With a plum location in an atmospheric West End nook, the Bothy is as Scottish as its own thistle-patterned wallpaper.
With its choice Ruthven Lane location and tourist-friendly menu, the Bothy is one of the most autonomous and assured of the G1 Group’s portfolio of eateries. Staff in kilts and gutties move through a space that’s both rustic log cabin and clean modern lines, while the kitchen offers all manner of classically Scottish cuisine that always pleases: Cullen skink with a pleasantly creamy finish, or Loch Fyne cold-smoked salmon. You can’t go wrong. Much is made of provenance, and ingredients are generally handled pretty well. Inverurie lamb rump’s seasoned crust gives way to a deep ruby, juicy piece of meat, while Peterhead lemon sole – impressively cooked on the bone – maintains that meaty-yet-delicate white flesh while still imparting the flavour of lemon butter, offset by capers with a hearty accompaniment of roast potatoes. But sometimes you want something simple. With that in mind, the Bothy also does a cracking fish and chips (from Scrabster), steaks (from Orkney), and good old beef and mushroom pie.
- Private dining: 22 / 8
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Open Ear - pop, rock, soul
- Live entertainment: Acoustic guitar music on Fri nights
- Capacity: 130
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle