On the corner of West Nicholson Street and Potterow sits a neat little bistro called Pink Olive. It has built a very solid reputation, over the past few years, for serving straightforward, locally-sourced dishes to a very high standard. My feet were starting to need a rest after a brisk walk from my pre-lunch bowl …

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The Steading

The Steading is a very pretty little place in the foothills of the Pentlands, just near Hillend ski centre. For reasons of fitness acquisition ahead of my 100km walk in May, I had occasion to call in just before midday on Sunday. Sadly, this meant that I couldn’t indulge in a light ale to calm …

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Edinburgh’s George Street used to be packed to the gunwales with financial institutions, assorted offices, and very little else. It had three drinking establishments (Madogs, Styx, and upstairs in TG Willis, the butchers), as well as a couple of hotel bars. Today, the offices have moved out to cheaper, business park locations, the banks have …

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Sign on North BridgeHaving just about coped with the return to work, I was in a jolly mood as Friday lunchtime came around. Aside from anything else, I had the inviting prospect of a Friday night full of pizza and karaoke to revel in, in just a few short hours. So, it was with a …

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I know I shouldn’t admit to things like this, but Saturday mornings very rarely take me in the direction of the Castle Terrace Farmer’s Market. This has more to do with my usual Friday night pursuits than any indifference to the gathering, but the long and short of it is that I’ve never sampled a …

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