The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, spanning three weeks and hundreds of venues across the city. From the 5th to 28th of August 2016, Edinburgh comes alive with the sound of laughter as well as welcoming a plethora of new theatre, dance and music events that draw crowds from all over the world. During such a busy and exciting time, it ought to be easy to find a decent bite to eat. But sometimes being spoiled for choice can lead to dire consequences such as hunger pangs, an overpriced portion of cheesy chips with beans and a general feeling of dissatisfaction.
At Food and Drink Guides, we take eating-out very seriously. Here are a few of our favourite Edinburgh eateries, where you’re guaranteed great value for money and a warm fuzzy feeling that will set you up for a side-splitting night of world-class entertainment.
Just a short walk from the National Museum of Scotland (venue no. 179) and the Scottish National Gallery (venue no. 222), Brasserie Les Amis has an informal and inviting atmosphere, serving delicious French and Scottish cuisine and a selection of gorgeous wine, craft beer and spirits. The regularly changing menu showcases the beautifully selected produce, some of which is also available to purchase at the deli counter including fresh bread, pastries, French and Scottish cheeses, charcuterie, savoury and sweet crêpes and many more delicious products.
In French, the name of this delightful Brasserie means ‘friends’ and the venue’s relaxed ambience certainly lives up to its friendly reputation – this is perfect place to meet new people and spend quality time with loved ones. Why not stop here for lunch or dinner on your way to some of the festival’s biggest venues?
Serving beautiful Modern Scottish food including locally sourced seafood and beautiful venison and rib-eye steaks, The Cellar Door boasts a great central location, just a stones’ throw from the Traverse Theatre (venue no. 15),The Edinburgh Dungeon (venue no. 52) and many of Edinburgh’s bars, pubs and other popular venues.
A visit to The Cellar Door will truly elevate your festival experience and is revered among locals for its excellent service and friendly atmosphere. Try the Scottish salmon served with lemon butter for a delicious lunch and you must order one of the luxurious desserts – the raspberry cranachan cheesecake is divine. The contemporary, yet quintessentially Scottish decor beautifully reflects the food on offer, all fresh from the region’s bountiful natural larder.
This charming seafood restaurant in the heart of Stockbridge is near to some of Edinburgh’s most popular boutiques and art galleries including The Photographic Exhibition Centre (venue 130) and The Edinburgh Gallery (venue 229). Serving delicious lamb, venison and game as well as the best of Scottish seafood, Kilted Lobster has something for everyone. The menu changes regularly, so there is always something new for locals and visitors to try.
The restaurant also has a social conscience and all of its profits go towards the Cooking Up a Storm campaign, which funds culinary training, classes and educational opportunities, as well as offering complimentary meals to those facing financial hardship.
Stop here for sustenance after an afternoon browsing galleries and exhibitions, or on your way to the New Town for an evening of entertainment. Why not celebrate with a bottle of champagne and a beautiful lobster dish?
Located within Summerhall (venue no. 26) and close to The University of Edinburgh (venues 126, 401 and 413), The Royal Dick is a quirky bar and restaurant with a past-life as the Royal Dick Veterinary School and suitably eccentric decor. The food here is truly delicious, and the bar is one of few to serve gin on tap thanks to Pickering’s Gin, as well as Barney’s craft beer, which is brewed on-site.
The motto at Summerhall is ‘open minds open doors’, and this creative hub lives up to its ethos as one of the city’s most inclusive venues with art exhibitions and live music events welcoming people from all walks of life. During the festival, this venue presents a varied programme, including dance, physical theatre, live bands, installations, educational talks and shows for young audiences too. Advance booking is recommended for this venue as it is very popular. You’re guaranteed a memorable experience at Summerhall.
Located in the historic city centre, near the famous Edinburgh Playhouse (venue no. 59), Khushi’s was the first Indian restaurant to open in Edinburgh in 1947. It is widely regarded as the first curry house in Scotland and has a fantastic reputation. The late founder, Khushi Mohammed, passionately brought Indian food to the streets of Edinburgh and the restaurant continues to serve outstanding authentic food. You can bring your own bottle and there is no corkage fee, which makes this a relaxed and informal way to start an evening of revelry and laughter.
If you’re looking for high-quality food at excellent prices, look no further; Khushi’s has got you covered.