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….
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
I’d been wanting to go to Fork & Field for a wee while now since hearing of a big refurb of the old Torphican Inn in my boyfriend’s native Mid Calder.
Owned by the same owners of quirky gin bar The Jolly Botanist on Morrison street right by Haymarket train station in Edinburgh, I had the feeling I’d be in for good things.
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Sirloin steak with bone marrow gravy, Mac ‘n’ cheese, crispy onion rings & dripping chips
This weekend I celebrated my birthday and I’d had my eye on Rancho Steak House since I spotted it a month or so ago. Situated at the bottom of Morrison Street, a stones throw away from Haymarket train station, this little gem is right next door to the well known Chinese restaurant Chop Chop. Luckily my boyfriend picked up on the hints and booked this place for my birthday. Right away we were met by friendly staff who couldn’t do enough for us. This is a South American steak house so straight off we ordered some Argentinian beer.