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An October 2012 trip to Edinburgh by eilidhcatriona

Quote: A selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants we visited in Edinburgh

Greyfriars Bobby (Bar and Statue)

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Attraction | "A good pub named for a good dog"

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For our first dinner out during our holiday in Edinburgh, my mum and I didn't venture far - Greyfriars Bobby's Bar was only two doors down from the flat we were renting. Part of the Nicolson's chain, the pub is located beside the entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard, and opposite the statue of Greyfriars Bobby. The statue itself always surprises me - I always expect it to be bigger. But in reality it is a teeny little dog, probably life-size. Bobby was a Skye terrier who belonged to a city watchman. When his master, John Grey, died, Bobby stood guard over his grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and became known throughout the city.Peering in through the windows, the pub looked comfortably busy - enou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Greyfriars Bobby (Bar and Statue)
34A Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2QE
+44 131 225 8328

Nando's

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Restaurant | "Spiced"

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Until my trip to Edinburgh in October this year, I had never been to a Nandos restaurant, despite the fact that the Portuguese chain seems to be everywhere these days. There was one right across the road from the flat my mum and I were staying in, on the corner of George IV Bridge and Chambers Street, and she seemed keen to try it - so on our final evening we decided to give it a go. Having spotted a sign outside advertising that they did takeaway, we phoned in our order and I went to collect it.Although we had made our choices from the online menu, phoning in the order was a bit more complicated than I expected. I had the same feeling that I had the very first time I went to a Subway stor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2012

Nando's
32A Chambers Street
Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1JB
0131 220 0710

Red Fort

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Restaurant | "A Fort Full of Food"

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One evening during our trip to Edinburgh, I was in the mood for a curry. My mum wasn't terribly hungry, she was just going to have a small portion from whatever I ordered, so the choice of takeaway and meal was up to me. There was a Nepalese-Indian restaurant and takeaway a few doors along from our rented flat, but having looked at the menu online, nothing appealed. I looked slightly further afield, and found the Red Fort Restaurant & Takeaway located just of Nicolson Street, near the end of Chambers Street. I phoned in my order, and then set off a short while later in the rain to collect it, aiming to be there 20 minutes after I phoned, which is how long they said it would be; the order was ready...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2012

Red Fort
10 Drummond Street
Edinburgh, Scotland
0131 558 8014

Bella Italia

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Restaurant | "Icy Italia"

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Before my mum and I went to Edinburgh in October, we got a free trial from tastecard - this is a restaurant discount scheme which gives you 50% off your bill or 2 for 1 in lots of restaurants in the UK. We thought we might as well try to save some money while still enjoying some nice meals. We chose to visit Bella Italia specifically because it offered a 2 for 1 offer through tastecard.The Bella Italia restaurant that we visited was on Northbridge, in Edinburgh. It was a weeknight we visited, a Wednesday if I remember rightly, and the restaurant was very busy. We had attempted to book a table but there had been no answer when I called several times. We were told there would be a bit of a w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2012

Bella Italia
55 North Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1
0131 225 2044

Castlerock View Cafe

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Restaurant | "A Cafe With A View"

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When in Edinburgh, my mum and I decided to visit the Grassmarket, thinking there were lots of nice little shops there. However when we got there we found it was mainly pubs and restaurants, something which rang a bell from our last visit a few years ago. We wanted to get some lunch, but nothing big - but there were only a few cafes to choose from. One was very crowded so we went to the quieter Castlerock View Cafe.The name is not actually misleading - the cafe does have view up to Edinburgh Castle. The cafe itself is nothing special to look at, inside or out, with fairly basic furniture and decor. The menu is reasonably extensive, but we just chose a vegetable panini and scone to share, al...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 25, 2012

Castlerock View Cafe
21 Grassmarket
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2HS