The Wee Restaurant
Intimate and pretty bistro in the heart of picturesque North Queensferry.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The inclusion of favourite recipes on the Wee Restaurant’s website gives a hint that chef Craig Wood’s customers know a thing or two about cooking. The strapline is ‘good, simple food and wine’, and that’s just how the menu reads. Fresh fish from Anstruther, asparagus from Glamis along with smoked Orkney beef fillet, black trompette mushrooms and woodland sorrel bear witness to fresh raw ingredients, while French classics such as sauce gribiche, cherry clafoutis and apple frangipane reflect the chef’s training with the likes of Restaurant Martin Wishart. A picturesque location in the heart of North Queensferry, just a stone’s throw from the shore and the mighty Forth Rail Bridge, and it’s fair to say the Wee Restaurant punches well above its weight.
Without doubt one of the most scenically located restaurants in Scotland, the Wee Restaurant sits at the heart of the historic village of North Queensferry, mere metres from the shore of the Firth of Forth and some imposing views of the Rail Bridge. Compact but with a number of covers which belies its name, it’s fresh and cleanly decorated, with a skylight which provides warm natural light during the day and on summer evenings, and local art hung on the walls. Chef and co-owner Craig Wood’s food is Scottish-sourced, hearty and pleasingly rich – see, for example, the creamy pine nut and bacon sauce which he serves his fresh Shetland mussels in, or the big knob of garlic butter which tops his rib-eye steak. Lighter starters like a cream of onion and thyme soup or a salad of French cured meat with artichokes help make up dinner and lunch deals which are very reasonable given the quality of service and the fantastic location.
- Private dining: Up to 12 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £16 per bottle
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