5 Best places for food & drink during the Book Festival

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FROM decadent dinners, to social enterprise sandwiches, here are some of the best places to visit for food and drink during the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Spiegeltent Café Bar

Charlotte Sq Gardens

RELAX in the 1930s-style bar, which serves signature cocktails and snacks including hot dogs, popcorn and corn nachos.

The Ivy on the Square

St Andrew Square

FOR an upmarket lunch, decadent dinner or a cocktail or two, head to The Ivy on the Square. To celebrate their sponsorship of the book fair, the restaurant have introduced a limited edition dessert.

The Cranachan Chocolate Bombe (with raspberries, toasted oatmeal and vanilla ice cream encased in a chocolate dome, with honey and whisky sauce) will be available at the restaurant until 27 August.

Waldorf Astoria

Princes Street

THE glamorous Waldorf Astoria Hotel, fondly known as The Caley was originally one of the great railway station hotels of its time.

Now visitors can enjoy Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley (the old station concourse), fine dining in The Galvin Brother’s restaurant The Pompadour or a whisky or two in The Caley Bar.

Social Bite

Rose St/Shandwick Pl

A NOT for profit organisation that offers tasty food at cheap prices, Social Bite is the Capital’s favourite social enterprise.

Frequented by those living on the street and Hollywood stars alike, this venue serves up well crafted meals alongside commendable social schemes which make a visible difference.

The Rosehip

Rose Street

FOR fresh, tasty pub food and a wee dram, you can’t go wrong with the Rosehip.

With more than 200 single malt whiskies to choose from, as well as a whole host of delicious dishes, the quirky decor is a delight, best enjoyed while tucking into the pie of the day.