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Dining in Edinburgh in August; how to dress?

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We're coming to Scotland next month for what will be mainly a walking holiday, so what with the boots and the rain gear our luggage is already becoming cumbersome. If we want to try a great restaurant in Edinburgh (Wishart, Ktchin), will my husband also need jacket and tie, or will a crisp shirt and trousers do the trick? And for women? Stockings and close-toed shoes? Even when you follow the weather forecast, it's hard to picture 20 degrees when you're in the midst of a 34 degree heat wave.

Maybe we should stick to more modest places for this trip and come again for the starry restaurants . . . what do you think?

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  1. Thankfully, we have almost nowhere in the UK that requires jacket & tie these days.

    Shirt & trousers will be absolutely fine for Wishart & Kitchen. Similar "smart casual" for women.

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    1. re: Harters

      So glad to hear it--thanks for the reassurance!

      1. re: fun3Xdaily

        May I stick in a suggestion of "21212" as a place to try for "cutting edge" if you havnt already made reservations for elsewhere.

        I havnt actually been but Paul Kitching's previous place, Juniper, was near me and was always impressive. His partner, Katie, runs front of house and is a lovely person.

        1. re: Harters

          As it happens I just made a reservation there yesterday--so looking forward to it!

          1. re: fun3Xdaily

            Excellent. Please don't forget to come back and tell us how it was. Edinburgh seems to have a lot going on foodwise at present - we really must organise a couple of day "north of the border".

    2. We had a lovely dinner at Wedgewood last week. I was amazed to see more than half the "gentlemen" in jeans, and not designer jeans either. Harters said it perfectly.