After whipping up an appetite at the Edinburgh Art Fair and wandering around Holyrood Architectural Salvage yard OH and I headed towards Portobello for something to eat. I had spotted the Guild of Foresters the last time we had been in the area visiting The Espy and had put it on my list of places to visit so today was an ideal opportunity to give it a go.
The interior of the Guild of Foresters is very welcoming and tastefully decorated with an assortment of coloured leather chairs and round tables. The area is separated into a restaurant and bar but as it is fairly open plan you can sit anywhere to eat. Women sharing a bottle of wine in front of French windows fitted in just as well as the men sitting at the bar drinking cask ales.
I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful and the menu had a varied selection of dishes. Incidentally, the menus came attached to big pieces of wood, which I found out later were made from the original floorboards. Something I appreciated about the menu was that quite a few of the starters could also be a main dish. However, today I decided to have an Oak smoked haddock and cheddar omelette from the specials board. OH went for Battered Fraserburgh cod with chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce.
When my omelette arrived the waitress confided that the chef was particularly pleased with how the omelette had turned out claiming it was his best ever. I have to say it tasted even better than it looked and it looked amazing. It was made to perfection and surprisingly filling. It was moist without being runny, the haddock was deliciously smoked and the cheddar was all melted and lovely. The chips I ordered as a side dish were an ideal accompaniment and everything disappeared without trace.
OH said his cod was really fresh and tasty and the batter was nice and crispy. He pointed out the large flakes of cod and was able to tell me the size of the fish that had been swimming that morning. He actually left a couple of chips as he was so full, which isn’t like him!
2 mains, a pint of lager and a coke came to £24.40.
Oh and the toilets were delightful.