Thursday, 12 October 2017

BRUNCHIN AROUND - MY TOP EDINBURGH PICKS

I love brunch, in fact I live for it!  There's nothing I like more than hitting the gym for an early morning session and then going for brunch after.  Maybe it's because I love pancakes and coffee or the fact that Edinburgh has an abundance of amazing spots.  Of course, I've tried the majority because I'm a massive foodie but here are some of my favourites.

MONTPELIERS
Montpeliers is a longstanding central feature of Edinburgh's vibey and homely Bruntsfield neighbourhood.  The warm and stylishly decorated brasserie is set in perfect surroundings and offers the "The Full Monty" and "The Monty"; two of the best fry ups in town, especially if you're feeling a little ropey after a night on the tiles.  If you're feeling up to it, there's also the option to sit outside and really soak up the atmosphere of the bustling streets of Bruntsfield; a great people watching spot.
The Ivy on the Square
THE IVY
The Ivy on the Square is the newest kid on the block. Just a stones throw away from Princes St, located in the heart of the city at St. Andrews Square, this modern-day brasserie offers a relaxed yet sophisticated brunch spot.  The buttermilk pancakes topped with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and Greek yogurt are drizzled in warm strawberry sauce and are the most flavoursome I've ever had.  With a bright, art deco decor and floor to ceiling windows, it's a perfect spot for watching the world go by on a lazy Sunday morning.
The Restoration Yard
THE RESTORATION YARD
The Restoration Yard is a new favourite hangout.  Located slightly outside the city centre in the grounds of Dalkeith Country Park, it's worth the drive if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and just switch off.
The stunning courtyard, surrounded by reclaimed and renewed 18th century stables is unbelievably picturesque.  The authentic characteristics are carried through into each part of the Restoration Yard, including the bright cafe which overlooks The Orangery.
Their menu features an array of delicious options, produced from locally sourced ingredients and changes seasonally, so you'll never get bored.
Urban Angel
URBAN ANGEL
Wanting a healthy and tasty brunch, then look no further than Urban Angel.  The effortlessly cool cafe on Hanover Street has an ethos of keeping things natural and offers a flexible menu full of locally sourced, organic ingredients.  Their menu consists of fresh juices and smoothies, granola, acai bowls, eggs benedict and French toast.  You'll leave feeling like a healthy god/goddess.

My list of brunch spots could go on forever and below are some more recommendations:

Papii - A must if you're a waffle lover!
The Pantry - A brilliant place to stop for a spot of brunch whilst wandering the streets of Stockbridge.
Piecebox - A vintage style cafe with a tea room-esque feel.  A lovely spot for coffee, breakfast and a slice of cake.

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