Culinary Sunshine on Leith. A lazy lunchtime tour of Edinburgh’s port city.
Fans of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting will have a strong sense of Edinburgh’s port of Leith as rundown and crime infested. In reality, Leith has undergone a serious gentrification, so much so that it has become something of a gastronomic hub. It now boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants, Restaurant Martin Wishart and The Kitchen and numerous gastro pubs and delis.
During our recent trip, having walked the wonderful Waters of Leith – described as ‘as silver thread in a ribbon of green running through Edinburgh – we decided that we were rather too informally dressed to frequent a Michelin-starred establishment, so we tried out a couple of Leith’s many gastropubs.
After a drink in the cosy and laid-back Roseleaf like drinking in someone’s front parlour, we settled on The Shore, which fuses classic pub with French brasserie chic. Excellent seafood, great service and a wonderfully idiosyncratic waiter – what’s not to like.