Last week Me and the OH went off on one of our food tours across the country, usually our destination is London but instead to break from tradition we headed North to our second favourite city, Edinburgh. Now when we go on holiday or go anywhere in fact, it is all about where we eat and drink, I tend to plan this very far in advance and then read menus up until the day we go. This post is about what we got up to and the excellent things we had to eat
The Hanging Bat
A new find and a lovely craft beer and gin bar. Below is the epic beef po'boy sandwich with mac and cheese and burnt beans and chorizo
The Bow bar/Queens Arms
Two of the finest whisky bars in Edinburgh. Many many whiskies were drunk.
Another new place, cracking well priced cocktail bar in a hidden location. If you find the laundrette, you've found it.
This place is amazing, simple food done incredibly well without fuss. plenty of offal for the more adventurous but 'safe options if you ain't, also one of the waiters reminds us of Richard o'Brien from Crystal Maze.
Devilled Ox liver, onions bacon and mushrooms
Pork belly with Skirlie (oatmeal, liver and kidney)
A return visit to arguably Scotland's finest restaurant. This wasn't on the original plan having previously visited, but my dad was joining us for the day and there was no where else I'd rather take him. The lunch menu is a bargain, 3 course plus appetiser and bread for £28. I ordered a second pudding because I'm greedy and like puddings.
Pheasant Jelly with quail egg and Confit pheasant leg
Bouillabaisse with mussel and cod cheeks
Ox Leg with cannelloni of ox tongue and vegetables
1st Pudding - Pistachio Souffle
2nd pudding - Vanilla cheesecake with Yorkshire rhubarb
Epic breakfast at Circle Cafe
Under the Stairs
Another 'hidden away bar' serving one of the best meat and cheese boards I've seen.
Our final meal in Edinburgh, the sister restaurant to The Kitchin run by Dominic Jack.
We were very impressed with this place and it gave me the dish of the week with the absolutely stunning pork dish below, I've never eaten a pork dish as good. This was again £28 for 3 courses.
Manhattan (not much of a wine drinker, me)
Tartare of Gurnard with Yorkshire rhubarb
Selection of Pork with Apple
The selection: Pork fillet, Pork cheek, Breaded trotter, Pork belly, Bacon, Black pudding and Chorzio. Unbelievable value for a set lunch option. I would have happily paid £28 for this alone.
Mini Cheese course