Outdoor eating for those warm Summer days - Eat Walk Edinburgh

Outdoor eating for those warm Summer days

A few years ago, when the sun came out you used to make a mad dash to the park or beach, now we look for a bar or restaurant where you can enjoy a drink and some food outside. For obvious reasons they are not easy to find with the Scottish climate the outdoor spaces are not used as often as they would be in say the South France.

With restrictions in place because of COVID-19 outside seating has become a good way of meeting more friends socially. So it is good to know where they are for the few days when the sun does come out.

In Old Town the Grassmarket has one of the largest of outdoor eating areas spread across a variety of eating and drinking establishments. From Mamma’s pizza restaurant originally set up by Gold Leader (or should I say the actor) from the original Star Wars movie to The White Heart Inn one of the oldest pubs in Edinburgh, established in 1516 and the Mussel and Steak restaurant to name but three.

The roof top garden of the Cold Town House in the Grassmarket is hard to beat for the views and atmosphere as it has only been open a few months so is a very popular spot to be seen.

Just off the Royal Mile is Makars Gourmet Mash Bar on the Mound and the Fig tree Bistro in St Mary St has a small walled area out the back.

A sunny day in the Grassmarket.

The Cumberland Bar in the new Town has a small beer Garden to the rear. They have a great range of beers, gins and whisky as well as a good selection of sharing plates.

Indigo Yard has a popular outside area just off Queensferry road at West end of Princes St. With my favourite wine bar in Edinburgh Le di Vin just around the corner they have three or four tables outside their premise in Randolph place, this has been expanded recently using old Cable reels for tables.

As you get away from the city centre more choices appear, from the cafe of the Gallery Modern Art, the café in the Botanics to The Raeburn Hotel in Stockbridge or the Beach house café at Portobello.

There are a large selection of al fresco areas in Leith with the Ship and the Shore bar both offering a small amount of outside seating as does Malmaison all looking over the river of Leith just before it empties into the River Forth. Teuchters Landing has a floating pontoon at the back of their premises. Further along at Newhaven there is the Loch Fyne seafood Restaurant and right next to it a is an upmarket chippy called the Fishmarket which has outside bench seating where you can enjoy your takeaway fish & chips with a glass of wine or a beer. Further along still from Leith is the Boardwalk club at Granton a nice place to start or finish a walk to Cramond.

Our guides on our food tours will check where you are staying and give out recommendations for places to eat and drink close to your accommodation.

As always this is not an exhaustive list so please let me know any that you can recommend for others to enjoy.