Raise a glass

Festival time in Edinburgh tends to divide people. There is a quadrant of locals who abandon Auld Reekie for the month of August, leaving creatives the world over to run the city in their absence. The rest of us stay put, get our highlighters out, and spend hours with the Fringe guide, planning who we’d like to make us laugh. I fall into the second category, and as well as getting my fill of comedy, I was also really looking forward to visiting the Pommery Champagne Bar at the Signet Library.

After a busy morning of festival madness, where better to seek sanctuary from the Royal Mile than a bar that has Champagne in its name? I think I’ve made my point. As we took our seats and mulled over the menu, the Pommery Afternoon Tea called out to us. We sipped our perfectly chilled Pommery Brut Royal Champagne, green with envy as platters, lobsters, burgers and decadent afternoon teas sailed past us. But before long, we were devouring our very own tower of sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones.

The sandwiches were filled with cucumber and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and ham, lettuce and chutney. There was also a cheese scone, topped with pesto, mozzarella and courgette, drizzled with a balsamic glaze. The scone was heavenly and the sandwiches were fresh and delicious.

Deciding where to start with the sweet treats wasn’t easy. With scones, brownies, sponge cakes, lemon possets and meringues, my taste buds couldn’t decide where they wanted to go first. Starting at the top and working my way down seemed like the logical thing to do. I layered the scone with the accompanying spiced fruit jam, which was a welcome change to the more traditional strawberry variety. Everything on the cake stand was delicious, but being a brownie girl, I was intrigued to see if it lived up to my expectations. It did, so much so, that I helped myself to both. Well, over-indulging on chocolate is a woman’s prerogative, isn’t it?

If you haven’t yet paid a visit to the Pommery Champagne Bar, put it on your list of things to do this August. The food is delicious, the Champagne speaks for itself and the surroundings are simply stunning. Today won’t be the only day I’ll be raising a glass in the Pommery Bar this month.


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  • http://asmallinsight.wordpress.com/ Lucy Cameron

    I totally agree with you on it being a must do, I visited yesterday for the first time and I know it will definitely on the list again next year!! Even possibly again this year if funds and time allow x
    Love your photos as usual, look forward to your other adventures during the festival x

    • chiara

      Thanks Lucy. Hopefully we’ll both get to go there again soon.

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    • chiara

      Thanks Sooae!

  • Emma Ciarrocca

    Lovely review, still have to get there. I’m wondering if my oven will allow me to take an afternoon off?

    • chiara

      If you talk to it nicely, I’m sure it will! Enjoy it when you get there x

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