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Cuckoo’s Bakery launch summer cupcake range

Cuckoo’s Bakery was taken over by new owners Thomas and Joanna Partridge back in June this year. The husband and wife duo have just launched a retro summer cupcake range, celebrating classic ice lollies and ice cream such as The Fab, Solero, Twister and Ninety-Nine.

Cuckoo’s Bakery first launched on Valentine’s Day in 2011 with its cake shop and tea room on Dundas Street. They then opened a second shop in Bruntsfield in April 2015. All cakes are freshly baked daily, by hand, with up to a whopping 1,000 cakes produced each day!

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TSB Local Pride: Vintage Vibes Edinburgh

On Friday I joined the TSB and Pride of Britain teams on George Street in Edinburgh to take a wee selfie with a Mini to support their Pride of Britain campaign. Their fleet has been touring the country, from London to Edinburgh, to raise awareness of the Pride of Britain nominations and all the fantastic people, charities and causes we have in Britain.

I’ve always loved the Pride of Britain awards so when I was asked to get involved, I couldn’t wait.

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Leith Cafe Quest

One of my favourite things to do in life is to chill out on a Saturday afternoon in a pretty, cosy cafe. Edinburgh is great for this, but my neighbourhood of Leith is particularly special.

The diversity of people, pubs, cafes and restaurants is what made me fall in love with Leith. From the recently opened Starbucks (I’m not ashamed to like chains too) to the vast range of little independent coffee shops featured in this blog post.

Whenever I’m driving or walking down Leith Walk there always seems to be somewhere new that catches my eye. Recently, there seems to have been an influx of cafes so I decided to share my faves and hopefully you can tell me about some I’ve missed!

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Review: Dishoom brunch

If you speak to anyone in Edinburgh about new foodie establishments at the moment, chances are you’ll hear about Dishoom.

Dishoom, Edinburgh

There are already a handful of Dishoom restaurants in London (Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Carnaby and Covent Garden) that I’ve heard people are raving about. St. Andrew Square in Edinburgh has recently had a large scale makeover, with the introduction of new restaurants, hotels, a TK Maxx and more to come! This was clearly a prime location, central and close to Waverley Train Station, for Dishoom to branch out of the big smoke and open their first restaurant in Scotland.

Back in mid-January we were invited to their official launch party, a spectacular affair filled with luxurious nibbles, cocktails and chai – word quickly spread on the Edinburgh grapevine about the new eatery in town. The most frequent whispers I heard revolved around their Bombay cafe style brunch and, luckily, I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to pop along and review it for myself.

Dishoom, Edinburgh

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Review: The Salisbury Arms

When my husband and I started dating, I was living in a wee flat in Marchmont. We soon found our favourite date venues, one of which was The Salisbury Arms. It always had fantastic food and was lovely and cosy (yet very spacious) for some weekend drinks and Scrabble!

We now live in Leith so when I was invited to review The Salisbury Arms after a big refurbishment, we leapt at the opportunity! So how does it compare after its makeover? Read on to find out.

The Salisbury Arms, Edinburgh

To be honest, it doesn’t really look much different inside; which is a good thing! I love how spacious it is; full of homely accessories such as tartan clad chairs and vintage thistle wallpaper. If I had a bar or restaurant, this is how I would decorate it. In fact, when we move from our flat to a house, I will be taking lots of inspiration from The Salisbury Arms.

The photogenic appearance meant that it was the perfect muse for blogging. I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the little details dotted around the place.

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Review: Jamie’s Italian Edinburgh

Well Jamie Oliver, you certainly surprised me there!

I’m going to be totally honest with you… I had pretty low expectations about Jamie’s restaurant. However, I was soon eating my words after our visit to the Edinburgh branch of the chain.

Review: Jamie's Italian, Edinburgh

Located in the centre of the city between Rose Street and George Street in the former supper halls of the Assembly Rooms, it’s in a prime spot for tourists and locals alike. You can actually access the restaurant from both streets but we opted for the more low key entrance on Rose Street. (more…)