Hidden Door Festival Welcome sign It was such a pleasure to be back at the Hidden Door Festival for their 2016 renewal, both on Saturday and Sunday just past. We’d been thinking a lot just recently about the 2014 festival, held in the East Market Street Arches, with the arrival of Baba Budan, Gannet & …

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Bella Italia It’s always useful to check in with chain restaurants from time to time, just to make sure no great leaps forward have been made in catering to mass audiences. Today’s visit was to Bella Italia in the heart of tourist land on the Royal Mile.Exterior I’d last visited a branch of this nationwide …

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George IV Bar I was really sad to see the Sligh House, a couple of months back, but I believe the owning group, Shilling, had run into some issues with their small chain of bars across the city and had to sell it on.Interior Quickly arising from its ashes has come the George IV Bar, …

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Salt Horse Our Beer Man’s Verdict The gestation of Salt Horse – although it was undoubtedly anything but – seems to have been incredibly swift.Exterior Blackfriars, just off the Royal Mile, seems to have been functioning – albeit with ominous signs something wasn’t right – until quite recently, and then a month ago a social …

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Yum Yum Yum Yum now has three branches across the city serving traditional Kurdish kebabs and so on. I’d visited the one just off Cockburn Street previously, haven’t checked out the one on West Port yet, and today popped in to the one on George IV Bridge.Exterior Previously this site was home to Mediterranean Gate, …

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