Food and drink
There's a Scottish twist on a lot of the food available. But if it isn't in season you won't see it on the menu. In winter months expect to see venison and game with the summer dominated by fish and fresh local vegetables.
Homemade soup with hunks of breadand any seasonal casserole as a winter warmer.
If you want something lighter, I'd go for the salad that is on all the time the smoked paprika and lime chicken; roast red peppers; cashews; dill and lemon crème fraiche.
Originally one small room and then knocked trhough when the plumber next door sold up, there are now two distinct seating areas, both equally attractive. Wood floors, light walls, and light - dare I say blonde wood - tables and chairs. Two large picture windows help light to flood in during daylight hours, also giving a great view of Salisbury Craggs in the distance.
Informal, expect to pour your own wine, smiley, young and local.
On the main A7 on the way in from the A1 and Dalkeith Road. About another 100 yards on from the Commonwealth Swimming Pool on the opposite side of the road.
Coming from town you will pass The Pleasance, which is part of the university until August when it becomes one of the biggest venues for the Edinburgh fringe. Booking Blonde is essential as people flock to eat Andy MacGregor's good, well-priced food.
The set price two-course lunch is £11.90, three courses £13.90; a main course costs, on average £11, starters and desserts around £5.
This is a one off. The chef proprietor likes to keep control and he is always in the kitchen meaning continuity of service and food.