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Where To Eat At Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

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Updated: 2 August 2017
When the Edinburgh Fringe comes around each year, people cannot help but get a spring in their step. The buzzing about from show to show will make anyone hungry. Thankfully, Edinburgh is home to a myriad of restaurants and a food scene that is second to none. Feast your eyes on the best places to eat at the Fringe 2017.

Glengoyne Whisky Suppers at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar

Cannonball is housed in a historic 16th century building amidst the buzz of the Royal Mile, serving contemporary Scottish cuisine. Suited to some serious 2017 Fringe foodie action, Glengoyne Whisky Suppers will run for the entire month of August (Wednesday through Friday). This gastronomic shindig includes a tutored whisky tasting class hosted by the Glengoyne Brand Ambassador, followed by a mouth-watering two-course meal. Adding to the atmosphere will be the profound resonating sounds of the Castle Tattoo bagpipes next door.

Cannonball Restaurant And Bar, 356 Castlehill, Edinburgh, UK, +44 131 225 1550

Thai Cookery Masterclass At The Krua Thai Cookery School

Aspiring chefs and dedicated food enthusiasts can work on their culinary skills at the Krua Thai Cookery School’s masterclass, exclusive to the Fringe. From elaborate fruit carvings to traditional Thai recipes, this critically-acclaimed school is famed for producing first-class chefs. Eat your way across Thailand in the 2-hour workshop, learn the tricks of the trade and enjoy the fruits of your labour at the end with a truly transformative Thai lunch dish. There’s a reason people return to this one year after year.

Thai Cookery Workshop, 19 Liberton Brae, Edinburgh, UK, +44 131 664 3036

Krua Thai Cookery School | Courtesy of Chef Rujira Herd

Krua Thai Cookery School | Courtesy of Chef Rujira Herd

The Gait

Strategically placed next to all the Fringe fun, The Gait is a trendy watering hall with craft beer and a tempting menu covering the best of Scottish contemporary cuisine. Adding an extra dose of pizzazz this Fringe season, The Gait will transform into Fringe Venue 78 and host a hilarious spread of comedy shows, from stand-up and sketches, to improv sessions. Comedy, craft beer and good food — what more could you want?

The Gait Bar, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, UK, +44 131 556 4481

The Campfire Feasts Pop-Up By Dram & Smoke

Brought to you by the don of the pop-up scene Dram & Smoke, The Campfire Feasts is an inimitable foodie paradise where the finest Scottish produce meets campfire musings. On offer is a four-course tasting menu and custom cocktails: expect a finely tuned balance of premium Talisker whisky from Skye and soulful Scottish tastes. This unforgettable culinary camping adventure operates as a pop-up in an atmospheric old biscuit factory, complete with live music.

Dram & Smoke Pop-Up Dining, The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, Edinburgh, UK, +44 131 629 0809


Have you had your kale today? An adored local foodie fixture, any eateries from the Hendersons clan — The Salad Table, Shop & Deli, Vegan Restaurant and Holyrood— will provide the necessary healthy nourishment needed to catch as many shows as possible. From chickpea salads and wraps, to veggie burgers, soup and more, this tried and tested foodie empire masters the art of honest eating with organic, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Hendersons, 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, UK, +44 131 225 2131

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

With side-splitting fresh scripts and a fancy new venue, this Fringe favourite is back for business. Join Basil, Sybil and Manuel and enjoy a three-course meal in what can only be described as an utterly uproarious eating experience. British humour at its finest, this Fawlty Towers-themed extravaganza demonstrates a fine balance of spontaneity, laughter, clever writing and a deep respect for the art of comedy. Book in extra early as this one never fails to sell out almost immediately.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, B’est Restaurant, 16 Drummond Street (Off South Bridge), Edinburgh, UK, +44 845 154 4145

The Cow Cafe

Everyone loves to hang out at the Underbelly during the Fringe. Thankfully, there is no need to go far if you start feeling hungry. The Cow Café has it all from the freshest of cakes to Italian delights such as Stromboli and flatbread. The highly acclaimed street food business, The Laughing Stock, is the secret behind all of this. Expect the finest locally sourced ingredients from a company run by not one, but two Michelin star worthy chefs.

The Cow Cafe At Underbelly, Edinburgh Central Library, 56 Cowgate, Edinburgh, UK, +44 844 545 8252

George Square Gardens

A pick and mix of gourmet street food stalls, the George Square Gardens boast an incredible labyrinth of food and drinks options, joining the ranks of well-known street eat havens The Pleasance Courtyard, Summerhall Courtyard and Udderbelly’s Pasture.

Chef’s Table, Underbelly At George Square, Edinburgh, UK, +44 844 545 8252


Time after time, Oink exceeds the needs and expectations of hungry festival goers. This hog roast emporium is the brainchild of Scottish farmers who know how to be the best in what they do. The simple menu sticks to the point — good, high quality food— and includes toppings and sauces like apple, chilli relish, homemade mustard mayo and even a wee bit of haggis. Choose a white or brown roll and never look back.

Oink, 34 Victoria St, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, UK, +44 777 196 8233

The Laughing Stock At Bristo Square

Strategically placed in the thick of all the Bristo Square fun, Fringe finger food wouldn’t be the same without Michelin-trained street food gurus, The Laughing Stock. Inspired by their culinary expeditions across the likes of Italy, Spain and America, Stock highlights this year include Stocks Wraps & Pitta (the original food truck serving up spicy lamb wraps), Stocks Sausages & Rosemary Fries (Bowers wild boar sausages with caramelised onions and fresh rosemary salt fries, found in a wee hut), Stocks Meatballs (a newcomer food truck specialising in a cherished family meatball recipe) and Stocks Burgers & Birds (perfect juicy burgers of all kinds). Cuisine with a conscience, all produce is locally sourced and downright delicious.