Flack: (Saving) on Expenses - Haymarket, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Simon Walton, owner, Almond Bank Communications

What is it good for?

Why commute when you can relax in the warmth of this West End landmark? With a conference centre and a raft of HQ offices nearby, Haymarket is ideal for entertaining. For drivers, there's a big public car park opposite and the railway station is only a stone's throw away.

Signature dishes

Well prepared silver service versions of traditional pub dishes include haggis with neeps and tatties (sheep's bits served with turnips and mashed potatoes). Posh patrons can tuck into the sea bass in lemon butter sauce.

Who's the boss?

Derek Meechan, whose no-nonsense reputation is betrayed by his ever-smiling face.

Tips please

The gallery is quiet, even when the bar's 12 hand-pulls are busy.

What's the damage?

Set favourites cost less than £10 for two courses. Evening choices from the a la carte menu won't cost more than £25 even for the heartiest of three-course dinners.

Haymarket, 11-14a West Maitland Street, Edinburgh, EH12 5DS. 0131 228 2537.

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