ExteriorI’d visited Checkpoint in August when it was still in its Festival pop-up phase. I’d been very impressed and knew they had ambitions of opening on a more permanent basis once they’d had time to reflect upon the lessons learned from their initial run. I popped by to check out their offering on a sunnily …

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TerrineI’d spotted the arrival Michael’s Steak and Seafood Bar on Jeffrey Street, taking over from the previous Mussel & Steak Bar, and thought very little about it. Then someone pointed out that the Michael of the name was in fact Michael Neave. My interest levels rose exponentially. With the arrival of Seafood Week, which starts …

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Amuse boucheWhen first we visited the Nira Caledonia hotel, back around the turn of 2012/13, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect as while the menu looked tempting, the place was something of an enigma. That first visit showed us that within the elegant confines of this boutique hotel lurked a restaurant of exceptional quality. …

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Menu boardWe’re into the Festival finishing stretch with just a few days to go before the main required talent in town becomes grass restoration expert. But the tent and boardwalks remain for a few days yet and some businesses will even linger beyond the month of August. North Berwick’s famous Lobster Shack has been on …

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ExteriorIf there’s one aspect of Edinburgh restaurant provision that our site has become less focussed on, in recent times, it’s fine dining. We’ve still never been to Number One, the Pompadour, 21212, Aizle and a bunch of others, and it’s ages since we visited Castle Terrace, the Kitchin and the Plumed Horse. This is partly …

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