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THE BONNIE BADGER GULLANE

The Bonnie Badger in a nutshell

Bonnie BadgerThe latest opening from chef Tom Kitchin of The Kitchin, Castle Terrace and Scran & Scallie. The Bonnie Badger is his first opening outside of Edinburgh in the beautiful village of Gullane, East Lothian – home to golf, seaside towns, and glorious sandy beaches. Previously the Golf Inn, the building has been lovingly restored and brought back to life. The restaurant with rooms has brought with it excellent cooking and the level of service expected from the acclaimed chef.


Who’s cooking?

Matthew Budge, previously of Dakota. He spent six months working within the Kitchin Group before the Bonnie Badger opened, where he now heads up the kitchen. Also in the team are pastry chefs from Castle Terrace and The Kitchin.


What’s the vibe?

Open plan and a double-height ceiling with original exposed beams make the dining room a fabulous space. With seating on the ground floor and at a mezzanine level there’s a buzzy feel akin to one of Tom’s city restaurants. …….

TO READ FULL REVIEW HEAD ON OVER TO OLIVE MAGAZINE HERE!

Bonnie Badger
Bonnie Badger

The Bonnie Badger, Main Street, Gullane, EH31 2AB

Photography thanks to The Bonnie Badger.

COSMO EDINBURGH…ALL YOU CAN EAT?

Cosmo Edinburgh, we’re coming for you!

COSMO EDINBURGHWhen you’re offered all you can eat within seconds of your front door what’s a girl gotta do….the fam were super excited at the prospect so off we went to hit up Cosmo Edinburgh which quite literally is ‘on our doorstep’.

The excitement of an all you can eat buffet was twofold. For Mini, he just couldn’t believe that you can keep going back for more, and more. For me, I just couldn’t believe he could eat that many gyozas in one day.

COSMO EDINBURGH

Cosmo, otherwise known as a Pan Asian restaurant and in some quarters (google), the ‘World Buffet restaurant’ has a great selection of cooking stations from quite literally, all over the world. What soon becomes apparent when entering Cosmo is that mostly people are here to eat Chinese food, Japanese Teppanyaki and an indian buffet spread. Continue reading

THE RESTORATION CAFE, DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE RESTORATION CAFE

the restoration cafe dalkeith

The Restoration Cafe, what a lovely place to be brunching. We’ve had weeks, months, years of brunch practice to be fair and if brunch was in the Olympics…well, you know what we’re going to say.

Anyway, a brunch invite pinged in from the delightful folk at the Restoration Cafe at Dalkeith Country Park so we took them up on it and enjoyed a leisurely Sunday, brunching, walking and zipping down the flying fox in the kids adventure playground. Fresh air, vast open spaces yet only 20 minutes from the city centre. It’s a great escape from the city and has something for everyone.

First, the brunch. Don’t ask me anything until I’ve had a flat white.

the restoration cafe dalkeith
the restoration cafe dalkeith
OK, now we can get on with it…

If you love a cooked brekki you’ll be in very good hands. The full breakfast was plentiful. If we’re honest it was a little too meat heavy for us but the meat in question was top quality, delicious, and locally sourced (much of it from the Buccleuch Estates)  – haggis, sausage, bacon AND black pudding, it was all there. Poached egg was on point, a tomato and potato scone filled the plate. Missing, we felt, were beans and mushrooms and a teeny bit of green – spinach – would not have gone amiss. That aside it hit the spot plus there was toast on the side too! Mr M was happy.

Me? I opted for pancakes, it’s an obsession and I tend to have them wherever we go brunching plus make them at home too. The bar is high!  These were light and fluffy, and adorned with delicious bacon, black pudding,  and drizzled with a maple, apple and grain mustard dressing.
the restoration cafe dalkeith
the restoration cafe dalkeith

Other options including 3 different Eggs Benny, waffles with smoked salmon, a granola, fruit and yoghurt dish, plus the obligatory smashed avo.  All sound delicious.

Bellies full we headed across to Fort Douglas and literally flung ourselves around the playground with Mini Monkfish. Flying foxes, slides, tree houses, climbing walls, tunnels and bundles of fun. And ice cream too…
the restoration cafe dalkeiththe restoration cafe dalkeith
I then dragged them off around the Dalkeith estate to take in the fresh air, the views, the animals and a sneaky forage of the blackberry bushes. And of course we did a spot of retail therapy at the awesome Restoration Yard shop. If you’ve not been you must, but your bank balance will take a definite hit, you’ve been warned….

the restoration cafe dalkeith

Top Sunday all round.

Restoration Cafe
Dalkeith Country Park
Edinburgh
EH22 1ST

 

 

THE FISHMARKET NEWHAVEN

The Fishmarket Newhaven

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The Fishmarket Newhaven, a modern seaside-eating house, has been created by two stalwarts of the Edinburgh seafood scene – Gary Welch, owner of Welch Fishmongers, and Roy Brett, chef patron of renowned fish restaurant Ondine.


What’s the vibe?

The Fishmarket shouts “seaside” inside and out. It’s based in the old fishmarket in Newhaven which dates back to 1896 and was previously a filleting unit for Welch’s Fishmongers next door. It’s been transformed in to a takeaway chippie and a sit-down restaurant with white-tiled walls, an unrivalled view of the sea and front-of-house staff wearing breton t-shirts.

What’s the food like?

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At the takeaway, traditional battered, breaded or grilled fish comes in standard, large or ‘whale’ size. There’s haddock, cod, sole or a choice of crispy squid, scampi or monkfish. Classic sides of mushy peas, tartare sauce and buttered bread rolls and there’s even ‘wee haddie’ for the kids. Batter is light and crispy and the fish melts in the mouth.

TO READ OUR FULL REVIEW PLEASE HEAD OVER TO OLIVE MAGAZINE HERE…

The Fishmarket23A Pier Place, Newhaven, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP

Photography Jessica Shurte 

WHITE HORSE OYSTER BAR, EDINBURGH

WHITE HORSE OYSTER BAR, EDINBURGH, OUR REVIEW FOR OLIVE MAGAZINE….

IN A NUTSHELL

Opening in one of the oldest inns on the Royal Mile, the White Horse Oyster Bar is the latest venture from the team behind the city’s Chop House Bar and Butchery (read our review here).

Who’s cooking?

Chef Scott Ralston heads the kitchen.

white horse oyster bar

 


What’s the vibe like?

With exposed stone walls and leather banquettes the restaurant has an upmarket feel akin to its two sister restaurants in Market Street and Leith. Interior-design lovers will love the work that’s gone into the extensive refurb, from the cast iron radiators to the stunning marble green bar top which gives the restaurant a luxurious bistro feel. The vibe is casual, unstuffy and very cool for this part of town.

Read our full review over on Olive Magazine dot come HERE!

white horse oyster bar

 

White Horse Seafood and Oyster Bar
266 Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8AA

WHITE HORSE SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR