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Three of a kind: foodie destinations on your doorstep

Red7 , March 12, 2014

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Edinburgh

The sophisticated Scottish capital has a live and kicking foodie scene known for its fine dining and fresh ingredients, straight from the Scottish Highlands and the North Sea. The city boasts several Michelin-starred restaurants serving up incredible international and traditional Scottish cuisine.

The flavoursome scene is enhanced with awesome seafood outlets and enough restaurants serving up dishes from around the world to keep avid foodies satisfied every day of the month. Food tourists who love the finer things in life are guaranteed satisfaction after tucking into a  succulent Scottish beef steak or a venison stew, or indulging in fresh seafood along The Shore.

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Recommended Edinburgh foodie destinations

The Kitchin – This Michelin-starred restaurant on Edinburgh’s Leith waterfront prides itself on serving up unbeatable seasonal British cuisine using ingredients straight from Scotland’s abundant countryside.

 

Castle Terrace – Another of Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred establishments, Castle Terrace seamlessly blends traditional Scottish heritage with innovative culinary techniques to create an exquisite, warm and luxurious dining experience with a menu straight from the land and sea. The meat and vegetarian tasting menus area must try.

Sushiya – Edinburgh’s premier West End sushi restaurant is a small and perfectly formed with a buzzing, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Foodie’s are advised to book a table in advance to avoid missing out on the incredibly fresh fish and creative menu which includes everything from raw beef sashimi and grilled eel to steamy bowls of ramen noodles and seared swordfish.

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York

York is rich in history, famed for it’s medieval heritage including the romantic mazes of cobbled streets and breathtaking York Minster. Yet York is a also a city with one foot firmly in the 21st century, a hotspot for sophisticated nights out in cocktails bars and stylish wine bars, boutique shopping, fine dining, traditional tea rooms and magnificent pub lunches. Its geographical location, in the hearts of Yorkshire, gives it a wholesome yet refined edge, with a wealth of artisan products and excellent farmers markets. York is also the home of chocolate and the perfect place to indulge in sweet treats of every variety in chocolate shops, themed cafes, chocolate making classes and chocolate tours.

Recommended York foodie destinations

The Blind Swine –  York’s fine dining doesn’t get more adventurous then the 10-course tasting menu at The Blind Swine, interspersed with some seriously gourmet cocktails. Foodies need to book in advance to get a coveted place at one of the restaurant’s six tables, but its worth it to experience an unforgettable evening of culinary surprises.

The Hairy Fig – The Hairy Fig deli and café is a haven for foodies in central York. The beautiful shop is full to bursting with locally sourced artisan and speciality products and a range of fresh Spanish, Italian, French and Mexican foods. Pick up a pot of duck liver pate or truffle honey, indulge in a pot of luxury loose leaf Yorkshire Tea or take your pick from the selection of over forty fine cheeses, ‘on tap’ aged vinegars and their delectable iberico jamon sausage.

The Dormouse – A traditional Yorkshire country pub with all the expected rural charm, The Dormouse offers one of the best pub Sunday Roasts in York. In summer, relax in the beautiful rustic garden with a pint, or cosy up by the crackling log fire when the biting northern chill starts whistling at the windows. The Sunday roast menu is almost as big as the portions, with choices like 28-day aged beef, sweetcure pork loin, a mixed roast platter or a beef rib platter for two.

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London

London may seem like an obvious choice for a foodie guide, with it’s vast selection of cuisines from all over the world and wealth of internationally renowned restaurants. However, this means that is easier to tap into unique foodie trends than it is in other culinary destinations. Take London’s street food craze, which has seen several gourmet street food vans rise to almost celebrity status on the street food scene, found at pop up events and established markets across the city. London restaurants of late are also trying to out do each other to deliver the best brunch in town, coming up with ever-more exciting ways to serve up eggs or better the humble Bloody Mary.

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Recommended London foodie destinations

Beagle – nestled under the railway arches of Hoxton Overground Station, Beagle has made quite an impact on London’s foodie scene after it’s opening in eary 2013. Diners can enjoy simple British food such as pork belly, beef, venison or kid cooked to absolute perfection, in stylish yet laid-back surroundings. The brunch at Beagle is also a must-eat London experience.

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Broadway Market – Another East London favourite, Broadway Market graces the banks of the Regents Canal by London Fields. Expect an extremely trendy clientele who religiously attend every Saturday to feast on gourmet street food from around the world, artisan coffee, organic produce, fresh bread, cakes and some lovely pubs.

Yalla Yalla – A veritable haven for foodies, who keep coming back to feast on this Beirut mezze which has popped up in several locations across London. Diners pick from a range of small plates such as Baba Ghannouj (smoky grilled aubergine dip0, Soujoc (spicy Lebanese sausage), Sawda Djej (garlic and pomegranate sautéed chicken liver) and a number of other succulent Lebanese dishes decked out generously in garlic, mint, spices and pomegranate seeds. You’ll leave felling both healthy and satiated.

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