When I decided to add Edinburgh as one of the destinations in our Europe trip, I really wanted to pick our hotel carefully, particularly the location – as we were limited with our time. The last time I visited for a day trip whilst I was staying in Glasgow and I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the carefully constructed Old Town, which left me with a desire to explore the city further.
I knew I had found where I wanted to stay when I saw the photos of Radisson Blu. It was aligned with the feeling of Old Town, Edinburgh with its castle vibe and beautiful stonework. Placed right in the historic Royal Mile it was perfect location to explore all the main attractions. For convenience it’s also a few minutes away from Edinburgh Train Station.
Afternoon Tea at Itchicoo, Radisson Blu
One of the things we were most excited about during our visit was our Afternoon Tea at Radisson Blu. It was definitely an experience to remember. Our individual tea sets were brought out first and they were bright and intricate with floral and gold detailing.
After we were given our choice of tea we were served a three tiered platter filled with sandwiches, pastries and the most delicious scones with jam and whipped cream. This was accompanied with berry lemonade to quench our thirst. The best part? For me they arranged it all to be gluten free and for Nina they arranged her own vegetarian assortment. We certainly enjoyed our afternoon tea as we felt it was on the list of experiences to have whilst in the United Kingdom.
Cocktail Experience at Epicurean – Radisson Blu Collection
That night was Halloween so we planned a haunted underground tour of Old City then went for a cocktail at one of the Radisson Collection’s newest cocktail bars to warm us up afterwards. Epicurean certainly has more of an upbeat modern vibe with its expertly curated drinks menu to suit everyone. The artwork adorning the entrance was extravagant and the lighting set an intimate and mysterious mood.
Nina chose an Old Fashioned and I chose Oaxaca Dream – a tequila creation, which was very smoky. We finished off with two Espresso Martinis’ before heading back to our hotel to get ready to explore the next day.
Prosecco Brunch at Cucina – Radisson Blu Collection
The next afternoon we were treated to the most incredible brunch. A three course menu at one of Radisson Collections’ most exquisite Italian restaurants – Cucina. I loved that this place was focused on Italian food but it had a Scottish twist which provided a lovely culinary experience.
We walked inside to see bottles of Prosecco lined up, beautifully placed artwork on colorful wallpapers and an expansive outlay of food. To start the three courses there was a selection of light salads, smoked fish, shellfish, breads and pastries. The highlight of the brunch was definitely our lovely server who would endless fill up our glasses of Prosecco, whilst exclaiming, “I’m sorry I can’t help it, I hate to see an empty glass.”
After our starter course I chose the Scottish salmon and Nina chose potato dumplings with truffle cream. We couldn’t resist ordering dessert, so we an intricate and phenomenal chocolate mousse. The flavors of all our courses were rich and exciting. Cucina was a lovely place to spend part of our last day in Edinburgh and just relax, absorb and reflect on our journey.
Thank you for reading about our adventures at Radisson Blu in Edinburgh. If you need any advice with what to do or see when you’re there, feel free to comment below.
Until next time,
Elise Natalie xoxo