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research facility all at the same time. Cafe St Honore makes excellent use of local, seasonal ingredients, celebrated chef Mark Greenaway’s food is full of fun, foams and fancy flourishes, while Rhubarb at Prestonfield is worth a visit, particularly for Sunday lunch. For a bit of celebrity-spotting, especially during the Festival, The Witchery is the place to go, if you can get a table. Jack Nicholson and Michael Douglas are just a couple of the many stars that have dined out in its opulent and imposing surroundings immediately beneath the Castle, which is often described as Scotland’s answer to The Ivy. That claim might be harder to justify now, however, given that the famous London Theatreland venue has recently opened a sister establishment, The Ivy on the Square, in Edinburgh. For more relaxed dining, the Shore in Leith is home to some excellent foodie pubs, including the acclaimed King’s Wark. In the centre of town, Urban Angel is to be admired for its long-running eco-conscious attitude and commitment to sourcing ingredients locally, without recourse to skimping on originality or taste. In the West End, the fresh and funky WestRoom boasts an p77

be a popular addition to Stockbridge’s dining scene. Elsewhere, there’s plenty more in the fine dining vein worth investigating, including The Wee Restaurant, The Printing Press and The Pompadour by Galvin. Alongside the Michelin stars and attendant aspirants, Edinburgh has also seen a boom in fabulous, chic and affordable restaurants influenced in part by the philosophies of new nordic cuisine and focused on ultra-local, ultra seasonal eating. Two excellent proponents of this are the Gardener’s Cottage and Timberyard, both of which, alongside the superb food and drink, lay considerable claim to the title of ‘coolest space in Edinburgh’. Those two are just some of the new breed of exciting, informal restaurants, alongside other standouts such as Norn, Field and the superb Aizle. Should you find yourself in Stockbridge, Taisteal and Purslane are every bit their equal. Le Roi Fou delivers delicious and delicately cooked treats at a fraction of the cost of many of its London counterparts, while newcomers Forage & Chatter and Ostara are also worth a visit. The impressive Edinburgh Food Studio manages to be a restaurant, quirky pop-up and experimental cookery lab-cum teaching and

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