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Issue 30 - Edinburgh & the Lothians

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Scotland Magazine Issue 30
December 2006

 

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Edinburgh & the Lothians

Where to eat, visit and stay in Edinburgh & the Lothians

Where to Eat

Bonar’s

Haddington, East Lothian
Quality French cooking in a polite environment.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 822 100

Creel
Dunbar, East Lothian
Small and intimate harbour restaurant.
Tel: +44 (0)1368 863 279
www.creelrestaurant.co.uk

Drover’s Inn
East Linton, East Lothian
Pub meals, quality beer, bistro dining.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 860 298

Dubh Prais
High Street, Edinburgh
Small and very popular. The menu gives traditional recipes a modern context.
Tel: +44 (0)131 557 5732

Fenwick’s
Salisbury Place, Edinburgh
Regarded as a hidden gem and excellent value for money. Uses local produce where possible.
Tel: +44 (0)131 667 4265
www.fenwicks-restaurant.co.uk

The Grainstore
Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Laid back, atmospheric and labyrinthine, this is laid back but quality Scottish dining.
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 7635
www.grainstore-restaurant.co.uk

Haldane’s
Dundas Street, Edinburgh
In the basement of The Albany, with rustic Scottish menu of outstanding quality.
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 8407
www.haldanesrestaurant.com

La Potiniere
Gullane, East Lothian
Upmarket restaurant respected for its high standards.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 843 214
www.la-potiniere.co.uk

Le Chambertin
George Street, Edinburgh
Main restaurant of the George Hotel with excellent local produce.
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 1251

Livingston’s
Linlithgow, West Lothian
Imaginative food in a fairly formal environment.
Tel: +44 (0)1506 846 565
www.livingstons-restaurant.co.uk

Marynka
Linlithgow, West Lothian
Modern dining with quality evening food particularly of interest.
Tel: +44 (0)1506 840 123
www.marynka.com

Museum of Flight Café
Near Haddington, East Lothian
Snack food in a Nissan hut but a worthwhile experience all the same.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 880 308
www.museumofflight.org

Restaurant Martin Wishart
The Shore, Edinburgh Michelin starred fine dining in the historic port of Leith.
Tel: +44 (0)131 553 3557
www.martin-wishart.co.uk

The Old Clubhouse
Gullane, East Lothian
Bar/bistro food served all day.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 842 008
www.oldclubhouse.com

Off The Wall
High Street, Edinburgh
Hidden away through a door off the Royal Mile this is a simple bistro specialising in venison, salmon and haggis. Contemporary, too.
Tel: +44 (0)131 558 1497
www.off-the-wall.co.uk

Stac Polly
Grindley Street, Edinburgh
Traditional and very Scottish, with game, beef and salmon all regularly on the menu.
Tel: +44 (0)131 229 5405
www.stacpolly.com

Tighballa
Near Torphichen, West Lothian
Well respected outlet serving traditional Scottish fayre.
Tel: +44 (0)1506 652 133

The Waterside
Haddington, East Lothian
Casual bistro dining downstairs and more formal restaurant up.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 825 674

The Witchery
Castlehill, Edinburgh
At the top of the Royal Mile and quirky but truly classy and very Scottish.
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 5613
www.thewitchery.com

Where to visit in Edinburgh

Dean Gallery
Belford Road
Modern gallery with 20th century art in intimate environment. Nice coffee shop and some off-beat touches.
Tel: +44 (0)131 624 6200
www.natgalscot.ac.uk

Edinburgh Castle
What needs to be said about one of the greatest tourist attractions? It is open throughout the year but closes earlier
in winter.
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 9846
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Edinburgh Zoo
Corstorphine Road
Respected zoo because of the positive zoological work it is doing. It works closely with children to promote animal
preservation and as zoos go, it’s a pleasant one.
Tel: +44 (0)131 334 9171
www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

The Georgian House
Charlotte Square
Small National Trust property with some stunning décor.
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 2160
www.nts.org.uk

Holyrood House
The Royal Mile
The Queen’s sometime residence is partly open to the public and has great historic value. Open all year with shorter hours in winter.
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 5100
www.royal.gov.uk

Lauriston Castle
Cramond Road South
A guided tour through what is mainly a Jacobean tower house. Furnished with exquisite furniture and decorative pieces.
Tel: +44 (0)131 336 2060
www.cac.org.uk

Museum of Childhood
High Street
Mannequins, tin soldiers and dolls’ houses to the latest Thunderbirds characters, this is a collection of items that everyone will recognise in one way or another.
Tel: +44 (0)131 529 4142
www.cac.org.uk

Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Tells Scotland’s story from earliest times and including some truly priceless exhibits such as a relic thought to contain bones of St Columba.
Tel: +44 (0)131 247 4422
www.nms.ac.uk

National Gallery of Scotland
The Mound
Superb collection of Old Masters, many of which are world famous.
Tel: +44 (0)131 624 6200
www.natgalscot.ac.uk

The Queen’s Gallery
The Royal Mile
Separate to the Palace but close by, the gallery displays a changing range of the Queen’s art and there is also a Royalist souvenir shop.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 7321
www.royalcollection.org.uk

Royal Museum
Chambers Street
A galleried atrium is home to a vast array of historic and archaeological exhibits. Often features special exhibitions and they can be outstanding.
Tel: +44 (0)131 2474 422
www.nms.ac.uk

Royal Botanic Gardens
Inverleith Row
Acres of walkways, trees and gardens that is the perfect place to stroll whatever the time of year.
Tel: +44 (0)131 552 7171
www.rbge.org.uk

Royal Yacht Britannia
Ocean Drive, Leith
A fascinating snapshot in to how the Royals lived when all at sea. It’s something of a period piece but intriguing
how the upstairs-downstairs of life with the Windsors was maintained even on water.
Tel: +44 (0)131 555 5566
www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Belford Road
From impressionists to Hockney, this is an intimate space but an important one, including as it does some Great
Scottish works.
Tel: +44 (0)131 624 6200
www.natgalscot.ac.uk

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Queen Street
Pictures of the great and famous throughout history.
Tel: +44 (0)131 624 6200
www.natgalscot.ac.uk

Scottish Parliament
Bottom of the Royal Mile
An amazing piece of architecture and a well-presented and attractive window in to a modern democracy. Not sure the
Gaelic bilingual signs are entirely necessary, though.
www.scottish.parliament.uk

Where to stay in Edinburgh

Too many to mention them all so check the VisitScotland website. But here is our personal selection of top hotels and shoestring ones.

TOP DRAWER

The Balmoral
Princes Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 2414
www.thebalmoralhotel.com

The Bonham
Drumsheugh Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)131 226 6050
www.thebonham.com

Borough
Causewayside
Tel: +44 (0)131 668 2255
www.boroughhotel.com

The Caledonian Hilton
Princes Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 222 8888
www.hilton.co.uk/caledonian

Channings
Learmouth Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)131 315 2226
www.channings.co.uk

Crowne Plaza
High Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 557 9797
www.crowneplaza.co.uk

Edinburgh Residence
Rothesay Terrace
Tel: +44 (0)131 226 3380
www.theedinburghresidence.com

The George
George Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 1251
www.edinburghgeorgehotel.co.uk

The Glasshouse
Greenside Place
Tel: +44 (0)131 525 8203
www.theetoncollection.com

The Howard
Great King Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 315 2220
www.thehoward.com

The Malmaison
Tower Place, Leith
Tel: +44 (0)131 468 5000
www.malmaison.com

The Point
Bread Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 221 5555
www.point-hotel.co.uk

Prestonfield House
Off Priestfield Road
Tel: +44 (0)131 668 3346
www.prestonfield.com

Rick’s
Frederick Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 622 7800
www.ricksedinburgh.co.uk

Royal Garden Apartments
Queen Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 625 1234
www.royal-garden.co.uk

The Scotsman
North Bridge
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 5565
www.thescotsmanhotel.co.uk

The Sheraton Grand
Festival Square
Tel: +44 (0)131 229 9131
www.starwoodhotels.com

ON A BUDGET

Apex European
Haymarket Terrace
Tel: +44 (0)131 474 3456
www.apexhotels.co.uk

IBIS
Hunter Square
Tel: +44 (0)131 240 7000
www.ibishotel.com

Premier Lodge/Travel Inn
Various locations
Tel: +44 (0)131 228 9819
www.premiertravelinn.com

Tailors Hall
Cowgate
Tel: +44 (0)131 622 6800
Travel Lodge
St Mary’s Street
Tel: +44 (0)800 850950
www.travelodge.co.uk

Lothian
Aberlady Mains House
Aberlady, East Lothian
Well kept inn with good meals and quality bar.
www.aberlady.org

Champany Inn
Near Linlithgow, West Lothian
High standard hotel not far from airport and with a respected restaurant specialising in meat.
Tel: +44 (0)1506 834 532
www.champany.com

Greywalls
Gullane, East Lothian
Beautifully set country hotel in the heart of a golf region. Better suited to people travelling without children.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 842 144
www.greywalls.co.uk

Marine Hotel
North Berwick, East Lothian
Seaside hotel refurbished by MacDonald Hotels and with greatly improved facilities.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 892 406
www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Open Arms
Dirleton, East Lothian
A golfers’ paradise in the centre of the village. Comfortable and stylish with a reasonably good restaurant.
Tel: +44 (0)1620 850 241
www.openarmshotel.com

Maitlandfield House
Haddington, East Lothian
Pretty, three star hotel in easy reach of the city. Good food with a Portuguese influence.
Tel: +44 (0)162 082 6513
www.maitlandfieldhouse.co.uk

How to get there
In another feature in this issue there is a guide to how to reach Edinburgh by plain from the United States, Canada
and Europe

BY AIR
Edinburgh Airport is a major hub for flights from all over the world www.edinburghairport.com

BY TRAIN
Regular services run to Edinburgh from London. The main railway station is called Waverley and it is right in the
heart of the city