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FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIFTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
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Restaurant & Cocktail Bar Open 7 days 1 lam ~ late 30 Grindlay St,Edinburgh
For a theatrical dinner before, during or after a show Full Ala Carte menu,
set lunch £5.50 and set dinner £8.50
At the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, EDINBURGH Reservations 229 8663
THE WEST END Edinburgh
Busy both by night and by day, Edinburgh’s West End 18 home to a host of delicatessens, bistros,
specialist shops and restaurants. The area is well l
worth a visit whether you are setting out to shop or Just to en Joy yourself, as Frances Cornford discovers.
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SPECIALIST EXOTIC CUISINE
110 West Bow Grassmarket Edinburgh EH1 2HH Tel: 031-225 5028
Box Office 229 9697
Town has always been the home of the elite. What was once ‘an open field of as green turf as Scotland could boast of” was transformed by high society‘s demand for residences larger and grander than in the original New Town. The early 19th century saw the Earl of Moray and the Walker family turn their country estates into the broad streets and sweeping crescents of today.
The inﬂux of the wealthy into the West End gave Edinburgh the reputation of being ‘East Windy and West Endy‘. Entertainment was lavish to complement the grandeur ofthe new establishments. often on a scale that nearly bankrupted householders more used to the informality of the Old Town.
The ballrooms and diningrooms are now mostly offices as the West End has become a commercial sector — part ofthe biggest financial centre in Europe outside the city of London. However an interest in
good food and drink has been been preserved in the many attractive streets west ofCharlotte Square. In the past ten years a host of delicatessens. bistros and specialist shops have opened in William Street. West William Street and the surrounding area. creating a haven
; for those seeking unusual gifts. and ; some ofthe best places in Edinburgh 5 for eating out.
Just around the corner from Shandwick Place. Lothian Road. ‘ever radiant Lothian Road‘ as
Robert Louis Stevenson put it. has a , fine arts complex with the newly
renovated Royal Lyceum Theatre
' and the new Traverse joining the
Usher Hall and Filmhouse.
I Blackwood’s Restaurant 24a Stafford Street. 225 9575. Situated snugly in a basement. Blackwood‘s simple decor and friendly atmosphere is a perfect foil for fresh
. unpretentious cooking. Look out for
venison sausages. the assortment of crepes and a Christmas lunch menu that features a whole baked ham.
I The Better Beverage Company 43 William Street West. 226 6617. A dedicated tea and coffee merchant stocking not only a huge range of
teas and coffees but all the
accoutrements required to make the best brew. The company produce their own blends. make their own
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