£7.50 per night with supplements for electrics and awnings. Open 8am—9pm.

I Klrkton Farm Campsite Ratho, 333 4511. Caravans £2.50, tents £2 per night. Bus 37 from St Andrew Square bus station.

I Fordel Caravan Site Lauder Road. Dalkeith (Off A68) 663 3046. Caravans £5; tents £4.


I Abbeymount Filling Station 1 1 Montrose Terrace, 661 5593.

I Edinburgh Service Station 69a East London Street, 556 5284.

I Links Service Station Barclay Place. 229 9859.

I Texaco Service Station 187 Slatcford Road. 443 4353.


I Lothian and Borders HG Fettes Avenue, 3113131. Emergency dial 999 (tree) and ask for service you require Fire Brigade. Ambulance or Police.


I Royal lntlrmary at Edinburgh (24 hours) Lauriston Place. 229 2477, and Western General Hospital Crewe Road South, 332


I Waverley Station Waverley Bridge. Seven days. Charge depends on size of luggage, but usually around £1.


I Trains Waverley Station. East End of Princes Street. 556 2451. Sleeper reservations 556 5633. Last train to London 6.40pm weekdays. Trains to Glasgow 7.30am, every half-hour until 11, Mon-Sat.

I Planes Regular shuttles run to and from Edinburgh Airport at Turnhouse , 333

1000. For reservations on British Airways flights, call 225 2525.

I Buses Tickets and Info: LRT Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge,2204111 Mon—Sat 7am—8pm. Sun 8.30am—6.30pm. Weekly season ticket £5.50. Night buses run to most parts of the city after 10pm. Eastern Scottish Buses (Green) Bus Station. St Andrew Square. 5568464.

I Cycle Hire Central Cycle Hire. 13 Lochrin Place. Tollcross. 228 6333. A wide range of bikes starting at £4 per day. Maps and leaflets also available.

I Taxis Taxi ranks: Waverley Station; Caledonian Hotel, West End. Central Radio Cabs 229 2468. Fifty pence call-out charge. but 24-hour service. Other numbers in Yellow Pages.


Lucy Bailey checks out more ‘cIose-to-venue’ eateries and finds food or late nighters and early birds.



I Waterfront Wine Bar 1c Dock Place. 554 7427. Mon—Sat noon—1 1pm or so (actually licensed to 2am). Food served noon—2.30pm, 6—10pm. Wine bar and fishy bistro in the atmospheric setting ofan old, many-boothed, steamer waiting room. with a conservatory across the back. and space to sit outside in fine weather. when the barbecue will also be in action. Wine lists and (daily-changing) menu are on the blackboard.

I Skippers 1a Dock Place, 5541018. Mon—Sat 12.30—2pm.

7.30—10. 15pm. The original Leith restaurant that started the seafood trend. All sorts of wonderful fish are cooked expertly, puddings are

: disgustinglyself-indulgent

and the wine list is worth exploring.

I The Shore 3 The Shore, 553 5080. Mon—Sat Ham—12.30pm. Food all day until 10.45pm. Relaxed, bohemian bar, good for spotting old men ofthe sea talking to art students. The restaurant is on good form at the moment with imaginative fish dishes and exemplary chocolate puddings.

I The Ship 24/26 The Shore. 555 0409. Mon—Thurs noon-midnight; Fri & Sat noon-lam; Sun 12.30—2.30pm, 7—1 1pm. Food all day every day until 11pm. Yes. another fish restaurant you‘ll just have to try them all. The Ship is notable for interesting. carefully thought-out flavour combinations and value for money. They are also

good with unfishy things. I Vintner's Room The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, 554 6767. Mon—Sat noon—2pm, 7—10pm. Bar open til midnight, but closed in the afternoon. Expensive, upmarket, but reputedly wonderful restaurant, particularly under its new owners, who used to run the famous Hole in the Wall in Bath. Beautiful setting in a 17th Century wine warehouse, with real candles in the chandeliers. Just the place for a celebration.

I La Vlnotheque 2/6 Bonnington Road Lane, 554 9113. Mon-Sat noon~1.45pm, 6—9.45pm. Traditional French food and French staff. Dinner is a set price, and good value at £13.

I The Be) 89/91a Henderson Street. 553 3980. Mon—Sun noon—2.30pm, 6—11.30pm. Classy, popular Indian with wide-ranging menu. Booking advisable.


I Dragon Pearl 20 Union

Place, Leith Walk, 556 4547. Mon—Sun noon-1am. Big, lively restaurant with a long and exotic menu to get lost in, and rotating middlcs in the tables to make sure you all try a bit. Large choice ofdim sum served all day.

I Pierre Victoire 8 Union Street, 557 8451 . Tue—Sat noon—lam. An offshoot of the original, enormously successful. Pierre Victoire in Victoria Street. serving the same authentic French provincial food at bargain prices. Sure to be popular, so booking is a good idea. I StJames Oyster 8ar2/6 Caiton Road. 557 2925.

Mon—Sat noon-2am; Sun 6.30-11pm. Food every day until 10.30pm. A stablemate of the Cafe Royal and Queen Street Oyster Bars, again specialising in fish, but somewhat cheaper, with a range of fishy and non-fishy dishes from £2.50—£3.50. Large selection of unusual lagers including Belgian fruit beers, Chimay, Duvel, Trappist triple-fermented beer and Newquay Steam beers from Cornwall, as well as the more usual cans and bottles. Also Real Ale, Guinness (to drink with your oysters), and a decent wine list. Live blues/folk/jazz several nights a week.

I Chan's 1 Forth Street, 556 7118. Welcoming and reasonably-priced Chinese specialising in Cantonese, Peking, Szechuan and vegetarian food.

I Shaun Tandoori 25 Union Place, 557 5098. Mon—Sat 1 lam-midnight; Sun 3pm—midnight. Spacious pink restaurant and good value food. Booking not usually necessary.

I Ferri's 1 Antigua Street, 556 5592. Mon-Sun noon-3am. Busy, unpretentious Italian right opposite the Playhouse, and open conveniently



Many Edinburgh bars are licensed until 2am during

I the Festival, so late

drinking is never a problem, but where to eat once you've worked up a nocturnal appetite?

I Do's Bar 81 High Street, 557 5736. Mon-Sat

noon—2am; Sun 6.30-11pm. Food served all day. Small convivial bar, serving decent bar food. They have four hot dishes a day. some vegetarian, which sell for £2-£3, also salads. cheese, sandwiches, etc.

I Dar Napoli 75 Hanover Street, 225 2600. Mon-Sun till 2am. Reliable. friendly Italian doing a particularly good pizza.

I Dario’s 87 Lothian Road, 229 9625. Mon-Sun till 4am. Latest-opening Italian in town, and not bad either.

I eat Roma 39a Queensferry Street, 226 2977. Mon—Sun till 2.30am. Hectic, charming, over-the-top Italian, serving large portions of all the usual stuff with a snatch of Verdi. Booking essential at rush hours.

I Pelican 209 Cowgate, 225 5413. Mon-Sat till 5am; Sun till 11pm. Various sorts of food (including a good selection of vegetarian things) avilable from their eclectic menu until breakfast takes over, right through till 5am.

I Topkapi Kebab House 109 Fountainbridge, 229 2747. Mon—Sun till 4am. I Samsun 73 Fountainbridge, 229 3645. Mon-Sun till 4am.

Two kebab restaurants on the same street, both open till 4am every day. You can also sit down for your meal in the Topkapi until 4am, but in the Samsun only until midnight. I don‘t know which is the better, and it‘s probably not crucial at 4am in the morning.


I Cate St Honore 34 Thistle Street Lane, 226 2211. Mon-Sun 9.30am. Convincing Gallic cafe atmosphere, wonderful pastries (which you can take away too). and decent coffee. Papers available. £1 .40 for coffee and an almond tart.

I Le Cale Noir Waverley Market, 556 1374. Mon—Sat 9am; Sun 11am. Comfortable sofas,

I The Bikini Club at the Kasbar. Fridays. 8pm—midnight. Free. The venue is a bit of a dive but The Bikini. and especially the resident band The Spook. are getting great reactions to their 60s‘ sound. Music ranges from Punk to Psychedelic.

I Dream - Festival Party at The Pelican. 29 August only. 10pm—3am.£2.50. One-off night from Ian


and Kenny who have had a great deal of successin the past with Dream and Phantasia. Slam 015, House and Dope Beat sound plus films are lined up for what will no doubt be an eventful night.

I This Way Up at The

Pelican. Thursdays. 10am—3am. £2. Cabaret. live music and films are regular events at this

popular contemporary

I Ibiza at Cafe Coste. Friday and Saturday.

11pm till late. £1 .50. The Spanish Harlem posse bring added vitality to the Cafe Coste. Up to the minute dance sounds. : I The Deep at The 5 Mission. Wednesdays. I 10.30pm—3am. £2. The only place to go on a Wednesday, with a really imaginative playlist. The

club. I l l l

Deepis running in conjunction with the LA Rap label ‘Delicious Vinyl‘ for the festival. New dance and Funk.

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