My wife and I will be on holiday in Scotland beginning next Tuesday, 18 May. We will have a self-catering flat in central Edinburgh for a week with modest kitchen facilities. Although I don't intend to do major cooking, I certainly wish to stock up on good things to eat. Specifically:
I would appreciate counsel & advice as to where I may procure the best.
- Bacon, sausages, salamis, hams, smoked meats, etc.
- Smoked fish
- Fruits and vegetables
- Baked sweets and other treats
I've omitted fresh fin and shellfish because we'll be staying in a fisherman's B&B on Loch Torridon for three days, and I expect to avail myself of its waters' bounty, particularly crustaceans and bivalves.
As best as I can determine, I will not be in Edinburgh for the twice-monthly Saturday farmers' market. Are there any other food purveying events, activities or venues I should make a point of visiting?
Any responses to the above prior to our Monday departure from Philadelphia would be appreciated.
Good, if exspensive, meat from Crombies (excellent sausages and Shetland lamb) in Broughton st.
"Something fishy" in the same street does good oaked smoked salmon, kippers and various styles of haddock.
Also in Broughton st is the very good wine store " Villeneuve wines" (is in a basement shop on the northside).
"V&C" on Elm Row is consistantly voted in the top five UK delis. It is very good for some things, but the condition cheese can be a let down. They import veg from Milan market, although the tomatoes are proberbly the best in Edinburgh, they certainly aren't the best in Milan. Decent, if not great bread, but better bread (best in Edinburgh by far) is to be had at a french deli in Cannon Mills (forgot the name), which also has very good french meats, pate and salumi etc. Also in Cannon Mills is the sometimes mad Spanish deli "Dionika" which sells excellent Pata negra etc.
Cheese - go to Mellis, several branches, but if you go to the Stockbridge store you can go to the Butcher "George Bowers" for excellent game, wild boar lamb, bacon etc and Armstrongs the fishmonger again good smoked fish and excellent fresh produce. The butcher and fishmonger are on Raeburn place, which also contains a very good Deli (Herbies). Near here is Raeburn wines, which sells proberly the most interesting selection of wine in Edinburgh.
Veg? Wrong country, sorry. Try 'Tattie shaws' in Leith walk. Also on Leithwalk are two very good "Chinese" supermarkets - craving for Durian? No problem.
For cakes etc, try the French place in Cannonmills (it is not far from the botanical gardens, which are very good at the moment).