Sunday Lunch at The Salisbury Arms
Next up in my mission to review the best Sunday lunches in Edinburgh: The Salisbury Arms. Stylish, cosy and very family-friendly, this chic pub on the outskirts of Newington is also the perfect spot to indulge in a delicious lunch, post-climb up the very nearby Arthur's Seat.
We headed to The Salisbury Arms a few weekends back with one thing in mind: a sumptuous Sunday lunch. And fortunately, we weren't disappointed...
From what I understand, The Salisbury Arms has been newly refurbished, and it shows. Expect a very stylish but still-cosy interior, with swoonworthy statement lighting and intricate Timorous Beasties wallpaper. There's a cosy seating area at the front, with plenty of squishy-looking floral armchairs, ideal for snuggling up with a hot chocolate or sharing a bottle or something sparkly with pals. We were led to the dining section towards the back, and sat next to a firepit that I know I'll be desperate to revisit come winter time.
When it comes to the menus, there wasn't much point in us looking at anything other than the Sunday Menu - and with good reason. Four meat options, a delicious-sounding veggie choice or for the true glutton, a trio of meats... I opted for the roast rib of beef (medium rare, of course), and Lewis chose the roast pork loin. Mine came with roasted red onion and garlic, while Lew's pork was served with Bramley apple butter, crackling, and stuffing wrapped in bacon. Both had piles of goose-fat roasted potatoes, braised red cabbage, honey-roasted parsnips, buttered kale, cauliflower cheese (I skipped the cheese), Yorkshire pudding and gravy - that's my kind of Sunday dinner.
It was so nice to have such a variation with the meal - the side dishes made a really welcome change to the bog-standard broccoli and carrots you find in many other places. And Yorkshire puddings are often my favourite part of Sunday lunches, so the fact that this one was around half the size of Yorkshire itself was a definite bonus.
The one niggle I often have with restaurants serving Sunday lunch is that the portions aren't as big as I would like. When it comes to roast dinners, I am an absolute glutton and I make no apology for it. But in the case of The Salisbury Arms, I was pretty glad to have room left over to make use of the incredibly tempting dessert menu...
After much deliberation, I went for the Belgian chocolate brownie, and Lewis chose the sticky toffee pudding, both served with bourbon ice cream. I definitely wasn't expecting the ginormous slab of brownie that landed in front of me - in fact I think it's safe to say that those with normal-sized appetites would be perfectly satisfied sharing a pudding. But to be perfectly honest, we were pretty happy we didn't have to share...
Lewis's verdict on the sticky toffee pudding was that it was lighter, less dense than he was expecting, which I can only imagine is a good thing after a slap-up Sunday lunch. My brownie was delicious and so decadent; rich and perfectly gooey in the centre.
After dessert was finished, we had just about enough room left to order another drink - drinks are especially bargainous here. And when the bill came, we thought it was incredibly reasonable: just under £30 each for a main, a dessert and two drinks per person, plus a tip for the amazingly friendly and enthusiastic servers.
If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy a cosy Sunday dinner date, or somewhere to enjoy a family lunch, I definitely recommend The Salisbury Arms - and I definitely recommend leaving enough room for pudding!