REVIEW Queens Arms, Edinburgh

I am forever recommending the Queens Arms for Sunday Roast. To me it is one of the best places to lounge about on a Sunday afternoon feasting on roast meats and all the trimmings plus their mahoosive Yorkies!

So when I went to review their Autumn menu, my expectations were stellar. We grabbed a seat in one of their booths. They are intimate spaces with a door into the booth and lovely copper top tables.

On the menu you’ll find Light Bites, Bigger Bites, Sandwiches and a Sharing section with a some really great sounding dishes for vegetarians like the Carrot and Chestnut Risotto with kale pesto and toasted pumpkin seeds, and the Brie and Poached Pear sandwich – Clava brie & red wine poached pear, with QA chutney on multigrain bread. 

It was a cold Tuesday night and we wanted comfort food; it was a hard decision to make deciding which of the sharing platters to choose from.

Pie of the Day, which was Steak and Guinness Pie (£25) – a large pie for 2 to share served with potato mash, seasonal vegetables, and a jug of gravy OR the Mixed Platter (£26) of haggis lollipops, grilled bavette steak, fried chicken wings & prawns served with salad, slaw, brown sauce and hot sauce.

But as you can see from the photographs, the pie won us over. To the table came a large pie, sides of veg and a giant jug of gravy.

Massive dollops of super creamy mash (not a lump in sight) and tender broccoli.

We were both soooooooo looking forward to the pie and were a little gutted when we cut into it. It was what I would call a pot pie – where the pasty is only on the top of the pie and the pastry was flat. The puff had been puffed out of it! No layers upon layers of thin flaky buttery pastry to be seen.

However the pie filling was extremely tasty with large chunks of tender beef, rich thick glossy gravy with a hint of Guinness throughout. The pastry was browned to perfection and was crispy to the bite.

However we both agreed that although it didn’t quite meet our high pie expectations, the sharing pie was very enjoyable and we ate the lot. Each individual element of the sharing platter was well cooked, well seasoned and very tasty.

Instead of starters we decided to have dessert. Mr TartanSpoon had the Chocolate Torte served with vanilla custard and a chocolate tuile (a vegetarian option). Excessively chocolatey and quite dense; it will stick to the roof of your mouth but nice.

I ordered the Almond Cream and Poached Pear Tart with almond brittle, mulled wine sauce and whipped crème fraîche. Another vegetarian option. This was nice enough. Pears were soft and matched well with the almond cream. I didn’t like the crème fraîche though and couldn’t taste the mulled wine in the sauce.

The Queens Arms is still one of my favourite pubs to visit either for a pint or for something to eat. It’s pretty impressive inside with it’s wine bottle ceiling and definitely attracts locals and tourists alike.

I’m glad I tried out their Autumn menu – this is good pub grub served in a wonderful, cosy, welcoming setting.

Queens Arms Bar, 49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP. Tel : 0131 225 1045 . Email:

My Spoon Award : Silver Spoon (awarded to eateries where food and service are very good. Equivalent to 8/10)

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