Nobles Bar Review for the July Edition of Bite Magazine

Edinburgh Bite Magazine July

Nobles, 44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS
0131 629 7215

This article was originally featured in the July 2012 edition of Bite Magazine, the free mini-guide to eating and drinking in and around Edinburgh. Pick up your copy at all good venues now, or download a copy from their website.

Nobles Bar is the perfect place to while away a cold and dreary Scottish summer evening.

The threat of rain was in the air when I arrived at Nobles, and one glance at their menu told me I was in the right place for some old fashioned comfort food.

Inside, the high ceilinged hall maintained an air of coziness. Perhaps it’s the way the dying sunlight filters through the stained glass windows, onto the dark wood tables and comfy leather sofas.

The menu isn’t split into starters and mains ,but some dishes have got two prices beside them, meaning you can order a smalle rversion to whet your appetite. Absolutely ravenous, we started with a small portion of black pudding and smoked haddock fishcake (£5) and a Noble’s platter (£7.95).

The fishcake was astounding: I’ll admit I hadmy doubts about black pudding and fish, but the smokiness of the haddock mingled well with the rich black pudding and creamy potato. It was served with a red pepper and cinnamon marmalade and a poached egg: another combination that sounds peculiar in theory but was well executed.

The platter would please any antipasti aficionado, and I’ll be ordering another the next time I pop in for a vino. Olives, anchovies, crostini, bread, oils: my favourite had to be the cheeky wee goats cheese stuffed peppers, which had quite a kick.

For the mains, I had to have the beef Wellington (£12.95). Dainty Michelin food this was not: I got what I paid for and more, with a plate full to bursting with juicy beef, crisp pastry, and roasted new potatoes. The red wine reduction was served in a separate bowl so I enjoyed dunking my Wellington and potatoes in there.

My Other Half ordered the lamb shank served with rose harissa (£11.95). Through happy mouthfuls he told me that the lamb was succulent, falling off the bone, and the spicy harissa made an interesting complement that was different from the usual Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Satisfied and stuffed, we battled through the rain to find a taxi.

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REVIEW: La Cerise for Bite Magazine

La Cerise, 199-201 Great Junction Street,  Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 5LQ
0131 555 6065

This article was written for the May edition of Bite Magazine, the free mini-guide to eating and drinking in Edinburgh. You can pick up a copy from all good local deli’s and restaurants, for the rest of this month, or you can download a PDF from their website.

Summer is nearly here and to me that means one thing: ice cream! If you want the best

that Edinburgh has to offer, look no further than Great Junction Street; home to La Cerise
Patisserie.

Martin and Claire have been churning out their artisan ice cream for four years now. Martin
has a background in dairy, and his passion for the product is obvious. At La Cerise, they
like to do things a little differently. “Most ice cream makers have a white base that they add
flavour to; whether that’s pistachio or strawberry” he explains, “but here at La Cerise we
always start from scratch with a focus on both texture and flavour.”

The result is full flavoured ice cream that actually tastes like the flavour it claims. My favourite
is the strawberry sherbert, packed with Fife strawberries; creamy, and singing with fruit, it’s
hard to believe that this yoghurt based treat is so low in fat. It’s also hard to believe that such
joyful ice cream is made in a basement kitchen in Leith.

“The best thing about making our own ice cream is that we can experiment with different
tastes and textures” enthuses Claire. For the Leith Festival a few years ago they created a
Crabbies ice cream: ginger, with popping candy to add sparkle. Every weekend the shop
closes while the two beaver away in the kitchen below, dreaming up new and exciting flavour
combinations.

The indecisive among us can choose from a range of ice cream sundaes. Their creative
staff and customers have dreamt up most of the combinations. Make no bones about it, their
customers are loyal. “We have one couple who come up from the Borders once a week just to
see us” says Claire, proudly.

Unfortunately for nine to five-rs, La Cerise is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. You
can still sample their fabulous ice cream out of hours, as they supply to a select few local
eateries: The Beachhouse, Peter’s Yard, Loudon’s, and Bia Bistrot.

But if you ask me, this is ice cream worth pulling a sicky for.

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