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Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bath, trip report

macaraca | Jul 1, 201707:31 PM    

Most of a month May-June in London, but 3 nights in Glasgow and 5 in Edinburgh, plus side tips to Bath and Oxford. Rented apartments, so often only had lunch out. The SO doesn't drink wine, so never splurge on good bottles.

28 Gibson Street | Kelvinbridge
stravaigin.co.uk West end, near Univ.
Innovative, wildly multi-ethnic cuisine
++Mussels in broth (w/lemongrass flavor)
Fried Whitebait, ++Indonesian Nasi Goreng Fried Rice (with bacon and peas!)

Masala Twist – Family-run, modest Indian place, pleasant and good value
192-194 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8SN, UK
Good Chicken Tikka Masala, ‘saffron’ (probably turmeric) rice, vegetable curry

Willow Tea Rooms and Cafe (Mackintosh design)
2nd floor Willow, 3rd Floor Chinese room
Buchanan St. downtown
Welsh Rarebit – mustardy cheese on toast, good, but only a thin spread, not like I make it at home as a thick, generous fondue over the toast; Beef chili with mash and peas, quite good.
If we had the time, would have come back for Afternoon Tea.


Dishoom http://www.dishoom.com/
Bombay Irani-style café/restaurant; (Several London locations)
3 St Andrew’s Square, close to Waverley Station
We especially liked the wonderful ++Spicy Lamb Chops and ++Masala Prawns, mixed greens, basmati rice
Insanely popular – hour wait in the bar for a table – reservations desirable.

Kilted Lobster Seafood
112 St Stephen St
N of Royal Circle, New Town
Charming small place near our Airbnb for our last night with wonderfully fresh, local seafood.
++Mussels in broth, ++ Half Lobster, Fried Calamari, Roasted Red Pepper Soup

The Dogs
110 Hanover street, New Town
++Fish Pie (like a Shepherd’s Pie)

Union of Genius
Hole in the wall, only serve soups with crusty bread, but great ++soup and super value!
8 Forrest Rd (Grassmarket)
Near University of Edinburgh

Oxford (day trip, lunch only)
Najars Place St. Giles St., Lebanese
Small blue hut beside the street
1 block N of Ashmolean Museum
Tasty take-away Meze plate - £8 and too much for 2 of us!

The Raven pub, Queen St
Popular, busy and loud, but fine pub fare upstairs
++Bartlett’s Beef & Raven Ale Sausages
++Fungi Chicken Pie
++Raven Ale

Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House
Famous for their buns, in the oldest house in Bath
Welsh Rarebit, Salt Beef, both on toasted half of a huge SL bun
Touristy, but hard to avoid that in Bath; still, very enjoyable: pleasant service and good food.

Were surprised and pleased by the vast array of prepared foods available in the supermarkets (and their express outlets), such as Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury, etc. Made many good meals at the apts with fresh and prepared items, and kept our budget intact for the occasional splurge.

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