Even if you missed washing your face in dew at the top of Arthur’s Seat on May 1, then this iconic hill still makes for a wonderful walk where you have the whole of Edinburgh at your feet. And as your reward, head downhill to sample the new summer menu at stylish gastropub The Salisbury Arms.
Make sure you book your place in the sun at Harvey Nichols Forth Floor restaurant terrace.
The new menu reflects the change of season with seasonal provenance from both the tasting and market menus. Seared hand dived scallops with razor clams and langoustine are doused with a rich bisque sauce which scream ‘sea’.
SETTING There is nothing more luxurious than discretion. The brass plaques and window boxes are the only outward signs that there is hotel hidden behind the gracious New Town façade, but nothing quite prepares you for the Howard. This is the most discrete place to stay in Edinburgh – some of the suites even have
Magically it is both trendy and comfortable and, while honouring its steak house roots, offers vegan alternatives in its well thought-out approach to sourcing and sustainability. Come the festive season, there are special set menus with a clever nod to the season rather than full-on tinsel.
The Brasserie is relaxed and cosy: there’s intimate booths and nice buzz around the place. If you have time between studying the menu with its focus on locally-supplied food, there’s plenty for the eyes to feast on. Inside it’s Scottish art on the walls, while – in good weather – the Aberdeen skyline is the backdrop for the terrace.