Edinburgh is well known as a city fond of wining and dining. Whether you’re a fan of laid-back street food joints or prefer Michelin-starred splendour, there are plenty of establishments to choose from. In fact, it can be hard to keep up with it all with so many fantastic restaurants on our doorstep, and that’s where the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival comes in. Now in its second year, the festival aims to promote the city’s thriving dining culture and encourage you to get out there and try something new. The festival kicks off tomorrow, the 8th of October, so we’ve picked out a few highlights worth checking out at the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival over the next ten days.
1. Lunch for £15 at Wedgwood
As part of the festival, over 30 Edinburgh restaurants are putting on a special lunch or dinner set menu to give guests a little flavour of what they do. A three course lunch will only set you back £15, a bit of a bargain if you ask us! Fine-dining restaurant Wedgwood is nestled in amongst old buildings and traditional shops in the Canongate, providing a welcome retreat from the madness of the Royal Mile. Enjoy a choice of delicious dishes made with fresh and seasonal Scottish produce, such as venison carpaccio with tomato chutney or sea bream with new potatoes and sea vegetables, as part of the £15 lunch set menu. Other restaurants offering a special lunch menu include: Contini, Kyloe, No. 8 Lister Square and Element.
Wedgwood the Restaurant
2. Grassmarket Fun Foodie Day
On the 10th of October, make your way down to the Grassmarket for a Saturday filled with food, fun and family activities. There are a variety of things to get involved in during the day, like Mamma’s DIY Pizza Bar where the kids can create their own signature pizza, or the Grassmarket Crepe Art Event where, you guessed it, you can make art out of crepes and then eat it afterwards! There will also be live music in the evening, and a whole host of offers from local restaurants.
Grassmarket Fun Foodie Day
3. Fallen Brewing Craft Beer & Food Pairing
The Canons’ Gait, who specialise in craft beer and good food, will be hosting a very special evening with the Fallen Brewing Co. on Thursday the 15th of October. An exciting menu of five delicious courses has been dreamed up by The Canons’ Gait’s Head Chef and each dish will be served alongside a craft beer from the Fallen Brewing Co. to perfectly compliment the flavours of each course. Discover your new favourite beer and learn which dishes to pair it with at home (or, next time you’re out for dinner!).
Fallen Brewing Craft Beer & Food Pairing
The Canons’ Gait
4. Dinner for £25 at Restaurant Mark Greenaway
If a £15 lunch isn’t enough to keep you satisfied, you’ll be pleased to hear that many top restaurants in the city are also offering a set dinner menu of three course for only £25. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a delicious meal at Restaurant Mark Greenaway and sample some of his best loved dishes. As well as a welcome drink on arrival, you’ll also be tucking into Loch Fyne crab cannelloni, slow roasted pork belly with toffee apple jus, and his signature “knot” chocolate tart, made famous by TV show The Great British Menu. Other restaurants offering a special dinner menu include: Fishers in the City, Rhubarb, The Tower Restaurant and The Beer Kitchen.
Restaurant Mark Greenaway
69 North Castle Street
5. Edinburgh Street Feastival
For the closing weekend of the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival, St Andrew Square will be transformed into a foodie haven for the Edinburgh Street Feastival. A selection of local restaurants, including the likes of Element, The Rosehip, George Street Bar & Grill and Jamie’s Italian Edinburgh, will be serving up street food style dishes from their pop up stalls, all of which can be enjoyed for only £5. There will also be plenty of pop up bars to enjoy a wee drink, and local DJs will be providing music throughout the weekend.
Edinburgh Street Feastival
St Andrew Square
What are you looking forward to doing at this year’s Edinburgh Restaurant Festival? Check out the full programme here.