Restaurant Review – The Salisbury Arms, Edinburgh

Emma of Team DC may have found the perfect place for Sunday lunch in Edinburgh.

The Salisbury Arms is a beautifully restored local pub and restaurant a stone’s throw away from Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, two of the city’s main natural attractions. The inside of the building is tastefully decorated to a subtle Scottish theme with plenty of natural light pouring into the proceedings. I visited for lunch and left very satisfied indeed.

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To begin, my eye went straight to the box-baked Camembert with British beetroot and Aspall’s Cyder chutney. I knew that this cheese and I were meant for each other, and, rightly enough, as soft oozing Camembert melted onto my taste buds I fell in love with my starter. This is meant to be a sharing dish, but be warned, you will want to finish it all yourself.

My friend had the scallops with chilli, tomato, basil and balsamic dressing, which were fresh and subtly flavoursome and left a little more room for the main than my cheese.

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Sunday is roast day at The Salisbury Arms and I would have had the delicious sounding parsnip, Stilton & cranberry nut roast, but it was so popular it was finished. I, therefore, opted for pan-fried sea bass with samphire and lemon and dill mash in a white wine sauce. The fish was light and tenderly cooked and complemented perfectly by the tasty, buttery mash.

My friend ordered the 28-day-aged rib eye steak with chunky chips, confit tomato and roasted red onion, the steak being particularly sumptuous.

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He was too full for dessert but I soldiered on bravely to the cherry crème brûleè. A little dish of Morello cherries alongside this classic pudding was an inventive and appealing touch.

The freshness of the food at The Salisbury Arms leaps out at you, but the staff and decor are subtle enough to let you enjoy your meal without unnecessary distraction. And, after all your indulgence, if you’re feeling energetic, why not take a walk up nearby Arthur’s Seat. The views of Edinburgh are well worth the climb and you won’t have to feel guilty about all the food you have just eaten.’

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