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I love Leith. I love Leithers and their ‘persevere’ motto. The beautiful dock area is the perfect spot to get a feel for the place and begin the ‘Edinburgh Food Tour’ of food and drink hotspots. Suitable for tourists and equally of interest to those of us who have literally lived right around the corner.

Our guide Lucy takes us on a 4hr trip which flies by, to introduce us to her foodie friends. It’s a very personable way to see the city, getting to meet the makers along the way, the ones who have set up shop in Leith because they have a passion for their product and the area. 

We begin early on a lovely sunny autumn Saturday at Custom House and hear a little about the maritime history of Leith before moving inside to discover our first hidden gem. ‘Williams and Johnson’ run a micro-roastery in their flagship store on the shore. Open white space with art gallery to the side, the owners are self confessed coffee geeks with a nose for quality. They also provided an outstanding salted caramel brownie from local gluten free baker ‘Glutteny.’

Sugary caffeine hit achieved we are off! First up Leith Market, artisan vendors in every row. Busy with regulars we are invited to try samples and meet the producers. Beautiful French breads, smoked fish from ‘Caithness Smokery’ and an impressive selection of organic goodies from ‘Earthy.’ Their vegan sausage roll and dips went down a storm, certainly enough to tempt me to visit 

This is key to the Edinburgh Food Tour, it whets your appetite with what’s on offer so you return and give the producers highlighted repeat business. It raises their profile and lets them show off to an unsuspecting group of food lovers.

Early afternoon gins may have been sampled at this stage of the game and a wee shot of wild elderberry elixir ‘Aelder’ gets us ready for a pre-lunch lunch. You certainly have to pace yourself but Lucy has ensured that the right mix of food, drink and walking is provided to work it off as you go. 

We have kept some of the destinations a surprise for you and the tour will need to change regularly to keep up as new exciting businesses pop up. But needless to say our next two stops provided ever increasing portions in some very special establishments, old and very new.

After a thoroughly enjoyable jaunt we flop down in our final restaurant stop with carafes of wine and a table laden with small plate options to share - a relaxing ending and time to reflect on all the delicacies we have been treated to. Feeling stuffed and inspired by all that Leith has to offer, the ample local food scene is thriving, thanks to Edinburgh Food Tours for sharing it with us! 
(K. Dorrat ) 

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