine dining places in Edinburgh. If you really want to spoil yourself, there are lots of great restaurants where you can really splash out. However, if your budget is a little tighter, you can still treat yourself at one of Edinburgh’s stalwart institutions: Piemaker.
Okay, okay, it’s not one of your swanky sit-down-and-eat places (although I do love those as well), but it’s the perfect place to go for a cheeky wee bit of lunch if you are a little short on cash. Just like City Restaurant nearby, this is where you go if you want a real taste of Scotland – us Scots REALLY love our pies!
There’s lots of sweet and savoury options available, which will become obvious as soon as you walk into the establishment. The back wall is stuffed to the brim with choices, as well as the heated front display.
I’ve been a couple of times in the last few weeks, sparked off by a piece I did at work that reminded me of them. Being slap bang in the University of Edinburgh’s neighbourhood, this place goes down very well with students and my pudgy 20-year-old self was no exception. With prices so reasonable, it was a good place to get some quick sustenance before rushing to a lecture.
Something you should definitely try while you’re in Scotland is a macaroni pie from this place. For those who are unaware what this is (you poor things) it’s basically mac and cheese… in a pie. It’s genius in its simplicity.
There’s been a bit of a ruckus recently because popular UK bakery chain Greggs have discontinued their macaroni pies, but to be perfectly frank I think that the Piemaker’s offering is far superior anyway. The sample you see above was just fresh out of the oven – it was torture to wait for it to cool down, but completely worth it!
Other savoury options include the pizza roll (tomato and cheese in a pastry roll – pictured at the top of this post), sausage rolls and steak bakes. They do vegan and vegetarian options too – so don’t be afraid to ask if you have any dietary requirements.
They also have a variety of sweet treats, which as you can see are available at fairly reasonable prices. All of their pies, sweets and savourys are priced between the 75p – £2.50 mark, so you really can’t go wrong.
Me? I’m partial to a double chocolate donut…
Their donuts in particular are lovely – they are dusted with a delicious powdery sugar and are always filled with gooey sweet fillings – not bad for under a pound!
What Piemaker lacks in frills, it certainly makes up for in substance. It looks fairly unassuming from the outside but do not be fooled – this is an Edinburgh institution loved by many, so if you’re stuck short one day, pop in and see what all the fuss is about!
You can find Piemaker at 38 Old Town, EH1 1LL. Walk up North Bridge from Princes Street and you’ll eventually come across it on the left hand side, just after Noodle n Ice. There’s also a branch in Leith on Great Junction Street.