October 13, 2015 Old Town, pub grub No Comments



I think the last time I was in the White Horse Bar on the Canongate we were trying to use their karaoke facilities but it didn’t quite work out. It looks to have changed direction since then as the atmosphere of the place was quite different when I visited today for a spot of lunch.

It now has a much more calm and tranquil feel, more like a down-at-heel bar rather than a traditional pub. It has white walls and snowdrop lamp-shades, too. It felt a bit odd and perhaps as if it were mid-transition to something a bit different than before.

The owner barman was incredibly friendly and recommended that both the haggis pie and Thai green curry (diverse) were very good options. I opted for the former which came with mash and gravy. I took a seat in the otherwise empty bar and waited while things were prepared.

Pie and mash

Pie and mash

When it arrived the mash and gravy looked very sad indeed, but the pie looked like monstrous fun. The mash tasted a little better than it looked and was quite well seasoned, but it was pretty forgettable.

The pie proved much more appealing. The pastry was beautifully flaky and the filling was piping hot and packed with haggis goodness. It was an extremely generous portion and made for satisfying eating.

So overall, the White Horse Bar is a rather curious place. The haggis pie was very good and worth a try, but there are some improvements to be made to other aspects of their offering. Given the dearth of good pie places in the city, it’s a place worth noting, though, so do consider giving it a visit when next you’re in the mood for hearty goodness.

Blythe scores the White Horse Bar
3.5/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20

I ate: haggis pie, mash

I drank: sparkly water

I wore: brown suit

Total bill: £10.90

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Written by BKR