Friday, 20 November 2015

PLT goes to Edinburgh

Edinburgh Zoo Penguins
Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo

You may have spotted that I went to Edinburgh recently for a couple of days away with the lovely BF and it was sooo much better than I was expecting. I think UK City breaks are really underrated and as UK City Breaks go Edinburgh is definitely a winner. Famous for fringe of course Edinburgh is no stranger to visitors but there is definitely more to this vibrant and historical city than the festival. 

Edinburgh Zoo Sun Bears
Sun Bears at Edinburgh Zoo

We drove up from Manchester on the Sunday and luckily the traffic was minimal. It took just over 3 hours and I of course insisted on stopping for a Costa Hot Chocolate otherwise it would've been much less. Arriving around 8pm we dumped our bags at the hotel and headed out for food. 

The OX was pretty fantastic, posh pub grub, amazing service, relaxed yet fun vibe, I would highly recommend it. Tucked away down one of Edinburgh's many hills, I had the whitebait and squid starter followed by the most amazing rump steak I've EVER eaten. This a huge compliment I eat a lot of steak in restaurants. Followed by chocolate ice cream, I definitely have eyes bigger than my belly. A quick drink down the road at a more traditional pub and it was time for the huge comfy bed back at the hotel. 

Mmm Hot Chocolate

The Monday we headed out for breakfast to a cool, Scandinavian style cafe called Smoke Stack on Broughton Street with huge hanging lightbulbs and very welcoming staff. I of course had a super healthy bacon barm. After breakfast it was a quick drive to Edinburgh Zoo, I am such a big kid! We had a fantastic day at Edinburgh Zoo, lots to see especially loved the penguin walk which you'll find a vid of on my Instagram.. too cute! Couple of Tips... wear flats there's a lot of hills and you'll need to book if you want to see the Giant Panda's.

Breakfast at Smoke Stack

Whitebait & Squid at The Ox
After a pretty tiring day at the zoo (it was much warmer than I expected that day) it was back to the hotel for a shower and change before heading back into Edinburgh for dinner and drinks. We went for a bit of wander the second night and had a drink in a couple of places including The Newsroom in the East End which was trendy but not prentious. We ended up finding an Italian place over the river that night which I unfortunately can't remember the name of. Then it was a couple of cocktails at the absolutely stunning The Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street.
Edinburgh Castle
The final day was a chilled out one, wandering through the stunning historic streets, I would highly recommend you head to Miss Katy Cupcake if you love unusual jewellery and shabby chic loveliness, it's on Cockburn Street. Across the road from Katy Cupcake we had a gorgeous breakfast and tried haggis at The Southern Cross Cafe.. it was yummy!
Miss Katy Cupcake Edinburgh (Source)
Singapore Sling at The Balmoral

Menu at The Newsroom
Of course we headed up to the absolutely stunning Edinburgh Castle, medieval, stark and surprisingly beautiful.Then it was time for a potter round Harvey Nichols (I may have bought a couple of bits from Space NK and then it was time for home). I have definitely fallen in love with Edinburgh and I think you would too, I would highly recommend a visit. If you do decide to go you should try The Albany Ballantrae Hotel, a 4 star boutique hotel which is beautifully decorated, huge rooms, close to everywhere, friendly staff, very clean and fantastic prices.

We will definitely be visiting Edinburgh again maybe next summer I would love to wander down the river or have a bit more time to head out of the city a little for a walk. Please do let me know if you have any recommendations for places to visit in Edinburgh for next time or any other UK city breaks I should be trying.






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