Red Bus Bistro 

What can be better than afternoon tea aboard a vintage red double decker bus on a sunny Saturday afternoon? The afternoon tea is available everyday apart from Mondays and there are two time slots – 12pm and 3pm. We went on the 12pm slot and I had bought the tickets for £22.50 each on itison.com, and I have seen the offer come up a few times since. You will pay £34.50 via their website so it’s a decent saving.

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Bubba Q 

I can only say good things about Bubba Q, I’m annoyed at myself for not taking photos of their beef brisket and pulled pork that I so happily got stuck into on my first visit. I had bought a voucher on old faithful itison.com, which I rely on to introduce me to all manner of new weird and wonderful experiences.

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The Salisbury Arms | Tuggy Tucks In

Edinburgh’s south side is fast becoming a foodie haven and there’s a new and improved kid on the block. The Salisbury Arms is a recently renovated Georgian Gastropub with beautifully finished features inside and out. On entry to the main restaurant you are greeted with a cosy yet open dining area and your eyes are immediately drawn to the roaring fire which is the centre piece of the room.

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Nick Nairn’s Cook School

I am gushing over how good my Sunday has been. I received a very thoughtful Christmas present from my other half to attend a 3 hour cooking experience at Nick Nairn’s Cook School. Now as you all well know, I am a massive foodie and it felt great to be on the other side for a change – being the student instead of the teacher. However I don’t know much about Nick Nairn himself! So here’s what I’ve found out….

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The Jolly Botanist | Tuggy Tucks In 

You could describe The Jolly Botanist as my local, as it is a mere 200 metres from where I live and a stones throw from Haymarket train station and tram stop. With a classy but quirky Victorian-aged style, it is the perfect place for a gin and tonic with it being a gin bar stocking over 72 gins, so plenty to sample! However it stocks all of your other spirits you would expect from any other bar, as well as lagers, craft beers, wine, cocktails and prosecco. Great for a few weekend drinks or a couple of gin and tonics midweek, it also boasts a bit of space out front which is great on a sunny day for catching some rays compete with gin in hand. Continue reading