I visited Pibroch with my pal ABS a couple of months the back and we were rather underwhelmed. The food was just a bit flat and the pricetag was rather high for lunchtime. I fed back to the management who responded positively and took the step of adding a rather better value lunch menu.
I popped back to see how they were getting on, on a blustery Thursday afternoon ahead of some football watching.
The place was previously a really problematic restaurant location with any number of places cycling through it before the excellent Reekie’s Smokehouse turned it into a popular and much loved (and missed) spot.
Pibroch exudes a rather twee Scottish charm with a strong emphasis on bagpipes and tartan detailing. It’s close enough to the Edinburgh tourist trail for this to make solid business sense, but it does seem to point things squarely at tourist trade.
Their lunch menu now offers two courses for £14.95 and three for £17.50. This pitches it somewhere in the gastropub/local bistro market with hearty dishes to match.
I started with the black pudding and beetroot salad which was topped with a poached egg. I followed with their fish n chips.
The starter promptly arrived and was pretty decent. The balance of beetroot and black pudding cubes was slightly in favour of black pudding which was generous, but the dish consequently felt a little unbalanced. Still it was a promising opener.
The skin-on fries would have sent my friend Rachel into a conniption but the main course was otherwise another solidly good dish. The haddock fillet was nicely cooked and the tartare sauce was suitably piquant. The mushed peas were a little odd, but this was otherwise pleasing enough stuff.
So overall, it was good to find Pibroch on better form after a previous disappointing visit. When next you’ve been touring around the Old Town or perhaps after a trek up Arthur’s Seat, if hearty traditional grub takes your fancy do give them a look. I’m not sure what you’ll think but you’ll be warmly welcomed.
Blythe scores Pibroch
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: black pudding and beetroot salad, fish n chips
I drank: water
I wore: new action footwear
Total bill: £14.95
Address: 20 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AF