Edinburgh, Photography, Travel

Malmaison Sunday brunch and Dr Neil’s Garden, Edinburgh

April 9, 2015

I’m Laura and I’m a serial purchaser of vouchers. You know those voucher emails, well I might be signed up to one or two (or five…) and often stock pile a few when I see a good deal, especially for restaurants I want to try. Well this Malmaison voucher was a great deal.

I have dined at Malmaison’s Sunday brunch before in Glasgow (no longer available since it turned into the Honours) so when I saw it on in Edinburgh I knew I had to grab a voucher. The Sunday brunch is four courses (yes 4!) of brunch heaven, so good it runs all the way into lunch. Malmaison in Edinburgh is situated down at Leith shore and the brasserie is in a nice sunny corner of the hotel.

The first course is the soup, followed by unlimited trips to the chefs table, a main course then, if you can manage, a dessert. You definitely need to make sure you wear loose clothing as you will certainly stuff your face here!&

The soup in Edinburgh was optional so I decided to skip it and save more room for the chefs table, a table covered in cold meats, pates, quiches, salads and much more. I imagine these vary per branch and depending on what’s in season. This one even had a huge cheese board with some delicious Brie. You can also ask for your choice of omelette or waffles. Clearly I opted on some waffles.

Does anyone else just use waffles and pancakes as a means to eat maple syrup?

For mains I went for a mushroom and chestnut risotto wish was drizzled I’m truffle oil. I, often fussy with risottos but apart from being slightly too big a portion, especially given everything else on offer, it was delicious and very well cooked.

CB went for the Sunday roast of corn fed chicken. This was definitely a better portion size. For main courses you can choose between brunch options such as eggs Benedict or main course such as roasts and burgers. All the mains are more bistro style.

For dessert we both opted for the creme brûlée. The brûlée was perfectly cooked with a really hard crust and it tasted delicious.

After all that eating we felt that a walk was in order! We headed to one of Edinburgh’s secret gems – Dr Neil’s Garden, a hidden garden nestled on the side of Duddingston loch.

The garden is situated on Old Church Lane and is accessed by walking through a big gate on the wall called the Manse. Inside turn immediately right and walk to the opposite corner of the patch of grass where you will see the entrance gate to the garden.

As an Edinburgh resident I couldn’t believe I had never heard of this place and was totally overwhelmed when we visited. Every turn led to something new and, as usual, I went a little snap happy!

Duddingston loch was actually the location where curling was invented. This little tower is known as Curling Tower.

We were so lucky to enjoy this garden in the early spring when some of the flowers were just starting to bloom. It was also completely empty which made wandering even more special as we had it to ourselves.

The garden is free to enter but they welcome donations to help keep the garden maintained. You can find out more here.

After we had a wander round the grounds of Duddingston Kirk.

Treasure Tromp

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  • http://www.figsandpigs.com Rebecca Goodman

    Malmaison looks awesome I’ve never been, the creme brulee look particularly good. Dr Neils gardens looks so cute I live in Edinburgh and have never been, we’ve decided its going to get a visit this weekend if its still sunny.

    • http://agirlandherhome.com Laura @ a girl & her home

      The brunch is so good, and even better if you can get it on a voucher deal. I think it’s £23 per person but I got it for £20 for two! I know! I hadn’t heard of it either. This weekend would be perfect with this nice weather!

  • Kelly Michelle

    Don’t you just love gardens during the spring time…such a glorious time of the year and that brunch deal was incredible! xx

    • http://agirlandherhome.com Laura @ a girl & her home

      I’m obsessed! I could spend hours wandering and taking pictures! I can’t wait to have a garden of my own.

  • http://www.piercedwonderings.com/ Jen – Pierced Wonderings

    What gorgeous photos! I would have been good with just the brunch photos but the rest of them? Holy crow! Makes me want to get on a plane.

    • http://agirlandherhome.com Laura @ a girl & her home

      Haha! Thanks! You should! Maybe not right now but definitely visit Edinburgh and add this to your list!