Red Bus Bistro

Red Bus Bistro
Waterloo Place (Stop ZF) Bus Stop, Edinburgh, EH1 3BH
  • Telephone 01355 229 448
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–1.30pm, 3–4.30pm, 5.30–7pm.
  • Average price Afternoon Tea £34.50 (set lunch)
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Red Bus Bistro

A vintage 1966 Routemaster Bus hits all the iconic sights of Edinburgh whilst serving diners their choice of afternoon tea or gourmet burgers.

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If you're entertaining out of town guests, the odds are they'll want two things: a good meal and a tour of the town. Hurrah then for the Red Bus Bistro, which kills both birds with one stone with its on-board afternoon tea package. Two tours a day leave from Waterloo Place (noon and 3pm, with a burger tour at 5.30pm) and the tartan carpet is rolled out for your arrival. Once aboard you’re shown to a fully set-up table, loaded with cakes, macaroons and finger sandwiches. You can bring your own bottle of fizz for a modest corkage fee if you’re so inclined, otherwise you'll be given a plastic glass of the stuff. If you're after actual tea you have to ask for it – but know that it comes in a sippy plastic travel cup. Pesky health and safety. The bus (which tours Edinburgh on a 1.5-hour loop), is rather basic – but it’s all great fun. Just don’t squint too hard at the sellotaped fairy lights or well-worn seats. Instead focus on the scenery around you – you’re in for a unique day out indeed.

  • High point: Unique, fun concept
  • Low point: More attention could be paid to the décor
  • Notable dish: Macaroons
  • Average price: Afternoon Tea £34.50 (set lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses)
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2016
  • BYOB: £5 corkage