An outdoor winter garden in Edinburgh isn’t something that instantly grabs your attention as a good idea… However, The Raeburn in Stockbridge have made a pretty fantastic attempt! They are open from Thursday – Sunday until Christmas so hurry down & join in the festivities! In front of the hotel/restaurant lies a beautifully decorated beer garden with embellished wreaths & most importantly, a lovely big Christmas tree!
I know you’re probably thinking, outside in Edinburgh in December, are you mad!? I thought so too & wrapped up super warm but there are plenty of heaters placed around the beer garden & a nice cup of heated spiced plum Rekorderlig will sort that out straight away! If you still find it a bit nippy, they even provide blankets to keep you cosy!
A pop up bar that created by Molson Coors which serves a selection of beers, Rekorderlig cider hot or cold & a whole range of hot chocolates (alcoholic!) is the focal point when you enter. Fiona from Rekorderlig even mentioned that the spiced plum cider has been so popular that she thinks it may become a permanent fixture! Fingers crossed because it was amazing! I really liked the cold version, I can imagine sitting at home or in a warm pub drinking this chilled & still feeling totally Christmassy!
It’s not often you get to say you’re going to a BBQ in December but The Raeburn have brought out a super cute vintage style BBQ with the choice of a Brie & Cranberry burger, venison burger or bratwurst sausage in a bun.
I tried the brie & cranberry burger expecting it to be blended through a burger patty but it was a veggie burger. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted, it was really crispy on the outside but juicy on the inside. I wasn’t quite getting the flavours of cranberry & brie through it but it was tasty nonetheless!
This was a surprisingly good festive treat! I would really recommend going to The Raeburn & enjoying the peaceful Christmassy vibes they have going on! It’s relaxed, laid back & you can get some lovely grub & hot cider without needing to wait hours in queues…. *cough cough xmas market!*
***Top tip! If you’re getting a taxi, be sure to ask for The Raeburn hotel! There’s a bar called The Raeburn a street down!!!
112, Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1HG
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