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Valentine’s Day in Edinburgh

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Are you thinking of booking a weekend away for Valentine’s day?  Edinburgh is a beautiful, romantic city to meander through while enjoying the sights.  There are an abundance of cafe’s and restaurants to suit all tastes.

Here are some of our recommendations to help you enjoy a romantic day or weekend.

Accommodation – Well there is no question about that, it would have to be The Scott Apartment!  Located centrally just off George Street, providing a perfect base for your weekend.

Brunch – What a great way to start a weekend of fun and relaxation.  Urban Angel provides a nice, relaxed setting to get your day off to a good start. Whether you want a full cooked breakfast, or something lighter Urban Angel provides a good selection from locally sourced produce.

The best way to see Edinburgh is to take a walk through the streets, from the new town to the old town, walk up to the Castle and perhaps through Princes St Gardens. On Valentine’s Day at Edinburgh Castle you can meet Sir Thomas Randolph and hear about his audacious early morning attack to take the castle for Robert the Bruce. 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm.  Or simply enjoy the views of the city from the castle walls.

If you are needing an afternoon snack or lunch then I would recommend the National Portrait Cafe.  Good food, beautiful surroundings.  The building alone is worth walking round.

If shopping is more your thing, then Harvey Nichols is a good place to start for some inspiration, Multree’s Walk, located to the side of Harvey Nichols has a good selection of shops and a lovely cafe – Vanvola and Crolla Vincaffe if a caffeine boost is required.  There are a a huge selection of shops on George Street, such as Cath Kidson, the White Company, Anthropologie, White Stuff.

Do you want to surprise your love with ticket to the Theatre? Edinburgh’s Playhouse theatre is showing CATS on Valentines Day afternoon. Or enjoy a romantic Valentines concert at the Usher Hall on Friday 15th February.

For dinner I have to give you a choice, as there are just too many great restaurants to choose from!  On the doorstep of The Scott Apartment, there are two great restaurants, firstly, The Honours, Martin Wishart’s bistro restaurant offering the best traditional and modern French cuisine. “The restaurant’s name makes reference to the moment in Scottish history when Sir Walter Scott — who lived nearby — uncovered the Scottish Crown Jewels, also known as The Honours of Scotland.”  

The second recommendation is Mark Greenaway, recently relocated to North Castle Street. The menus include an eight course tasting menu, a la carte menu and a lunch and pre-theater market menu. Restaurant Mark Greenaway will be taking part in Menu Relief to feature all of marks dishes from the 12th February, whereby a £5 donation to Comic Relief will be made for every menu sold during the airing of this years series. For further details on Menu Relief click here.

Why not finish the evening off with a glass of champagne or cocktail at Tiger Lily, The Dome located conveniently on George Street or Bramble on Queen Street.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s evening or weekend in Edinburgh.

 

Fancy a pint?

There are a large variety of pubs and laid back restaurants in Edinburgh. Whether you enjoy a tipple or not, there are a number of pubs in and around the city that are worth a visit, some for their historical interest, some for the, some for the great food and atmosphere.  Here are a selection of some of our favourites.

After a stroll through Holyrood Park head to The Sheep Heid Inn at Duddingston Village, which has been beautifully restored. It is the oldest of Edinburgh’s pubs and is a lovely cosy pub to visit in the colder months, with a roaring fire and dark interiors, or in the warmer months enjoy a bite to eat and a drink in their beer garden. Take a look at their website for details of special offers.

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The Ship located on The Shore in Leith is a restaurant, but feels like a pub!  It serves fantastic seafood so if you are a fan of sea food it is definitely worth a visit.

The Shore bar and restaurant also located on Leith’s The Shore. A firm favourite of ours and in our opinion, one of the best pubs in Leith. The Shore is another good choice for lunch or dinner, a formal dining area is available making it a good option for a celebratory meal as well as a Sunday lunch. Fantastic food and lovely cosy atmosphere too.

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The Holyrood 9A Located in Edinburgh’s old town, just off the Royal Mile. The Holyrood has a large selection of beer and ale varieties from Scotland and around the world. There’s a variety of wines and spirits and a classic cocktail list for your well deserved post-work sight seeing tipple.

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Joseph Pearce has been a bar for 110 years.  During the daytime, it is a favourite amongst Edinburgh’s families, well stocked with toys and highchairs that allow young families to enjoy a lunch or afternoon drink. In the evening the atmosphere shifts to a more grown up, laid back feel.  The food here takes on a Scandinavian influence, described as ‘wholesome Swedish food which is always served with salad’.

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The Last Drop Inn, a very traditional pub located in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh’s old town. It is reportedly famous for being the place of the last hanging in the Grassmarket and is thought to be haunted by the spirit of a small girl in medieval clothing. Sightings of the spirit have been reported in the cellar and in the bar area!

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The blue goose country pub. After a walk along the banks of the Water of Leith, pop in to the blue goose country pub, a peaceful location only minutes from the city centre. Their menu is influenced by Scottish and Spanish cuisine, offering a selection of homemade tapas throughout the day.

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Let us know what you think about these recommendations or share some of your own.

Autumn Walks

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year, my favourite. On a beautiful sunny day like today why not explore many of Edinburgh’s parks.

I love nothing more than to hear the crunch of leaves beneath my feet as I walk along admiring the beautiful array of colourful leaves, determined to cling to their branches for as long as possible as if for the sole pleasure of passers by. We are blessed to have so many green spaces in and around the city centre.  A favourite  is Princes St gardens at the foot of the castle with it’s wonderful arrangement of flowers.

Another favourite is Inverleith park, a walk north of the city centre.  The park has football and rugby pitches, a cricket square, petanque area, and a children’s play area.  It also has good views of Edinburgh Castle, making it a popular family viewing point for the Firework events that take place several times a year.  It also has a large pond with a landscaped “marsh” area, a secluded Sundial Garden and an arts access centre.  A super location for a quiet walk away from the city or a jog for the more active.