It’s fair to say this post has been a long time coming. We actually visited The Queens Arms back in June and intended to have this post up long before now. However with moving house, getting married and going on honeymoon all at the same time blogging has taken a bit of a back seat!
The Queens Arms is located on the corner of Frederick Street and Thistle Street. A perfect spot for attracting customers in and any time we have been in for a drink previously it is usually pretty busy and a popular choice for nearby office workers enjoying a drink at the end of the day. The interior has a cosy traditional feel. With wooden floors, exposed brickwork and traditional wood and leather chesterfield seating. I always find it has a relaxed friendly atmosphere and it’s a great place for a drink in town and as we now know it’s also a great place for a bite to eat.
Simple and tasty dishes using quality Scottish produce is the name of the game here with a good variety of dishes available on the menu along with regular specials. We spotted that they also offer a Sunday roast 2 courses for 2 people for £29.50 which we are yet to go back and sample but it’s on the to do list. We were seated at one of the copper table booths complete with a little saloon style wooden gate. It’s a great idea giving you your own personal little space to enjoy your meal.
We decided to skip starters on this occasion and go for mains and dessert. I can’t quite recall although assume I must have been on some sort of health kick at that point. That’s the only explanation I can think of for the madness of not going for the usual three courses. Mrs Edinburger went for smoked borders pork chop with homemade black pudding, greens and an apple chutney. I went for the days special; grilled chicken burger with smoked bacon and spicy salsa on a brioche bun with a side of Maris Piper hand cut chips.
The chicken burger was really tasty, bacon was well cooked and the brioche bun lightly toasted. I find chicken burgers always run the risk of being a touch dry, however not this bad boy, which was literally dripping with moisture – exactly how a good burger should be, beef or chicken. The hand cut chips had a great crispy skin and were well seasoned without the need to add any further salt or pepper.
The smoked pork chop was also very tasty, cooked just right and the homemade black pudding was great and the apple chutney set it off perfectly. Both very simple dishes, executed very well. Pretty much the dictionary definition of quality pub food.
I went for my standard ‘I’ll have the most chocolaty thing on the menu please’ which this time was a chocolate mouse with honeycomb. The mouse was delicious. It was very rich, just how I like it and there was plenty of it!
Mrs E went for the Banana bread with salted caramel ice cream and peanut butter brittle. The banana bread was lovely and moist and the ice cream flavoursome. We finished off the meal with coffee and tea.
To sum up we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening at The Queens Arms and would highly recommend it for a few drinks or a tasty bite to eat. I’m sure we will be back to try out the Sunday roast at some point in the near future so will be sure to let you know how that goes!
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