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Eating in Edinburgh? Suggestions??

We are headed to Edinburgh this week and will be staying pretty close to Edinburgh Castle. I have adventurous boys with me, ages 10 and 12, and they want to try local fare (including haggis). Any specific recommendations for good food that's not too fancy close to the uphill part of the Royal Mile?


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I can highly recommend the Tower Restaurant, located in the National Museum building. It may be a little too grown-up and haute for the boys -- depends on their tastes in food and how comfortable they are in a white-tablecloth restaurant. We had a lovely dinner there and just raved about the fantastic view of the skyline (including castle) as the sun was setting. Take a look at the menu if in doubt about how suitable it may be.

Even though it comes across as a dress-up place (and my husband did wear a sport coat, but no tie), we saw families there wearing jeans, sneakers, and hiking-style parkas.

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My daughter studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh for a semester, and I’ve included her list of favorites on
this post.

I hope you enjoy beautiful Edinburgh as much as we did.

Wishing you a wonderful trip!

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Had Haggis, Neeps &Tatties at the Royal Mile tavern on the Royal mile. Very good my kids loved it.

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You might also consider the Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile which has a restaurant. Our tour group had a dinner ( and tasting) in a private room there and the food was excellent. Their website lists lunch and dinner menus.

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We also enjoyed the Scotch Whiskey Experience's restaurant (Royal Mile) for a mid-day meal after the tour.

The Shore Restaurant in Leith.
A moderate walk from New Town Edinburgh along the Water of Leith, a upscale Scottish pub with more than fish. We took a bus back.

Mussel Inn Seafood Restaurant on Rose Street
Get the kilo of mussels if you are a shellfish person.

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for lunch on the hoof try Oink in Victoria Street a very short walk off the Royal Mile, basically they roast a whole pig and shred it like pulled pork, serve it on a roll with various fixings including haggis if you want it.,They do have a small seating area.

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We ate at Deacon Brodies Tavern. I recall it wasn’t fancy but decent pub food. It’s very close to the castle. In Leith, we enjoyed the King’s Wark. Typical pub food, good fish & chips, and there was live music.

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The Witchery by the castle is good but very expensive even for lunch.