Braid Apartments by Mansley, Thistle Street, Edinburgh

The popularity for serviced apartments continues to grow and the trend of this particular accommodation type shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. City centre properties perform particularly well in this area for obvious reasons and Edinburgh’s Braid Apartments are no different. Purchased … [Read more...]

The Panoramic Penthouse Apartment, Quartermile, Edinburgh

Rarely does the perfect balance of demand and opportunity present itself; but when it does, and that opportunity involves a property as perfectly apt as The Panoramic Penthouse Apartment, all is right with the world. Invited by Canadian travel publication; Drift Magazine, to write an article … [Read more...]

La Petite Mort, Edinburgh

Forget the St Paul’s restaurant in London where love sometimes blooms over a first meeting; La Petite Mort is the perfect venue for a First Date, and provides the perfect recipe for romance, right here in Edinburgh! A short walk from Bruntsfield Links, La Petite Mort is additionally ideally … [Read more...]

Merchiston Residence, Edinburgh

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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...]