Sunday, 20 February 2011

Hotel du Vin Bistro, Edinburgh

Valentine's day was here again and we wanted to go somewhere half decent for a dinner. 
Last summer we stayed at Hotel du Vin in Harrogate and thought it was rather nice. Ever since then we had it in our minds to try the Edinburgh one for a meal. 
We skipped starters and just ordered a basket of bread instead, which was a beautiful selection of freshly baked breads.
 We both had the 'Hdv beef burger with bacon and cheese, served with pommes frites and homemade tomato ketchup' for mains. Does it look good in the photo? Yes, it was good, very good. Unfortunately and extremely unlikely to me I had not much appetite that night, so I had to leave most of it... such a shame, but more of a reason to dine here again!
 Appetite or not, I always manage to find room for a dessert, so creamy and sophisticated  'Lemon panna cotta' it was and 'Irn Bru Turkish delight' to go with it... something different.
 romantic atmosphere

feels like you were in France

'I think. Therefore I du Vin.' 

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH1 1EZ - 0131 247 4900

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Craigie's farm, South Queensferry

 Craigie's Farm deli and cafe in South Queensferry is one of our favourite places to go. It's surrounded by fields and behind them is woodlands where there is walking paths to walk the dog and build up an appetite.
They have a farm shop where you can buy goodies to take home and a cafe that is always busy. Homemade cakes, steak pies, quiches, salads, sandwiches, soups and roasts, something for everyone.
 We sat outside (in the rain!) and had our sandwiches, mine had cheese and coleslaw in it, served with crisps and Craigie's chutney, which is to die for.
 No meal is complete without a slice of cake, this time it was a chocolate one. Slightly dry it was but I have tried couple of their other ones before and they have been much better.
And one of the main reasons we come here these days is this...
... we can sit outside, enjoy our lunch and take Haggis the Dog with us! There she is, hiding under the table...
farm shop and deli full of goodies

you pick your own berries in the summer months 

lots of seating outside 
West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TR - 0131 319 1048