Saturday at 3pm. Where to eat? Well, with ambitions set to sustenance rather than refinement, my sister Anne and I headed for the Hanover Tap on Hanover Street.
Both of us had been frequent visitors down the years: Anne more when it was the Mary Rose; me when it was Jekyll & Hyde. It has been a solid to moderate boozer throughout those incarnations.
With an extensive redecoration to give it a more stripped-back feel, this version has a smarter look. There are TV screens around the place with some folks clearly there to watch the Saturday afternoon football scores over a pint, while most other patrons seemed to be dining like us.
The menu makes the word extensive seem insufficient. It offered sharing starters in tapas style, pub grub classics, burgers, pizzas and various other whatnots. This breadth of choice often means a mixed bag is the best you can hope for but we managed to steer a relatively safe passage.
Anne opted for their classic burger which came with chips. I couldn’t resist talk of a macaroni cheese and chorizo pizza.
The friendly waiting staff brought us Oktoberfest beers to sup on while we waited for our dishes to be prepared. The beer selection in general looked like it could use some strengthening.
The food promptly arrived looking fairly neat. Anne was pleased with her burger and the chips I tried were pretty standard but well seasoned.
The pizza was quite good, too. I’m not sure what the presence of macaroni added to things beyond a soft and hearty textural element, but the chorizo was of good quality and lightly smoky. The pizza base was light and crisp so it made for good eating.
So overall, the Hanover Tap is a definite upgrade of previous incarnations and was a notch or two better than we’d expected. It’s slightly in a mindset of trying to be all things to all men, for now, but that’s a reasonable notion for a new place. Once they hone down their offering to more accurately meet the audience they’ve built it will be interesting to see how they’re doing, so I look forward to visiting at some point next year to do that.
Blythe scores the Hanover Tap
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
Today’s questers were: Anne, Blythe
We ate: classic burger, mac n cheese pizza
We drank: Oktoberfest beer
We wore: black, blue
Total bill: £23.18
Address: 112 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DR