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May 24, 2007 10:34 AM

Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews Recs for July

Hey Chowhounders...

I am asking this for a friend of mine in the States who is heading over to Scotland for the British Open in July. He's hitting Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrews and is looking for casual restaurants that are good for groups and are decently priced given the lackluster USD.

I've done some pre-research and have the following for him, but I want to narrow it down a bit...3 - 4 restaurants per city with 1 - 2 bar suggestions. And I kinda want to be able to quote people, so if you know of any good resources for local reviews or have some personal notes you could share, please point me in the right direction. (Email me via my blog via my CH profile.)

Debated breaking this up into three separate posts but figured you guys could handle it...

St. Andrews
The Seafood Restaurant
Luvians: Ice cream and whisky
(could obviously use some more suggestions)

A Room In The Town: BYO?
Jackson's on the Royal Mile: Fancy but with whiskey pairings
The Atrium: Reliable place, great wine list
Creelers: fish
Martin Wishart: fancy is the best cheesemonger in Britain
Valvona & Crolla: great Italian deli
Oloroso: don't eat here, but have a drink on the terrace

Stravaigin: Modern Scottish
Ubiquitous Chip: Scottish
Babbity Bowster: Bar and music?
No Sixteen: Fancy
Two Fat Ladies: Fish
The Doocot: Lunch, Views
Bar 10: Fun bar.


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  1. In Edinburgh 'd reccomend the Calvalry Club for Indian food.

    Also, we really like the Tower restaurant in the Museum of Scottland, but that is a bit pricey.

    I'd also note that I haven't been to either of those restaurants in a few years so this may all be moot.

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    1. re: whiner

      For the St/Andrews area I'd also suggest The Peat Inn as a top end place.
      The Seafood Restaurant also has a more discreet location in St. Monans.
      The Fish & Chip Shop in Anstruther is world famous.
      Markinch has Balbirnie House

      1. re: industry worker

        I would just add to the Glasgow list-mother india cafe and fanny trollopes. I would just like to say that I think the food at No 16 is great but the service can be really slow so don't go hungry..