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Thomsons Bar, 18 Morrison Street, Edinburgh – June 2012



Looking to cross off another pub in Edinburgh, we nipped into here for a quick half.  I’m glad we did. Excellent selection of real ale on draught as well as old pictures, mirrors and some excellent wood panelling to keep the eye entertained.  I fancied staying for another but food needs had to be met and other plans.  Definitely one to go back to.

Pies and toasties available, £2.50 for toasties, unsure of pie prices.


WIN tickets to see Taste of Edinburgh, The Meadows, Edinburgh


Taste of Edinburgh is a bright spot in what can be a dreich Scottish summer. The festival will be returning to The Meadows for a sixth year of unforgettable eating, drinking and entertainment.


Showing the world what delights are found in Scotland’s larder, celebrity chef Valentine Warner will be joining a star studded cast that includes Masterchef TV favourite Loyd Grossman, Michelin Star talent Jeff Galvin, Gordon Ramsey’s protégé Jason Atherton and Channel 4’s culinary duo, The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Michelin starred Peat Inn’s Geoffrey Smeddle will also make a special appearance, while master patissier of Cake Boy, Eric Lanlard, will show guests with a sweet tooth how to perfect the art of homebaking.  


Guests will be able to sample the finest produce from over 100 exhibitors to the live music of the band from Edinburgh’s premier entertainment venue, Ghillie Dhu.

It’s well worth a trip to Edinburgh, but even better when you have a chance of winning one of our FREE TICKETS! Like, Comment, Share , Tweet and follow with this: “I’d love to visit Taste of Edinburgh for free thanks to @tasteofed and @glasgowfoodie”.  Please leave a comment letting me know you  have followed etc for an extra entry 🙂

Free ticket is for Sunday evening session (4:30pm start)

Good luck!

Competition closes at midnight, Wednesday 4th July so you can plan your weekend, good luck again!

Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh – 28th – 30th June


The Scottish Real Ale Festival is back! and this time it is at Corn Exchange Edinburgh.

Admission costs are £3 for CAMRA members or £5 for non CAMRA members, tickets available at the door.  Readmission to the festival is free at later sessions on presentation of your badged glass.  No under 18’s admitted and challenge 25 will be in force .    Included in admission is either a pint or half pint souvenir glass.

Opening hours are:-

Thursday 28th June – Noon – 11pm

Friday 29th June – Noon – 11pm

Saturday 30th June – Noon -9pm

Drinks Pricing
ABV ½ Pint Pint
<3.2% £1.30 £2.60
<4.0% £1.40 £2.80
<5.0% £1.50 £3.00
<6.0% £1.60 £3.20
>6.0% £Variable
Ciders £1.60 £3.20
Beer and cider of 6% ABV or less can be bought on presentation of your souvenir glass in half‑pint or pint quantities. N.B. Pint glasses also have a half‑pint line marking.

Beer and cider of more than 6% ABV can be bought on presentation of your souvenir glass in third‑pint or half‑pint quantities. N.B. glasses also have a third‑pint line marking.

More information can be found HERE.



Bluerapa Thai, 6 Torpichen Place, Edinburgh – June 2012


A quick dinner was required in Edinburgh before going to see a film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (The Imposter , recommended!).  We stumbled across Bluerapa Thai and thought we’d give it a try.

Sweetcorn Cakes £4.95, spiced with red curry paste and kaffir lime, served with Chilli Sauce and Peanuts.

Fluffy with just the right amount of spice to tingle but not overwhelm the taste.  One of those, oh i could do this, dishes.

Sweet Potato Fritter £4.95 with desicated coconut and sesame seeds

Balance of sweet and sour, another one on the ooh I’ll have to try to make these at  home.

Roasted Duck Yum £6.95 shallots, apples, cashew nuts, mango, coriander, mint and lemon dressing.

Great infusion of flavours and textures, only downside was the duck was a little rubbery for my liking.

Namtok Grilled Beef, £6.95, tossed with powdered rice, spring onion, shallots, coriander, dried chillies, mint and lime juice

Delicious!, the man won with his choice of meal.  Spicy, minty and tender beef.  Gah!

It’s BYOB here, no corkage, so not knowing this we made do with a thai iced coffee (no different from a normal iced coffee lol) and a glass of mango juice.  A lot of the drinks on the menu were not available, so probably best to take your own.

All in £32.70 for two dinner (rice £2.50 extra) and two soft drinks.

Quick service, busy restaurant, would go again.  Menu’s can be found HERE

p.s and I got free help re-setting my iphone, service eh!?

Bluerapa Thai on Urbanspoon

The Earl of Marchmont Bar, 22 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh – June 2012


Popped in to watch a bit of football whilst waiting to go to a gig.  Good mix of clientele in, menu was well priced and a wide selection (especially for such a small kitchen!).  Beers on tap were Addlestones Cider, Carling, San Miguel, Amstel, Belhaven Best, Guinness, Leffe, Hoegaarten and two real ales.  Good selection of bottled beers too (Innis & Gunn etc).

Noticed the lots of bowls of nachos appearing and empty bowls going back so we ordered a sharing one.

£5.95 for this, which is a bowl and not just a plate,  Kicking jalepenos and lots of cheese.  Well worth it.

Menu can be found here

Friendly staff, sparkling toilets, good nachos, excellent beer selection and nice area.  Quite fancy nipping in again.

Chez Jules, 109 Hanover Street, Edinburgh – May 2012


After visiting Beltane in Edinburgh we surfaced at lunch time ravenous. Looking for something more substantial than a sandwich n soup we stumbled across Chez Jules, went “have we done french food?”, saw the menu and jumped downstairs.


After making our order, we received a salad, a basket of bread,  some salami and olives at no extra cost (excellent) on top of the free bottle of nice cold tap water.  Handy to remember if scrimping.


The man went for Mackerel Salad to start

Flavoursome mackerel, good to see capers in there.  Only minus was the amount of fish 😦

I went for the duck pate, and what a chunk

Again my usual moan about not enough bread v pate ratio, especially when the pate is strong.  Excellent stuff, however I still have no idea what the side sauce was!

Chicken for the man


Smooth mash, tasty cooking licor and chicken that falls off the bone. 🙂

Mussels and Frites for me


Delicious cooking licor, crispy frites, and aioli with flavour.   Much better than Brel in Glasgow.


Friendly service, cheap lunch, handy to remember if you are in the centre of Edinburgh and don’t want to be stung for a dear lunch.

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