After a beautiful walk along the Water of Leith and then from the parliament building at Holyrood up the length of the Royal Mile… it has to be time for lunch. Just off the Royal Mile is The Devil’s Advocate, a bar & restaurant located in an old Victorian pump house. When we arrive the place is lively and most people in the downstairs bar area are simply enjoying a drink. We are soon seated by Lenka at an upstairs table.
Rufus and I both need a beer. He chooses the Vienna Pale from Pilot a local Leith brewery – it is a very drinkable lager style ale with sweet & malty notes. I go for the Skye Gold from the Isle of Skye Brewing Company – a craft ale with a touch of grain and a creamy head. We’ve both chosen well!
Lani & Rock both decide to have the Scrabster cod fillet with French style peas, smoked bacon and cabbage. The red-meat eating males both pick the bay leaf, lemon & garlic marinated lamp rump served with a salade nicoise. The cod is cooked perfectly and the lamb rump is tender and pink. Relatively simple dishes, beautifully executed.
For dessert each couple shares a pecan pear pie with cinnamon ice cream – rich and sweet, it tastes as good as it looks.
The Devil’s Advocate is a few hundred yards off the main tourist drag of the Royal Mile but, if you are looking for a better place to eat and drink than most of the crowded places on the shopping streets, it is well worth seeking out!