Festival Food: new and notable

  • The List
  • 29 July 2012
Festival food - the best places to eat in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Some of the capital's best newcomers over the last 12 months, including Earthy Canonmills and Hemma

New and notable

If you haven’t been in town since last Festival then here’s our pick of the best of the newcomers over the past 12 months

Earthy Canonmills

The shop focused on local and seasonal goods now has a new branch near the Botanics featuring a great café with evening dining.

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Fresh ideas and committed seasonal cooking comes to the West End.

The Gardener’s Cottage

Communal tables, menus inspired by the local markets and a quirky venue on the north side of Calton Hill.


At last a civilised stop in the Holyrood district, with a child- and food-friendly bar studded with Scandanavian touches.

Kyloe Restaurant & Grill

An upmarket steakhouse in the Rutland Hotel offering superbly handled Scottish beef with unusual cuts and well-crafted sides.


Edinburgh’s underground baking scene has its shabby-chic showcase with this pared-back café near the Royal Lyceum Theatre.


A first taste for Edinburgh of upmarket Indian dining, with tasting menus and intricate spicing in a glamorous setting in Leith.

Ronde Bicycle Outfitters

Now that cycling is more popular than religion, this cool wee Stockbridge café is located in a cool cycle shop.


Hi-octane glamour with butch banqueting tables, low lighting and pumping beats alongside a zeitgeisty menu of char-grilled Scottish meat.

Union of Genius

A tiny lunchtime venue near the University serving six great soups each day — and not much else.

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