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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.

The Salisbury Arms, Edinburgh (more…)

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…)

Edinburgh Airport gift guide

I’ve always loved airports and the beginning of Love Actually perfectly sums up why…

Firstly, here are some surprising Edinburgh Airport facts:

  • Scotland’s busiest airport ✈
  • Over 200,000 passengers were expected to travel through the airport in the two weeks over the festive period
  • Edinburgh airport’s retail offering has grown over 40% in the past year
  • Outlets offer Tax Free prices or 20% discount compared to the high street
  • Dixons Travel offer web-beating prices, coming in cheaper than John Lewis, Amazon or Argos
  • Dixons Travel will also reserve your product in advance of your travel date, if requested
  • World Duty Free – champagne, fragrance and malt whisky all 20% cheaper than the high street

As we were jetting off on our honeymoon on 21st December to Australia, my new husband and I were set the task of buying each other a last minute surprise gift from Edinburgh Airport. So, what did we get? (more…)

New Chaophraya Edinburgh menu

I love Thai food so was delighted to be invited to Chaophraya in Edinburgh to sample their new menu. I’ve been to this restaurant a couple of times in the past but I think this meal was actually the best I’ve had there yet…

Chaophraya Edinburgh

Located on the top floor of a building on Castle Street, just off Princes Street, the restaurant has a fantastic view of Edinburgh Castle if you’re lucky enough to get one of the seats in the old balcony area. Don’t worry, you’re sitting inside but this area used to be outside in its previous incarnation, Oloroso. (more…)

Fine dining at The Table

Back in March we started hearing about the hottest new restaurant in Edinburgh, The Table. It already had a lengthy waiting list and at a fairly steep price of £70pp we decided this would be a perfect venue for our first meal out in Edinburgh as a married couple at the beginning of August. We had a few days off after our honeymoon so we booked for the Thursday night. They only offer one sitting per night at 7pm but with 10 hours of prep time for the chefs and a 7 course meal to deliver, I’m surprised they can even offer this!

‘TEN SEATS, TWO CHEFS, ONE TABLE’

The restaurant is lovely, although it is more like sitting in someone’s fancy kitchen – 10 seats are all they offer, lined along the bar which overlooks the kitchen. Basically, the two chefs prep and cook everything literally 2 feet in front of you throughout the (up to) four hours you’re there.

So did it live up to the hype?

Dinner at the Table isn’t just a meal out. The whole evening is a wonderfully delicious, interactive experience from start to finish…

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Review: Foundry39

The west end of Edinburgh is a great wee area for bars and restaurants these days.

According to their Facebook page, Foundry39 is “on a mission to serve up the best cocktails, craft beers, sourdough pizzas and adventurous burgers in your neighbourhood!” With a wealth of cocktail and bars in Edinburgh, will they be able to achieve this? Read on to find out… 😉

Foundry39, Edinburgh

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