Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland

Regular readers of this blog know that I enjoy pastry. Therefore, when traveling, I’m also on the lookout for the quintessential score for a sugar buzz of the highest quality. While strolling along a pedestrian thoroughfare in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, I happened upon Patisserie Valerie:

Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Looking at some of the offerings in the window, this is just a small sample of what you’ll see:

Pastry in the window at Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Pastry in the window at Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

There’s plenty of goodness in this shop. You can sit inside or outside. Take your pick and enjoy.

 

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Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh

Twenty years ago, I stopped in to this tavern for lunch and decided to head back for old time’s sake. Things have been updated, but the food is still good, the service friendly, and you can certainly enjoy the atmosphere. Here’s a look at the upstairs dining area:

 

Upstairs dining room at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Upstairs dining room at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

You’ll find the menu chock full of pub favorites. The pair that I sampled were delicious and very filling, just the thing to fortify you for a visit to the castle or a long walk up and down the hills of Edinburgh. Here’s a look at the cottage pie with vegetables, crunchy slaw, and little side salad:

Cottage pie with veggies, crunch slaw, and salad at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cottage pie with veggies, crunch slaw, and salad at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Another pub staple is the sausage with mash. Here it is as served at Deacon Brodie’s:

Sausage and mash at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sausage and mash at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Naturally, there is a wide selection of beer on tap and in the bottle. Tried this one:

Hackney Gold, one of the many beers on tap and in the bottle at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hackney Gold, one of the many beers on tap and in the bottle at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The corner tavern is located close to Edinburgh Castle, surrounded by tourist shops. As mentioned above, you’ll enjoy a hearty meal here with good service. So give it a try if you’re in the area.

East Coast Line to Edinburgh

As part of the current journey, I took the East Coast Line from London (King’s Cross Station) to Edinburgh, Scotland (Waverly Station). The entire process was quite easy and very comfortable. Upon arriving at the station, I went to the automatic ticket machine to collect my pre-paid tickets. Using the same credit card with which I purchased the tickets and the record locater, I was able to get the tickets in about 1 minute. There was a supplemental charge for use of the 1st Class Lounge, which was okay with me because I wanted to relax after the car ride in from Windsor. So, here’s a photo of the tickets:

Tickets and seat reservation for East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tickets and seat reservation for East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

About ten minutes before departure, the platform was announced and I made my way to the train. A reserved card was tucked into the back of my seat as you see in the next photo:

Card marking reserved seat on East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Card marking reserved seat on East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Seating was spacious in the first class carriage. There are several different seating arrangements including two facing a table as you see in this photo:

Two seats facing table aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Two seats facing table aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

There are also groups of four seats facing a table as you see in the next photo:

First Class seating aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

First Class seating aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Naturally, snacks were on offer, including cooked meals from a menu as well as sandwiches and beverages from the “trolley.” I went with the sandwiches, which were egg and/or salmon. Both were quite tasty and served with a smile.

Egg salad sandwich aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Egg salad sandwich aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Along the trip, cabin staff regularly pass by asking if you would like more drinks, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, and so forth. The ride is incredibly smooth and punctual, making for a pleasant journey without the hassle of airports. Scenery along the way was another bonus, although shrouded in rain and mist for much of the time. All in all, I recommend this form of travel within the UK. And finally, a special thanks to “The Man in Seat 61” who operates a fantastic website that is chock full of information about train travel around the world. Please, avail yourself of his website. I did and it helped me plan this trip perfectly. (I hope to make a video showing clips from this and the return journey aboard the East Coast Line.)

 

The Full English (breakfast that is)

When in Rome… as the saying goes. So, while in England, I avail myself of the “Full English Breakfast” at the cozy little hotel where I spend some nights. Of course, there are some slight variations to this, but here’s a photo of the quintessential example:

The Full English Breakfast as served at The Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

The Full English Breakfast as served at The Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

As you can see, that’s quite a plate of food. Baked beans, fried egg, grilled tomato, bacon and sausage on the plate. Then toast, marmalade, juice, and coffee on the side. All this either fuels or conspires against a productive day. Depends on what you’re about. Either way, quite a lot of food. Enjoy every meal.