Edinburgh’s Leonardo Royal Hotel sits grand and proud just off Morrison street in the Haymarket area of the city. Perfectly located for all of Edinburgh’s transport links to the airport and other parts of Scotland, with a train station, bus and tram stop within 7 minutes walking distance, it’s conveniently located for any traveller. Once a Premier Inn, it has undergone a major refurbishment to boast 282 rooms at 4 star standard.
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.
I find it rare that I have a day where I get to totally please myself, without having to think about work, household tasks or pre-arranged plans. I used to be the kind of person up until about a year and a half ago where I’d have weekends planned in advance for weeks on end. I’ve come to loathe being too busy and instead I’d rather have more space to be spontaneous. I believe it’s really important to nurture and take care of myself by resting and allowing myself to get a little bit bored instead of running at a 100 mile an hour pace all the time.
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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.
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….