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Edinburgh Live
Gary Armstrong

Five Edinburgh restaurants named in Lonely Planet guidebook as 'most memorable'

In any guidebook advising our guests on how they should enjoy their trip to our city, there's always a sizeable section on where to dine, given the strength of Edinburgh's food and drink scene.

Global travel authority Lonely Planet's new Experience Scotland guide, published just recently, includes a whole host of places to see and things to do to keep tourists entertained in the capital.

Their latest release aims to 'turn to travel on its head' and has been dubbed 'the anti-guidebook’ by 'helping travellers uncover new ways to get away from the everyday, filled with unforgettable experiences and interesting local surprises'.

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So, after picking up a copy, we headed straight to the food and drink section to find out where they people should be popping by for a bite to eat.

They've included five of our favourite city restaurants and describe them all as serving up 'memorable meals'.

Here's what they said:

Prestonfield House

"Highland-style lodge south of the centre with its own strutting peacocks and herd of Highland cows.

"Come for afternoon tea, served amid a riot of stag antler armchairs and gilded mirrors."

The Little Chartroom

"Chef Roberta Hall-McCarron is at the vanguard of new Scots cuisine.

"Her poky Leith bistro, packed with an ever-changing menu of risky, remarkable food, shows why."


"Chef Scott Smith's vaunted Broughton Street restaurant looks modest from the outside, but is rewriting Scotland's cultural cookbook.

Scott Smith opened Fhior on Broughton Street as chef patron with his wife Laura. (Twitter)

"Seasonal cooking at its best."


"On the Royal Mile, chef Paul Wedgwood's farm-to-fork philosophy and fondness for herb foraging means every dish has a local story behind it.

"Wild foraging courses on offer, too."

The Witchery by the Castle

"Take a jaunt back to the 18th century at this decadent restaurant beside the Edinburgh Castle gates.

"Enough romantic baroque flourishes to put Casanova in the mood."

The Secret Garden at the Witchery, Edinburgh. (The Witchery)

Within the new Experience Scotland guidebook, there's also a whole section dedicated to 'Foodie Leith' too, featuring the likes of Campervan Brewery, Woodland Creatures and Roseleaf Bar Cafe.

To see more of Lonely Planet's top tips for the Capital, you can visit their website here.

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