The Queens Arms has Scotland written all over it! From the many prints on the wall of Mary Queen of Scots, the dark wood and crimson upholstery to the cobbles outside on the street. You do feel like you are stepping into history … I did keep hold of my head however!
The pub exudes coziness with its Chesterfield leather sofas, copper table booths for those intimate date nights and its tables that can accommodate larger parties under the ceiling of wine bottles.
The large bar area stocks an abundance of cask ales, whiskies, wines and everything under the sun to make a cocktail or five. You could spend a lazy Sunday here drinking a pint and reading the papers, or with a group of mates watching the sports on the TV or pop in to enjoy their Sunday Roast like we did.
We were sat down at one of the copper table booths. These are as quirky as they come with their own wee door to access each booth. They could easily sit up to four people but only if you were drinking; maximum of two people for dining as the copper tables are rather narrow.
The Sunday Roast is great value for money at £29.50 for two courses for two people. A roast of the day, ours was Pork Belly with Roast Potatoes, Root Vegetable Mash (potato and carrot), Yorkshire Puddings, Seasonal Vegetables (cauliflower) & a Jug of Gravy. Followed by sharing dessert for two and tea or coffee. And this is what arrived at the table! A large wooden board laden with foods (photo above).
Our root vegetable mash of carrot and potato was super creamy (not a lump in sight) and slightly sweet from the carrot. You needed the sweet mash with this roast to balance out the big meat flavours. The cauliflower was just cooked and retained its crunchy bite.
Look at those yorkies! Massive and there were four of them which meant nothing, as they got eaten. Quite light, slightly dry but crispy.
The two thick slabs of pork belly were beautiful. The pork was juicy and flavoursome. I think the herb crust had some marjoram in it adding a slighty scented savoury element to the outer crust. The potatoes were crispy, more like a large chip than a potato roasted in the oven but then no-one makes roast potatoes like mum.
Unfortunately the ONLY thing that let the Sunday Roast dinner down was the gravy. It was like pork water with a very bitter after taste. Not nice at all.
So after that massive feast we did need a wee bit of time to rest. Lucky for Mr TartanSpoon the football was on the tv and luckily for me, I was sat with my back to it.
Our dessert sharing platter arrived. Wow. Immense portions. This is the Sticky Toffee Pudding with vanilla ice cream and Stem Ginger and Chocolate Brownie (above). The sticky toffee pudding was packed with toffee and date flavours but I definitely required more sticky sauce. The brownies were dense and thick, packed full of ginger but just way too much.
We finished off with an espresso coffee.
This is definitely a place I will be recommending time and time again. The staff are friendly, the place is quirky and relaxing, and it’s fabulously central; and what a great contender for Sunday Roast!
The Queens Arms, 49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh. Tel : 0131 2251045 www.queensarmsedinburgh.com
My Spoon Award : Silver