Jewel Of The Crown–Last Night In Edinburgh Scotland And Last Happy Hour Of The Trip


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The highlight of my 2013 travels has to be the week long trip to the Jewel of the Crown, otherwise known as Scotland. A week long right of passage golfing trip to where the game of golf began can not be topped in my book.

We played some of the most challenging courses in the world, just the guys, flew First Class, and focused on golf, for an entire week! Dream come true for some people, including me.

I’m playing catch up a bit with this trip report. I’ve sprinkled a few trip updates here and there over the last few months, but this post is the start of a concerted effort to organize the trip report (it will be long) and finish it in a relatively timely manner. Rather than start from the beginning, I’ll start from the end. But before I do, I’ll post the last happy hour of the trip from our last evening together in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Our last round of the trip was at The Old Course at St Andrews, I finished in second place having shot an 83 for the day. After the round, we had a late lunch at the Rusacks hotel and then drove from St Andrews down to Edinburgh for our last night in Scotland.

St Andrews Golf Course Club House

The city has over 480,000 residents, so we figured there would be someplace good to eat in town. Our plan was to take a taxi to town from our Hilton Hotel by the airport, grab a drink, a nice last meal, then part our separate ways in the morning.

My brother and Dad were taking a connecting flight through Gatwick on a British Airways 767 flight to Orlando and I would catch a connecting flight through Heathrow on a British Airways 777 flight direct to Atlanta. This was for all intents and purposes our last meal (and drink) of the trip. It was bittersweet.

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A good friend was in Edinburgh a few weeks prior on business, so I asked him for a few restaurant recommendations, but he said we only needed one, Wedgwood Restaurant. So I made a reservation, called a taxi and we headed into town to grab a drink. Edinburgh Driving

Edinburgh Scotland Street

Edinburgh Scotland Buildings

Edinburgh Scotland Telephone Booth

We ended up at the Mitre, a pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. It was great for people watching and a place to grab a beer while reminiscing over each course we played the last week. Their moto “To Serve The People Of Scotland And Our Guests” was spot on.

Edinburgh Scotland The Mitre

Edinburgh Scotland Nice Pour

Edinburgh Scotland Pint

Edinburgh Scotland View From A Pub LeftEdinburgh Scotland View From A Pub Right

After a few beers, we headed down the hill towards our restaurant. After a short walk we ended up at our restaurant, Wedgwood, which doesn’t have a Michelin star, but it might as well have one. The service was great and the food was fantastic.

Edinburgh Scotland Wedgwood Restaurant Entrance

The seating area is broken into two sections, upstairs and downstairs. We had the table by the window and the service couldn’t have been better.

Edinburgh Scotland Wedgwood Restaurant Seating

Edinburgh Scotland Wedgwood Restaurant

Edinburgh Scotland Wedgwood Restaurnat Seating 2

The waitress brought an amuse bouche to start and it was very tasty.

Edinburgh Scotland Amuse Bouche at Wedgwood Restaurnt

I went with the beef dish for a starter and the dipping sauce was fantastic.

Edinburgh Scotland Appetizer at Wedgwood Restaurnt

A palate cleanser before the main course was brought out. Was sparkling water and watermelon I believe.

Edinburgh Scotland Palate Cleanser Wedgwood Restaurant

After a week of eating rich food, I went light on the main course and selected the scallops. It was a perfectly portioned meal and tasted great. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh Scotland Wedgwood Restaurant Main Course

This trip was one of the best uses of points and miles for me. Sure it was a high price to pay in terms of miles used for American Airlines First Class and British Airways First Class. But the memories will last a lifetime, and you can’t put a price on that.

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