#163: Biblos, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Biblos, Chambers Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

We needed some food and managed to get a table here, the other places we’d tried being too busy. I was a bit reluctant because I thought it’d be expensive. Prejudice is a terrible thing. Biblos used to be part of the now defunct Festival Inns empire and I always thought it was overpriced back then. Anyway, these days it still looks the part but the prices seem more reasonable.

The interior’s obviously fairly modern, but vaguely resembles an old library or gallery. It’s a very tall room with nice wooden panelling at the back, portraits of some random old dudes, a stone and wood bar, leather seats, chandeliers, and an upstairs mezzanine/balcony. For some reason it reminds me of the wooden panelled rooms in “Castle Brunwald” in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

It wasn’t all that busy, but at around 8pm on a Saturday night, it was probably a lull after the dinner rush, the calm before the pre-clubber storm. There were all sorts of folk in here from young and hip to old and elegant.

This was pub 9 of 19 on our random February blowout. We were only aiming for 8 but got very carried away. Quality will suffer, sorry. I’m not proud of the achievement, it was stupid.

The Bar

Biblos, Chambers Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Kegs only: Carlsberg, Staropramen, San Miguel, Peroni, Belhaven Best, Guinness, Strongbow.

Sorry, no record of the price of the round. I seem to remember it was cheaper than expected, very likely under £4 a pint. For some reason I do have a note of cocktails prices though, £5 to £8.


The menu seems a cut above your average pub grub, there are a few classics like fish and chips, but you don’t see lamb shank too often in the pub. Starters look interesting too. Pizzas £7.50 to £10, mains £8.50 to £13, nachos £7.50, burgers starting at £7.25. There’s currently promotion with 25% off all food, but no indication of how long that’ll last.

Castle View



Website: www.biblosedinburgh.co.uk
Twitter: @biblosedinburgh
Facebook: Biblos


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