There were four of us – all dog lovers – and we could not believe it, a dog sitting on a table in a restaurant.
What’s more, minutes later, once the dog was seated beside one of the owners, a young couple (one wonders if the dog is allowed on their table at home), a member of staff came up to clap the pet. I hope the female staff member washed her hands.
The dog was the talking point for us thereafter, not the food. Pity, as the popular Raeburn is ideally placed for walking the dog in nearby Inverleith Park or strolling to the centre of Edinburgh through Stockbridge, one of the most beautiful inner city areas of the Capital.
Oh, almost forgot, the food. The fish and chips was both eye-watering in size and beautifully cooked, the fish flaking off from inside a tasty batter. A value meal.
Sausage and mash with red cabbage was also sizeable and appreciated but the burger description looked good on the menu but was less than average in taste.
Service was slick despite it being an extremely busy Sunday. However, the bar area is big and can cater for a large number of people, including family groups and dog walkers, therefore it can be noisy as it was when we visited.
The Raeburn was originally built in 1832 as an elegant Georgian family home and has now been lovingly transformed into a boutique ten-bedroom hotel plus bar, restaurant, library, private dining and conference room.
It boasts an outside terraced area and standards must remain high as it is surrounded by stiff competition including a number of chic restaurants and trendy coffee shops.
Dogs on tables, in my view, is a no-no and if noticed it should be dealt with.