No 1 High Street
This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
Anyone who lives in Edinburgh will tell you that perhaps the city's busiest dining thoroughfare, at least during the summer peak season, is also its least inspiring. There are a few gems on the Royal Mile, but statistically you're more likely to venture into a factory for the recycling of currency exchange cash than you are a place worth recommending. Enviably addressed and full of potential, the corner property No.1 High Street (formerly the Tass) has recently undergone extensive redecoration, retaining the feel of a well-used local pub alongside the gleaming light fittings and stylised floral wallpaper. The new regime and a brighter atmosphere also means a friendly welcome, and this is perhaps its strongest selling point alongside the extensive drinks selection, with three guest ales, three permanent ales, one cider on tap and a fridge full of bottled beers complementing around 40 whiskies. The pub food isn't so much of a head-turner, with a well-seasoned but potato-heavy fishcake served alongside a reasonable home-made tartar sauce, while the very presence of a doughy puff pastry lid on a steak pie is enough to sag your shoulders, no matter that the dish is meaty and the ale gravy good and rich.
- High point: Your entry to the High Street greeted with fine drink
- Low point: Less inspiration from the menu
- Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Live folk and bluegrass from 9pm-midnight on Wednesdays to Saturdays.
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 22
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £12.95 per bottle