Billed as a “public house with dining”, and the brainchild of superstar chef Tom Kitchin, we were a bit dubious about this place. I’d say it’s more a “restaurant with public house as waiting room” since a good two thirds or more of the premises are taken up by the restaurant. However, the pub part is well separated from the restaurant and there’s a decent beer selection.
From what I’d read I was expecting a poky wee excuse for a bar, but it’s a reasonable size, bigger than some. The decor was just on the safe side of twee Scottish with Wedgewood blue and exposed brick walls, tweed cushions and oak tables. All very tasteful. The stand out feature(?) was the incredibly courteous staff, very polite and eager to please.
There was nobody else in the bar but us, so there wasn’t much atmosphere, but the restaurant was quite busy. Some nice tunes from the likes of Nick Drake and Ben Harper, you know, acousticy stuff, quite relaxing.
These were all on, two of which were cask, but I don’t know which ones: Stewart’s Pentland IPA, Skye Black Cuillin, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Williams Draught and Joker, Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack, Stewart’s Edinburgh Gold.
Lots of bottles too from Barney’s, Stewart’s, Williams, Harviestoun, Fyne Ales, Highland, Colonsay, Cairngorm, Arran, Skype, Chapel Down, Thistly Cross.
There was a fairly large whisky selection. I spotted the most expensive one, a nip of Talisker 30 year old for £55! Jings.
Our round was £21.75 for 5 pints, by no means cheap, averaging at £4.35 per pint. There were a couple of beers at under £4.
The food is probably very nice, but at an average of £14.50 per main course, it was too steep for us.