I’m not sure Edinburgh Spotted by Locals needs another recommendation for a wine bar (check the Divino Enoteca, Ecco Vino and Smith and Gertrude articles) but Pickles is so perfect for this time of year, I had to share it.
It’s a tiny, wee spot, half way down Broughton Street, tucked into a basement under a French restaurant. There’s not much space inside and they don’t take reservations, so you have to time it right to get a table. There is a patio outside for the smokers but at this time of year it’s not really an option for anyone wanting to sit longer than a couple of minutes and keep the feeling in their fingers and toes!
Inside, the bar has a rustic Scottish feel to it. Dark wood, tartan benches, sparkly lights and tightly packed tables all add to the super-cosy feeling.
The main reason to come to Pickles though is the cheese and wine. It’s not the place to go for a meal; the food offerings are essentially just cheese or meat (or mixed) boards. The drinks menu is far more extensive. My favourite is the Pickles combo which combines the boards with a bottle of the house wine or a bottle of house port. A classic and always welcome combination!