Posted by SAMI on 16/08/12


I was lucky enough just last week to make my second (now annual) visit to the Edinburgh Fringe. I was expecting a lot, having had so much fun last year, and I’m happy to report it was a smashing success.


My pick of the visit had to be going to see a biographical show about George Formby, a one man show written and performed by Ewan Wardrop. This amusing yet touching jaunt through the highs and lows of the life and career of  the late comic performer. Wardrop hit the nail on the head with his interpretation of a man, who could so easily be made into a caricature, his singing and dancing impressed, and his charm enraptured the audience from beginning to end, no mean feat considering the fickle nature of a fringe audience! The show runs at Assembly One until the 27th of August, with no shows on Tuesday’s. Show starts at 4:45pm.

Dinner that evening was at the recommendation of Gizzi Erskine who knows the ‘Burgh like the back of her hand. The Dogs was her suggestion, and so off I went with my Edinburgh hosts Amy Lamé and her director Scottee. The Dogs is a shabby glam rustic type of place, where the chairs, nor the plates match. It promises top notch, Great British food. I started with fried lambs breast with butternut and toasted almonds, which was delicious, crisp and tender, however ruined by the over dressed rocket leaves that smothered it. Mains was better, a seafood stew, which contained a melange of very fresh, well cooked fish and seafood, in a creamy base. It came with a couple of enormous prawns, and a large homemade crouton, perfect for dipping into the juices. The wine list was limited, and samey, but we settled on something white, and new worldy that went down well. All in all it’s a great little spot for some homey grub, I was pleased with the value for money, and would go again for a cosy evening with friends. The Dogs is located at 110 Hanover St, Edinburgh.


After a good feed, I suggested a cocktail; the best way I could think to include a snoop about the Missoni Hotel, new to Edinburgh in 2009, and right in the centre of town, and it really was just the place to be, a quiet and very cool bar with nestled seating was light relief from the madness of the Fringe. Two Amaretto Sours, and an Old Fashioned later, we were in agreement, this was indeed the best place for a classy cocktail around.

I couldn’t possibly write about my trip to Edinburgh withut mentioning Amy’s Show Unhappy Birthday. I’ve seen the show a few times before, and was delighted to see it again in it’s new Fringe setting. I’ve reviewed the show previously on here, and am really pleased to say it’s still the fun, fast paced romp about with Amy at her most obsessive. If you’re in town for the Fringe, get yourself a ticket, The show is at Assembly 3 at 6:40pm.

After two visits North of the border for this fantastic festival, I can hardly wait for more next year. The overwhelming atmosphere, fun and enjoyment of the event is like nothing else i’ve experienced, and if you’ve some time, and a sense of humor, get on that train, plane or automobile, and experience it for yourself.