Two things Scotland’s known for is cold weather and hearty grub. Fortunately Edinburgh is brimming with places serving some of the best comfort food around.
From eclectic burger menus to soups served in replica living rooms, there’s no shortage of options for those looking for no-nonsense, quality grub. Here are just five of the best…
At Mum’s, formerly known as Monster Mash, they believe ‘gourmet’ can and should be for everyone. The name itself is a give-away, and indeed comfort food is their raison d’etre. What screams this better than sausage and mash swimming in gravy? It’s a simple, classic menu, but each dish is carefully prepared, and made with love (just like your Mum would make it, presumably). They go to great lengths to source some of the best producers in the country, starting locally of course.
Mum’s, 4A Forrest Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2QN, 0131 260 9806, www.monstermashcafe.co.uk
In this beautifully revamped Victorian bar in Leith the kitchen makes expert use of the best ingredients, which are locally sourced and freshly prepared to order. Their specials are often Scottish classics such as Cullen Skink, and when in season their Rabbit burger is renowned for its size, presentation and taste. Comforting food in a comfy environment – it’s the sort of place you can easily spend a few hours in peace and enjoy a lazy day.
Nobles Bar, 44a Constitution St, Edinburgh EH6 6RS, 0131 629 7215, www.noblesbarleith.co.uk
In the Old Town, just down the hill from the Royal Mile, you’ll find the popular Holyrood 9A bar, part of the trend-setting Fuller Thomson group of pubs. If you like burgers, and you think they are the ultimate in comfort food, this is the place for you. With an eclectic array of delicious gourmet burgers, including options for vegetarian pals, it’s a good bet for a long, lazy lunch, or an.
Holyrood 9A, 9A Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh, EH8 8AE, 0131 556 5044, www.theholyrood.co.uk
The Basement Bar
If Mexican cuisine is your idea of comfort – think nachos, quesadillas, homemade guacamole and bulging burritos – The Basement Bar could be your new favourite place to eat out. With a relaxed atmosphere, comfy seats, great music and contemporary art adorning the walls, it’s a haven for a midweek meal with friends, or a Sunday afternoon hangover cure.
The Basement Bar, 10a-12a Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RH, 0131 557 0097, www.basement-bar-edinburgh.co.uk
Under the Stairs
Under the Stairs take comfort to another level. Decorated like an eccentric gentlemen’s lounge, your toughest decision will probably be where to sit. Their menu changes with the seasons, and as odd as this may sound, their stand-out comfort food is their soups, served with huge, what can only be described as ‘slabs’, of artisan bread.
Under the Stairs, 3A Merchant St, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD, 0131 466 8550, www.underthestairs.org
Do you have your own suggestions for comfort food in Edinburgh?
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