Flack: (Saving) on expenses - The Salisbury Arms, Edinburgh

Reviewer - Simon Walton, owner, Almond Bank Communications

What is it good for?

Views of Holyrood Park from the bar, restaurant and beer garden. There's heartwarming real ale on tap, and log fires inside. Possibly best of all, it's not on the route of any Edinburgh tram line project.

Signature dish

Tough choice. Pan-fried Barbury duck breast with all the trimmings is a tardis of a dish - so much bigger on your insides. Your appetite will run out before the menu does.

Who's the boss?

Well-known and well-travelled foodie and wine-lover Edinburgh landlord Keith Taylor. One-time Scottish Young Chef of the Year Neil MacKenzie is his culinary aide.

Tips please

It's five minutes by ministerial limo from the Scottish Parliament, the main newspaper offices and Waverley station. Choice of seating includes those to be seen in, and those where it is easy not to be seen.

What's the damage?

Three-course table d'hote menu at £12.95; a la carte dishes from £8.95. Premium New World wines for less than £20 a bottle.

The Salisbury Arms, 58 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5AD, 0131 6674518.

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