Rupert and Tom, aka The Buck and Birch are a pair of innovative chef-foragers, also responsible for award winning drink Aelder Elixir. They have a depth of knowledge and passion for plants far beyond the current trend for putting some wild garlic on the menu and calling it foraged. This year they are putting on a series of pop-up dinners combining seven courses of wild treats with matching botanical cocktails in collaboration with award winning mixologist Miran Chauhan.
It's Friday and I have cocktails on my mind, so I thought I'd share a tour of some of Edinburgh's hidden cocktail bars with a few photo stops along the way
I'll start this post with a massive hurrah that with the arrival of Dishoom we can finally enjoy delicious Indian food in Edinburgh. Having opened four popular Bombay Irani-style cafés in London, they have now colonised Edinburgh with their winning mix of delicious food, cocktails, casual dining and retro interior. If you would like to try it for yourself, scroll down and subscribe to be in for a chance of winning breakfast at Dishoom.
An impromptu date night led to a quick search for somewhere new to try. We found ourselves at Edinburgh restaurant Lovage. The two chefs behind this, brothers Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek have a surprising pedigree, with a background in biomedical sciences as well as fine dining. Their menu is packed with seasonal and local produce, and while they make use of innovative techniques, it doesn't feel like showing off, simply striving to get the best out of these wonderful ingredients.
Away from the bright lights of the city centre you will find Edinburgh's newest steak restaurant, the wittily named Rib Aye, tucked away in a corner of Leith, the location belies the ambition of Chef Colin Hinds, whose focus is impeccably sourced Scottish beef and produce from small farms, along with a careful selection of whiskies and other drinks designed to bring out the best in the ingredients.
While the weather has turned distinctly wintry in the last few days, there are still plenty of spots to take in the gorgeous autumn colours. The shorter days mean if you are planning a wander to one of these spots, you can enjoy sunset at 5pm before finding somewhere to cosy up for the rest of the evening. I for one am obsessing over all things hygge right now.
We had plans this weekend to visit all sorts of new places and be generally cultured. But in the end what we needed to to was to take a family cycle ride and spend some time doing not very much. In Edinburgh we are lucky to have so much green space in the city. This dramatic scenery is only 10 minutes walk from the centre of town.
I was very excited to be invited by ScotRail to explore the beautiful Scottish Borders on a steam train.
I had so much fun making this video for Cross Country Trains. The hardest part was choosing which of my favourite spots in Edinburgh to include.
Edinburgh is waking up, Spring is turning to early Summer