10 years, wow. Anytime we tell people how long we have been together we get the same reaction every time ‘what age are you?’. At least, we will always look younger than average in our anniversary photos! We have a bit of an awkward anniversary with it being right after christmas but it’s a big one so we chose somewhere a bit fancier than usual for our lunch.
We decided to go in a bit earlier to have a little wander round the shops before lunch, and we came across the Tesla Pop-up shop. Those cars are living in another world; truly amazing. And it seemed like our lucky day when they offered us to go along to their test drive day in a few weeks. It’s a bit of a fun day but a small amount of people get to test drive one of their models. Ross accepted without hesitation & I’m sure I will be popping that on the blog in a few weeks too!
I’ve seen ‘The Ivy‘ advertised in London and when I noticed it back in December I knew thats where I wanted to go for our anniversary. It sits on the corner of St Andrews Square in Edinburgh. I did book relatively far in advance so I’m not sure how it would be if you turned up on the day. The downstairs area of the restaurant was a lot smaller than I imagined, but I later discovered there was an upstairs too. It’s decorated in very bold colours and textures and has a slight 60s feel about it.
The menu was varied and I found it hard to pick what I wanted to have. It’s not one of those places where you go and look at the menu and think ‘I don’t know what any of this means’. They have burgers, fish & chips etc so its pretty easy to feel comfortable. I also chose to try one of their cocktails with my dinner; Raspberry & Rhubarb Crumble. It was rhubarb Gin & ginger beer, two of my absolute favourites and it sure didn’t disappoint.
When I go out to eat I always like to take my time and never feel rushed out, and it definitely wasn’t like that here. The courses were out very quick but they let us sit and finish our drinks without any issues after our dinner, even though they were busy. They even surprised us with a mini anniversary desert to share; very thoughtful!
We were having such a great day we didn’t want it to end so quickly so we decided to walk a bit further along and source Tigerlilly. Again, I’ve heard about it but never been. Luckily, when we arrived the bar was pretty quiet and we got a seat straight away. The decor was amazing and ‘so instagram!’. The bar area is at the very front of the hotel but if you go further in there’s more unique sitting areas and a funky restaurant. We hadn’t even gotten our drinks yet and we were like ‘lets stay here until we need to go’. We left about 4:30 for our train but I would love to see it at night. It must have such a great atmosphere.
As usual, I took pictures of basically everything so I have popped them in below.
Until next time,