Thursday, October 30, 2008

Eating Out - Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, Edinburgh


After a long drive up to Edinburgh, during which we hadn't stopped for dinner, it was pretty late and we were craving nourishment. The friendly proprietor of the lovely B&B we had chosen pointed us down the street to a small hotel situated in this pretty residential area. She promised us that we wouldn't be disappointed.

I find that one of many good things about staying at B&B's in Scotland and England are that the proprietors' tips on food and restaurants are with few exceptions really very good, and as it turned out this place wasn't one of those exceptions.


Hotel Ceilidh-Donia was not only a pretty Victorian building but one with a friendly, relaxed ambiance and accommodating staff - including two adorable golden retrievers, that would be completely out of question due to health regulations at a Swedish hotel, sigh... -, even though we were late and hadn't booked a table. Since it was a lovely, warm evening we decided to have our dinner outside in the secluded garden area.

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Cider first, then a look at the menu which offered various vegetarian dishes - places with such good judgment are of course always top notch establishments - since I missed my carrots and my beetroots at home I opted for the goat's cheese, beetroot and caramelized walnuts salad. It was an absolute spot on mmm-choice.

I'm no fan of goat's cheese in general, but this teamed up so very, very well with the beetroots, the rest of the carefully prepared salad - although less, much less of rocket please - and the delicious bits of caramelized walnuts. Oh what a great detail those were!

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For dessert I had a nice sticky Highland toffee pudding - yes, I do like my sticky toffee pieces when on holiday in the British isles -

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and M had a creme brulee, which was of course nothing remotely close to the heavenly sinful one but it made for a pretty picture at least.

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A meal that was really lovely round off to a day spent too much in the car and an equally lovely this time around first food encounter of the Edinburgh kind. Needless to say I very much recommend a visit if hungry and in the vicinity of 14-16 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland, that's where you'll find Hotel Ceilidh-Donia


Jenna said...

Mmm... Everything looks so delicious. I like to always experiment with meals and cooking.

tr3nta said...

I enjoyed your last series of photos specially the almost night one... :-)

Pia K said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jenna, experimenting in the kitchen is indeed fun:)

Thanks, tr3enta!

Webradio said...

All are good, no ?

I "love" cider... I have at home, that I do myself...

Pagan Sphinx said...

Pia - you've depicted what obviously looks like a wonderful trip.

That creme brulee is absolutely luscious looking. :-)

Pia K said...

Yes, everything was lovely, webradio. That sounds very nice indeed to have your own cidery:)

pagan sphinx - oh yes, we had a great trip, only a few months back but it seems like ages ago, time flies... Yeah, the creme brulee looks rather mouthwatering, but the sticky toffee pudding was the good one:)

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