I’ve been on a great run with burgers, lately, with some terrific examples discovered at Nobles, the Greenmantle, and Field. I thought I’d give the burgers at Mather’s a go, today, to see whether my luck would hold.



Like a number of places across the city, they proudly proclaim to serve the “best burgers in town”. Underneath this bold claim, they have a more realistic testimonial, which reads “a nice pub with good burgers”. This type of modesty is much more up my street.

In further good news, their burgers are sourced from Fife-based Puddledub, with Mather’s choosing to blend their steak and pork mince to make the burgers just how they want them. This sounded good to me.



In days gone by, Mather’s used to be the location you’d choose when you wanted to accidentally-on-purpose stand someone up. You see, there are pubs called Mather’s both in Queensferry Street and Broughton Street. “Meet you in Mather’s” was always, therefore, a phrase likely to cause confusion.

I fell foul of a similar situation with bars called Cameo, a couple of years back, with Lunchquest: Hong Kong’s Roger left wondering where I was, as he supped a pint in the Cameo cinema bar in Tollcross, while I did similar in the Cameo bar on Commercial Street.



I digress. Mather’s on Broughton Street is a pub of the traditional variety, with dark wood interior and classic fixtures and fittings. It does a good line in real ales and you can catch the sport on the big screen TVs. I like the place, but I accept that some may find it too much towards the “old man’s pub” end of the market.

Their selection of burgers and related toppings is quite extensive, but I kept things fairly simple, adding some mature cheddar and accompanying chips to their classic homemade burger.

Service was friendly throughout, and during my stay I spotted the barmaid offering some really extensive advice to a visitor to our city, complete with maps and recommendations. This is always good to see, so a well-deserved pat on the back for such a welcoming approach.

My order soon arrived, looking much as you would expect. Upon closer inspection it was rather heartening to see actual real cheese. What’s more, it was cheese that tasted good. The burger, too, was full of flavour, so pleased me very much. The chips were pretty decent, as well, making it a highly enjoyable plate of food. My run of very good burgers was maintained, which was excellent news.

So overall, I’d recommend the burgers at Mather’s, as the quality on offer is really high. They’ve clearly taken some time to come up with their burger recipe, so congratulations to them for developing something that’s satisfyingly juicy and flavour-packed. Do I dare to extend my run of good burgers to five, any time soon? Probably, but the next place will have to be very good to maintain this current burger purple patch.

Blythe scores Mather’s
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: Puddledub steak and pork burger with cheese, chips

I drank: sparkly water

I wore: blue suit

Total bill: £9.25

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Written by BKR