The Edinburgh Hotel

Today on The Dining Diaries…

We learn that 5.30pm sometimes means 6.00pm
We searched high and low but couldn’t find the chili and
We were won over by a raging hunger, mood lighting and a lovely waitress.
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We dined at the historic Edinburgh Hotel or The Ed as it likes to be known today.

We’d been run off our feet all day and as such, had “forgotten” to have lunch so at 5pm, we were ravenously hungry.

Walking into the The Ed you immediately feel relaxed.
Outside there was a biting, frosty cold but inside The Ed, it was toasty warm with dim lighting.

We didn’t think dinner service would start as early as 5pm so we sat in the bar and ordered a couple of drinks. I asked the bar staff what time the dining area opened for dinner and was told 5.30pm. Half an hour? That’s nothing. Just enough time to sip a nice wine.

FullSizeRender (51)At 5.30pm we walked into the restaurant. It really is a nice dining room. Lots of heating, mood lighting and comfortable seating just make you feel at home and make you want to linger a little – especially when the weather is so awful outside.

The views outside are really special too – although by the time we got in there, it was already quite dark outside but I can imagine with all that nice greenery out there, that it would be a really pretty place to sit during the day, protected by the elements.

So at 5.40pm I went to the counter to get a menu and a slightly flustered waitress said that dinner service didn’t start until 6pm and implied that the bar staff often get this information wrong as sometimes it really does start at 5.30pm but not on a Monday.

That was ok, we were enjoying our surroundings. Another lovely waitress came and brought us the menu’s to look through and some water while we waited. She also  asked if there was anything else we wanted and she kindly got us some wedges from the bar menu to tide us over until dinner started.

Their menu is really varied and there were lots of things on there I could have ordered but hubby and I ended up both ordering from their specials menu.

He went for the Char grilled 400g T-Bone served with a mini Caesar salad and chips and I had the pasta special which was Fettuccini with chili prawns, asparagus, Spanish onions, peas, garlic and baby spinach in a napolitana sauce.

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The food looked wonderful when it came to the table. Our hunger may have had an input on that one.

The chips were a little cold but the mini caesar was really well done with crispy bread and that lovely caesar dressing.

You could tell they had used quality ingredients.

The meat had a nice chargrill taste throughout and was cooked and seasoned well – lovely and tender.

I was pretty happy with how my pasta looked when it came to the table too. First of all it was big – tick – and it was pasta!!  I love pasta.
FullSizeRender (53)There were LOTS of prawns in this pasta. They definitely didn’t skimp on that, and the prawns were juicy but they were not chili prawns.

I was actually a bit nervous about this dish because I don’t normally eat chili but thought I’d take a chance – Even though I preferred it without the chili, it’s disappointing when the menu says something and it’s not on your plate.

Similarly, I didn’t see any peas on there or baby spinach or asparagus – only beans and prawns.
There were baby tomatoes which really lacked taste and this dish probably would have been better without them but it was ok – really it was, and again I have to say we had the nicest waitress who made sure we were ok and happy with how the evening was going.

We had a nice time at The Ed. It is a very interesting place historically and you can read more about that from their website.
I would definitely recommend a visit here even if only for a drink – their wine menu is quite extensive.

Have you been to The Ed?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

Till next we chow…