Scones on Scottish food tour

Eat Scotland in the Georgian New Town

Why are there painted windows in The New Town? Find out why over a gin liqueur cocktail, smoked salmon, warm scones, jam and freshly whipped cream, fantastic Scottish cheeses, whisky, meat or veggie haggis and a surprising sweet fusion of an American and Scottish romance at The Kilted Donut.

This Scottish food tour focuses on the best of Scottish food sourced from independent suppliers taking in the magnificent UNESCO Georgian New Town, (the largest Georgian city in the world)  and the vibrant Stockbridge village.

This lunchtime/afternoon food tour is a lovely way to access some of the best of Scottish food in a beautiful part of Edinburgh that is not really on the tourist trail and is a great complement to The Old Town. I recommend doing an Old Town tour first as The New Town (well, it was new in 1745!) was built as result of over crowding in the medieval Old Town which grew up round The Castle.

The food safari equals a very generous lunch with architectural and historical amuse-bouche such as why are there so many painted windows in The New Town?  Book a tour and find out why over an Edinburgh-distilled  rhubarb and ginger gin liqueur and smoked salmon. Or contact Nell to book a safari to fit into your schedule.

What you’ll experience on this tour:

  • Highlights include freshly baked scones and jam with locally sourced tea or coffee.
  •  Scottish farm cheeses from iconic Iain Mellis, matched with a smoky Islay malt in a Victorian style bar,
  •  Haggis – vegetarian or meat in a very traditional pub
  • A choice of Edinburgh gin liqueurs enjoyed with sparkling wine and oak-smoked salmon.
  •  And try a Scottish doughnut with ever-changing fillings  – the result of an American lady falling in love with a Scottish man and honeymooning in New Orleans !

Windows were painted in for two reasons – one to avoid the much hated window tax and for reasons of symmetry to disguise a chimney flue, There is no better way to really experience Edinburgh like a local than on our Eat Georgian New Town Food Tour. And if you have any doubts haggis – check out this video 




  • Eating haggis in Victorian bar
    Eating haggis
  • St Bernard's Bar for Whisky
    St Bernard's Bar for whisky and cheese
  • New Town
    New Town front door
  • Edinburgh Gin
    Edinburgh Gin Liqueurs - choose your flavour
  • scones, jam and cream
  • Circus Lane - Instagram street
  • Group outside a painted window
  • Glorious New Town curves

Enjoy two extra alcoholic drinks during your Georgian New Town and Stockbridge food safari with our Premium Drink Package for only £10 per person.

An Edinburgh gin liqueur and fizz and single malt whisky is already included in your safari, but if you’d like a local ale to go with your spicy haggis and finish with an Earl Grey Martini – with your scones, then why not opt for the Premium Drinks Package?

Just add the package when booking during check out.

Note: this option is only available for ages eighteen plus and ID will be required.








3 hours


New Town and Stockbridge, Edinburgh



Group Size

Max. 10 people


Uneven, cobblestone-lined streets and two basement bars

Dietary Requirements

Please contact Nell at least 24 hours before the tour to flag up any food allergies, intolerances or pet hates and we can try and accommodate. Please let us know if any of the party are under 18 as some bars are not able to serve minors and we will make alternative arrangements.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations, must be made by phone 07796 298 163 or email with 48 hours notice from tour start.




  • We just did the Food Safari tour (New Town), and it was fantastic. Nell shares her vast knowledge of food and history, making the tour so enjoyable. We got to explore an area of Edinburgh we otherwise might have missed. Nell felt like an old friend, and I highly recommend this tour. It was Sunday so we got the added bonus of going to the outdoor market. Either tour would be great!
    — Vancouver, Washington
  • Nell was a fantastic host - she took us to several excellent food stops, which we picked up some food to even take home from, and this was complimented with relevant and fascinating historical and architectural info as we walked around the new town. Very knowledgeable and interesting. I would absolutely attend again!
  • Nell was a really engaging host and took us to several excellent food stops and this was complimented beautifully with historical and architectural info. Very knowledgeable and interesting.
    — Karen R