As we dig out our scarves and winter coats, it’s time to enjoy the warm welcome of the capital’s eating places. One of the Old Town’s landmark buildings is the Hub – home not just to the Edinburgh International Festival but also Cafe Hub.
This Royal Mile favourite turns a teatime treat into a treasure. Afternoon tea for 2 (£17.50) sees freshly-baked icing-sugar-dusted scones arrive beside fresh cream, raspberry jam and a smile of blackcurrant coulis. With delicious home baking and the lightest of shortbread, a cup of tea – or coffee – is a warming welcome we just adore.
At other times, the menu – with its “Hubmade” philosophy of local ingredients freshly cooked – make it a great stop for lunch or breakfast. The lunchtime treats usually include freshly made soup, the Hub’s famous beef burger and a tourist-pleasing haggis, neeps and tatties with whisky sauce. And, as Christmas approaches, keep an eye open as the Hub adds festive specials to its treasures.