Those of you that keep up-to-date with my blog would know that whenever I travel, I love to experience the country through my taste buds. Food tours are a great way to taste authentic local cuisine and find places with local and not tourist prices. If you read my previous post, Things to Do in Edinburgh you’ll see that on the list is take a food tour with Eat Walk Edinburgh.
While in Edinburgh, I took the Old and New Town Tour with Eat Walk Edinburgh. The tour takes you through both the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, showcasing the city’s history and local delicacies.
START AND WELCOME
The tour started with at the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel, where we were greeted by a light snack before officially starting the tour. Our tour guide Alan started the tour by introducing the group and giving us a short introduction to Edinburgh.
The first taste of Edinburgh was the Scottish Smoked Salmon. If you know me, you would know how much I LOVE smoked salmon. No lie, after I finish this post I will probably head to Tesco for a packet – haha. As we sampled the silky textured and smoky flavoured fish from The Highlands, Alan told us about the process of smoking salmon and how it was used as a way to preserve the salmon.
After the smoked salmon, we walked through to the Grassmarket and round to the Writers’ Museum. Which was just around the corner from our next stop, Makars Gourmet Mash Bar.
FOOD STOP TWO: MAKARS GOURMET MASH BAR
Makars Gourmet Mash Bar was the next stop and I had actually had dinner there the night before. At this stop, we were introduced to Edinburgh Raspberry Gin which was great as the prosecco was added to it. We also had a sample size black pudding, Scottish cheddar/chive cheese mash and slow cooked beef skirt with mushrooms and rich dark gravy. This was absolutely amazing. Firstly, black pudding isn’t as bad as I initially thought it was. It just needs to be made the right way.
The slow cooked beef skirt and rich dark gravy was AMAZING! I could have eaten it over and over again. The way the beef was so soft, tender and juicy and pulled apart so easily. Accompanied by the Scottish Cheddar and Chive mash, scrumptious!
FOOD STOP THREE: THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKEY SOCIETY
After venturing through the New Town Edinburgh, we arrived at our third stop, The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society. The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society was founded in Edinburgh in 1963. They provide their members with rare and innovative single cask whiskies.
Having tried Haggis the day before, I was really looking forward to the Haggis neeps and tatties that we would be having at our third stop. Accompanying our Scottish delicacy was a glass of whiskey. I am not usually as whiskey drinker, so even having diluted it with water it was too strong for me. However, the other tour members thoroughly enjoyed it.
FOOD STOP FOUR: LE DI-VIN
Our fourth and final savory stop was a cute little bar/restaurant, where we given an option of wines or beer to accompany our charcuterie.
Charcuterie is a board of cheese and meats (i.e. salami). The cheeses ranged from goats cheese, to brie and cheddar. Anyone knows me, knows I LOVE cheese and so I was very happy with this part of the tour.
FINAL STOP & FOOD STOP FIVE: GHILLIE DHU
And finally time for dessert. On the menu for dessert was Scottish Cranachan. Cranachan is traditional Scottish dessert that contains cream and oats. The Cranachan was served in a tasty thin dark chocolate cup. I’ve got quite the sweet tooth, so I really enjoyed the Cranachan. It was just the right sweetness and perfectly creamy.
Throughout the tour around Edinburgh our lovely guide Alan shared the history of Edinburgh and pointed out the many historical landmarks.
Make sure you check out Eat Walk Edinburgh and if you are ever in Edinburgh, Glasglow or St. Andrews – grab a tour.
Would love to hear what you think or about your favourite food tours in the comments.