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.
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
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses)
- Music on stereo: Pop
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2016
- BYOB: £5 corkage