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Tour de France fans should try our favorite Scottish-French restaurants

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Make it an authentic experience with cassoulet for dinner

If you’re reading this, bionicist Tadej Pogačar may still be wearing the yellow jersey. Or maybe not.

Anyway, the Tour de France runs until July 24th, at which point you might want to celebrate or regret that the longest cycling race has come to an end.

Before hitting the final leg in Paris, here is our selection of Scottish French restaurants and delicatessens to visit. Allez allez!

At Roger’s

Forget the Prosecco and toast the yellow jersey with Cremant d’Alsace from this Holy Corner deli. owned by Gaelle and Frederic Roger. In this Francophile dream shop, the shelves are stacked with Normandy ciders, French cheeses, spices, nougat, pâté de fruits and other goodies. And there is news:

“Working with French artisans, we have launched our own branded range of classics including meat, fish/shellfish and vegetarian pates/rillettes and gourmet ready meals,” says Gaelle. “And we’re also on the verge of launching our own French-style aperitif willow boxes, including a selection of the finest artisan cheeses, charcuterie and pickles from France.”

11 Colinton Road, Edinburgh

Cafe St Honore

One of our favorite restaurants in the capital keeps Auld Alliance alive, with Scottish produce served in a romantic Gallic setting. We say goodbye to fennel tart tatin, Lanark Blue feta cheese, endive and candied nuts, followed by a chocolate fondant or local strawberries with creme fraiche sorbet. They still offer their Cafe at Home menu for take away too and you’ll find chef Neil Forbes at Edinburgh’s Farmer Market on Castle Terrace every Saturday from 21:00 – 14:00 at his stall Bridies, shortbread, tarts and sold more.

34 Thistle Street NW Lane, Edinburgh (0131 226 2211,

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