For two centuries, 56 Broughton Street was home to James Ritchie and Son, a clockmaker of repute. In 2008 we, Betty Jourjon & Fred Berkmiller transformed this New Town establishment into L’Escargot Bleu restaurant.
This blue-fronted "restaurant français" fits right in with the eclectic, multicultural district of Broughton. It’s a vibrant part of Edinburgh with butchers, bakers and booksellers jostling alongside coffee roasters, bars and wine merchants. Just up the road are theatres, cinemas, night clubs and real ales pubs. There is always something for locals and visitors to discover here.
Breathe deeply as you step into L’Escargot’s light airy dining room. Close your eyes and you will be transported to Paris, Lyon or Marseille. Tables are close together, conversation is animated and exuberant, ebbing and flowing.
Edith Piaff casts a sultry glance around the room from a vintage poster behind the bar, so you are in auspicious company if you dine in the front parlour. Sipping a Ricard or a Kir at tables by the floor to ceiling windows, you begin to soak up the French culture.
Take your time over the menu : dishes from the chef’s childhood or modern twists on time-honored classics, the choice is yours.
The back room, with its amazing collection of copper pots glittering on the wall like giant scales of some mythical beast, is more intimate.
Eavesdrop on the open kitchen : whether you can pick up a gossip could be difficult unless you brush up your French, but this is maybe just as well... " Chefs are chefs !".
The Auld Alliance is alive here and Fred & Betty have their own version of "entente-cordiale". Fred seeks out others that share his passion for excellence. They are mainly the producers of Scotland, tender meat, fresh water fish, handpicked fruits and vegetables. Betty is only too proud to serve you Hervé Mons exclusive selection of French cheese... A little slice of France in the heart of Edimbourg...
Welcome to L'escargot Bleu.
French Twist Using the Best of Scotland.
Monday to Thursday: 12:00 to 14:30
and 17:30 to 22:00.
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 to 15:00
and 17:30 to 22:30.
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