With winter well and truly here, it’s time to seek out the best cosy spots in Edinburgh to indulge in comforting food and drink.
From mulled wine to mac and cheese, these warming treats are sure to keep the winter blues away.
Sunday Roast at Leith Chop House
Nothing says comfort food quite like a good Sunday roast, does it? Leith Chop House are pretty new on the scene but they’ve already got quite the reputation for cooking up one of the best roast dinners in town. Try their roast rump of Aberdeen Angus or, if you’re up for sharing, get the Chateubriand which serves up to three people. Alternatively, order any of their main menu steaks and instead of chips opt for a side of “all the trimmings” – to the uninitiated that’s gravy, roast potatoes, horseradish cream, root veg, creamed cabbage and a Yorkshire pudding.
102 Constitution Street, EH6 6AW – www.leithchophouse.co.uk
Coffee and Soup at Machina Espresso
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After a brisk walk through the Meadows on a cold day, stop off at Machina Espresso for some quality coffee and a bowl of Union of Genius soup. Machina Espresso’s snug little café also doubles up as a specialist coffee equipment shop, so you can admire all the fancy coffee machines whilst you sip your cappuccino. The soup flavours change daily, and are delivered straight from the kitchen of Edinburgh soup experts Union of Genius. Enjoy it with some rustic sourdough bread or go half-and-half with one of Machina Espresso’s homemade sandwiches.
2 Brougham Place, EH3 9HW – www.machina-espresso.co.uk
Hot Chocolate Shots at Coro
Located in Stockbridge, Coro are chocolatiers with a difference. Rather than being all about luxury, Coro emphasise the fun side of chocolate and this is reflected in their menu. Try one of their indulgent hot chocolate shots, made from melted milk, dark or white chocolate and steamed milk, with your choice of topping – be brave and have a sprinkling of chilli, or play it safe with some festive cinnamon. If you fancy a slightly longer drink, Coro’s more traditional hot chocolates are excellent too, and come in a range of chocolately flavours. The peanut butter melt is a must!
5 Howard Street, EH3 5JP – www.corochocolate.co.uk
Seasonal Produce at Three Birds Restaurant
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There are lots of fantastic restaurants in Edinburgh who champion local and seasonal produce, and one such place worth visiting this winter is Three Birds Restaurant. Working with local suppliers like the Secret Herb Garden, Dough-Re-Mi Bread and I.J. Mellis Cheesemongers, the Three Birds team craft these delicious ingredients into event more delicious dishes. The festive menu this year includes warming dishes like pork, ginger and honey lollipops, and confit duck leg with bacon and root vegetable cassoulet. The restaurant is small but very welcoming, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
3-5 Viewforth, EH10 4JD – www.threebirds.co.uk
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at Cairngorm Coffee Co
Cairngorm Coffee Co is an independent coffee shop which serves up excellent coffee from their rustic underground café on Frederick Street, but their cheese toasties are the real reason we love this place. Their famous grilled cheese sandwich is made using fresh sourdough bread, a little bit of chilli jam and their special three-cheese blend, and then the whole thing is grilled to gooey perfection. The toasted bacon sandwiches are pretty delicious too and are the ideal treat to tempt you out of bed on a chilly winter morning.
41a Frederick Street, EH2 1EP – www.cairngormcoffee.com
Macaroni Cheese at The Roseleaf
Speaking of cheese, nothing makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside like a big bowl of macaroni cheese on a rainy day. The Roseleaf have perfected their Mac Attack recipe and it’s well worth a trip down to the Shore for this cheesy goodness. The macaraoni is served in a lightly truffled smoked applewood cheddar sauce with sauteed leeks, smoked bacon and a herby cheese crumb crust. Whilst you’re there, you may as well beat the winter blues by sipping on some of The Roseleaf’s speciality pot-tails which are, as the name suggests, cocktails in a teapot.
23/24 Sandport Place, EH6 6EW – www.roseleaf.co.uk
Hot Chocolate Floats at Mary’s Milk Bar
You might be thinking “a gelato parlour on a list of winter warmers, no way”, but just hear us out! Head down to the Grassmarket to sample one of Mary’s hot chocolate floats to warm yourself up on a rainy afternoon, and you can thank us later. Made using your choice of chocolate and any of the daily gelato specials, there are hundreds of flavour combinations to choose from. Look out for winter specials like white chocolate with mince pie gelato or opt for a more classic dark chocolate with salted caramel gelato. They’re rich and decadent, perfect to perk you up on a wintery day.
19 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS – www.marysmilkbar.com
Barbecue Grill at OX184
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Missing the carefree Summer days of barbecuing in the back garden? Get the smoky barbecue taste you love without having to sit outside in the cold by heading down to the Cowgate to sample some treats from OX184’s wood fired grill. The cool, industrial feel of the place is warmed up with a big wood burning stove and you can enjoy food or drinks late into the evening. The grill menu features steaks, ribs, smoked chicken, pulled pork and lots of other favourites. With food served until 2.30am and a great range of craft beer and whisky, it’s a great place for a night out with friends this Winter in Edinburgh.
184-186 Cowgate, EH1 1JJ – www.ox184.co.uk
South Indian Curry at Mezbaan
If you’re bored of all the stodgy Christmas food already but are still in need of some warming comfort food, try the dinner menu at South Indian restuarant Mezbaan. It might not look like much from the outside, but the friendly staff and tasty menu make this a great spot for grabbing a curry this Winter. The extensive menu features lots of authentic South Indian dishes, and tapas-style dining is encouraged so you can try lots of different curries between your group. Mezbaan also offer takeaways if you’d rather hibernate and enjoy your curry at home.
14-14a Brougham Street, EH3 9JH – www.mezbaan.co.uk
Mulled Wine at The Salisbury Arms
Come November and December, almost everywhere seems to have mulled wine on their menu but for a properly festive experience head along to The Salisbury Arms. This pub is wonderfully cosy with just a wee hint of grandeur, so you’ll feel like you’re holidaying on Highland estate as you sit in front of the roaring fire and sip your mulled wine. An original Georgian building, the pub has been lovingly restored and The Salisbury Arms is now the perfect place to enjoy some good food, mulled wine and a healthy dose of festive cheer.
58 Dalkeith Road, EH16 5AD – www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.uk
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