Back in the day, Rose Street used to be the great focal point of drinking in the city centre with a legendary pub crawl challenge to sample from its many boozers.
George Street, with its flashy style-over-substance places, has since supplanted it in this part of town, with Rose Street now feeling a little down-at-heel. I visited a good example of this in the Auld Hundred.
This is a place I’ve stopped in for a drink on many occasions and it has always served me admirably. It has both a pub and dining room, but on this lunchtime visit I dined in the pub area.
It felt a little tired and looked a bit worn at the edges. The welcome was pretty low-key and to the point. I kept my ordering along similar lines choosing the cheeseburger, which came with fries and coleslaw.
It arrived in due course looking rather better than expected. It proved an impressive eat. The consistency of the burger was slightly too firm and lean for my tastes, but it still packed good flavour, as did the cheddar cheese. The chips were skin on and very good, as was the chunky slaw. I was impressed.
So overall, the Auld Hundred is rough around the edges but is capable of very good pub grub fare. Their service could use a smile and a jollier word or two, but the food is definitely worth sampling. I’d be happy to visit again.
Blythe scores the Auld Hundred
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
2.5/5 for service
2.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 12.5/20
I ate: cheeseburger, chips, coleslaw
I drank: sparkly water
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £9.95
Address: 100 Rose Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2NN