Caley Sample Room
The Caley Sample Room is a pub I’ve visited from time to time down the years, but usually just for a pint rather than food. I’d been hearing some good things about their kitchen of late, so popped along to investigate.
The place is a big barn but was looking much smarter than I remember it of old. There were some stylish booths on one side so it was to there that I gravitated.
The menu is in the realms of gastropub. I started with an Arbroath Smokie fish cake then followed with the shin of beef pie.
Service was a strength throughout with the very friendly barman waiter doing an excellent job of managing the room and keeping things bright and breezy.
The starter arrived looking simple and quite elegant. The fishcake was topped with a poached egg that had a beautifully sunny runny yolk. There was much to like about the lightly smoked fishcake, too, although the accompanying hollandaise seemed a little superfluous.
The main course pie was very well prepared and once I’d removed the pie and its accompanying tatties and veg from their tubs, the eating was straightforward and enjoyable. I liked it.
So overall, the Caley Sample Room is doing a good line in smart pub grub. I enjoyed both dishes and would be happy to visit again, both to sample more of their beer and more from their well-considered menu.
Blythe scores the Caley Sample Room
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: Arbroath Smokie fishcake, shin of beef pie
I drank: Crossborder pale
I wore: blue stripes
Total bill: £19.10
Address: 42-58 Angle Park Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2JR