27 October 2013

A Room in the West End


Yesterday I had a trip to Edinburgh.

I love Edinburgh and don't visit often enough, but I was on a mission.

Stuart (Cakeyboi) and myself headed to the capital to visit A Room in the West End and to attend a breadmaking course at Bellini Cookery School. Lunch and then baking. I think you will agree that this is a great foodie day out.

While we were baking, Cooper and daddy went to have fun at the National Museum of Scotland.

They had a great time, but Cooper reported back to me that the hippos had gone to another museum so other children could see them and that the bug clock, which was our favourite, wasn't there anymore, so he thought it was probably being fixed.



Stuart and myself made our first stop at Teuchters Bar. The upstairs as you walk in is a traditional bar with pub grub on offer. A rather nice menu actually and well priced too, but it wasn't the pub we were visiting. We were heading down the stairs to the restaurant.

Photo from www.aroomin.co.uk

A Room in the West End is one of two popular city bistros that offers modern Scottish dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The other is A Room in Leith.


Downstairs is a cosy restaurant, with low lighting, simple wooden tables and chairs and a mural along one wall. On entering you instantly feel welcome and relaxed.

The restaurant filled up while we were there, but it was still cosy and you were far enough away far the other tables for a quiet chat.

The lunch menu offered Starters and Puddings for £4.95, Mains for £9.95 or you could go for 2 courses for £13.95 or 3 courses for £16.95. We went for the three courses. Just so we could properly sample the menu. Honestly!



We were brought some lovely fresh bread and butter to tuck into while we waited for our meal. For our starter, Stuart and I both went for Pan-fried Halloumi on Crisp Rocket with Artichoke Tapenade and Balsamic. I love Halloumi, so this was a great starter for me. The halloumi was well cooked and the tapenade was particularly good.


The other starters on offer were:
  • Tomato and Basil Soup (v)
  • Smoked Ham Hock and Harissa Broth
  • North Atlantic Prawn, Smoked Salmon and Dill Frittata with Beetroot Salsa
For main course, Stuart went for the Pan-Seared Calves Liver with Skirlie Mash, Roasted Cherry Vine Tomatoes, Drambuie and Thyme Jus. It was the skirlie mash that made the decision for Stuart as he loves it. I had heard of it before, but wasn't sure what it was. Apparently it is like the stuffing inside a white pudding. It's mashed potatoes with cooked onions and oats. I really must make that sometime!



I had the Sweet Potato, Scallion and Pecan Couscous Cake with Sunblushed Tomato Coulis. It was really good. The cake was crisp on the outside and creamy within. It went well with the coulis, but I was glad of the side vegetables we were given to share. It did need the extra texture.

The other main courses on offer were:
  • Chargrilled Chicken Breast with Chorizo and Chickpea Cassoulet and a Sweetcorn and Cider Cream Sauce
  • Grilled Fillet of Cod, with a Smoked Paprika Rosti, toasted Stornoway Black Pudding and Green Olive Crème Fraiche
For dessert, Stuart had Coffee, Frangelico and Pecan Tart with Raspberry Coulis, which he really enjoyed. I had a taste, but I'm not keen on coffee, so this wasn't one for me. 

I had the Dark Chocolate Tart with Dark Cherry Compote. It was good, but I think it could have benefited from some creme fraiche or cream to cut through the bitter chocolate.


The other dessert option was:
  • Clava Brie and Applewood Smoked Cheddar with Quince Jelly and Crieff Oatcakes
I would definitely return to A Room in the West End. It would be a great place to take friends or family. Good quality, locally sourced food, comfortable surroundings, friendly but unobtrusive staff and it was all reasonably priced. I think a return visit to the bar upstairs for lunch is also on the cards. If they allow children of course, as many of the bars in Edinburgh don't have a family licence.

A Room in the West End 
and Teuchters Bar

26 William Street
EDINBURGH
EH3 7NH

0131 226 1036  (a room in the west end)

0131 225 2973  (teuchters)

Peter Knight/John Tindal owners
Stephen Hill  general manager
Scott Morrow head chef 

Disclosure: I was invited to A Room at the West End to sample the menu and did not pay for the meal. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like a tasty restaurant, but what of the bread baking?

    Hope to see you soon!

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    1. The breadmaking is for another day. Looking forward to meeting up with you. Will have to find out your plans.

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  2. Well, well so that's what you and Stuart get up to when my back is turned! Sounds like a lovely treat and an excellent lunch. Also sounds like Cooper had a good time and found some new favourites at the Museum. Looking forward to see how your bread baking compares to the one we went on at Bread in Fife.

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    1. I know, it would have been great if you'd been there too. Cooper & Gragam had a fab day too.

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  3. Yum - I didn't get past the smoked ham hock reading the starters list! I rarely read past ham hock on a menu!

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    1. This is the menu for you then Cc, if you are ever up this way.

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  4. What a lovely treat Jac. The vegetarian options sounded tasty and a bit different. I do get fed up with risotto or goats cheese and onion tart.

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    1. It was good Choclette, I really enjoyed it.

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  5. Looks like a great value place to eat, where they think about veggie meals a little more imaginatively than the usual lasagne-and-chips-with -salad. Looking forward to hearing about your baking :)

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    1. You are so right, it makes such a difference to be offered something a bit more interesting. Baking post coming soon :)

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  6. It sounds like the best day out ever Jacqueline with delicious and simple foods..and lets not forget the bread baking.

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    1. It was great fun, although I was stuffed at the end of it!

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  7. sounds like a lovely meal - I would have loved to taste the chocolate tart - and when I told E about it we looked it up on google maps and saw it was quite near our old flat in the west end - if only we still lived there I could saunter down for a meal!

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    1. Happy days Johanna, although you are better where you are and just at the start of some lovely summer weather. It's freezing here.

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  8. Ooh - I ate there years ago when I lived in Edinburgh. I think 'A Room in the Town' is another one in the group (in New Town). I have eaten there many a time and enjoyed it - good value too.

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    1. It's the first I have been aware of these bistros. Really good food!

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  9. Sounds great. I loved Edinburgh, but didn't get to eat out much while I was there, so thanks for the tip as I'm hoping to go back soon!

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    1. Definitely one for you too visit then, just a quick hop from Haymarket trains station and the west end.

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