15th June 2017

Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend

Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend

Edinburgh is hosting it’s first cocktail weekend in October.

Over 40 of the capital’s top cocktail bars – including Harvey Nichols, Tigerlily, The
Printing Press, Copper Blossom, Epicurean, Le Monde, Badger & Co and The Refinery
– will showcase their mixology skills and design signature cocktails, available
exclusively to Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend wristband holders for just £4.

Organiser of the event Gary Anderson commented… ‘After six months of tastetesting
we are thrilled to finally reveal the bars that we have chosen to take part in
the first Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend. Our vision is to bring the city to life with
cocktails and create unique experiences through exciting brand collaborations and
pop-up spaces. It’s all about tasting your way around the city, discovering new bars &
flavours, and feeling like you’re part of something exciting. For me, cocktails
epitomise catching-up with friends, either after work on a Friday night or getting
dressed-up at the weekend and hitting the town, and that’s what we are hoping to
see during the weekend. We’re working with the best brands and bars so all ECW
cocktails are made using premium spirits and are shaken, stirred and strained to

Those who get their hands on wristbands can also register for free masterclasses and tasting. Earlybird wristbands are on sale now for just £5 or two for £9.50 until 30th June at . We’ve just bought ours, so hopefully see some of you then.

Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend takes place between 6th and 8th October 2017.


1st June 2017

The Ivy on the Square

Well it’s official, The Ivy is definitely coming to Edinburgh. Expected to open early autumn this year, The Ivy On The Square will be situated at 6 St Andrew Square and have a 130 seat restaurant space alongside a bar and a mezzanine terrace. The brasserie will be offering all day dining and an extensive cocktail list. They will also hold some tables back from bookings so walk-ins will be possible. St Andrew Square is certainly making itself a dining hotspot for the city.

25th May 2017

Spotted on Leith Walk yesterday and opening today, Sprinkles is a new ice cream parlour that also offers other desserts. The sign indicated that ice cream and milkshakes were half price on their opening day, so make the most of the sunny weather and visit!


8th May 2017

Mary King’s Coffee House Recognised with VisitScotland ‘Taste Our Best’ Award

The Real Mary King’s Close is a popular visitor attraction in Edinburgh, situated on the Royal Mile. However, did you know they had a coffee house and better still, it has won a VisitScotland award? In recognition of the quality Scottish food and drink served in the new menu, Mary King’s Coffee House has been awarded a Taste Our Best award for 2017/2018. The menu includes soups and sandwiches made daily on site and the cakes, pastries and traybakes are provided by Saltire Patisserie, also based in Edinburgh. Even the tea and coffee is local – Brodies Fairtrade Tea and Coffee, which is roasted in Musselburgh, just seven miles from the site.

Craig Miller, General Manager of The Real Mary King’s Close comments:

“In this year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we are absolutely delighted to receive a ‘Taste Our Best’ Award 2017/18 from VisitScotland to add to our five star visitor attraction rating. At The Real Mary King’s Close are committed to offering our guests an authentic, quality experience, and this award is a recognition of our dedication to serving quality Scottish produce in Mary King’s Coffee House.”



7th May 2017

Civerinos Slice | Ishka

Wonderful news for lovers of Civerinos Pizza. They have finally opened their new venue Civerinos Slice on Forrest Road. As I was passing the venue on Friday lunchtime, it was already doing an incredibly busy trade. You can have a read of Edinburgh Feasts’ review of their Hunter Square branch here.

Also spotted on social media, Ishka is a new restaurant and bar opening this month on Morrison Street. Their launch night looks to be on 12th May. Their instagram feed has some incredible shots on it and if you scroll down through some of the photos you can also see a menu – drool!


30th April 2017

Maki & Ramen | Hendersons

Maki & Ramen have recently opened Maki & Ramen Omakase in Fountainbridge, after the success of their two establishments in Southside. Omakase is where you allow the chef to choose your meal. However, for those of you that might find the lack of control over your choice a little daunting, there is still a normal menu for you to choose from. There is sushi and ramen galore to discover and enjoy, so I am looking forward to getting a visit in.

Hendersons have also been hinting on their Instagram feed that they are in the process of opening up a new branch in Old Town. Judging from the photos it looks as if it’s just off the Royal Mile. This will be great news for vegetarians and vegans on the south side of Princes Street.


28th April 2017

Honeycomb & Co – New Opening

A new addition to Bruntsfield lands on 1st May. Honeycomb & Co is intending to offer food inspired by flavours from around the world, using the best seasonal produce. I’ve had a quick squizz at both the breakfast and lunch menus and they offer some luscious sounding dishes.

Honeycomb & Co’s ‘Queen Bee’, Susan Booth said “The whole team is so excited to be opening in such a vibrant neighbourhood. With all our food made from scratch in our kitchens we can’t wait to open the doors to our buzzy and relaxed new home, we look forward to welcoming locals and visitorsalike for many years to come.”

The kitchen will be led by Julie Friel, who has already established a following with her event and private catering firm Patti & Jules. I have often found myself salivating over her Instagram feed, so having an opportunity to finally eat some of her food excites me greatly. I have promptly added this to my ‘must visit’ list and hope to go soon.


27th April 2017

Otro | Miller & Carter| Wagamamas | Five Guys | Atelier

So, there have been recent new openings in the city centre of Otro (Coates Crescent, West End), Miller & Carter (Frederick Street) and Wagamama (St Andrew Square). All of these have sister restaurants elsewhere in the city but will hopefully mean easier availability of tables. We will be visiting Miller & Carter in the not too distant future, so keep your eyes peeled for a review.

Also, spotted yesterday, Five Guys is opening a branch in the centre, again on Frederick Street.

Five Guys

Five Guys

In less happy news, Atelier will be closing its doors this weekend for the last time. According to their Facebook page, they are “moving on to something entirely new and different”. Whilst I look forward to what comes next, I am saddened that a firm favourite will no longer be an option.


27th April 2017


I’ve decided to create a News page on the blog in order to capture some of the new openings, rumours, and press releases I get sent. Whilst I do not anticipate this will be all encompassing (places open and shut in Edinburgh quicker than I can eat a pitted olive!), I do hope this will be informative and useful. Some of the ‘spotted’ images may appear on my Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram feeds before the blog, so keep your eyes peeled.

If you are a restaurant in Edinburgh, have news, and want to feature, please get in touch. Details can be found on the About page.