#83: The Cafe Royal Bar, West Register Street, Edinburgh

The Cafe Royal Bar, West Register Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

Yet another lovely pub interior this evening, which isn’t surprising since it’s in the same listed building as both the Guildford next door and the Voodoo Rooms upstairs. This place has a slightly classier feel, more of a Parisian bistro than Edinburgh pub, not that that should put you off.

There are unique painted tile murals depicting inventors from the turn of the 19th century, a lovely old fireplace (not sure if it’s still functional), central bar, semi-circular leather bound alcove/semi-snugs, lots of dark woodwork and stained glass.

The Bar

The Cafe Royal Bar, West Register Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Don’t forget to look round the other side of the bar when you visit as there are different beers on each side. There were 7 casks on this visit: Edinburgh Brewing Co EPA, Broughton Winter Fire, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Glencoe Wild Oat Stout, Kelburn Red Smiddy, Highland Dark Munro and Williams Seven Giraffes. Kegs were Guinness, Tennent’s Lager, Caledonia Best, Williams Draught, Aspall Suffolk Cyder, Peroni, Stella Artois and Estrella Damm.

The round was £22.50 for 5 pints and a shandy, so somewhere around £3.75 per pint. Very ordinary prices given the classy surroundings and pricy food.

Food

Seafood is their speciality, particularly oysters, but there are non-fishy options too. The bar food looks great but is quite pricy. The cheapest main is £10 for haggis, neeps and tatties, up to £19 for duck. Burgers are £11 or £12 and there are some sandwiches and things for under a tenner until 5pm.

There is a more exclusive restaurant tucked in at one end of the room, separated by a wood and stained glass partition.

Castle View

Nowt.

Links

Website: www.caferoyaledinburgh.co.uk
Facebook: The Cafe Royal
Twitter: @TheCafeRoyal

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