Monday, November 5, 2018

Fall in the UK - Part III

After breakfast, we headed to the castle on the other end of the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse where Her Majesty the Queen spends her summers. Because it's still in use, there were no photos allowed inside. However, along one side of the palace is Holyrood Abbey. While it's falling down a bit (and has no roof) I thought it was quite striking.
It was pretty chilly walking around so we headed to Bon Vivant for a cozy lunch. I had this yummy cocktail to warm up a little bit - The Chloé - Tea Infused Tanqueray Gin, Cocci Rosa Vermouth, Grapefruit Cordial, Citrus, and Rosemary.
I also had the vegetarian pumpkin chili with fried halloumi cheese and jalapeño cornbread.
If you are a fan of The Crown on Netflix, you might recall that the Queen, and Prince Phillip, sailed on The Royal Yacht Britannia. It is now a permanent museum that you can take a self-guided tour of (hence my handset above). It was super neat to see all the bedrooms and the galleys, and yes dad, the engine room.
I mean, this was a drawing room on the ship where the royal family played cards and did puzzles!
We ended our day with the most amazing meal at a Michelin-starred French restaurant called Restaurant Martin Wishart. It was so delightful, from the service to the atmosphere and of course the food and drink. We each had a six-course meal, although with the amuse bouche, the bread, and the tray of sweets was more like nine.

Everything was so delicious, especially the white truffle risotto with scallop, the cheese soufflé, and the bread (of course). The sommelier came around and consulted Brian and I on which wines he would recommend based on how many glasses we wanted in total, what we liked to drink in general, and then made the perfect pairings. He even got me to drink a port! It was the perfect end to our little getaway.

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