I am from Edinburgh – will I have tried it all?
We hope not all of it! Our Safaris hone in on small neighbourhoods where there is a real food culture – I hadn’t eaten all the food on any of the Safaris until I created the Safari and still the chefs are creating new dishes. So the Safaris are good options for both visitors and locals to enjoy together.
Which safari should I go on?
I love them both – Stockbridge is charming with a chance to explore Scotland’s finest cheeses, chocolate and seafood. Broughton is more electic and Bohemian – with gin and whisky tastings and amazing marshmallow tasting and a non scary introduction to haggis.
Stockbridge runs on Mondays and Wednesdays, Broughton on Fridays and Saturdays afternoons. The Stockbridge Sunday market is a new addition and is a lovely way to see a local village of Edinburgh and buy some great presents – for yourself and friends – just demands an early start: 9.30am for coffee
How much walking is involved?
We walk at a casual pace, with time to take pictures etc. .The tour takes around three hours in total. At some of the venues we will stand to sample the food, but on the whole we will be seated around a table in a normal, relaxed restaurant situation.
What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has dietary restrictions (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets ie at least 48 hours notice. As long as we know well in advance, we can try to accommodate your needs. Even with Stockbridge which is quite seafood orientated, we can organise local substitutes to mussels and smoked salmon
Is the tour wheelchair and pushchair accessible?
Edinburgh has hills and cobbles and many of the restaurants and cafes we visit are quite small and not all have ramps, so not really.
What about taking children on the tour?
Children under five are free unless they want to participate in food tastings. You may bring a push chair on the Safari, but it will have to remain outside, if the food establishment is busy.
But a word of warning – the Safaris are about three hours and some children have a limited attention span and therefore the Safari may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents who know their children best, should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the Safari is appropriate for your child.
Are Safaris offered only in English?
Yes, we only offer Safaris in English at the moment. Please email us if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the Safari or if you are interested in a Safari in a different language – we will try to accommodate.
BOOKING THE SAFARI
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes – click on book tickets and enter your chosen date. Tickets must be purchased in advance – within 24 hours through our secure website. If less than 24 hours please call Nell to see if we can fit you in. Tel: +44(0) 7796 298163. Due to working with so many different restaurants and bars we cannot accept walk-up traffic on the day of the tours.
Can I book a private group Safari?
Yes, Edinburgh Food Safari is happy to try and accommodate group bookings – send us an email or call to discuss. Also we are happy to organise bespoke tours from hen lunches to scavenger hunts
DURING THE SAFARI
What happens if it rains or snows?
The Safaris take place regardless of rain, shine, or snow. Please dress for the season and on the day – wear comfortable shoes and if you think it might rain – an umbrella – though on the positive side, we go inside all the establishments on the Safari, so the focus is on eating inside rather than pounding the streets.
What if I am late?
It is a good idea to arrive at the meeting location 10 minutes prior to the Safari start time. We will leave promptly at the Safari start time. If you are late, you may call us to try and find the group, once they have left. There are no guarantees you will be able to find the group, as our guides are on Safari and will not answer their phone. There are no reschedules or refunds for late comers, who cannot find the group.
How much food is served on the food Safari?
We visit between five and six different food and drink establishments on each Safari, so food sizes are starter size but we would say hold off booking dinner.
Are any beverages served on the Safari?
Both safaris will include alcohol (soft drinks are also available). Additionally, fine Scottish tap water is provided on all our Safaris.
Are there loo stops available during the Safari?
Yes, plenty of toilet and hand washing facilities along the way.
Are cameras allowed on the Safari?
Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the Safari. Please do take photos and post on social media such as Facebook and Instagram.
Are pets allowed on Safari?
Although you would think animals are involved, unfortunately, pets are not allowed on any of our food Safaris as not all establishments cater for four-legged foodies.
Can I shop during the Safari?
Yes, but often on a tight schedule to fit in as many places in three hours. There should be time to return later in the day. Many of the places we visit will offer discounts to the tour groups on the Safari.
AFTER THE SAFARI
Does the Safari end at the same place we meet?
Not always. However, detailed instructions are provided after ticket purchase with starting and ending point locations. We also send a follow up email with highlights of of where you have been and suggestions of other fun things to do on the safari, so no need to take notes! We also ask for some feedback as we want the tours to be the best possible representative of these areas and its food and people.
I enjoyed my Safari, can I come again?
Of course you can, and with a little warning we can adjust the destinations accordingly so you can have the same experience or a different one, whichever you like.
May I reschedule or cancel my food Safari ?
You may cancel a food Safari by emailing Nell firstname.lastname@example.org within 72 hours notice – this will incur a £10 administration fee per booked ticket on cancellation. With at least 72 hours notice we can try and reschedule a walking tour, but no guarantee and no refund. Cancellation of the scheduled date will not be liable for refund.