Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017


Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017

What’s happening? Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017
Date:  16 October 2017 – 29 October 2017
Where? Various locations across Edinburgh

 The weather might be changing as we slowly approach the winter months; however, Edinburgh is busy heating up for the fourth Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017.

Igniting the foodie in all of us, the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival is set to be a treat for the whole family. When it comes to Edinburgh, there are a few certainties at one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It offers a fantastic shopping experience and the city sports more restaurants than any other city in the UK.

Scattered throughout the cobbled city streets, Edinburgh restaurants offer culinary buffets for everyone’s choice. Participants of the festival anticipate that this year the festival is set to draw record numbers, so planning ahead is essential. Remember always to book in advance.

The Edinburgh Restaurant Festival will run from 16 – 29 October 2017 with participating restaurants and cafés offering exclusive set menus, discounts and other special offers. Whether it’s a casual lunch, coffee and cake, or a three-course meal you’re after, this festival is sure to tempt your taste buds!

From fine dining to casual eats and everything in between, the options seem endless.  It’s easy to see why Edinburgh has earned its place at the top of the cuisine connoisseur’s menu. A winning combination of restaurants together with neighbourhood bistros and cafés will be showcasing the best food the city has to offer.

With all this fantastic cuisine, it would be a shame to visit Edinburgh for only one day. Why not stay at B+B Edinburgh to make the most of the festival. We are perfectly located in the heart of the city, with easy access routes to many of the restaurants celebrating the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival. For further details, please contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

The Big Belter – Glasgow to Edinburgh – Pedal for Scotland



The Big Belter® is a tough, 93-mile bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh which takes place on Sunday 10 September 2017. Hosted by The Pedal for Scotland, this prestigious sporting event promises fun for the athletes and spectators alike.

Setting off from Glasgow Green between (6:45am) the route has been designed to give participants the buzz of Scotland’s biggest bike event on a quieter route designed for serious road cyclists. The ride uses the same start, first 25 miles and finish points as the Classic Challenge ride. So if you not a professional cyclist, you can still enjoy the event all the same.

The best part of the event is that the organisers have included a transport service for all participants. This means that you will be able to catch a ride to and from the event. We are sure that the exhausted riders will appreciate this facility more than anyone else.

If you have registered for the event, we recommend that you do so as soon as you can. There is only a limited number of places available, so don’t miss out. Once you have registered, you will receive your riders pack before the big day.


Pedal for Scotland, organised by Cycling Scotland, is Scotland’s biggest bike event. Back in 1999, the first event attracted 400 riders. The event has grown increasingly popular with more routes, bigger challenges and more and more participants joining this year.


If you are attending The Big Belter®, please plan ahead. Accommodation is usually in high demand so book now to avoid disappointment. B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located in the heart of all the action.
For more information, you can contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Date:  Sunday 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
Time: Glasgow Green between 6:45am and 7.00am
Tickets: £48


Edinburgh Fringe festival – something for everyone

Edinburgh Fringe festival

Edinburgh Fringe festival

Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.

Celebrating its great defiance against conformity, the art world explodes in a kaleidoscope of colourful performances across Edinburgh every year in August. Thousands of performers flock to the capital to grace the many available stages, and this year is no exception. In fact, audiences should prepare for a celebration like no other as Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.

Back in 1947, eight small performance groups Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.arrived in Edinburgh with hopes of performing at the International Festival. Unfortunately, they were refused entry. This would have discouraged many, but not these true heroes of the arts community. Instead of turning back, these die-hards took their performances to the outskirts (the fringe) of the International Festival – giving birth to the gargantuan Fringe Festival that we know and love today.

A full array of performers can be found at the festival: from unknown studio groups, performers and comedians to international artists – all descending on the city to showcase their work. The festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

Last year there was a record number of performances – 50,266 to be exact, which comprised 3,269 shows in 294 venues.

Something for everyone

In the true spirit of the eight groups that started it all, The Fringe is a completely open-access festival where no one is denied entry. This makes it the largest platform on earth for creative freedom.

Audiences can look forward to a variety of performances including Cabaret, Comedy and dance. The performances can be seen in several venues including Rutland Square, The Acoustic Music Centre on Royal Terrace and Assembly Hall.

The festival has also attracted several political figures like Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Salmond who both have sold-out shows.

The Earth with art would simply be ‘eh’.

It’s difficult to describe the true enormity and significance of the festival in a few short paragraphs. It’s something that you need to experience for yourself.


Accommodation around this time of year can get a bit tricky. B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located for you to enjoy the festival without having to travel very far. However, there are only a limited number of bedrooms available, so do not delay.

Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Royal Highland Show 2017


Royal Highland Show 2017

Royal Highland Show 2017


This year, Edinburgh will once again be host to The Royal Highland Show. It’s the only place you can meet, touch, smell, taste and take home the best in the country. Edinburgh is one of the finest cities in Europe, showcasing spectacular scenic environments both indoors and out. There is always something to entertain and amaze.

The Royal Highland Show will run from Thursday 22 June to Sunday 25 June and promises to captivate and entice the whole family. For four days spectators can enjoy the finest livestock share centre stage with Scotland’s bountiful larder, spectacular show jumping, countryside pursuits, educational workshops, entertainment, shopping and a host of business opportunities. That’s a lot to squeeze into only 4 days!

After last year’s success, the Royal Highland Show is firmly established as most important date in the country’s calendar.  The event has grabbed the attention of government and industry bodies, food producers and business leaders alike. There are over 100 media reporting live from the show – so you might see a few film crews while visiting the event.

This is truly one of the best that Scotland offers! Whether you’re from the city or countryside, a veteran show-goer or a first-time visitor – The Royal Highland Show has something for everyone.

There really is so much to take in and enjoy during the show. Everything from 100% Handmade Cards & Bag Creation to the British Horse Society – fulfilling your passion for horses.

If you are attending the Royal Highland Show and would like to avoid the long drive home; why not stay the night in our perfectly located B+B Edinburgh. Our wide range of accommodation offers everything you would need. For more information, please contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected] or visit our website www.bb-edinburgh.com


What’s on: Royal Highland Show 2017
When: 22 – 25 June
Where: Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
Tickets: Adults: £27 – Concession: £22





Avengers: Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Blog Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Much excitement is circulating throughout our wonderful city as large film crews have taken over parts of the Royal Mile and the Waverley train station.

Rumour has it that the first and second unit scenes are being filmed with a budget of £10m. That might sound like a lot of money, but considering the success of the previous films, we are sure that the expense will be well compensated.

The film is being directed by Joe Russo and his brother Anthony who also directed Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Both films received rave reviews and great success at the box office.

The presence of Hollywood in Edinburgh has everyone talking. Joe Russo recently comment: “The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.”

Successful production

Planning is the key to a successful production. The shoot in Edinburgh has taken a full year to put together. This is no small task and required the dedicated assistance by regional agencies including Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Avengers: Infinity War has a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. Unfortunately, the film is only due to hit the big screen in April 2018 which means we will have to wait a little longer to enjoy it.

B+B Edinburgh is perfectly situated with easy access routes to the Royal Mile and the Waverley train station. It’s clear that even Hollywood shares our love for this beautiful city. If you are a fan of the Avengers films and would like to visit Edinburgh to see the film crew in action, we hope that you will stay with us. Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Great British Dog Walk

Great British Dog Walk

Great British Dog Walk

Every year The Great British Dog Walk has grown stronger in popularity. A truly fantastic experience for the whole family to enjoy, including our four-legged friends. The event is held in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf people and takes place in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

We know that not all dogs are the same and, much like their owners, everyone has different capabilities. That’s why the organisers of the event have devised a choice of two walks to enjoy on the day. The short walk is only 5km long and will be mostly on pavement and grass. For the more enthusiastic, there is an 8km option which includes some very steep hills and valleys to explore around Holyrood Park.

Holyrood Park

Embedded in a history dating back thousands of years, Holyrood Park’s hills and crags shape Edinburgh’s stunning skyline. The most prominent feature would have to be Arthur’s Seat. This is the highest point of Holyrood Park; stretching up to a full 251 metres and revealing a glorious 360-degree view of Edinburgh and Lothians.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

This brilliant organisation raises funds across the country to support the deaf. They train dogs to alert deaf people to the sounds they would otherwise miss. This could include the ringing of a door bell or even a fire alarm which could prevent a serious accident.

Deafness can be a very isolating disability. A hearing dog can give a deaf person a newfound sense of independence and confidence that they didn’t have before.

Pet Friendly

B+B Edinburgh is pet friendly. We invite you and your furry friends to be our guests for the weekend. Please support Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. They truly are a wonderful organisation.

Great British Dog Walk
19 March 2017
Time: 10am – 3pm
Where: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Old Town
Price: £10 adults (online), £12 adults (on the day; Children (under 16) FREE
Contact: 0743 6542 544
Website: https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/support/events/gbdw-holyrood-park/

Dining out in Edinburgh

Dining out in Edinburgh

Dining out in Edinburgh

B+B Edinburgh offers a fantastic breakfast to all our wonderful guests. However, if you are interested in dining out in Edinburgh, we have a few recommendations for you to try during your visit.

Caffeine Drip

Address: 10 Melville Pl, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 7PR
Phone: 0131 538 9579

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, The Caffeine Drip is owned and run by Christopher and Darius Wedge. This dynamic duo has created a very warm, rustic hideaway for coffee connoisseurs to enjoy. The restaurant operates on a first-come-first-serve basis and the menu offers an eclectic taste to the traditional breakfast and lunch options.

The café is open Monday to Friday 07h00 to 16h00, Saturday 08h00 to 18h00 and Sunday 08h00 to 17h00. Situated less than 10 minutes’ walk from B+B Edinburgh, the Caffeine Drip has proved that it is no ordinary coffee house. In fact, a more appropriate description would be that of an ‘eatery, deli and bakery all rolled into one and offering an unusual menu with a South African twist’

All Belong and Benefit members can take advantage of an exclusive offer of 15% off coffee and pastries.

La P’tite Folie

Address: 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7TE
Phone: 0131 225 8678

Retaining our focus on Edinburgh’s West End: La P’tite Folie or “The Little Madness” offers contemporary French cuisine with an enticing delight of the scenes. The charming setting of the restaurant is enriched by delicious French cuisine resulting in a unique experience for all to enjoy.

Open Monday to Thursday 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm (11pm Fri & Sat) and closed Sunday. The menu is lovingly described as ‘clever, appetising and beautifully presented’ with a 2 Course lunch option and an A La Carte Dinner Menu.

La P’tite Folie is located only 10 minutes’ walk away from B+B Edinburgh (or 5 minutes if you are driving). We thoroughly recommend that you investigate this delightful French restaurant for an experience you will never forget.

Gali Italian Restaurant

Address: 29 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, EH12 5DX
Phone: 0131 225 3199

If you love Italian food as much as we do, then look no further than Gali. This wonderfully authentic Italian restaurant and pizza house was established in May 2005 by the acclaimed Italian Chef, Gianni Gali and is well known across the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

The professional and friendly staff have served locals and celebrities alike, including Sir Sean Connery.

Gali seats up to 64 guests and is family friendly, catering for special occasions, parties or just a good night.

Located only 7 minutes’ Walk from B+B Edinburgh, the restaurant serves lunch from Tuesday to Saturday – 11.00am – 2.30pm [Last orders by 2pm] and dinner Monday to Sunday – 5.00pm – 11.00pm.

The well-priced, tasty menu offers a 2 Course lunch and dinner option as well as an A la Carte menu for all to enjoy. For those of you who want the taste of true Italian cuisine, this is the place for you.

Beethoven Symphony No 2

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven perform Symphony No2

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven Symphony No2

Scottish Chamber Orchestra preform Beethoven Symphony No 2

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will perform Beethoven Symphony No 2 which was once lovingly described as a “hideously writhing, wounded dragon” by a Viennese newspaper.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh will be delighting its audience with an outstanding performance. The evening will feature the World Premiere of James MacMillan’s new arrangement: Concertino for Horn and Strings.

James MacMillan – World Premiere

Alec Frank-Gemmill will be positioned front and centre as Principal Horn for MacMillan’s new arrangement. Alec is recognised across the globe for his unprecedented musical talents and his musical performances range from the Baroque era to the latest contemporary compositions. It’s no surprise that The Daily Telegraph described Alec’s musical abilities as “unforced” and “richly responsive”.

Beethoven Symphony No 2

Andrew Manze, the acclaimed interpreter will be conducting performances of both Britten  and Beethoven Symphony No 2. His reputation proceeds him as one of Brittan’s finest conductors of his generation. Andrew Manze’s profound, in-depth understanding of his musical range is exuded by his limitless energy as a communicator.

The evening promises to delight both seasoned and novice music lovers. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be performing on Saturday 4 March at 19:30 in The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG. Tickets range from £11 to £32.50


As you can imagine, such an event is very popular. If you are travelling into the city and require local accommodation, please plan ahead. B+B Edinburgh is situated under 2.5 miles from The Queen’s Hall. There are quick transport links to and from the venue. Please contact B+B Edinburgh directly (+44 (0) 131 225 5084) or book online (http://www.bb-edinburgh.com) to secure your stay with us.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra
4th March at 19:30
The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
Tickets range from £11 to £32.50





No one does Christmas Quite like enchanting Edinburgh


Running from November – January, Edinburgh’s Christmas festivities offer no shortage of enthralling spectacle. Enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel; spin around on the charming carousel in East Princes Street Gardens or brave a twirl on the 60-metre-high Star Flyer.

Younger kids will love Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens, a festive fairground with six fun rides and a children’s market full of gifts and toys. Try to find the Elves’ Workshop hidden in the Christmas Tree Maze, or visit Santa’s Grotto to meet the man himself…

St Andrew Square will be hosting an oval ice rink, looping around the Melville Monument – hire a pair of skates and spin across the ice behind a gorgeous backdrop of the glittering city.
Don’t miss the festive markets in the city centre, a popular highlight of Edinburgh’s Christmas. Enjoy delicious food and drink and traditional crafts at the Scottish Market on George Street, pick up unique gifts and goods at the European Market in the Mound Precinct, or choose presents for the wee ones in the Children’s Market, part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.

To cap off a riotous month of fun, Scotland celebrates New Year’s Eve like no where else on earth… Hogmanay kicks off with the spellbinding Torchlight Procession passing through Edinburgh’s Old Town on 30th December. For the following night, grab your ticket for the famous Hogmanay street party and a spectacular fireworks display; there’s a toe-tapping ceilidh and concert in Princes Street Gardens too.

On 1 January brave souls can take a ‘refreshing’ (read icy cold!) dip in the Firth of Forth during the annual Loony Dook. Spectators are more than welcome to cheer the dookers on from the side lines!

So come and tumble into a magical winter wonderland in the centre of a fairytale city.


Why we love Autumn (And not just because we’re offering 20% off…)

After the disappointment of our ‘summer’, we begin to watch the evenings close in with a shiver… However, we here at B+B LOVE the autumn, and here’s why:

  1. Season of mists… Is any season more atmospheric? Shrug up your collar, pull down the brim of your hat and play at Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Yes, you chaps in the US do Hallowe’en much better than us Brits. However, remember that we have the 5th November, and this is an event with FIRE. Penny for the guy, Guv’nor?
  3. They’re everywhere, including on the tracks and cluttering up gardens… But who doesn’t love jumping into a pile of leaves and giving them a good old kick!
  4. The weather. Hear me out. Cold, crisp mornings and sunsets that bask the country in a beautiful orange glow. Where better to indulge than gazing across Edinburgh’s dramatic skyline?
  5. Gingerbread lattes. And mulled wine. And hearty stews. Forget summer’s sparkling water and salads – Autumn is all about hearty fare.
  6. Christmas shopping. People may groan when they hear the Selfridges opened their Christmas shop in July, but how many of us secret relish this opportunity for a bit of retail therapy… And shopper’s guilt? Banished – it’s all for other people.
  7. And while we’re on the subject, from 20th November Edinburgh flings open the doors to its festive markets. Not only can you visit the romantic Scottish and traditional European markets, there is also a magical Children’s market opening at Santa Land.

  So how about it? Cobbled streets, secret bars, plenty of warming whisky… Edinburgh is waiting to beat the end-of-summer blues. If you are planning a jaunt to one of the most exciting cities in Europe, book at B+B Edinburgh for 2 nights or more and receive 20% off your stay. Contact the hotel directly, or book online. Subject to availability, T&Cs apply.