A three course lunch menu of exquisite Scottish produce for less than £20 is definitely worth sketching.
When asked if I would like to sketch their new lunch menu I didn’t think twice, having recently sampled their Gluten Free Afternoon Tea.
Inside the beautiful oak lined interior of the Scotsman Hotel, once home to the Scotsman Newspaper, is the North Bridge Brasserie, a perfect city centre meeting place for a spot of lunch.
Their menu is constantly evolving and changing depending on the Scottish seasons so take a look at the brasserie website below for the latest information and to book.
When I visited the food was exceptional, starting with a melt in the mouth piece of citrus cured salmon which I would of been happy having three courses of! Instead I chose the slow-cooked pork shoulder to follow. Tender and full of flavour, creating a slightly heavy but very satisfactory main course before our sweet treat of Bitter Dark Chocolate. A rich chocolate mouse formed an S (of the Scotsman?) with dark biscuity chunks and smooth ice cream making a perfect ending to my meal.
Sketch in fine liner with light watercolour wash over the top.
Scotsman Hotel North Bridge Brasserie website.
The Scotsman Hotel commands stunning views over Edinburgh from it’s North Bridge location, and provides an Afternoon Tea to match even for those with particular dietary requirements.
As a ceoliac I follow a gluten free diet and although that is much easier to do so when supermarkets provide an ever increasing range of foods, eating out can be more hit and miss. Usually resulting in a dish simply missing certain items rather than a replacement added or substitute thought of.
Which is why I was so pleased to hear the North Bridge Brasserie has created a gluten free afternoon tea available alongside their regular option. As you can see from my sketch the three layered display was packed with tasty mouthfuls and beautiful creations. So much so my dining partner let out a ‘wow’, as the food arrived, not a sound usually heard when the gluten free option is unveiled.
Each of the miniature courses had been thought about too, sandwiches on both rye and wholemeal bread that was soft and well made. Both the Mull cheddar and Herb Scone and the classic Freshly Baked Fruit Scone with Butter, Clotted Cream and Selection of Preserves were extra ordinary treats, greatly appreciated by this non wheat eater.
Afternoon Tea at the North Bridge Brasserie is priced at £19.95 per person or £24.95 with a glass of Prosecco. See the website below for more details and to book.
The sketch was drawn in fine liner, with a watercolour wash.
North Bridge Brasserie website
The Scotsman Hotel website