Merchiston Residence, Edinburgh

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Having enjoyed a seriously luxurious stay at Old Town Chambers some time ago, I was pleased to accept an invitation to visit Merchiston Residence, Edinburgh, managed by the same Lateral City Apartments team. Apartment stays in cities seem, still, to be a growing trend within each market sector, … [Read more...]

The Atelier Restaurant, Edinburgh

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With the Food and Drink sector in good shape, the ever-challenging environment of the industry within the UK and demand for quality produce presents a golden opportunity for success and to establish a loyal following of foodies. Unconventionality within such an environment is not only a brave move … [Read more...]

Tutto Matto, Edinburgh

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There are pizza restaurants and there are PIZZA RESTAURANTS, Tutto Matto (of the two tomato fame) is certainly the latter. Opened by the Pinto Mexican team, ventures have spread from South America across to Europe in a taste extravaganza, where Tutto Matto reflects not only the best of Italian … [Read more...]

Pinto, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh

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The sombreros had another airing at the weekend for a return visit to central Scotland’s answer to a Mexican Fiesta. I was delighted to see another Pinto opening in Edinburgh, following their launch in Scotland’s capital at Lothian Road. Shandwick Place opened some months ago and, in the heart of … [Read more...]

Apex Hotel, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

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Apex Hotels seem to be, quite literally, popping up all over the place, in Edinburgh currently, replicating a formula, which works and becoming a fast growing UK chain. Friendly, four star comfort, in the heart of UK cities; that is precisely my experience during a recent stay at the group’s … [Read more...]

Cringletie House, near Peebles, Scottish Borders

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I adore the sight of wellington boots at a front door; their presence hints at time well spent and the existence of country walks and plentiful outdoor opportunities – justification of sorts for an otherwise indulgent stay. Neat rows welcomed me to Cringletie and I couldn’t wait to see more of the … [Read more...]

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh and Number One Restaurant.

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I’ve often pondered the marriage of 5 star luxury and first class hospitality as the two, surprisingly, don’t always sit entirely comfortably together; one half of the partnership falling somewhat short of the undoubted high expectations set by such a top end grading. Superb hospitality, is … [Read more...]

Pinto, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

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A mental visual of fiestas, large hats and margaritas immediately entered my head upon receiving an invite to Lothian Road’s recent opening. Pinto is Edinburgh’s newest offering of Mexican fare, following a successful launch of three similar hangouts in quick succession in Glasgow’s city … [Read more...]

The Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside, Edinburgh

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Venturing south of The Royal Mile and onto The Meadows, a further five-minute walk brought us to the door of a non-stereotypical building; Georgian architecture a seeming world away; and the doorway of number 215 Causewayside. Industrial in appearance, the unique façade represents one of the many … [Read more...]

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh

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It would be surprising to me to find anyone who hadn’t heard of the Edinburgh Festival – thinking of course, of the Summer-long celebration of an internationally appealing array of events across the broad medium of dance, theatre, music, activity and general entertainment, which draws a global … [Read more...]