One of the best things about having a food/fun/shop blog is that I’ve started to check out places that normally pass me by. I’ve gone past The Apiary on Newington Road many times on my commute home – but it never occurred to me to go in.
That was until last weekend, when Mr. Bug and I wanted to go out for lunch but were stuck for ideas. Apiary used to be another cafe called Metropole, during which time I had popped in for the odd coffee or two, but I hadn’t even noticed it had changed hands or turned into a fully fledged restaurant. Having taken a peak at their menu board, we decided to give it a punt.
The Apiary is owned by the same folks behind the Three Birds restaurant in Bruntsfield, so Mr. Bug and I had high hopes – and we weren’t disappointed.
The interiors were charming, with bee themed artwork (“apiary” is another word for where bees are kept) and fairy lights. The staff were friendly and enthusiastic – I had barely had time to take off my jacket and snap some shots of the place before the waitress had come with menus and our jug of water.
We briefly looked over the lunch menu, which was very reasonably priced – around £6-7 for a main. I was going to be good and order the vegetable mezze, but when I discovered that Mr. Bug was ordering a burger – I wanted one too!
He went for the pulled pork burger (pictured above) which was absolutely delicious. The pork had a lovely smoky sweet barbecue taste, and the size of the portion was just right – it was sizeable but not so big that you hated yourself afterwards!
I, on the other hand, went for the veggie bean burger. It was also very tasty. As you can see from the picture above, it was made from all fresh stuff and wasn’t processed mush like you find in some veggie burgers. It was seasoned very delicately, but I must admit after trying Mr. B’s pulled pork triumph, my veggie alternative kind of paled in comparison. If I were to go again, I would be more inclined to try the mezze.
Even though we only went for lunch, the Apiary delivered a big meal in terms of atmosphere and flavour. What was once just a background feature of my daily commute has now become one of my and Mr. B’s favourite lunching spots. We’ll definitely be back to sample their dinner menu soon!