Hearty, homely food in this cosy Howff
Whether you call in for breakfast, soup and sandwich for lunch, or a leisurely supper you will sample superb homely cooking at the Royal McGregor.
Cullen Skink is a traditional creamy fish soup, full of chunks of smoked haddock and potato. If you like seafood, there’s also a sumptuous feast of a Fish Pie, Mussels and classic Fish and Chips. Old time pub favourites, steak and burgers are offered in various guises, such as New York Aberdeen Angus steak, topped with a fried egg and chips, or a spicy Cajun BBQ Burger with fries. Portion sizes are generous - be warned!
And this is the place to try Haggis, neeps and tatties, presented as an artistic tower. One quibble is that they do not offer vegetarian haggis, which is delicious, extremely popular and a great Scottish dish for non-meat eaters.
For pudding, perhaps try Crannachan, a concoction of berries and cream, flavoured with whisky. Indeed, whisky is treated seriously here with a selection of 50 fine malts, or alternatively, bar drinks include local cask ales, draught beers, cool cocktails and wines.
A hidden gem, it's a cosy wee place on the High Street, the perfect pit stop while exploring the Old Town, shopping down the Royal Mile or during the summer Festivals. It’s just down the road from the Fringe office and the Edinburgh International Festival Hub.
This charming old pub was recently refurbished with contemporary Thistle wallpaper and quotations from Scottish writers. On the soundtrack, a medley of Country music for a mellow mood. Family friendly too, with children (over 5 years), allowed until 8pm. Good food, lively ambience, warm welcome = a traditional Howff with a modern twist.