May 14, 2015 Old Town, pie, pub grub 2 Comments

Exterior sign

Exterior sign

The World’s End is a characterful little pub in the corner of the High Street and St Mary’s Street. I’ve visited for drinks at various points down the years, but I don’t think I’d previously eaten there until today.

Having just collected my mother, Anne, from Waverley train station we were both in need of a late lunchtime feed, so hearty pub grub seemed a good choice.

Fish n chips

Fish n chips

Having been shown to one of the few remaining tables in their dining area – the place is in prime tourist position so does brisk business – we contemplated the menu, which covered all the expected options. Anne’s a great fish n chip fan so went with that while I chose the steak pie.

Dishes promptly arrived delivered by our friendly waiter. Both looked profuse and pretty good.

Pie and mash

Pie and mash

My pie was a good effort with a good bit more pastry than the usual top crust efforts, which was greatly appreciated. The large chunks of beef weren’t the most tender, though, and the mash was a bit sad, but good, fresh veg brought things back on to an even keel.

Anne was pleased with her large portion of fish and her peas were scoffed with considerable pleasure.

So overall, the World’s End is doing reliably good pub fare. Although the setting is full of character and something of an Edinburgh institution, the carpet is in desperate need of replacement, so it would be good to see a bob or two spent on the place to spruce it up. I’ll no doubt be back in for drinks at some point and would be happy enough to eat here again.

Blythe scores the World’s End
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20

Today’s questers were: Anne, Blythe

We ate: fish n chips; steak pie and mash

We drank: stout; gin & tonic

We wore: grey jacket; pink shirt

Total bill: £30.13

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Written by BKR