Roberta Hall-McCarron is the chef and co-owner of The Little Chartroom and Eleanore in Edinburgh. Her clever cooking makes use of the incredible Scottish produce in her region that showcases her French-British cooking techniques. We chat to Roberta and find out more about her city, Edinburgh.
Tell us about the area that you live in and why you chose to make it your home
I live in Leith, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is where I grew up but I have specifically lived in Leith for the last 11 years. It’s a great part of town with lots going on. There’s plenty of choices for bars, restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries. I am only a short walk into the centre of Edinburgh and most importantly a very short walk to my restaurants.
Where are your favourite places to eat and shop?
Nauticus is an amazing bar right across the road from my house. It’s the perfect local. Mistral is a lovely wine bar right next door to The Little Chartroom. It’s such a relaxed space with a great atmosphere. Noto serves up some of my favourite food in Edinburgh. The crab butter is one of Edinburgh’s great dishes!
For coffee I head to Williams and Johnson, I spend a lot of time down here on my days off, it’s a lovely space and when the weather is good there is nothing better than being able to enjoy a coffee and one of their delicious pastries next to the water.
Gulp Ramen is tiny and the ramen is so good. It is really affordable and they serve up really punchy flavours. Via Aemilia pasta shop sells the best fresh pasta in Edinburgh. The menu constantly changes and they take their sourcing of produce very seriously. Lifestory is a lovely lifestyle and home store that you can just get lost in. Everything is beautiful and I could happily buy most of the shop.
How Would You Spend a Perfect Day in Your City?
I would get up early and take a nice walk up Arthur’s Seat with my husband and daughter. We would stop off for a coffee and cake on the way. We would then meet friends and their children for some lunch before heading home for a roast chicken dinner with the trimmings – inevitably we wouldn’t be very hungry after lunch so it would last a day or two.
4. What is Your Favourite Thing About Your City?
Everything is within walking distance which is a real luxury. The city seems to go at a nice pace – when I am in London it always blows my mind how quickly everyone moves about.
5. Any Other Local Insider Secrets We Should Know About?
Kate’s, a cafe in the Meadows that does the best sausage rolls.
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