Another year and another excellent publication of The List Eating & Drinking Guide. Get to your newsagent now and pick up the comprehensive guide to Edinburgh and Glasgow restaurants and bars that serve food. The value is, as always, excellent - The List Eating & Drinking Guide is included with this fortnight’s edition of The List - at Â£3.50.
Slightly disappointingly this year’s edition seems to have slimmed down the awards. For example the newcomer of the year category has halved into:
- Originality & Commitment: The Dogs (on Hanover St)
- Inventive Higher End Dining: Wedgwood The Restaurant (Royal Mile)
And the Edinburgh’s best restaurant category and best budget restaurant category have seemingly disappeared and been replaced with a List Readers’ Award, which through the power of readers’ voting, has gone to Urban Angel on Hanover St.
The disappearance of best restaurant is the biggest disappointment as I’ve always thought of it as the de facto standard for choosing a restaurant you must visit, should you have enough spare cash. Anyhow judging by my experience and the reviewer’s write-up, I think Martin Wishart is a fair supposition for Edinburgh’s Best Restaurant. I think this year’s guide places greater emphasis on hitlisted restaurants, which are a pool of the top restaurants in each category. “The List Also Recommends…” section gives a great summary of restaurants which are among the best in their category e.g. Best for BYOB and Best for wines by the glass.
Some other highlights are:
- The Cambridge Bar and its terrific burgers/venue being hitlisted in Bar & Pub food category
- Roseleaf in Leith also getting hitlisted in Bar & Pub food category
- Rhubarb restaurant at Prestonfield getting a fairly poor view: “rather prosaic dining”
As ever, The List website will be updated to include the 2008/2009 Eating and Drinking Guide content shortly.
Anyone who ever eats out in Edinburgh should have a copy, so make sure you buy yours now!