Bisque is the hotel bar and brasserie for the Bruntsfield Hotel, tucked away in the basement but accessible via its own door, so meets our criteria for “public bar”. It’s very well presented with neutral colours, dark wood, leather seats, mirrors, tiled floor, generally clean and crisp.
It was just about empty on our Tuesday night visit, circa 7:15 pm. I think there was one guy sitting at the bar and that was it.
It looks like all kegs to me, but Pat assures me Caledonian Deuchars doesn’t come in keg. The rest were: Harviestoun Schiehallion, Guinness, Caledonia Best, Heverlee, Tennent’s Lager, Magners.
I don’t have any notes on beer prices, but I think it was above average, heading for £4 a pint, if not over that.
Bar snacks from the bar menu, sandwiches, bruschetta, veggie nachos, olives etc, from around £2 to £7. Fancy restaurant fare through the back in the bistro, more or less all over £13, but apparently very nice.
Nobody noticed at the time, but I’ve just found this on their website: “Our terrace garden is heated and well sheltered and is a sun trap for outside drinking and dining on warmer sunny days!” This will have to be investigated.