Take advantage of our insider knowledge of the city and try out some of our favourite lunch hotspots, all a short walk from Old Town Chambers...
The Devil’s Advocate
Just off the Royal Mile and down one of Edinburgh’s medieval closes sits The Devil’s Advocate, one of the capital’s most revered bar/restaurants. In keeping with the Old Town’s reputation as a haunted dwelling for Edinburgh’s medieval spirits, there is a palpable sense of bewitchery in the restaurant’s soul-stirring atmosphere. One becomes immersed, almost part of the atmosphere in this restaurant, lurking in the romantic shadows while enjoying a tasteful menu that is sure to bewitch the senses.
Many restaurants in the capital claim to use almost solely Scottish seasonal produce in their cooking (some doing so more successfully than others), however few can describe its produce as ‘locally-sourced’ with the same accuracy as Edinburgh Larder. Nearly everything in this small cafe-takeaway is homemade with ingredients from the local community and nearby farms. If you are looking for a break from the busyness of the Royal Mile or hope for a quick bite to continue exploring the eclectic city, this deli offers the most delicious Scottish brunch available.
Angels with Bagpipes
Manifesting what is characteristically Scottish, the decor of this popular Old Town restaurant mirrors notable features of the capital using materials created by the nation’s gifted artists. The interior is modern and contrasts with the gothic atmosphere of the High Street offering a warm retreat from the busy street. If you are looking to try some typical Scottish cuisine cooked at its finest then Angels with Bagpipes is a good place to start.
Hidden at the end of a haunted close adjacent to the High Street and through an archway of entwined bamboo embellished with fairy-lights lies Monteith’s. This boutique cocktail bar and restaurant offers a delectable lunch in an enchanting atmosphere which provides a calming and intimate retreat from the brusque city streets. While every dish attests to the restaurant’s reputation the Venison Haggis with Wild Berries and Port certainly stood out. Perfectly coupled with a wine pairing these dishes will not disappoint.
This restaurant serves some of the best Indian cuisine the capital has to offer in the most tasteful style. Refusing to overwhelm the palate with an oversized helping, Mother-India serves its dishes tapas-style in perfect portion sizes which allow for a varied taste experience. Order two to three courses each from an extensive list (with new dishes added weekly), pair these with a selection of rice and naan for an unforgettable journey of flavour.