British, Traditional Restaurants in Edinburgh
1. The Ivy on the Square British, Traditional restaurant in Edinburgh 6 St Andrew Square - EH2
As per its siblings, this Ivy spinoff combines a “lovely”, art-filled location (in this case overlooking St Andrew's Square), some “very good” if slightly ordinary food, and prices “on the expensive side” – but, like its siblings, no one seems to mind too much.
2. Angels With Bagpipes British, Traditional restaurant in Edinburgh 343 High St, Royal Mile - EH1
2021 Review: Owned by the Crolla family (who started Valvona & Crolla, Scotland’s oldest deli and Italian wine merchant – see also), this sixteenth century fine dining spot is a beacon on the otherwise touristy Royal Mile owing to its “well-cooked and well-seasoned” Scottish fare and “good value Sunday lunch”; for a truly intimate dining experience, try ‘Halo’, upstairs, which seats just four.
3. Café St-Honoré French restaurant in Edinburgh 34 NW Thistle Street Ln - EH2
“Hidden away in the lanes of the New Town but well worth seeking out” – Neil Forbes's “romantic” fixture is a “French delight in the middle of Edinburgh” (“like stepping into somewhere in Paris”). Reporters, taking their place alongside the “large cohort of regulars”, invariably laud its “authentic” cooking – “French with Scottish touches” (and nowadays with “sustainability and organic local produce at its heart”).
4. The Walnut British, Modern restaurant in Edinburgh 9 Croall Place - EH7
2021 Review: This “real gem” on the road to Leith – “family-run with flair and passion” – “uses unusual cuts of locally sourced meats and seasonal produce to keep the cost of lunch to £10”. It’s “intimate and cosy, but on a hot summer’s day, sitting outside sipping wine and eating the amazing fresh food the kitchen sends out is a real treat”.
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