For my mum’s 60th I arranged a surprise trip to Edinburgh. She had no idea where we were going until we got on the train. Or that I had invited some family and friends to join us. Her face was a picture when she saw everyone coming out of the lift at the hotel!
It was only a short trip but here are a few of our highlights
Afternoon Tea at The Dome
The building is worth the trip alone. If you go during the festive period be sure to check out the bar on the ground floor, the decorations and the tree are just stunning.
The afternoon tea itself is set in the Georgian Tea Room which is stunning. It’s a very classic and elegant setup with beautiful china and tea trays.
Personally I prefer more savoury items with an afternoon tea but the cakes here were really yummy, especially the little buns.
No one in the group managed to finish their cakes but we were able to take the rest away with us, which made for a nice snack at the hotel later in the day.
The standard afternoon tea is £19.95pp Slightly more than usual but given the location I think it’s well worth it.
Dinner at The Wee Restaurant
The Wee Restaurant is set back from the main “touristy” area but still within walking distance from Princes Street and the main station.
This place came recommended and I was advised to book. I’m glad I did because it was full when our party of 6 arrived.
The food here changes regularly so we didn’t know what to expect. However, we all found something to try.
The menu is small but changes frequently and for each course there were several options I found enticing. Each course is a set price with three courses costing £37.50pp. Between us, we tried most of the options and we all agreed it was our favourite meal from the whole trip.
For me my favourite dish was the calamari. It was in a crispy spicy batter with calamari that melted in your mouth.
Amazing food at a really great price!
“Lunch” at Love Crumbs
I say “lunch” because lunch was Cake!
This was our last day and we were having an early dinner before catching our train. We were exploring old town that day and on our way back we came across Lovecrumbs. As it was busy we took seats at the piano towards the back, a novel experience in itself. We all ordered a different slice of cake, mine was a chocolate malt and it was delish. It’s not often I get “homemade” cake as I’m an awful baker so this was a real treat!
I washed this down with a chilli hot chocolate, again really yummy.
Dinner at Dishoom
The food at Dishoom was a mixed bag, some dishes were amazing, others were just a bit lacklustre. My favourite dish had to be the Salli Boti AMAZING. I tried to order it again when visiting the Manchester branch but was gutted to learn it’s an “Edinburgh Special”.
An amazing trip and surprise for my mum. Edinburgh is now one of my favourite cities and I can’t wait to come back with the rest of the family and explore some more.