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So it seems this may be a little belated with the Festival now over! Sadly real life got in the way of all the things I wanted to write up. Still, thought might be useful for next year.
We stayed in the Airlie Guest House on Minto Street which was perfect. We could walk to the main venues in about 20 minutes, and buses went into town regularly (including into the night) from across the road.
We paid £320 for the room for 4 nights - so £160 each. This is ridiculously good value for Edinburgh in August. Our room was lovely and spacious - with a double bed, a single bed, a sofa and a bathroom - as well as a telly and tea making facilities: basically everything you could need.
I'd really recommend this b&b. It was lovely and quiet - and the perfect location. If you're not convinced, there's plenty of good reviews on Trip Advisor too.
It's also a few minutes walk from the Delhi Diner - a lovely Indian restaurant. The food was so good and the owners of the b&b can give you a discount card.
In terms of food I'd really recommend The Potting Shed on Potterrow - by Pleasance Dome. The atmosphere was lovely and the food was ace.
Another amazing meal was in Chang Thai on a sidestreet (Craigs Close) off Cockburn Street. It was £7.95 for a 2 course lunch and it was lovely.
You can also get some lovely food from Assembly George Square Gardens - we shared some wicked nachos for £5 but they have all sorts of cuisines. The price of food is pretty reasonable - it's just the drinks which seemed a little pricey. Oh and the crepes by Assembly/Pleasance are bloody good too.
My other bits of advice are:
- Plan your must-sees but then be influenced by word of mouth. Two of our best shows were ones we got flyered for - and another highlight was something we heard someone raving about at breakfast. Also the random pubs with music coming from inside - check them out. Our last night we enjoyed live music in a pub where it seemed like locals were too, lots of atmosphere and a different kind to what we'd got used to.
- Allow plenty of time to get between venues. Even knowing the way round - there's still chance for things to take longer than you expect - especially adding in being flyered and taking in street performances.
- If you get a taxi - tell the driver the address of the venue, and probably get them to repeat it back to you. I asked to be taken to Pleasance Dome, Potterrow - which he agreed to, before taking me to Pleasance Courtyard. Not fun when you're already running late.
- Oh & if you haven't been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and you enjoy theatre/comedy/dance/any form of entertainment - you really, really should go.