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Contini Cannonball: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Edinburgh’s Contini Cannonball packs an impressive punch, but the ‘personal touches’ somehow don’t ring true

It is the height of the Edinburgh Festival and outside the window by our table in this high-ceilinged dining room, the flag of St Andrew flutters. Noise bubbles up from the buskers working the Lawnmarket and some distance away dear old Gyles Brandreth is limbering up to revive the hoary old gag that “a gentleman is someone who knows how to play the bagpipes, but doesn’t.” It’s a sentiment with which I have much sympathy. From the drone and rasp coming from the streets, Edinburgh is rather short of gentlemen at this time of year.

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