The Bailie, on the corner of St Stephen’s Street and North West Circus Place, has been a place I’ve visited regularly down the years. I had a birthday party here when I was thirtysomething. Whatever the case, I’m in the place every couple of months for a beer or two but until a recent lunchtime visit I’d never previously tried their food.
Through the main bar area they have a popular and thriving dining room. It is dimly lit and full of warm red and brown tones. It’s a really lovely traditional pub setting.
Their menu covers the usual pub staples and they have a strong reputation for their fish and chips. Accordingly I ordered their fisherman’s basket which showcased a range of seafood with chips, salad, and their own tartare and chippy sauces.
The dish was soon with me looking monstrous as the collection of battered and crumbed items poured out of the basket.
The sauces were very good with the tartare packed with piquant cornichons. The highlight from the seafood was the lightly smoked Peterhead haddock which was simply delicious.
The haddock fillet was pretty good; the scampi slightly more routine. The chips were fine but had some room for improvement.
So overall, the Bailie served me a satisfying seafood lunch. The smoked haddock was one of the best things I’ve eaten so far this year so that was hugely impressive. The rest didn’t quite hit those heights but I still left with a very favourable impression and would recommend it to you as a good place for hearty pub grub.
Blythe scores The Bailie
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: the fisherman’s basket and chips
I drank: ale
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £15.40
Address: 2-4 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AL