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Royal Mile Restaurants
Where to Eat
The Royal Mile is packed
with places to eat and drink (of seriously varying
quality) and far too many to list here. I’ve therefore
restricted this section to places that I have used,
would recommend and not because I've been paid to list
them. I've included full blown Restaurants, cafes for lunch and decent takeaways for food on the
Angels with Bagpipes– A new restaurant across from St. Giles. Opened
by Marina Crolla in 2010, it produces excellent modern
Scottish food and has received many plaudits. The
Scallops with pork and black pudding are fab.
Starters £6.00-£12.00, Main
– A Royal Mile institution, Gordon’s has been producing
good, dependable Italian food since 1982.
Pulcinella – Formerly Le Sept, the Veneruso family who have had restaurants in the Grassmarket for many years, have now expanded into Hunter Square.
Pizza Express –
Always dependable if uninspiring.
23 North Bridge,
and restaurant – A good place for a Pub lunch,
with better than average pub grub but this is reflected in the prices. Does an excellent
Steak and Ale pie.
Starters £4.50-£9.50, Main courses £9.50-£23.00
Fine dining, but it can be a bit style over substance.
Winner of restaurant of the year 2011 in Scottish
Licensed trade news.
267 canongate, Edinburgh,EH8 8BQ
Tel: 0131 558 8737
Starters £7.00-£13.00, Main courses £14.00-£24.00
Pancho Villas –
One of the first Mexican restaurants in
Starters £4.00-£10.00, Main Courses £10.00-£15.00
Patisserie Valerie – A new addition, the French inspired chain has opened a place on Northbridge. Not cheap, but done with real flair and the best chocolate mousse cake I've ever tasted.
Storytelling Centre – Run by Richard and
Moira, who started the well regarded Spoon, there’s
always a delicious selection of cakes and pastries.
Food on the Go
Fortunately, (in my opinion) the Royal mile has so far resisted the global onslaught of the Golden arches and the Colonel. There are no burger joints or fast food chicken emporiums.There are some of the expected international chains such as Subway and Starbucks, but there are a number of independants thriving as well.
You can get a cheap meal deal at Boots on Northbridge or Greggs on Southbridge, but try one of my favourites, the Pie Maker further along Southbridge towards the University. (a huge selection and a hundred times better than you'll get from an outlet selling mass produced products)
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