Step into family-run Goya 23 and you’ll find shelves packed to the gunnels with stock imported directly from local producers across Spain. Close to Edinburgh’s Royal Circus and the botanic gardens, it has been wowing the city for about 15 months now, thanks to its award-winning cheeses, delicate Basque sweets and pastries and Iberian acorn ham to die for. You can even find ethical foie gras (the geese aren’t force-fed) from Extremadura.
Located within strolling distance of the bustling Old Town and Royal Mile, there’s also a restaurant, so you can sample delicacies before you buy. Piquillo peppers from Navarra stand up well against specially tinned Zallo sardines, which are served in crusty hunks of bread. Or opt for a bonito salad with white tuna, cherry tomatoes and potatoes, drizzled with stunning dressings using choice olive oil, vinegar and honey. Melt-in-the-mouth charcuterie and Retorta cheese from Trujillo are perfect for sharing.
If you’re local, they’ll even deliver your lunch order, though it would be a shame to miss a moment of respite in the navy blue and dark-wood interiors. Legs of hams hang proudly above the counter, which is adorned with Moorish tiles, and hand-drawn maps of Spain outline the best spots to source the finest ingredients across the regions.
Hampers crowd the bottle-green windows of the store front and you’re welcome to create your own. You’ll also find a strong collection of wines from Ribera del Duero and Galicia. Beers by Mateo and Bernabé come from La Rioja. BG. 30 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, goya23.co.uk
This article was published on 6th November 2015 so certain details may not be up to date.