For four years I worked at the Edinburgh Festival in one of the venues. Each year I would roll up at my aunt’s house in Tollcross along with various other relatives, family friends and far reaching acquaintances and my young cousin would duly vacate his room and decamp to the living room - or, on a particularly packed year, the dining room table.
The festival is amazing, inspiring and, at times, incredibly overwhelming - be prepared to spend a lot of time wading through peppy drama students in matching t-shirts, thrusting flyers for their barbershop production of Spring Awakening in your face. Some people leave their days open to persuasion (what was all that about Spring Awakening?), others prefer to rigorously plan their fringe itinerary, but whichever way you choose to approach your trip it helps to know somewhere to go to grab a meal between shows. Appreciating art is hungry work, even if the art in question is a capella.
Read on for a list of some great food spots near some of the main festival venues - which here include the Pleasance Courtyard, Summerhall, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the several large venues in Bristo Square - because life’s too short and the queues are too big during fringe season to waste time on a poor meal.