The Boat House, Edinburgh


After our trip on the Maid of the Forth we headed further into the little village that was near the pier. Keith found The Boat House on a list of recommendations on Tripadvisor while we were on the boat out to Inchcolm Island. We therefore decided to have lunch there.

The restaurant/bistro is located in 22 High St, South Queensferry, EH30 9PP. The front of the restaurant has a simple white frontage with a fish decoration in the window. The restaurant however is downstairs below street level! They also have disabled access but you will need to contact them before arrival.

When you enter the restaurant you’re greeted by a lovely restaurant with a very cheery ambience and lots of sunlight streaming in the large windows that overlook the Forth. You get a great view of both the railway bridge and the road bridges through these windows.

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Staff are really friendly and quite efficient. Service was polite and quick from taking our food and drinks orders to paying our bill at the end.

We ordered Grilled Goats Cheese and Grilled King Prawns for starters, and Fish and Chips and Braised Beef for mains.

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Grilled goats cheese topped with caramelised red onion jelly on a salad of candied walnuts and beetroot pickle
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Grilled king prawns in a garlic, lemon and parsley butter
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Braised Scottish beef served on barley and vegetable risotto with a rosemary infused oil and crispy leeks
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Golden fried hand cut North Sea haddock in our own beer batter served with lemon, chunky chips and homemade tartar sauce

The prawns starter was a little bit messy as you basically have the peel the prawn shells off with your hands but the little bowl of lemon water they give you washes all the mess off pretty quickly and easily.

The food was brilliant. It was nice and warm and was delicious. The beef was really tender and the fish had a lovely crispy batter and was a good piece of fish! For both of us to have a starter, main and 2 Cokes each the bill came up to about £50. Which is not bad considering the quality of the food.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant/bistro for its great food, ambience, great views and good service.

Helpful links:
The Boat House – http://www.theboathouse-sq.co.uk/default.aspx

Ratings:
Value      – 4.0
Service   – 4.0
Food        – 4.0
Overall   – 4.0

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