The Booking Office
With an utterly dreadful day behind us, my brother Bill and I headed to ‘Spoons for cheap and non-threatening grub and ale. The branch we chose was the recently arrived Booking Office on Waverley Bridge.
Upon crossing the threshold, we found a smart setting that’s appointed in classic style with a mix of seating options and a long bar facing you as you go in. There’s a small beer garden area on the left.
There we were joined by regular guest quester Tim. Another regular grubcrawler, Graham, looked in towards the end of the meal, too.
We’d arrived on “chicken Wednesday” with various chicken dishes keenly priced, but nothing caught our eye. Instead the extensive a la carte was from where we chose.
Tim opted for the Highland burger with MacSween’s haggis, while Bill and I opted for the rarebit burger. These came with chips and onion rings. Bill paid at the bar so I don’t know how much it cost exactly, but Wetherspoons is well known for its very reasonable pricetag.
Dishes arrived lightning quick looking much as expected. My beef burger was pretty nondescript but the rarebit topping was pretty good as were the chips. The onion rings were less successful. The beer was solidly decent.
So overall, this was one of the better ‘Spoons experiences I’ve had. The food was slightly mixed but pretty fair, all things considered. I won’t necessarily be rushing back but would happily visit again for hearty grub and a cheap ale.
Blythe scores the Booking Office
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
Today’s questers were: Bill, Tim, Blythe
We ate: rarebit burger (2); Highland burger, onion rings, chips
We drank: ales
We wore: rugby top, cycling jacket, action footwear
Total bill: £30ish
Address: 17 Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ