The Place Hotel
I’ve written before about how people in Britain, and perhaps to a lesser extent in Edinburgh, seem to have a level of discomfort with eating in hotel restaurants. Edinburgh has some fantastic places, such as The Bonham, Blackwood’s, Hadrian’s and the Galvin Brasserie that are starting to erode that sense, but you still find some hotel eateries disproportionately underpopulated.
This was somewhat the case with my visit to The Place, on York Place, where their very smartly appointed bar and dining room was pretty quiet on my lunchtime visit. Granted it was a Wednesday in January so maybe they do brisker business at other times.
The bar area is very stylish with a steady stream of hotel staff buzzing through the room giving things a bit of atmosphere.
Having been seated at a comfortable table in the bar dining area, I quickly took in the menu. I decided to start with a bowl of their soup of the day, which was mushroom. This was served with two slices of good, fresh ciabatta. The soup proved very pleasing with a smooth texture and bags of nutty flavour. It was a good opener.
I followed with a fish finger sandwich, served on sourdough bread. Again, this was delivered to a very good standard. The accompanying fries looked a little peely-wally but were pretty good and a few salad leaves to dress the plate were suitably crisp.
So overall, The Place looks to be a really good option for a relaxed bite to eat in distinctly elegant surroundings. I must come back to dine in the evening and see what their drinks list is like. It’s a venue that’s worth adding to your list for a visit, I reckon.
Blythe scores The Place
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: mushroom soup; fish finger sandwich
I drank: water
I wore: stripes
Total bill: £12.20
Address: 34-38 York Place, New Town, Edinburgh EH1 3HU