With the clocks due to go back and the cold weather firmly taking an icy grip, we've picked out five great Edinburgh restaurants that will warm you right up.

The capital’s restaurant scene is one of the best in the UK and in winter time there can be few better ways to warm up than by grabbing a bite to eat and a cup of something warm.

Where to head at the weekend…

The Lioness of Leith

(21-25 Duke Street, EH6 8HH)

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Picture: The Lioness of Leith

The perfect way to escape those cold winter weekend days is to take a stroll down to Leith and head for the Lioness.

Sporting the quirkiest decor of any of the venues on our list (well it is Leith) The Lioness is home to one of our favourite meals – the humble Sunday roast.

Having become somewhat famous for its roasts, the Lioness offers no less than four different types – choose from Roast beef, Roast lamb, a whole (or 1/2) roast chicken or for the veggies, the Vegetarian wellington.

Served on a huge platter, you’ll be hard pushed to eat it all, but trust us you’ll want to try.

For when you’re looking for something cosy…

The Sheep Heid Inn

(43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh EH15 3QA)

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Hidden away in the picturesque Duddingston Village, in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, The Sheep Heid Inn can count royalty including Mary Queen of Scots among its former patrons.

Though its drink offering and atmosphere is the major draw here, the food in the Sheep Heid Inn is as comforting as it is delicious so pull up a pew near the warm open fire and get ready to order some of their amazing dishes.

Start with the soup of the day (with artisan rustic bread) to get you warmed up before tucking into an item for their delicious mains menu which includes Roasted Pork Belly & Seared Scallops, Beer battered cod and of course  28 Day Aged Rump Steak – the perfect antidote to those winter blues.

For when you want a wee dram to help stave off the cold…

The Dining Room

(28 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JX)

Sometimes its not just a warm meal and somewhere cosy we need in this coldest of seasons, sometimes we need a wee dram or two to get us going.

Thankfully, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Dining Room is the perfect place to enjoy some fine dining before nipping upstairs for a wee dram or two.

When only a spicy dish will do…

Dishoom Edinburgh

(3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD)

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In our mind, one of the best new places in the capital and the perfect place to find something hot to keep you warm on a cold day – or morning because the breakfast here are quite simply spectacular.

Tuck into a bacon naan roll as you start your day or finish it with Dishoom’s signature Chicken Tikka and one of the house’s specialty cocktails designed by Daru-wallah Carl Brown.

Scottish comfort food at its finsest…

Howies

(29 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ,  10-14 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2HG)

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The Howies chain (with two branches in Edinburgh, on Waterloo Place and Victoria Street, and one in Aberdeen) is a city fixture, serving up Scottish specialities in simple and stylish settings since 1990.

With options including hot smoked salmon with crayfish and capers; crowdie filo parcels with walnut and rosemary dressing; fillet of Shetland salmon with spinach and potato salad; seared haunch of venison; chocolate and Highland toffee torte, it’s Scottish comfort food at its finest.

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