Food and Drink Glasgow’s Edinburgh Festival Guide

Where to drink?


Good pubs near the Pleasance

Holyrood 9a

9a Holyrood Road.  Location

Previously the Holyrood Tavern, now refurbished with a number of wall-mounted beer taps, a shed load of real ale and craft beer; great food and friendly staff.  Check out the smallest kitchen ever (mibbe).  Produces great burgers too.



143 Cowgate.  Location

Popular craft beer Nirvana at Cowgate.


Near Lothian Road venues and the College of Art


105 Lauriston Place. Location.

Small but sells a great selection of beers, get in quick for the sofa!


The Hanging Bat

133 Lothian Road.  Location.

Barbecue food (hot dogs and pulled pork) and lots and lots of good quality craft beer on constant rotation on draught. Note: they don’t sell pints but schooners (2/3rds of a pint).


Red Squirrel

21 Lothian Road. Location

Good food and another wall of tasty draught beers



182-184 Morrison St. Location

Good mix of beer


Near Leith Walk venues

Jeremiah’s Taproom

Jeremiah_outsideJeremiah’s Taproom

7-8 Elm Row.  Location

(reviewed here)

Newly opened, selling a great selection of craft beer, plenty of good quality spirits as well as another dinky kitchen selling food which is all the rage at the moment, i.e. gourmet hot dogs, sliders etc


Barony Bar

81-85 Broughton St. Location

Cumberland Bar

1-3 Cumberland St.  Location



Where to eat?

Near Lothian Road /West-end venues



90-92 Lothian Rd. Location

(reviewed here) Tapas style Japanese yakatori food.



teuchters cullen skinkTeuchter’s Cullen Skink Mug

26 William Street. Location

(Reviewed here)

Great beer selection and good food served in mugs.


Le-Di Vin

9 Randolph Place. Location

(Reviewed here)

Wine bar with an immense array of wines by the glass.  Good food and helpful staff.


Near Cowgate and Royal Mile venues (and The Pleasance)

Michael Neave  Kitchen and Whisky Bar

21 Old Fishmarket Close. Location

(Reviewed here)

Hidden restaurant off the busy Royal Mile.  Excellent lunch menu.



267 Canongate. Location

(Reviewed here)

Excellent fine-dining and great location. Lunch deal is good.


Where to stay?

Near Lothian Road / West-end venues

Brooks Hotel

brooks hotel bedroomBrooks Hotel Bedroom

70-72 Grove Street. Location

(reviewed here)

Excellent boutique hotel, centrally situated with easy access to Haymarket Railway Station.

Kingsburgh House

2 Corstorphine Road. Location

(Reviewed here)

5 star rated bed and breakfast.  Friendly and informative host, plush accommodation and easy access to Edinburgh city centre and surrounding areas.

Tune Hotel

7 Clifton Terrace. Location

(Reviewed here)

Budget but high standard accommodation situation directly across from Haymarket Railway Station.  Check LateRooms for up-to-date rates.

The Original Raj Hotel

8 West Coates. Location

(reviewed here)

Basic hotel, more of a bed & breakfast/hostel.  Set in quiet area and handy for bus in and out of Edinburgh. Cheap (check LateRooms we did!)


Out of town

Laird and Dog

1-5 High Street. Location

(Reviewed here)

Another LateRoom’s favourite.  Located in Lasswade but only a 15-20 min bus journey into Edinburgh.  Good basic accommodation, bar (which sells a couple of local real ales) and food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on site.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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