Although I’ve been living on Easter Road for over a year, I haven’t made much of a habit of attending its many pubs, bars and drinking establishments. But when a sign went up in the window of The Persevere proclaiming a two-course lunch for £7.95 I felt compelled to give it a go.
We’d visited part of the premises previously when we tried the Percy, which is the Polish restaurant in their lounge. I remember being very impressed with their hearty dishes.
The menu in the Persevere’s elegant main bar area is traditional pub grub with the full a la carte offering a very broad range of options.
The set lunch list offers a nice little array from which I chose haggis parcels to start then followed with a half fillet of haddock and chips.
The haggis arrived first. Three good sized haggis balls were wrapped in crisp wontons, drenched in sweet chilli sauce and served with crisp salad leaves. The haggis was of really pleasing quality with good offal notes and the deluge of chilli sauce actually worked quite well. It was a good opener.
The main course was a good piece of fish in lightly crisp batter – a breadcrumbed option was also available – with chunky chips and more fresh salad. It was a nice rendition of this classic dish and a good-sized portion for the money.
So overall, the Persevere is a lovely, traditional pub serving one of the better lunchtime pub grub deals in the city. I must return to try more from their menu before I head off from this part of town in the coming weeks as I really enjoyed this visit and was impressed by their food. Give it a look next time a good value lunchtime feed is required.
Blythe scores Persevere
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: haggis parcels, fish n chips
I drank: sparkly water
I wore: blue, green, blue
Total bill: £9.35
Address: 398 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH6 8HT