Urgh, I feel dirty even asking this.... Clergs, your assistance

it is becoming increasingly likely that I will not be able to avoid a week in Edinburgh, thankfully end of July and not bluddy tourist-maggeddon of August. 

1. Where is good to stay especially if you are looking for an apartment that you can family round for a frank discussion on thier failings etc

2. is there actually anything to do in Edinburgh, IIRC it is a cultural, shopping and entertainment wasteland compared to holy Glasgow

3. is there anywhere good to eat that is, sadly, 'family friendly' (I already have a list of brewers fayres and sundry other carveries)

I fully intend to deny all future knowledge of this request

There is a really good map shop on the royal mile.  ghost walks are good.  it is scotland so the beer will be toss.

From my experience of Edinburgh

1. Morningside is walking distance from the centre and is a decent area

2. Aside from the touristy stuff, nice bars/restaurants etc

3. I'm not up to date with this admittedly (was last there in 2018)

I swear every sassenachsplainer on this thread is getting his later

anyway, what is with the family friendly stuff? talk about advising with one hand tied behind my back

anyway

1. how deluxe do you want? staycity is fine for work trips but if you want something schmancy maybe like the royal mile apartments or sthg? or you could stay out at the shore for a bit of out of town relief

2. Not really. You could meet me for a drink unless I am on holiday. I promise not to embarass you in front of your significant other if you promise not to embarass me in front of mine. Unless being from Edinburgh is embarrassing in which case cannot help.

3.  This I can help with (but by family friendly do you mean crap? Like Pizza Express? I mean actually the Pizza Express behind Holyrood is fine and sometimes you see Nicola Sturgeon which you might enjoy)

ps seriously re things to do everywhere is a tourist infested nightmare

there is an exhibition on the romanovs at holyrood palace (why? idk) and also if you've never done the parliament tour would recommend that tho it will be recess so no celeb spotting oppos

if I find a good list of places to eat can you hire me? I need out of here

Obviously you have to go up arthur's seat.

You might also want to look near the haymarket for somewhere to stay - quite central but not ruinously expensive (and also not tourist thronged).  this will also put you near la bruschetta italian restaurant, which i love.  do book in advance though.

yes, the market where they sell hay.  which is a type of dried grass.

but please don't confuse it with the market at which they sell grass.  which is called the grass market.

it is just haymarket

but it is the grassmarket

La Bruschetta is a weird place to love but fair enough

 

what's not to love?  decent italian food, pleasant staff, reasonable prices.

For hotels and not apartments.  I always stay at the Bonham, which is very nice and has very good food.

 

*wanders off having ignored the fact that this wasn't asked for and it wasn't being asked of her anyway, in accordance with Roffing Article 3.2*

1. Mrs sumo and sumo baby will accompany me and I need to show the family sumo baby, I expect it will be something of a surprise for them and being proper glaswegians there is a chance they will try to eat him to see if he is tough enough to avoid being eaten. I imagine staying in an apartment will make this easier than having what amounts to 40 people from 60 different sets of parents pile into a cramped hotel room

2. I might even do that and we will have a SO truce (although you've met Mrs S already in a rof setting) 

3. by family friendly I probably mean more group friendly while bearing in mind that eating and running is a family sport which, being portly and employed, I am likely to lose. So i guess, nice as 3 michelens are I don't want to get lumped with the bill for more than 5 people. 

1. Mrs sumo and sumo baby will accompany me and I need to show the family sumo baby, I expect it will be something of a surprise for them and being proper glaswegians there is a chance they will try to eat him to see if he is tough enough to avoid being eaten. I imagine staying in an apartment will make this easier

Because the apartment will have plates and cutlery?

ps Congratulations!

by being more spacious mainly

also @ clergs, I did suggest you come and work here but you were all "oh no, I love my job, whatever could possibly go wrong"

The existence of sumobaby is a surprise to your family?

And I thought I was distant from my family ...

Yes but he's visiting the glorious city state of Edinburgh