Posts Tagged ‘Canongate’

Pigs in the city

Monday, July 15th, 2019

As Britain’s second most visited city after London, Edinburgh truly is a world class place to visit at any time of year.

Almost every inch of Scotland’s stunning capital city is a reminder of its fascinating history. Once you explore the narrow, cobbled alleys of the Old Town and the elegant crescents of the New Town, you’ll soon see why they’ve been jointly awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start exploring. But we recommend a great place to start is the Royal Mile, home to the iconic Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official residence in Scotland) at the other discover here. As you make your way along the Royal Mile, you’ll pass St Giles Cathedral, The Real Mary King’s Close underground tour and the amazing Scottish Parliament building.

There’s always something going on in Edinburgh but if you are interested in arts and culture then a visit to one of Edinburgh’s Festivals is an absolute must. Each August, people from all over the world flock to the city for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world and the iconic Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. And come December, if you are looking to celebrate the New Year in style then don’t miss the city’s spectacular Hogmanay celebrations.

And if you enjoy a little retail therapy, Edinburgh certainly won’t disappoint. Head to world famous Princes Street and George Street and for luxury brands look no further than Multrees Walk and Harvey Nichols in St Andrews Square.

After setting the scene like this we are very proud to be located in two of Edinburgh’s most famous and iconic streets and thought it would be fun to let you know some interesting facts about them and the vicinity.

Did you know that JK Rowling based magical shopping street Diagon Alley in Harry Potter on Victoria Street ?

The street is of course located in the Grassmarket, which was from 1477, one of Edinburgh’s main market places, a part of which was given over to the sale of horse and cattle (the name apparently deriving from livestock grazing in pens beyond its western end.

In 1803 William and Dorothy Wordsworth took rooms at the White Hart Inn, where the poet Robert Burns had stayed during his last visit to Edinburgh in 1791.

In his 1961 film Greyfriars Bobby, Walt Disney chose a lodging in the Grassmarket as the place where the Skye terrier’s owner dies (depicting him as a shepherd hoping to be hired at the market rather than the real-life dog’s owner, police night watchman John Gray.

The Canongate is the lower section of the famous Royal Mile and ends at the Palace of Holyroodhouse which was built in 1501.  It was only incorporated into the city of Edinburgh in 1865 before that it was a separate burgh and had a history and culture all of its own.

Did you know that Bovril can trace its roots back to the Cannongate?  An early version of the drink was made by a Cannongate butcher John Johnstone who developed “Liquid Beer” by using spare beef and gelatine.  He emigrated to Canada and there further marketed his drink coming up with the name Bovril (from Bovis Latin name for a cow and the word Vril).

Like many other streets in the New Town, Hanover Street was named in honour of the monarchs on the throne at the time of its construction.

The Hanoverian dynasty ruled Britain from 1714 to 1901, and George III was the reigning monarch at the time of Hanover Street’s construction in 1786.

After the First World War there were proposals to change the name to something less German-sounding, but they were unsuccessful and Hanover Street remained.

Some Surprising Facts about the Royal Highland Show

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Adam and I are both farmers whose families have farmed our respective farms in the Scottish Borders for many generations.

So for us there is only one main event in the calendar in June and that is the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston which this year takes place 23rd to the 26th June.

We like to say that we are farmers who went to Edinburgh to market but we have to say in June for most farmers and people in the food and drink industry all roads lead to the Capital City.

So we thought we would take a look at the history of the show and surprise you with one or two facts that you might not know about the Royal Highland Show now entering its 176th year this year.

Surprise One – Originally the show operated Sunday to Wednesday but this was later changed to Thursday to Sunday with Thursday being livestock day.

Surprise Two – From 1822 to 1960 (you have to admit a fairly long time) the show wasn’t based in the one location but in one of 8 locations in Perth, Stirling, Strathclyde, Aberdeen, Lothians, Dumfries and Galloway, the Highlands and of course God’s own country the Scottish Borders.

Surprise Three – The Royal part of the title is fairly new, well in Highland Show terms it is.  It was bestowed on the show in 1948 in Inverness by King George V1.

Surprise Four – The Royal Highland Show attracts over 1,000 exhibitors, 4,500 livestock, up to 190,000 visitors and generates over £200 million in business.

And the crème de la crème of surprising facts (well for us anyway) – The first show in 1822 was located in the Canongate where the Scottish Parliament now is and of course just beside our Oink Canongate shop.

Some 1,000 people attended this first show and gate takings were £52 (covered costs so all was well).  We can’t help wondering if they sold hog roast rolls as the records show that two beautiful pigs attended that first event?

For more information on The 2016 Royal Highland Show see the official website.

And a wee tip from us if you buy your tickets in advance it will save you money so it’s worth doing.

Both our Oink Victoria Street and the site of that very first show Oink Canongate shops will be open over the Royal Highland Show week as usual.

We look forward to welcoming you or you may see us at the show do say hello if you spot us.

Festive Nights at Oink Canongate

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Looking for a different Christmas Work night?Festive Nights at Oink Canongate

BOOK EXCLUSIVE USE OF Oink Canaongate Shop for up to 25 people

Menus start at only £15pp inclusive of Oink Hog Roast and crackling

BYOB – corkage charge applicable

From 5pm to 9pm

To find out more call in to 82 Canongate
call 07584 990537 or 018907 61355

Alternatively having a do in your offices why not ‘Leg it’ delicious hog roast legs that you serve yourself. The succulent pork just pulls from the bone and couldn’t be easier for your guests to enjoy. To discuss details contact us on as per the details above.

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