After an afternoon of considering potential future abodes, the attention of my brother Grant and I turned to dining. In these parts, the west of the city, the opening of Westgate Farm, a Farmhouse Inn, on South Gyle Broadway, has caused a ripple of excitement. We went to investigate.
This wasn’t my brother’s first visit so he was blessed with a £5 discount voucher in his pocket. He ended up paying for dinner so I’m not sure if that really worked out well for him.
Upon arrival, we were shown to a table in the extensive and well-populated dining room. We were overlooking the carvery area although we weren’t tempted by it.
Instead Grant opted for two dishes from their chef’s special menu: haggis, neeps and tatties followed by chicken Korma; while I started with something called the farmhouse medley then followed with the steak and ale pie.
Starters promptly arrived looking much as expected. Grant haggis was pretty good although the neeps had been seriously over-pureed. My dish was a slightly odd combo of crumbled black pudding, bacon and mushrooms in a peppercorn sauce atop a toasted ciabatta. It was strong on flavour although light on stylishness.
My main course pie was a proper full-crust pie which made a nice change. It was packed with tender beef pieces in a good aley gravy. The accompanying chips and veg were fairly routine by the pie was a winner.
Grant’s bright yellow chicken Korma came with a carb assault in the shape of poppadom, naan, rice and chips, all of which were different shades of yellow. It didn’t really appeal to me by Grant reported positively on it.
So overall, Westgate Farm served us two hearty courses each for a very fair price. The pie was the highlight for sure. I hope it’s the start of more pie-filled pub trips as there’s serious need for more good pies on Edinburgh menus. Stop in at this place next time you’re hungry in these parts.
Blythe scores Westgate Farm
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20
Today’s questers were: Grant, Blythe
We ate: farmhouse medley, steak pie, haggis, curry
We drank: sparkly water, cola
We wore: blue, grey
Total bill: £25.61 (including a £5 off voucher)
Address: 55 South Gyle Broadway, Edinburgh EH12 9LR