Twenty five years ago, the first Brown’s restaurant opened its doors to a curious public in Bristol. A quarter of a century on and several restaurants later, the first Scottish branch of the business has bustled into existence on Edinburgh’s George Street.
Primarily a restaurant with a bar rather than a bar with a restaurant, Brown's aims to be a comfortable, welcoming sort of place rather than an ultra-modern, flash spot. Sited on an 18th century, grade 8 listed burlding, Brown's is decked out in a calming mix of creams, mahogany tables and leather banquettes. Big fans turn lazily on the ceiling and cause a slight flutter among the abundant foliage. The burlding is actually situated around a covered garden courtyard and, come more inclement weather, lovers of the great outdoors can have their cake and eat it al fresco, as it were.
They are keen on atmosphere at Brown’s and, as the clock draws on, the lighting and music changes to suit the pace of the day: calm in the afternoon and building up a bit as the evening deepens and becomes the night.
Brown’s menu is qune a traditional British affair, With the occasional nod to the Med. Lamb steak served with rosemary and Oxford sauce is typical of the sort of hale and hearty food which they specialise in. Some of Brown's meals have become signature dishes and they point With pride to the sturdy likes of their steak, mushroom and Guinness pie, while a range of pastas, salads and daily speCials offer more international tastes. There's also a healthy range of fish dishes from simple swordfish steaks With a pesto salsa to gravadlax With a sweet mustard and dill dressing. The prices are reasonable With most of the main courses hovering around the £7—£9 mark and sweets such as sticky toffee pudding With butterscotch sauce Will ruin your waistline for a mere £3.35.
The Wine list is more extensive than you might suppose with 26 bins offering house Wine from £8.95 a bottle up to an ’89 Chateau St Germain at £21.50. If you really want a blowout, then the Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque champagne is £75 a pop.
I Brown ’5, 13 1— 133 George Street, Edinburgh, 225 4442.
Brown's: fun. food and foliage
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Common Grounds V 2/3 North Bank Street. 'f‘V/i'
2261416. iv A ‘34". American-style coffee house on The Mound. Food served all day. Live music most evenings.
Cyberia Internet Cafe 88 Hanover Street '
’One of the best cafes in Edinburgh' The Scotsman.
With the fastest internet access in town.
32c Broughton Street 478 7246
Global food With stylish decor. Tuesday
- Saturday nights, Sunday lunch, We need 'U' to tun DSK to D’U'SK.
197 High Street.
220 5277 Christmas menu available through Dec. 3 courses £13.95, Mon- Thurs til’ 10pm, Fri-Sun til' 7.30pm. Also tempting daily specrals served daily until 7pm.
Filmhouse 88 Lothian Road. 1, 229 5932. FILMHOUSE
Relaxed, atmospheric cafe bar, serving great value snacks, salads, speCials and brilliant cappuccrnos — 10am till late,
557 4416.Mexican-born owner Mayra Nunez says 'If you're going to eat Mexican, then don't be bland.’ Lunch until 5pm, dinner until 11pm.
24 Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge. ! . 332 4476.
Cosmopolitan cursine With daily set price dinner menus from £12.50 (booking advisable), light lunches, coffees, beers and wines.
11-13 Willliam Street, 226 3161 Icelandic experience; new cmsine comes to Edinburgh on Sundays with the best of Nordic food - FOOD OF THE GODS!
Back Alley Restaurant
8 Ruthven Lane. 334 7165.
World Wide cursrne, weekend breakfasts, Happy Hour, lunch menu, evening specials and Glasgow's best burgers!
51 West Regent Street.
331 1980. Not big, not designer, not sexy, jUSi brilliant.
High quality Indian CUisine at affordable prices.
Brel bar: restaurant
39 Ashton Lane.
(draft Leffe and
Hoegaarden); fine wines; rustic food; cool music; relaxed atmosphere.
58 Virginia Street,
Glasgow, 553 2553.
Pizzas, Pastas,Salads, Sandwrches, Snacks. Licensed until midnight, seven days. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
20 Woodlands Road.
Scare-free food, organic groceries, excellent bread, fine cheeses, herbs and spices, Wholesome foods — yum, yum
Le Petit Pain
239 Byres Road.
337 1118 (phone/fax). Coffees, quality sandWichesand pastries to go or to stay. Outside catering.
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! sewing excellent cuisme g and Wine in comertabIe, MW“ relaxed surroundings. Bat
Market Bar 24 Candleriggs 564 3005 * Relaxed atmosphere at this stylish new bar/kitchen, sewing modern international cursine 'till 8pm.
Mojo 158a Bath Street.
FOOD & DRINK 331 2257.
stylish bar — a unique blend of modern brasserie cooking in an intimate setting.
28 Gibson Street.
Fresh Scottish ingredients, authentic and original recipes, award-winning cooking, lively and informal atmosphere.
The 13th Note
553 1638 Bar/cafe/venue With a totally vegan menu of wholesome food Within a relaxed atmosphere
The Ubiquitous Chip 12 Ashton Lane.
One of Glasgow's finest restaurants serving modern Scottish fayre.
Chisholm St. 552 8587 Contemporary European style bar and newly-
Open till midnight.
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