Look Forward to an Indulgent Christmas in the Capital
With evenings beginning to grow darker and temperatures on a chilly descent, our attention is beginning to turn towards the most wonderful time of the year. There’s nothing the Scotsman team love more than hanging a red-ribbon adorned wreath on the stairway, decorating the grand tree in reception with gold coloured baubles and feasting on the many seasonal delights the North Bridge Brasserie chefs rustle up. However, with merriment not due to begin at the hotel until the 1st of December, we've been on the hunt for the perfect event to tide us over, and luckily we've found it…
Between the 13th and 15th of November, the EICC will be hosting Foodies Festival Christmas; ideal for getting us in the festive spirit and delighting the taste buds. The seasonal variation of the city’s already popular summer-held Foodies Festival will offer the chance to browse over 150 artisan producers at its vast Christmas market and pick-up cooking tips from some of the UK’s most acclaimed chefs…which should come in handy when recreating the contemporary and traditional recipes on offer. The likes of MasterChef: The Professionals Winner 2014 Jamie Scott, quaint cake café owners Three Sisters Bake and renowned Indian Chef Romy Gill will all be making an appearance at the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, where a selection of ‘Retro Recipes’ inspired by TV Chef Fanny Craddock will also be recreated including Baked Alaska, vol-au-vents and duck a l’orange.
When the many guest demonstrations inevitably evoke a feeling of hunger, the sweet-toothed can head straight to the Pudding Hall where they’ll be able to feast on mince pies, marzipan bonbons and Christmas cake, all washed down with eggnog and mulled wine. A Champagne Ski Bar will provide a stylish destination to sip on a glass of bubbles, while those keen to learn more can head to cocktail-making classes in the Scottish Gin Theatre or additional masterclasses hosted by wine and craft beer experts. There’ll also be plenty of family-friendly fun too with an Elf Cooking School offering gingerbread and snowball baking classes, as well as live music, carol singers, a photo booth and competitions.
This indulgent festive warm-up will provide the perfect palate training ahead of the 1st of December, when North Bridge Brasserie will begin to serve its temping seasonal selection. Christmas lunches and dinners will be available throughout the month offering up the likes of Scottish game terrine or organic salmon ballotine for starters, succulent free range bronze turkey or handmade tagliatelle with wild mushrooms for mains, and dessert options including bitter chocolate torte, a Scottish cheese selection and homemade Christmas pudding. However the seasonal treats we’re most looking forward to will be found during Festive Afternoon Tea, with tiers of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits washed down with traditional teas and roasted coffee.
However, those still feeling a little more Scrooge-like on the Christmas spectrum by mid-November can also look forward to Edinburgh’s Light Night and the arrival of the city’s Christmas markets. Singer Susan Boyle will join over a thousand performers to celebrate the switching on of the capital’s Christmas lights on the 22nd, while streets and parks will be lined with stalls offering European and Scottish festive treats, gifts and entertainment from the 20th. With such an array of fun-filled options to look forward to, excitement in our team is already building and we look forward to sharing the Christmas spirit with guests too. Find our full selection of Christmas deals, dining options and party packages here, and join us for a truly indulgent Christmas in Edinburgh.