The Royal McGregor
Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town is renowned for its Castle, Palace, cobbled wynds and dozens of old pubs where our celebrated philosophers and poets used to socialise over past few hundred years. If you are looking for hearty, homely food with your pint, The Royal McGregor is the place to eat and drink. The majestic name aptly reflects its address on the Royal Mile, (former 16th century grain store), and owner, James McGregor.
This is a cosy Howff *, a country Inn in the city - neat rows of tables, bar stools and mezzanine dining area. The menu focuses on traditional Scottish dishes – hearty soups, fish and chips, steak pie, and haggis. The bar serves speciality malt whiskies, Scottish brew beers and great value wines. Whisky tasting, private dining and special events also available.
* Howff: noun, Scottish: abode, familiar haunt, public house (origin 16th century)
Hearty, homely food in this cosy Howff
Reviewed by Vivien Devlin
Monday, February 6, 2012 - 7:41pm
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.