Located just past the Cowgate, this hidden treasure doesn’t require a passing footfall trade. It’s always busy! This is the place all us locals know about yet tourists find their way here too!
I went to Holyrood 9A in the last week of the festival and I have to commend them on their service and food. I know the strain the festival puts on front of house, bar staff and the kitchens at this time of year; a true stress test but I am happy to report that Holyrood 9A excelled.
To be fair we hadn’t made a reservation, and had just hoped for the best. We knew we would have to wait for a table but when you expect this, the wait isn’t that bad. We were greeted on arrival and informed that a table would be approx 20 minutes but we could get a drink at the bar. The place was absolutely jam packed. It was loud but you can’t expect anything else during the festival.
The wait was quick and we were showed to our table through the back of the restaurant near an open door which was a god send on this particularly muggy day. We only had an hour as we were off to the Pleasance to catch a show so our food order was simple – three BBQ burgers with bacon, onions, cheddar and BBQ sauce served in a brioche bun with Cos lettuce, beef tomato, homemade dill pickle and house fries.
They arrived promptly on a board with a large cup of fries, giant pickle and a super juicy, perfectly seasoned, tasty beef burger. The cheese was nicely melted and the lettuce crisp (no soggy limp leaves here). Chips were freshly made and hot.
The staff were all super friendly and efficient. This was one well oiled and slick machine during the festival. I’ve been in a few times before and I can say that it’s not just a one off. I highly recommend Holyrood 9A for a quick bite to eat, or for a night out.
Holyrood 9A, 9A Holyrood Road, Edinburgh Tel : 0131 5565044 www.theholyrood.co.uk/
My Spoon Award : Silver 8/10