January 25, 2017 City Centre, pie No Comments

Castle View Restaurant

Dining on Princes Street tends to be a mixed bag. Although I really enjoyed Restaurant 100, the BHS cafe was pretty horrific. Undaunted, I recently noticed that Debenham’s had a fourth floor “restaurant” which sounded intriguing. I popped in to give it a look.


The Castle View Restaurant was, as expected, a self-service canteen. As the name suggests there’s a pretty decent view of the castle. I grabbed a tray and headed for the hot food chafing dishes.

I was warmly greeted by the counter woman who asked what I was after. A quick look at the menu board suggested I wanted the chicken, leek and bacon pie. This came with chips or roasted potatoes – I opted for the latter – then added peas and brussels sprouts, plus a little boat of gravy.

Items were loaded on to my plate then I proceeded to the checkout where I added a glass of tap water, then completed the necessary financial transaction.

Pie etc

The pie proved really very good. The encasing pastry was light and flaky, and the filling profuse and well-seasoned. The tatties had a slightly odd crumbed exterior but were basically decent. The peas were fresh and I love sprouts so yay for sprouts.

So overall, the Castle View Restaurant aka the Debenham’s canteen was rather better than expected. It served me a coherent plate of food that reflected good work in the kitchen. With a dearth of good pie places in the city, I can see myself returning when that sort of thing is what’s required.

Blythe scores the Castle View Restaurant
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20

I ate: chicken, leek and bacon pie

I drank: water

I wore: www.tieclub.co.uk tie

Total bill: £7.25

Address: Debenham’s, 109 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AA

Written by BKR