We broke our own rules here visiting a hotel bar, but Edinburgh’s short of beer gardens, so when a new one comes along it’s hard to resist, especially on a nice night. Having sat empty for years, this place finally reopened earlier this year after major refurbishments. It’s now a posh “boutique” hotel, restaurant and bar. Don’t confuse it with The Raeburn, a mere 200 metres away (as I see people on TripAdvisor doing already).
The beer garden/patio is large by Edinburgh standards, with six or so very chunky picnic tables and loads of room to stand. On your way in the door you are met by a “greeter” who smiles a lot and points you in the direction of the bar (Colin specifically told me to mention that he didn’t like that, “what’s the point?”).
Inside is quite trendy but arguably classy with exposed brick, exposed stone, panelled walls, wooden floor, neutral colours and judicious mirror placement. It’s quite large and open plan through to the restaurant area. There’s more outside to explore on the other side of the bar with another outdoor seated (and heated) area overlooking the Edinburgh Accies grounds, and steps up to the roof patio.
It seemed pretty busy for a Tuesday night, the sun no doubt helping. A wide spectrum of clientèle were there from students who looked like they shouldn’t be able to afford it, all the way up to a quite elderly posh couple.
Three cask taps: Fyne Ales Jarl, Inveralmond Ossian and Caledonian Deuchars.
Kegs: Belhaven Twisted Thistle, Guinness, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Samuel Adams, Greene King Yardbird, Black Isle Blonde. The menu online also mentions the following, though I must have missed them on the night: Belhaven Best, Innis & Gunn Original and Lager, Raeburn Craft Lager (probably Belhaven), Peroni.
Bottles: Knops, Barney’s, Eden, Innis & Gunn and more.
5 pints and a gin and tonic cost £25.15, so on average about £4.19 per drink, though the Ossian was definitely £4.30.
The bar menu is small but cheaper than expected (though nobody saw the portions). The most expensive thing is burger and chips (with added cheese & bacon) at £11.50, regular burger £10, fish and chips £10, salads at around £7 and a few other bits and pieces.
As mentioned, there’s the large beer garden/patio out front plus more outdoor seating overlooking the adjacent rugby pitch. If you’re out front in the beer garden there are no less than 5 doors (perhaps more) between you and the shunky, not to mention the maze of corridors and stairs involved too. It’s worse if you’re on the roof patio.