Best places to eat in Edinburgh this festival


Whether you’re looking to sample fresh local seafood, Highland game or something a little more exotic, Edinburgh is a perfect place to be if you are a food lover. Great quality restaurants can be found around every corner of this beautiful city. Here at At Home In Edinburgh we have hand picked 5 great restaurants to share with you.


1. The Gardener’s Cottage

If you’re the adventurous type and happy to try newly created dishes using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, then The Gardener’s Cottage is definitely the one to pick. Chef and co-owner duo Ed Murray and Dale Mailley have earned themselves some serious culinary kudos since they opened the restaurant in 2012.

Their ethos is simple: create a great sense of place, with seasonal food, that connects the diner, the producer and the landscape. The cottage dates back to 1836 and has been transformed to create something unique to Edinburgh’s food scene. On your way in, you’ll see a blackboard propped up outside with a seasonal six-course dinner menu that changes daily, this is also posted on Facebook and Twitter (@gardenersctg). Lunch is à la carte, and brunch is served at the weekends.

Address: 1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX

Tel: 0131 558 1221




2. The Scran and Scallie

For those searching for a whiff of Michelin influence without breaking the bank, The Scran and Scallie gastro pub is the one for you. Situated in Stockbridge, one of Edinburgh’s most affluent stomping grounds, this restaurant is the creation of two Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred chefs, Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. This gastro pub offers relaxed dining with menus showcasing great Scottish food – or ‘scran’ – and a range of traditionally brewed ales and artisan beers served in a relaxed and cosy setting.

Address: 1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1DT

Tel: 0131 332 6281


Scran & Scallie


3. L’Escargot Bleu

L’Escargot Bleu was opened in the home of a clockmaker back in 2009 and over the years it has been nominated and listed ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’ in The List Eating & Drinking Guide, features in the Michelin guide each year and is listed in the ‘Five Best Restaurants in Scotland’ by Pete Irvine, to name a few. The chef patron Fred Berkmiller celebrates and embraces Scottish produce, and the restaurant uniquely offers a combination of impeccable French cuisine with the finest Scottish, seasonal larder.

Address: 56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA

Tel: 0131 557 1600




4. The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole is a hidden gem in the relaxed bohemian Marchmont area, a short walk across the Meadows Park from Edinburgh’s bustling centre. The brasserie is relatively new and was opened in October 2015 by an Italian and Canadian couple Mo Boulay and Antonello Esposito. The menu is seasonal and draws complimentary influences from their cultures as well as their love of French food. Although tweaked every month with new rotating dishes, the backbone of the menu remains classic brasserie with something for everyone. In the kitchen, every dish is made from scratch, nothing is brought in. Antonello and Mo’s love of cooking comes out in the standard of ingredients they use.

Address: 11 Roseneath Street, Edinburgh, EH9 1JH

Tel: 0131 229 7953


Rabbit Hole


5. Kanpai

For sushi lovers, Kanpai has earned the reputation of one of the finest traditional Japanese restaurants in Edinburgh. Over the years, this Japanese restaurant has won numerous awards, including: AA rosette for the third consecutive year, Michelin Guide 2014, The List, Hitlist 2014. High spec fish are carefully picked by chef Max to bring the cleanest tasting sashimi around. A concise drinks list, including some superb sake complements the enticing menu, and service is as smooth and elegant as the rest of the package. Whether the price justifies the quality of the meal, we’ll leave that for you to judge.

Address: 8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AS

Tel: 0131 228 1602