Tucked away in Edinburgh’s Newington area is The Salisbury Arms, a cosy restaurant and bar with a country pub vibe, a roaring open fire and a nice beer garden (maybe not for this time of year though!).
The Salisbury Arms recently re-opened after a revamp and they kindly invited me along to try out the new menu. With a selection of pub grub classics as well as more inventive dishes, I couldn’t wait to give the new menu a trial run.
What We Ate at The Salisbury Arms
To start, I opted for one of the less traditional dishes on the menu and chose the crispy duck wings with sticky sesame glaze and grilled plums. This was delicious, and probably the standout dish of the whole meal for me. The meat was juicy and tender with crispy skin, and the sesame and plum glaze was perfectly sweet and sour. Owen opted for the soup of the day which was carrot and coriander, and it was also a great choice – tasty and homemade, and served with rustic artisan bread.
On to mains, and I tucked in to the buttermilk southern fried chicken stuffed with nduja sausage. It wasn’t the most photogenic of dishes, but it definitely was tasty! It was served with sweet potato fries, lemon and garlic aioli and an apple salad. The fresh tastes of the apple and lemon helped to make sure the dish wasn’t to heavy and the chicken and fries were both cooked to crispy perfection. The fish and chips also went down well, with flavoursome beer-battered cod, twice cooked chunky chips, minted pea puree and tartare sauce.
When it came to dessert, we decided to go for a sharing platter with mini versions of four of The Salisbury Arms most popular desserts. There was a chocolate brownie, baked New York vanilla cheesecake, lemon tart with strawberries and an ice cream cookie sandwich. Of all the courses, I think dessert was the weakest for me – it wasn’t bad by any means, but it didn’t dazzle me quite as much as the others. Still, we managed to scoff most of the platter before having to admit defeat from being too full!
The Atmosphere at The Salisbury Arms
The night we visited The Salisbury Arms it was pouring rain, freezing cold and pitch black – so the roaring fire right next to our table was very much appreciated. The restaurant area had a relaxed, cosy feel with contemporary country pub-style decor. We didn’t feel rushed at all and stayed for a couple of drinks by the fire after we had finished our meal.
There’s also a separate bar area if you’re in for just drinks rather than food, and there are plenty of comfy chairs, cosy corners and even an open fire round there too.
Worth a Visit?
If you want to enjoy a chilled out meal with good food that’s better than your average pub grub, The Salisbury Arms is definitely worth a visit. It’s slightly more expensive than most pubs – with main courses ranging from around £12 to £18 – but I think it’s worth paying a little bit extra and knowing you’re going to get a great meal.
If you’re in the mood for somewhere relaxed, non-pretentious and homely, The Salisbury Arms is definitely worth checking out. It seems like it would be the perfect place for a Sunday roast on a rainy afternoon, followed by some drinks as you’re cosied up by the fire – I’ll need to make a return visit on a Sunday to try out my theory!
Have you been to The Salisbury Arms?