Edinburgh good eats and/or high tea

Aug 12th, 2002, 08:42 AM
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Edinburgh good eats and/or high tea

Looking for good ideas on good places to eat that are mid-range in price and serve traditional Scottish food. Also interested in locations for high tea (if that is a tradition in Scotland as it is in England). Will be there in mid-September. We plan to spend lots of times in pubs so are looking for alternative ideas for one nice dinner while there, as well as tea on afternoon.

Thanks to all in advance.
 
Aug 12th, 2002, 08:47 AM
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Hi Will,

Is it high tea, or afternoon tea you are looking for - they are quite different in Scotland. High tea tends to be a meal (something like steak pie or fish and chips for example, in a lot of pubs) with tea and toast on the side, then cakes and scones to follow. A lot of pubs/restaurants do this - particularly on a Sunday. Afternoon tea is more like what you would get in London.

The only place I can think of at the moment for high tea is just outside of Edinburgh - a place called Gullane, in East Lothian. There is a really nice place (or it was, last time I was there) called 'The Old Golf Club', which does rather nice food.

For afternoon tea, some of the large hotels in Edinburgh are good - the Balmoral certainly used to be good, and the Roxburghe was lovely on last visit.

Let us know which it is, and I'm sure we can give you more suggestions.
 
Aug 12th, 2002, 08:50 AM
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go to Fishers of Leith. ar ein Leith and in town great value seafood lunch. mid range but top notch.
 
Aug 12th, 2002, 08:58 AM
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will
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Guess I am thinking more of afternoon tea rather than high tea.

thanks
 
Aug 12th, 2002, 04:23 PM
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Its not high tea, but Plaisir du Chocolate has wonderful, properly prepared tea (no bags and no stewing leaves), nice lunch entres and great desserts. Its on the north side of the Royal Mile (the PdC on the southside is litle more than a takeout).
 
Aug 12th, 2002, 05:47 PM
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For wonderful scones and tea try Mrs. Forsyths Tea Room...its in a close (like an alley) off the Royal Mile, and is close to the back door of the Jurys Inn Hotel. Very nice lady, and wonderful food/drinks.
 
Aug 14th, 2002, 07:13 AM
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Will,

Many places serve traditional food...all depends how traditional you want. Are you into Haggis? A lovely restaurant just before the entrance to the castle is the Witchery. They do a cheaper set menu for lunch but is meant to be excellent and "scottish" food. Many pubs would serve just as nice food.

As for tea, I belive the Balmoral does this as many of the larger upmarket Scottish hotels. I never find its as good as I expected.

I can reccommend a great reasonable Italian place. Dario's on Lothian road. It has a take away/chipper on one side and sit down meals on the other. Don't let this make you think its not good. It's the best italian food and pizza I have had in the UK. All the male waiters are older italian men and are fantasic waiters. The food serves everything you can think of even things I did not see for years.

Avoid eating by the castle (except the witchery) they are tourist traps and the food is muck!
 
Aug 15th, 2002, 11:27 AM
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Try Clarinda's on Princes Street if it's still there. I only had tea there once, but they have a selection of teas and great cakes, scones, etc.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 05:48 AM
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I would avoid the Witchery too. overpirced for what you get.

I think you want Stac Polly or any of the Howies restaurants for your traditional Scottish food. As an aside you might want to try Black Bo's- tho' it's fully veggy.

For afternoon tea a lot of the mystique is ambience. Jenner's would be my choice, followed by the Caledonian, the Balmoral, the Roxburghe or the George
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 09:25 AM
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Sheila,

Although I usually think your advice is spot-on, I took my Mum to Jenners last week for a coffee, and we walked out. Although I'm in Jenners quite a lot, it was a long time since I'd been in the cafe, and it was horrible - dirty tables, and crockery lying about everywhere. It's a self-service free-for-all, and not a pleasant atmosphere at all. Certainly not somewhere for a relaxing coffee and chat...

Just my tuppence worth
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 04:43 AM
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What is Jenners?
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 06:41 AM
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Jenners is a large department store, often referred to as the "Harrods of Edinburgh"
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 06:46 AM
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Actually, as to the Witchery, I've never recommended it.

I actually went there for dinner with my husband 18 months ago to check it out because people asked about it so often. I found it overpriced and overcrowded- although with quite the best wine list I've ever seen in a restaurant.

My line on it has been quite consistent ever since. And I didn't have a line before.

And, David, (or not David, as I suspect), I don't post anonymously, and I don't charge, except for legal advice
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 07:17 AM
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I laugh when I read these posters who bash others for being on Fodors! What hypocrisy! What morons!
Meanwhile-as I post it is 10:15AM in NYC. That I think means it is 3:15PM in Scotland/England.
There was a commercial played on television for years, "It is x oclock, Do you know where your children are?" I think that is the game some posters play here.
If some of you stuck to the subject and stopped bringing your personal vendettas to these boards, this would remain a pleasant site for travel discussion and not some unhappy peoples venting and whining boards.
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 08:04 AM
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This is the real david west here (which is easily checked by using the real address above, which I use on all my posts)

The two bob knob claiming to be me is a deeply sad sort of a chap and cockmonger if he gets his jollies like this.

Ho hum matey. Drop me a line and we can meet up and sort it out. I'd like that (but you may not)
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 08:04 AM
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This is the real david west here (which is easily checked by using the real address above, which I use on all my posts)

The two bob knob claiming to be me is a deeply sad sort of a chap and cockmonger if he gets his jollies like this.

Ho hum matey. Drop me a line and we can meet up and sort it out. I'd like that (but you may not)

David
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 08:07 AM
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David:
I love your choice of words///
lmao in nyc
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 08:13 AM
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Thanks to the moderators for getting rid of my imposter.
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 08:30 AM
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and thanks to sheila for contacting the moderators...
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 08:35 AM
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annie, do you hate gay people too? cockmonger? It doesnt take a genuis to work it out. David, I usually like to read what you post but with that comment, I've lost all respect for you.
 

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