I know it sounds totally implausible but I, Charlene McElhinney (22-years-old), have never had ‘a Christmas dinner’ until now. Honestly. I am such a terrible eater, and tend to stick to what I know, and the thought of having anything on my plate that is out of my comfort zone genuinely frightens me. I shall not go into depth about why I am this way but let’s just say past experiences have gave me a bit of a fear of food. Especially when it comes to trying new things.
When I was invited along to Urban Fox in Edinburgh for a three-course-meal at a press event to test out their festive menu I thought: I’m going to live life on the wild-side and just go for it.
I went. I did it. This is a huge deal for me. Saying yes to things that terrify me is totally mind-blowing and I’m so proud of myself for doing it. I took the wonderful Beth along with me for moral support and we both had such a fabulous evening. Another two lovely bloggers sat with us (Hayley and Lorna) and the conversation was flowing all night. The atmosphere was so relaxed and chilled.
The restaurant itself is quirky, cosy and inviting; there are so many features, ornaments and unusual attributes sprinkled neatly around the room. I kept finding my eyes wandering, taking it all in, wanting to know where they got these weird and wonderful bits and pieces from. The ambience in the room was warm and wintry and definitely set us up for the festive meal ahead of us.
As a starter, I had a ‘winter vegetable soup’ (which was probably the most exotic soup I have ever had the guts to try) accompanied with some crispy white bread and butter. It was delicious! The soup had a thickness to it that really went down a treat, filling you up with warmth and reassurance as it went down, it definitely had that wintry feel to it.
Let’s move swiftly onwards to the moment you have all been waiting for. The main. The meal of the moment. My first ever X-mas feast!
When the waitress sat it down in front of me, I was overwhelmed by all of the different foods that my buds had never tasted, I could not believe that it was for me. I’m used to eating kid portions. This was a fully blown feast. There was Yorkshire pudding; turkey; parsnips; sprouts; stuffing; carrots; pigs-in-blankets; cranberry sauce and more. I now understand (and fully appreciate) the hype around pigs-in-blankets now. I get it. They were lush. Oh, and this was my first time tasting bacon too, fun fact.
We each had something different for our mains, the girls were extremely sweet about my fussiness and encouraged and praised me for pushing myself out of my comfort zone and giving everything a try, this makes the food-experience a lot less daunting when you know the people you are eating with are not judging. Especially for a fussy eater and a very anxious person! The staff were also attentive, but not too invasive, and very approachable and friendly. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
For pudding we all had the sticky toffee pudding with cinnamon ice cream and a lovely hot chocolate fudge sauce. It was divine. The portion size was huge, I thought I would be able to demolish it, but to no avail. I’ll be dreaming about it tonight.
It was such a pleasant evening, and just the break I needed from essay writing and university deadlines, the food was yummy and the company was marvellous. Thank you so much to The Urban Fox for having us.
Be sure to swing by next time you’re in Edinburgh, and give them a follow on their socials so you can lust over their food pics, you won’t be disappointed!
*This experience was gifted in exchange for a review; everything above is my honest opinion and reflection and in no way influenced. All photography by Beth (you can find her blog here)*.