The Steading, 118-20 Biggar Road, Hillend, Edinburgh EH10 7DU
RATING: Food 3.5; Atmosphere 3.5; Service 3; Drinks 3.5; Toilets 3.5; Website 2.5
The Steading on the outskirts of Edinburgh, just below the city’s dry ski slope, has been a popular place to eat and enjoy a thirst-quenching pint for some years. You just have to look at the amount of cars consistently parked there to know that it is popular.
It is certainly not pretentious and provides no frills traditional pub food. Service was iffy – one of the waiters needs a course on how to smile – but otherwise the welcome was warm and we could not complain about what we received. Starters included lentil and chorizo soup, (mine could have been hotter), and spring rolls plus prawns. All good food.
Mains included fish (sizeable, the battered was superior to the breaded), steak and ale pie (good filling, tender meat and crunchy pastry, just how I like it), lovely liver and onions and a tasty Parmesan chicken on a bed of pasta. Nothing fancy, but all perfectly acceptable for the price.
There was a mixed crowd from families to pensioners and it was busy for a Sunday night. The bar also boasted a small but pleasing selection of cask ale. My Timothy Taylor’s Landlord was as it should be and the local cask ale from Stewart’s Brewing, just down the road, was also pleasantly hoppy.
Overall, an enjoyable experience with friends from different parts of the city and surrounding area making this an ideal spot to catch-up.