A bib hanging at Clerk's Bar. It reads: eat meat drink repeat.

Clerk’s Bar

I woke up on Sunday feeling a little rough (don’t give me any sympathy – it was completely self-inflicted) and it could only be rectified by something big, fat and greasy. That only meant one thing – I made a beeline for Clerk’s Bar in Newington.

The sign outside Clerk's Bar

Their mantra is ‘fresh food cooked slow’, and the menu is full of munch like ribs, smoked chicken, pulled pork and wings – exactly what I was after! They also pride themselves in serving a wide variety of craft beers, but I didn’t really fancy drinking that day…

As we went in, we found the place had a fair few punters with their snouts firmly entrenched in some meaty goodness already, but the seating area was big enough that we had no trouble finding a table. There was even extra seating in the basement, which was deserted at the time, but I can imagine it would become quite full on a Friday or Saturday night.

The sauces lined up on the table. There is BBQ sauce, smokey ketchup, vinegar, honey mustard and hot sauce

We sat down at the table and admired the little setup we had in front of us. You know you’re in for a good time when there is a roll of kitchen roll, toothpicks and wet wipes already at the table!

There was also a wide variety of sauces, although the ol’ faithfuls of ketchup and mayonnaise were strangely omitted from this setup. I needn’t have worried though, as our waitress gave us the option of the more traditional condiments when she brought our food to the table.

Burger and chips

The food came relatively quickly, which was a blessing as I was ready to eat a horse! There was no such options on the menu though, so I had to lump for the burger instead. :p

In all seriousness though, I think I made a pretty good choice. I just got the plain beef burger, but it still came with a couple of tasty onion rings tucked under the bun, some salad and a delicious burger sauce. I also had some chips, which you have to order separately, but you got a decent portion and it still only came in at £7 total – which in my opinion is excellent value for money.

A hotdog and chips

Mr Bug had the hot dog. He also ordered the chips as well, but felt he overshot and would have been nicely satisfied with the hot dog on its own – it was fairly filling. He’s not a fan of gherkins though, so had to spend a minute or so picking the little ones out. Overall though, he was pretty impressed with his meal. Again, his came in at around £7.50, which wasn’t that bad at all.

If you want to fill your face with delicious meaty goodness, then Clerk’s Bar is your place. They do fast food like burgers and hot dogs, but next time I will be really tempted to try their slow cooked offerings like the pulled pork and the smoked chicken. Plus, at prices around £5 for the main event, you really can’t go wrong. It’s a great spot for tasty food at a decent price.

The sign inside Clerk's Bar

Clerks Bar can be found at 74-78 South Clerk Street, EH8 9PT. You can get there on the 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47 and 49 (in other words, pretty much any bus that heads down South Bridge from the city centre). Alternatively, you can walk – as it only takes about half an hour from Princes Street.

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