In many ways, I’ll be sad to see this August go, as it has been a fun-filled month of entertainment. We’ve done pretty well to negotiate what can often be a month filled with spotty service and inflated prices without any major culinary mishaps. And we published our 2012 Guide, as well!

Exterior (captured on the menu)

To conclude the month, I took a little trip Tiles on St Andrew Square, for a pub lunch. I was joined by Angus, who has previously quested to Union of Genius and Asti.

As you would expect from the name, Tiles features an elaborately tiled interior, set against more routine pub fittings. It was busy with the Friday lunchtime crowd, but we managed to secure a table.


Their menu is extensive, covering virtually all pub grub staples that you could list, and then some. We weren’t blessed with an over-abundance of time, today, so a main course portion of their seafood chowder had the ring of “killing two courses with one stone” about it. So neatly did this meet our needs, on what was a distinctly autumnal day, that we both opted for this dish.

Our dishes arrived after a gap that allowed us to catch up on a number of highly important matters of state. The chowder looked rather nice, and not unlike the one I’d eaten in the King’s Wark. The accompanying rolls looked rather sad, so much so that they didn’t even merit a photograph.


The chowder itself had a good array of well-cooked seafood, alongside some carrots and potatoes, all served in a well-seasoned, creamy soup. I was very pleased with it, as it did the job rather nicely. The underwhelming rolls did the mop up job reasonably well, but there was definitely room for improvement with them.

Time prohibited us sampling further, but our dishes gave us a pretty good indication that Tiles is more than capable of serving a good plate of hearty grub. I’m not sure I’d be falling over myself to visit, again, but if another trip was suggested, I’d be relatively happy to pop along.

Blythe scores Tiles
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20

Today’s questers were: Angus, Blythe

We ate: seafood chowder (2)

We drank: orange and soda; sparkly water

We wore: no jacket, pink shirt

Total bill: c.£24

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Written by BKR