A pub that serves home cooking, The Regent has been a staple of mine for a swift pint or five after a long day. It’s a spacious but cosy bar, with plenty of quirk without becoming tacky. The Regent is also a gay pub (real ale gay pub of the year, several years running) which offers occasional west-end musical hits through its speakers, free condoms in the toilets, and a healthy supply of wagging tails at your feet. The staff members are very friendly and there are also board games on offer, with local artists’ work adorning the walls – so, a fun place to drink and dine.
There are a variety of dishes available from across the world, including vegan and vegetarian options such as sweet potato curry with naan and rice. Smaller dishes such as hotdogs, popcorn, samosas and stovies are available if you’ve not got a big appetite but fancy a nibble to accompany your drinks. Main dishes include familiar favourites such as haggis with neeps and tatties, with more eclectic titles such as Singapore noodles or south east Asian curries.
We opted for the large sharing nachos with beef chilli. This substantial dish arrived promptly, laden with generous mounds of guacamole, tomato salsa and soured cream. The nacho chips were warm and firm, not losing their bite (often a problem with nachos, I find) and smothered in cheddar, which brings a welcomed cheesiness and tartness to the dish.
The toppings were balanced and fresh tasting, with a scattering of jalapenos and black olives to offer a little titbit of heat and salt. The chilli was relatively mild (we’re spice fiends) but rich and enjoyable, bringing a savoury meatiness which made the whole dish feel a bit more meal-like than a regular bar snack.
With a chilled but fun atmosphere and a cosy setting, we could spend many an hour wittering away in The Regent. You’ll hear the familiar ping of a microwave when ordering food (it’s primarily prepared off site and reheated in the small kitchen) but that tends not to affect the quality too much.
Russell scores The Regent
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
4.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
We ate: nachos with beef chilli
We drank: ale
Total bill: £17
We wore: cargo trousers, a luminous yellow t-shirt, an unruly beard
Address: 2 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5DL