Slow Food Manifesto, 1989
Below are lists of restaurants, cafés and shop in Edinburgh recommended by members as the best local examples of Slow Food principles in action.
Crombies Butchers, 97 Broughton Street, EH1 3RZ. 0131 556 7643. One of the city's best established and most reputable butchers. Particularly well known for their sausages. crombiesofedinburgh.co.uk
Artisan Roast. 57 Broughton Street, EH1 3RJ. 07789 840 776. An energetic local operation importing some excellent single-estate coffee beans and roasting them here in Edinburgh. http://www.artisanroast.co.uk
Broughton Delicatessen. Barony Street, Broughton, EH3 6PD. 0131 558 7111. Charming compact deli with a café area at the rear. Excellent range of cakes, salads and daily dishes cooked on premises. broughton-deli.co.uk
Demijohn, 32 Victoria Street, Old Town, EH1 2JW. 0131 225 3265. A "liquid deli" selling oils, vinegars, liqueurs & spirits, all displayed in huge glass containers and sold in various attractive bottles. Many drinks and vinegars sourced from small UK producers. demijohn.co.uk
Earthy Food Market, 33–41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Southside, EH9 1SX. 0131 667 2967. One of the best places to get a wide range of local produce on a daily basis, with some excellent fresh fruit and veg as well as deli items. What’s not local is often organic and/or fair trade. Café onsite and off-street parking. earthy.co.uk
Edinburgh Farmers' Market Castle Terrace, West End, EH1 2DP, 0131 652 5940. Takes place 9am-2pm every Saturday in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Has around 40 stalls covering meat, fruit, veg, fish, cheese, bread and beer. Most stallholders are farmers or small producers from the Lothians, Scottish Borders, Fife and Central Scotland. Both FARMA and Country Life magazine rated it the UK's best farmers' market in 2006. edinburghfarmersmarket.co.uk
Falko Konditormeister 185 Bruntsfield Place, Southside EH10 4DG, 0131 656 0763. Bakery (with café) specialising in handmade continental breads and superb cakes, tortes and brezeln (pretzels). Falko is a German qualified Konditormeister – master of anything made with sugar. www.falko.co.uk
Findlay's of Portobello 116 Portobello High Street, Portobello, EH15 1AL. 0131 669 2783. Findlays is a traditional family-run butchers renowned for its exceptional haggis that was served at Slow Food UK's inaugural Congress, and is also a favourite of Rick Stein's. findlayofportobello.co.uk
George Bower 75 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, EH14 1JG. 0131 332 3469. A traditional butcher specialising in beef and game. georgebowerbutchers.co.uk
Henri's 376 Morningside Road, Southside, EH10 5HX. 0131 447 8877. A neighbourhood deli specialising in French products, including charcuterie, cheese and meat as well as bread from Edinburgh's excellent Au Gourmand bakery. henrisofedinburgh.co.uk
IJ Mellis Cheesemonger 30a Victoria Street, Old Town, EH11 2JN. 0131 226 6215. Cheesemonger (and affineur) for the discerning, with Edinburgh's best range of Scottish, British and Irish farmhouse cheeses. Has 3 shops in Edinburgh: also at 330 Morningside Road and 6 Bakers Place, Stockbridge. mellischeese.co.uk
Peter’s Yard, Quartermile, 27 Simpson Loan, Meadows, EH3 9GG. 0131 228 5876. State-of-the-art boutique bakery with strong Swedish connections. Sells a lovely range of breads, cakes, tartes and pizza for takeaway or sit in, along with attractively packaged crisp breads, conserves and chocolate. petersyard.com
Real Foods realfoods.co.uk at 37 Broughton Street, EH1 3JU. 0131 557 1911 and 8 Brougham Street, EH3 9JH. 0131 228 1201.
Valvona & Crolla, 19 Elm Row, Leith Walk, EH7 4AA. 0131 556 6066. World class Italian deli, run by various generations of the Crolla and Contini family on the same site since the 1930s. All the finest Italian produce along with a few select Scottish items and bread from their own local bakery. Probably the best range of Italian wine in Britain, and there's a daytime caffe at the rear of the shop. First stop in Edinburgh for famous foodies such as Antonio Carluccio and Nigel Slater. There's also a V&C foodhall in Jenners on Princes Street. valvonacrolla.co.uk
Centotre, 103 George Street, EH2 3ES. 0131 225 1550 www.centotre.com Victor and Carina Contini's large, vibrant caffe-bar focusses strongly on quality Italian produce served in a strongly contemporary atmosphere. Good pasta dishes, many wines by the glass, tasty deserts.
Amber, 354 Castlehill, EH1 2NE. 0131 477 8477 www.amber-restaurant.co.uk
Creelers, 3 Hunter Square, EH1 1QW. 0131 220 4447 www.creelers.co.uk A city-centre seafood restaurant with strong connections to Arran -- where the family run a small creel boat and smokery, and Kintyre, where they have a seasonal 'seafood shack' selling locally gathered fish and shellfish.
David Bann's Vegetarian Restaurant, 56-58 St Mary's Street, EH1 1SX. 0131 556 5888 www.davidbann.com Stylish modern vegetarian restaurant which has done much to move veggie food far from the lentils and sandals image.
Fishers, 1 Shore, EH6 6QW. 0131 554 5666 www.fishersbistros.co.uk
Henderson's, 94 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR. 0131 225 2131 www.hendersonsofedinburgh.com Scotland's original vegetarian restaurant, established by East Lothian farmers Janet and Mac Henderson. Forty years on it's still run by their sons. Original self service restaurant and wine bar is complemented by street-level shop and and a separate bistro round the corner.
Iglu, 2b Jamaica Street, EH3 6HH. 0131 476 5333 www.theiglu.com
La Garrigue, 31 Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH. 0131 557 3032 www.lagarrigue.co.uk A very pleasant restaurant just off the Royal Mile focussing uniquely on traditional rustic dishes and wines from chef Jean Michel Gauffre's home region of the Languedoc. Look out too for the unusual tables and chairs by artisan Scottish wood craftsman Tim Stead.
Martin Wishart, 54 Shore, EH6 6RA. 0131 553 3557 www.martin-wishart.co.uk
Mussel Inn, 61- 65 Rose Street, EH2 2NH. 0131 225 5979 www.mussel-inn.com
Petit Paris, 38 Grassmarket, EH1 2JU. 0131 226 2442 www.petitparis-restaurant.co.uk Edinburgh's most enthusiastic champion of the Auld Alliance - Scotland's links with France that go back to the thirteenth century. Classic French dishes (some using produce source from small Scottish farms.)
SMWS - The Dining Room, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, EH2 1JX. 0131 220 2044 www.smws.com Classy, upmarket dining using good Scottish produce located in the classy New Town members' rooms of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which bottles distinctive single-cask malt whisky from distilleries all over Scotland.
Stockbridge Restaurant, 54 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AL. 0131 226 6766 www.thestockbridgerestaurant.com Compact basement restaurant run by a young husband and wife team which has been proving a popular place for mid- to upper-range Scottish dining among Stockbridge locals.
The Bonham Restaurant, 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, EH3 7RN. 0131 226 6050 www.townhousecompany.com/thebonham/restaurant
The Dogs, 110 Hanover St, EH2 1DR. 0131 220 1208 www.thedogsonline.co.uk
The Grain Store, 30 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW. 0131 225 7635. www.grainstore-restaurant.co.uk
The Kitchin, 78 Commercial Quay, EH6 6LX. 0131 555 1755 www.thekitchin.com The most talked-about restaurant in Edinburgh in 2007, chef Tom Kitchin's first solo venture came on the back of his experience working for Alain Ducasse and Philip Koffmann in London, Paris and Monte Carlo. The Kitchen earned its first Michelin Star within a year of opening. Cooking clearly focusses on interesting, top quality Scottish produce, with unusual cuts, unfashionable meat, sustainable fish and well-sourced vegetables prominent. Atmosphere less stuffy and formal than many other high-end venues.
Urban Angel, 1 Forth Street, EH1 2JS. 0131 556 6323 ALSO 121 Hanover St, EH2 1DJ. 0131 225 6215 www.urban-angel.co.uk
Valvona & Crolla VinCaffe, 11 Multrees Walk, EH1 3DQ. 0131 557 0088 www.valvonacrolla.co.uk/html/vincaffe.html A more recent sister venue to Valvona & Crolla's deli and caffe on Elm Row, the VinCaffe is a sleek, stylish spot located on Edinburgh's swishest row of big-name boutiques. Menu centres on upscale Italian produce, most of it quite simply prepared and served in a relatively casual way. Wide choice of excellent Italian wines by the glass.
Vintner's Rooms, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, EH6 6BZ. 0131 554 6767 www.thevintnersrooms.com An upmarket,
Scottish-Italian restaurant with the most venerable dining room in Edinburgh, a
former wine auction room dating from 1785 with delicate plaster work that's lit
only by candles. The whisky bar has one of the largest ranges of whisky available to the public in Scotland.
Wedgwood the Restaurant, 267 Canongate, EH8 8BQ. 0131 558 8737 www.wedgwoodtherestaurant.co.uk
Whighams Wine Cellars, 13 Hope Street, EH2 4EL. 0131 225 8674 www.whighams.com Atmospheric and often busy wine bar and casual bistro located in a series of New Town cellars. Offers well-selected wines, many by the glass, alongside a wholesome, wide-ranging menu which specialises in local seafood.