A family trip through Edinburgh’s Christmas

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
A family trip through Edinburgh’s Christmas

This week the Sketcher clan took a trip through Santa’s Wonderland in the Princes Street Gardens before warming up with some very fine Asian cuisine at Wagamama. Its at least an annual visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas markets and kids fun fair for the Sketcher family, we love having a go on the rides, watching the […]

A friendly welcome at the ever popular Haven Cafe in Newhaven

Posted on Mar 3, 2017
A friendly welcome at the ever popular Haven Cafe in Newhaven

My favourite cafe in Edinburgh and coincidentally one of the first locations to show my work! This week I popped in to The Haven Cafe which is situated opposite the Chancelot Mill at 9 Anchorfield, Edinburgh to restock my wall of sketches and grab a gluten free bacon buttie and mug of tea. The Haven serves […]

Baking a delicious tiramisu thanks to the perfect recipe

Posted on Feb 14, 2017
Baking a delicious tiramisu thanks to the perfect recipe

I recently received this beautiful cookbook by Victoria Hall, a gluten free baker and restauranteur, and went straight to T for tiramisu. Being a coeliac means eating a gluten free diet and although these days when most supermarkets have a ‘free from’ section this isn’t so hard, I am well accustomed to a very limited choice of desserts […]

The Atelier Restaurant in Edinburgh’s West End

Posted on Jul 20, 2016
The Atelier Restaurant in Edinburgh’s West End

Recently I popped in at the The Atelier Restaurant for a bite to eat, and a little food sketching. The 2 AA Rosette Scottish dining restaurant lies on Morrison Street in Edinburgh’s West End, and has a cosy and relaxed atmosphere with a friendly welcome. I visited with the Sketcher Clan for a week day lunch, […]

Victoria Sponge Sunday

Posted on Jul 3, 2016
Victoria Sponge Sunday

It looks a lovely Sunday out there but if the showers do return there’s no better place to take cover than the Modern Art Gallery. Just fifteen minutes walk from Princes Street through Edinburgh’s stunning west end the gallery is easily accessible and a great place to have lunch or afternoon coffee and cake, surrounded by interesting […]

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

Posted on Mar 15, 2016
Sampling fine wine, food and hospitality at Le Di-Vin wine bar in the West End

A 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 […]

Lunch Menu sketching at the North Bridge Brasserie, Edinburgh

Posted on Feb 19, 2016
Lunch Menu sketching at the North Bridge Brasserie, Edinburgh

A three course lunch menu of exquisite Scottish produce for less than £20 is definitely worth sketching.   When asked if I would like to sketch their new lunch menu I didn’t think twice, having recently sampled their Gluten Free Afternoon Tea.   Inside the beautiful oak lined interior of the Scotsman Hotel, once home to […]

Afternoon Tea at The Scotsman Hotel’s North Bridge Brasserie.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016
Afternoon Tea at The Scotsman Hotel’s North Bridge Brasserie.

The Scotsman Hotel commands stunning views over Edinburgh from it’s North Bridge location, and provides an Afternoon Tea to match even for those with particular dietary requirements. As a ceoliac I follow a gluten free diet and although that is much easier to do so when supermarkets provide an ever increasing range of foods, eating […]

Looking Glass Books for a wee afternoon treat

Posted on Mar 25, 2015

It’s a beautiful day in the capital and I’m hoping for a sunny walk in the Meadows followed by a tea in Looking Glass Books   Just off Middle Meadows Walk, which runs from Teviot Place down into the city centre park is a wee haven of a cafe/book shop which is well worth a […]

Fine Scottish dining at the Scotsman Hotel

Posted on Mar 14, 2015
Fine Scottish dining at the Scotsman Hotel

The North Bridge Brasserie within the Scotsman Hotel offers an exquisite five course ‘Taste of Scotland’ menu. I’m a huge fan of good food, and all things Scottish so when I heard that chef Paul Hart had combined the two in a fine dining multi – tasting experience,  I had to try it… and sketch […]

A Brazilian crepe for lunch today

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

Enjoyed a delicious Brazilian crepe from Tupiniquim today, the Police Box on Meadows Walk, Edinburgh. Packed full of chicken, spinach and avocado, it tasted superb. There are many to choose from and all are gluten free. I will definitely be back for more. I sketched the above while I waited for mine to be made. […]

Food sketch blog – Day1

Posted on Feb 25, 2015
Food sketch blog – Day1

Why photograph your tea when you can sketch it instead?! Like most folk at this time of the year I am thinking about what I eat and trying to improve the ingredients I put in my body. So I thought I would keep a food diary, but instead of writing (to much hard work) or […]

The Fish Eatery restaurant in Edinburgh

Posted on Oct 15, 2014
The Fish Eatery restaurant in Edinburgh

As the second restaurant in Edinburgh for chef Jason Wright Fish Eatery at 12 Picardy Place had a lot to live up to. The new fish restaurant is located next door to Jason’s flagship restaurant Steak, which has proved a huge ssuccess I myself can testify to having the best steak not only in Edinburgh […]

Five star lunch in central Edinburgh

Posted on Sep 18, 2014
Five star lunch in central Edinburgh

The North Brasserie at the Scotsman Hotel on North Bridge, Edinburgh has a delicious lunch menu available from £14.50. Here in Edinburgh we are lucky enough to be surrounded by world class local food and drink producers, providing ingredients to, amongst many others, Paul Hart the Executive Head Chef at The Scotsman Hotel.   His […]