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Enjoying the new years sunshine in Edinburgh

westport_pepperssandwichbarDrawing in the great outdoors in Edinburgh city centre this January.

As 2017 gets started for me I have been in various locations around Edinburgh meeting people and sketching in the glorious sunshine we have been enjoying.

Whilst on route to meetings I have grabbed  a quick 10 minutes to sketch my surroundings as Edinburgh’s beautiful vistas grab my attention. Some which I haven’t seen before, such as this one below from Morrisos Street shows the old Caledonian Distillery, which has been converted to residential buildings. The 300 feet tall chimney stalk was preserved – and is amongst the biggest of Victorian chimneys surviving in Scotland.

The distillery is currently available to see as the ground in between has been cleared temporarily to create space for the new ‘The Haymarket Edinburgh’, a new office, retail and leisure space in the West End set for completion in 2018.


The main sketch at the top of the page is from a new find for me, a sandwich bar offering delicious coffee and gluten free rolls, which made for a scrummy bacon roll this morning.

Peppers Sandwich Bar is on Lady Lawson Street and the friendly staff and visitors alike enjoy this lovely view down the West Port towards the Grassmarket.

The Haymarket Edinburgh website

Peppers Sandwich Bar facebook page



Bank Holiday Breakfast

Croissants_GFThis morning I started the bank holiday with a delicious breakfast of croissants and pain au chocolat, thanks to Genius Foods.


When these gluten free goodies arrived in the post recently I couldn’t wait to pop them in the oven. Being a coeliac has meant saying goodbye to flaky pastry and crispy patisserie, or so I thought. But thanks to the geniuses at Genius Gluten Free the list of yummy treats not available to coelics is getting smaller every day.


Keep up the good work, the pain au chocolat are particularly good, even the wheat eating Mrs Sketcher thought they were superb!




Deer for lunch

I visited Loudons today for lunch with the family, I had some yummy gluten free mushroom soup. My wife had a lovely looking eggs benedict with gammon, I’ll be back for that myself. And the twins shared a vegetable pizza slice with salad. The coffee and cake were the highlights, GF again but delicious and worth the visit alone.

My only critisism is that it would of bean nice to of had some gluten free bread to go with my gluten free soup, or some rice cakes, oatcakes etc. Definitely worth the visit though, I’ll be back again soon I hope.

Oh and the deer on our table belong to my daughter.

Gottle o’gluten free geer

Saturday night and I think I’ll pick up a few beers for tonight. So glad I found a place selling gluten free beer recently, as I’d missed it loads since becoming diagnosed ceoliac three years ago. Unable to digest wheat or barley meant beer was definitely a no no.

It’s called Estrella Damm Duara, and still the only place I’ve been able to find it is Asda. So please tell me if you see gluten free beer on sale anywhere else in the city.





















Gluten free, afternoon tea

Yesterday I was lucky enough to sample the new gluten free Afternoon Tea on offer at the luxurious Scotsman Hotel on Edinburgh’s North Bridge.

As a ceoliac I know the frustration of having my choices limited on a menu, usually having a my selection made by the ingredients used rather than what I feel like eating. There was no such disappointment yesterday afternoon as everything on the pretty three tier tower of delicacies on offer were all free from wheat.

Together with Genius, the company who supply Starbucks with their gluten free bread, the Scotsman Hotel have created a menu wide ranging selection, from the various sandwiches on the bottom deck through the chocolate and ginger cakes right up to the maccaroons on top, and all were delicious, even for my non ceoliac wife.

The hotel itself is gorgeous inside,  I hope to return soon to sketch the interiors. So whether on a gluten free diet or not head along there now for some yummy afternoon bites in beautiful surroundings.

For more about The Scotsman Hotel click HERE, and for more on Genius click HERE.