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Bennets Bar in Tollcross and the Cafe Royal in West Register Street are two of the city’s most beautiful pubs. They have retained their traditional decor and gantries and have been Edinburgh institutions for many years.   The Cafe Royal has had an associated seafood restaurant for as long as I can remember but, until […]

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We’ve had a couple of trips recently to the village of Cullen on the Moray Firth. It’s known as a good place to see the Moray Firth dolphins and we hoped to be lucky. Unfortunately, we didn’t see a sign of a dolphin and simply settled for a walk on the beach. On our first […]

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I wrote a while ago that I thought that the quality of food in France had declined and that, at the same price point, the food in Scotland was as good as the food in France. Food in Scotland is pretty good but as the pound has strengthened against the euro, it is considerably more […]

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At one time, I spent a lot of time visiting Edinburgh on business and ate out in lots of places on expenses. I was conscientious in blogging about my eating experiences and some people have said that they found these reviews helpful. We still eat out in Edinburgh but no longer on expenses so I’ve become […]

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As the title of this blog suggests, my favourite type of restaurant is a bistro where you get reasonable portions of well-cooked food without too many fripperies and smears of this and that. So-called ‘fine dining’ is a style of cooking that I admire but it’s often a bit pretentious. I enjoy it now and […]

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Cafe St Honore  is a French restaurant, tucked away in a back street of Edinburgh. It has been around for a while so it must be doing something right. We’ve been there before many years ago but it was a night of a major international football match and, to be honest, the staff were not really […]

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Two Edinburgh bistros

As you can infer from the title of this blog, I like bistro-style food – simple, uncluttered food without smears of this, drops of that and time amounts of vegetables artfully arranged on the plate. So, I was delighted to have the chance to try two Edinburgh bistros that were new to me this week. […]

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Gourdon is a fishing village in the north-east of Scotland just south of Inverbervie. Like all such villages it is a mixture of picturesque and industrial but its a characterful place on the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail. I read recently that the local fish restaurant, Hornblowers, was a runner-up in the ‘Best Cheap Eats’ category in the […]

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