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Mark Greenaway at 12 Picardy Place – a pre Theatre cheeky

Strawberry Blonde, AVM and myself were all off to see Vincent & Flavia in their new show, Midnight Tango last week at The Playhouse so decided a return visit to Mark Greenaway was in order, I was last there for the launch party and have heard plenty of good reports since so it was well […]

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Castle Terrace Tasting Menu – the only place, ever, we didn’t leave a tip!

It’ll be no surprise to hear that our verdict on this place isn’t great. Although the A La Carte menu looked delicious it’s highly unlikely any of us would ever go back to try it. From start to finish the service from the waiting staff was bored and disinterested, often not explaining what we were being served, very rushed or just mumbled so we couldn’t understand it. The lack in variety of the wines (where was the champagne or a sparkling at the very least and a nice rose or even a chilled light red?) and the quality of the food did not make this a £100 per head experience.

SO different from the sumptuous and faultless experience we had when we had at Kitchin. It almost felt that this was aimed at tourists and we were simply ‘cash cows’ and it’s the first time we haven’t left a tip! We were all unanimous on that point! We left feeling totally cheated and headed off with much haste to get a nice bottle of red to fortify our somewhat flagging spirits.

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a Royal Wedding & a return to Wedgwood

Verdict, the food was exceptional (again) and it is very good value for money, it’s just such a shame we weren’t made aware on booking that only the lunch menu was available as it did leave us feeling slightly disappointed. Had we known, we would probably have had lunch somewhere else and gone back one evening instead to get what we had really wanted. Now justifying a 3rd trip within such a short space of time is going to be very difficult. despite this disappointment, it’s still keeping it’s slot at no2 in my top restaurants (for the moment) and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the lunch menu to anyone as a great value introduction to the wonders of the Wedgwood kitchen.

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Wedgwood – Oh SO good!

The decor is elegant and simple with clean lines and some striking focal points. The staff were friendly and informative, the food exquisite, high quality, well presented and with flavours that surprise & delight (pallate cleanser & the fig with the venison in particular), it’s fine dining without the formality that comes with a Michelin star. I’ve found myself a new favourite restaurant and can’t wait to return to sample the new Spring menu which is launching this week.

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Wine Tasting Dinner at La Garrigue in the New Town

Although the dishes were well presented and had elements that excited and should have worked well, each course left me feeling a little disappointed. There were textures and flavours that seemed to be at odds at times with my unsophisticated pallate, it was almost as though they had been trying too hard and over complicated things. There was never, throughout any of the courses that ‘wow, this is delicious’ moment, my favourite things were the little cheese pastries that we were given at the start before the menu began.

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A cheeky Steak Tartare (& the rest!) at The Witchery

The master plan had been to have a couple of glasses of wine before arriving then have 2 steak tartares, a glass of wine each & leave therefore keeping the bill to a minimum. Did that happen? Of course not, especially when SB got talking with the Sommelier, our fate was gloriously sealed!

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A Gourmet Lunch at number one at The Balmoral Hotel

A colleague emailed round number one’s Christmas lunch menu and from the minute I read it I knew I was going, and I knew a couple of other ladies who would need little persuading to join me! So AVM, Strawberry Blonde and I decided we’d do things properly and booked the Friday off work so […]

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(Guest Blog) Afternoon Tea at The Balmoral Hotel

Of the many teas on offer in Edinburgh, this rates alongside the Sheraton Grand – winning on ambience, decor and cheesecake, although outdone by the Sheraton on generosity, ritual and quality of sandwiches and scones! I say, game on! We agreed the score had to be 7/10 across the board, and will be back .. .. once we’ve tested the rest of the competition! (that’s my girls! Ed)

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