Culinary Arts & Getaways

Every month be inspired to discover new hotels, restaurants and bars in our Culinary Arts and Getaways section. We select food and drink establishments which we love, which are all within easy walking distance or a short drive to art galleries and theatres, so you can enjoy a pre-show or after-show meal or drink and discuss the meaning of art…if you wish – or just relax and kick back with a good local eating and drinking experience.

Divino – classy setting, classy wine, classy food

Divino, a characterful subterranean haven in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town recently expanded its kitchens and reshape the interiors so the restaurant, enoteca and al fresco space all have their own distinct areas. The restaurant boasts dark walls, wooden floors and plush leather seating which provides a luxurious setting where formally dressed waiters perform their duties with dexterity and grace to a backdrop of cool jazz music. With awards for its impressive wine list and best restaurant, Divino retains its place as one of the most romantic spots in Edinburgh. Read review here


Divino | Edinburgh

Le Di-Vin

Elegance, sophistication and wonderful wines, that’s the Le di-Vin experience. Boasting a plush wine bar, excellent French food and surely one of the most dramatic rooms in Edinburgh with soaring dark walls, polished wood panels and smart mezzanine platform. [more]

La P’tite Folie Randolph Place

Owner Virginie Brouard of the popular French contemporary restaurant La P’tite Folie, is always up to something inspiring – firstly it’s the spring menu –she and her team are now offering a two-course lunch menu for only £12.50. [more]

Wedgwood The Restaurant

What makes this restaurant very special is that chef/owners Paul and Lisa Wedgwood are so involved. This is reflected in their modern seasonal Scottish-with-a-twist-menu. [more]

Thai Orchid

Thai food has never been so good, with chefs introducing authentic dishes all the time. And it has blossomed at the Thai Orchid, long one of the best Thai eateries in Edinburgh. It’s flourishing with new dishes added to the old favourites. [more]

The Salisbury Arms

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. [more]

Cringletie House Hotel

The moment you arrive Cringletie’s seclusion envelopes you and it’s easy to forget you are only 30 minutes from Edinburgh. Log fires burn and local modern art makes you smile, as you shake off your journey and relax. [more]

Harvey Nichols

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’. [more]


The Wheatsheaf is the perfect place to unwind, offering stylish country accommodation and delicious award-winning food. [more]

The Selkirk Arms Hotel

At the heart of Kirkcudbright, in a simple townhouse, you’ll find a charming peaceful privately owned hotel. It’s where Robert Burns wrote the Selkirk Grace in 1794. [more]


Dining here means menus which rely on the best Scottish produce. Chef adds a twist so North Sea coley and mussels might masquerade as a Malaysian curry with cashew and coriander pilaf rice, or rhubarb crème brûlée smooches with raspberry sorbet and almond biscotto. [more]

The Howard

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 [more]

Cafe Hub

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. [more]

Smoke Stack

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. [more]

Roulotte Retreat

A break in the Borders has never been so appealing. Imagine sleeping in a romantic Romany caravan. Add the fact that this roulotte is one of seven around a pretty lochan in a 3.5 acre wildflower meadow and you have an idyllic location in which to unwind. [more]

Old Waverley Hotel

The Old Waverley uses its experience to make guests feel at home. A seat in the bar takes you above the Princes Street bustle and delivers castle views and hearty meals. [more]

The Dome

Opulence and elegance mean the Dome is the epitome of glamour. It was one of the pioneers of George Street’s transformation, recasting a grand bank as a stylish hospitality hub and setting our aspirations for a night out. [more]

Divino Enoteca

Divino, a characterful subterranean haven in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town recently expanded its kitchens and reshape the interiors so the restaurant, enoteca and al fresco space all have their own distinct areas. [more]


Greywalls was designed in 1901 by Sir Edwin Lutyens and garden creator Gertrude Jekyll. Privately owned and carefully preserved by the Weaver Family, the authentic heritage and homely warmth of this Arts and Crafts mansion is simply enchanting. [more]

Malmaison Edinburgh

A Parisian brasserie in style perhaps, but the cuisine is modern Scottish, highlighting fresh, seasonal produce with a proud list of local butchers, farmers, lobster fisherman and cheesemonger. [more]

Malmaison Aberdeen

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. [more]