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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


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

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

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

Salisbury Place, Edinburgh
Regarded as a hidden gem and excellent value for money. Uses local produce where possible.
Tel: +44 (0)131 667 4265

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

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

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

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

Linlithgow, West Lothian
Imaginative food in a fairly formal environment.
Tel: +44 (0)1506 846 565

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.


The Balmoral
Princes Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 2414

The Bonham
Drumsheugh Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)131 226 6050

Tel: +44 (0)131 668 2255

The Caledonian Hilton
Princes Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 222 8888

Learmouth Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)131 315 2226

Crowne Plaza
High Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 557 9797

Edinburgh Residence
Rothesay Terrace
Tel: +44 (0)131 226 3380

The George
George Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 1251

The Glasshouse
Greenside Place
Tel: +44 (0)131 525 8203

The Howard
Great King Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 315 2220

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

The Point
Bread Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 221 5555

Prestonfield House
Off Priestfield Road
Tel: +44 (0)131 668 3346

Frederick Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 622 7800

Royal Garden Apartments
Queen Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 625 1234

The Scotsman
North Bridge
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 5565

The Sheraton Grand
Festival Square
Tel: +44 (0)131 229 9131


Apex European
Haymarket Terrace
Tel: +44 (0)131 474 3456

Hunter Square
Tel: +44 (0)131 240 7000

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

Tailors Hall
Tel: +44 (0)131 622 6800
Travel Lodge
St Mary’s Street
Tel: +44 (0)800 850950

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edinburgh Airport is a major hub for flights from all over the world

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