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Thomsons Bar, 18 Morrison Street, Edinburgh – June 2012



Looking to cross off another pub in Edinburgh, we nipped into here for a quick half.  I’m glad we did. Excellent selection of real ale on draught as well as old pictures, mirrors and some excellent wood panelling to keep the eye entertained.  I fancied staying for another but food needs had to be met and other plans.  Definitely one to go back to.

Pies and toasties available, £2.50 for toasties, unsure of pie prices.


The Ashvale, Aberdeen – March 2012


One from the backlog!

Up in Aberdeen for a wee weekend away and had to have some fish.  Came her many a year ago and was impressed with the quality of the fish.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The only downside is the bright lights and canteen/eating at your grans feel to the place.  Could do with a wee spruce up methinks.

The man went for Fisherman’s Feast
Haddock, Cod, Sole, Rock Turbot, Scampi and Salmon £11.65

Battered Smoked Haddock £8.95

Was surprised with the Egg, but pleased as I’m a dip yer chips into egg kinda gal.

Chips  and batter were crispy and the haddock fluffy (although not as good as Anstruther smoked haddy).  Downside was not knowing what kind of fish was what in the feast 😦

£3.50 for a big bottle of water and 90p for bread and butter.

Good fill yer boots food.


The Earl of Marchmont Bar, 22 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh – June 2012


Popped in to watch a bit of football whilst waiting to go to a gig.  Good mix of clientele in, menu was well priced and a wide selection (especially for such a small kitchen!).  Beers on tap were Addlestones Cider, Carling, San Miguel, Amstel, Belhaven Best, Guinness, Leffe, Hoegaarten and two real ales.  Good selection of bottled beers too (Innis & Gunn etc).

Noticed the lots of bowls of nachos appearing and empty bowls going back so we ordered a sharing one.

£5.95 for this, which is a bowl and not just a plate,  Kicking jalepenos and lots of cheese.  Well worth it.

Menu can be found here

Friendly staff, sparkling toilets, good nachos, excellent beer selection and nice area.  Quite fancy nipping in again.

Chez Jules, 109 Hanover Street, Edinburgh – May 2012


After visiting Beltane in Edinburgh we surfaced at lunch time ravenous. Looking for something more substantial than a sandwich n soup we stumbled across Chez Jules, went “have we done french food?”, saw the menu and jumped downstairs.


After making our order, we received a salad, a basket of bread,  some salami and olives at no extra cost (excellent) on top of the free bottle of nice cold tap water.  Handy to remember if scrimping.


The man went for Mackerel Salad to start

Flavoursome mackerel, good to see capers in there.  Only minus was the amount of fish 😦

I went for the duck pate, and what a chunk

Again my usual moan about not enough bread v pate ratio, especially when the pate is strong.  Excellent stuff, however I still have no idea what the side sauce was!

Chicken for the man


Smooth mash, tasty cooking licor and chicken that falls off the bone. 🙂

Mussels and Frites for me


Delicious cooking licor, crispy frites, and aioli with flavour.   Much better than Brel in Glasgow.


Friendly service, cheap lunch, handy to remember if you are in the centre of Edinburgh and don’t want to be stung for a dear lunch.

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