It was the glorious weekend of Summer that we had in late May. The sun was shining in all its glory and George Street was buzzing from all the Al fresco diners lined up on the sunny side of the street.
It felt an odd thing to do on a scorching hot day, to head indoors and eat a Sunday Roast but actually it was rather welcome.
The interior of The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was cool and elegant. The black and white marbled flooring; the ornate beige walls and ceiling and chocolate brown and hunter green leather emitted a sophisticated coolness. A lovely oasis on one of Edinburgh’s hottest days of the year!
We made a bee-line for the drinks list. They have some wonderful cocktails listed. I really fancied the Zombie : two types of rum, pineapple, passion fruit and lime or a classic cocktail such as the Daiquiri or a Mai Tai but as I was driving we both opted for the non-alcoholic cocktails. Above is the Peach Cooler : peach puree, lemon, vanilla sugar and lemonade.
And the Toffee Apple : apple juice, caramel syrup, lime and mint. Extremely refreshing.
The Sunday Roast menu runs every Sunday from 12noon to 5pm and costs £19.95 per person for 2 courses. Each Sunday they roast a choice of meats either ‘bird, beast or garden’ with all the trimmings and a fruit crumble and custard to share. This Sunday there was a choice of either Lamb or Beef. We decided to have one each.
I chose the lamb and my partner the beef. The roast arrives already plated with two big yorkshire puddings and gravy separate on the side.
The beef comes as two thick, relatively long slivers of meat. Very pink in the middle which doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s tender. The meat was okay but could have done with some good seasoning and the fat could have done with either being removed or rendered down.
The lamb was two thick slices, and again the meat was ok. It wasn’t busting with flavour and I found it lacked some seasoning.
The vegetables on each plate were fine, cooked al dente – a mixture of broccoli and cabbage and carrots. The roast potatoes were lovely. Served super hot, with crispy exteriors and gnarly bits; and light and fluffy on the inside.
The Yorkshire Puddings were fabulous and the gravy was the Sunday Roast star! The yorkie held the gravy well and if you drowned your plate in the gravy, the other ingredients took on the deep beefy flavours from the gravy and transformed them. (This is what they lacked on their own). The gravy brought this dish together.
Up next was the biggest disappointment. When they say fruit crumble, I didn’t think they meant literally a stewed fruit compote with some soil like crumble on the top!
The rhubarb was stewed until it could do little else but be a hot fruit mush and the crumble was just very loose flour and butter breadcrumbs that had been warmed up!
To me a crumble should be a showcase for season fruit that is hot, sweet and comforting. Unfortunately this just reminded me of a bad school dinner! Two spoonfuls from this and we were done.
I enjoyed my visit the The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen. The staff are very welcoming and friendly, the interior is beautiful and well thought out but I felt the food fell a little short. For £19.95 pp for what is essentially 1.5 courses it’s not the best Sunday Roast in Edinburgh and certainly not the best value for money but I would put it in my top 5 places to eat for Sunday Roast!
The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen, George Street, Edinburgh Tel : 0131 2407177 www.theprintingpressedinburgh.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Bronze 7/10