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A familiar site from my walk into Edinburgh

Black Bull LeithStThe famous Black Bull pub on Leith Street, opposite the current building site that was St James’ Hotel and shopping centre.

I’ve lived in both the East and West of Edinburgh and when I stayed in Pilrig Street just off Leith Walk this was a daily sight as I made my way from Leith Walk to Princes Street.

Many of you will recognise this basement bar and entrance steps from the Trainspotting opening credits as Renton runs through the city streets. Not much has changed on the exterior, apart from the lettering now on the railings.

The bar is an iconic Edinburgh location so I am glad to finally capture it in ink and watercolour. This original piece was made for a commission but mounted prints are available for £18 (100x150mm) or £32 (210x290mm) from the shop link below.

Also if you would like to commission your own piece of Edinburgh Sketcher art then email me HERE, prices start at £65.

Black Bull prints to buy.

The Black Bull website

Sampling fine wine, food and hospitality at Le Di-Vin wine bar in the West End

LeDiVin_food and wineA relaxing evening learning about wine from an expert, and getting a little tipsy.

We entered the Le Di-Vin wine bar on Randolf Place flustered and stressed,  after I had mistakenly thought we were dining in a similarly named hotel on the other side of the city, resulting in a mad dash across town during rush hour traffic!


But once I stepped into the large hall like room (previously the Oratory of St Anne) and closed the door on the world outside I relaxed. The double height hall with a mezzanine at the rear was busy with small groups standing at the bar, under a wall of wine bottles from around the world. And to the right there were small tables with couples sharing platters of charcuterie and cheese.


LeDiVin_food and wineCROP


We were welcomed by an extremely knowledgeable member of staff who showed us to our table (without mentioning the fact we were over 30 minutes late). He then spent the evening, between serving at the bar and seeing to other diners, describing the wines he had selected for us to try and asking us to describe the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle differences between them.


With the finest cheeses and meats to accompany our wine discovery evening the experience was a huge success, and one I would repeat in an instant. See the link below for more information about the wines and food on offer.


My sketch was drawn later from memory and a few photos I took on the evening, using black ink and watercolour on quality cartridge paper. 


Le Di-Vin wine bar website.