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Edinburgh Eats

It’s not just London town that knows how to turn a table. We take a quick trip far north to see how things are done up in Auld Reekie

words by Elliot RAMSEY

The Bridge Inn
Situated on the banks of the Union Canal in Ratho, a village in the Rural West Edinburgh area just seven miles from the capital, The Bridge Inn is a community pub with rooms at the heart of the village. Head Chef Ross Traill prides himself in producing delicious, locally-sourced food using vegetables grown in the pub’s own walled garden by in-house gardener David, as well as home-bred pork, which is perfect for the delicious pork crackling. | @bridgeinn

The Little Chartroom
Say farewell to avocado on toast and hello to some refreshingly different dishes on the Sunday brunch menu at The Little Chartroom, which include the likes of Lamb sweetbreads & braised oxtail on toast, or Ham hock with pineapple & fried egg. Voted one of the UK’s Top 100 Restaurants this year, The Little Chartroom is owned by Young British Foodies Chef of The Year, Roberta Hall-McCarron (former head chef at Castle Terrace, previously at The Kitchin) and husband Shaun McCarron, the dining room has a lovely neighbourhood vibe about it and it’s perfectly located for Fringe events at the top of Edinburgh’s Leith Walk. There’s lunch and dinner too, which is all super seasonal with the level of work and attention to detail that comes as standard from this classically-trained chef.  | @thelittlechartroom

Wedgwood the Restaurant
Wedgwood the Restaurant is set in the historic heart of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile, renowned for its use for local produce. Paul Wedgwood regularly forages for his menu, with the view that all ingredients for a dish will be provided by his own efforts reducing food miles. Often foraging around the North Berwick area on a weekly basis, Paul will incorporate his foraged finds into the menu, specifically the lunch menu which changes on a daily basis, such as samphire, scurvy grass and cicely. Paul is a nose to tail chef and is well known for making unusual haggis with unusual meats such as squirrel and guinea pig. You will always find a haggis dish on the Wedgwood menu. | @wedgwoodtherestaurant

Harajuku Kitchen
Harajuku Kitchen is Edinburgh’s only Japanese owned and run restaurant. With its cooking rooted in authentic Japanese comfort food, handed down from owner Kaori’s family, it has garnered a loyal following in Edinburgh and beyond. Testament to its quality and authenticity, Kaori is the official caterer for the Consulate General of Japan, the Scottish Japan society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Scotland, and was recently named The Golden Chopsticks Best Restaurant in Scotland 2019. | @harajukukitchen