The weather has been really rubbish lately – the rain just won’t let up! As far as I’m concerned, this is absolutely perfect weather for hiding away in a pub somewhere for a comforting brunch – and a couple of my friends and I did just that at Nobles in Leith last weekend.
Nobles looks fairly warm and cosy inside, which is impressive given it is a pretty sizeable place. I used to work around these parts and so I would pop in quite regularly for a pub dinner or a pint after work, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that I realised how awesome their brunches are.
It’s a great place, with lots of hidden nooks and crannies everywhere. I really like the way Nobles is decorated – it’s got elements of your traditional Edinburgh pub, but with added random bits of art, including the odd picture of Bjork and Bill Murray.
As it was a Sunday morning, I was a bit nervous that they would be all booked out, like other great brunch spots in Leith (I’m looking at you, Roseleaf) but luckily there was a table free just by the window, so we could watch the rain pour down and the world go by.
It took us a while to dry off from our treacherous quest through Leith to get to Nobles, so we started off with a round of hot drinks. As it was before midday we decided to opt for the non-alcoholic variety, with one of my dining chums opting for a tasty looking mocha (pictured) while I had a lovely peppermint tea.
There was a good variety of drinks available – of course there was the usual range of craft beers, gins and other spirits as you would expect in a half-decent Leith pub, but they also offer a great coffee and a good variety of herbal teas, if you (like us) just want to warm up from the charming Edinburgh climate(!)
So, as I’ve mentioned, Noble’s brunch menu is great. It’s served form 10 until 4 on weekends, and there’s lots of great breakfasty favourites on there, including the ol’ faithful poached egg.
My first dining companion had the “Eggs Nobles” which is poached egg with Stornaway black pudding on an English muffin. It is usually topped with a Hollandaise sauce as well, but my friend asked the kitchen to hold it as she isn’t a huge fan (I know – I can’t fathom it either)…!
My other brunch buddy, on the other hand, had lashings of Hollandaise sauce on her eggs benedict, which was a poached egg with bacon on an English muffin (veggies should try the eggs florentine, which swaps out the bacon for a generous portion of spinach).
Meanwhile, I decided to go all-in and treated myself to the full vegetarian breakfast. This massive plate of food includes (deep breath) two veggie sausages, spinach, a big fat mushroom, toast, eggs how you like them (I had mine scrambled), cherry tomatoes, veggie haggis, beans and a potato scone. Phew!
It’s a lot of grub to get through, but it’s all so blooming delicious I just kept eating until the plate was empty. It is really hard to decide what my favourite bit was, but I must give a notable mention to the potato scone, which was fairly small, crispy and light – perfect for me, as I’m not usually a fan of tattle scones.
I also really loved the vegetarian haggis, which was a wholesome spiced mix of oats and grains that went with the rest of the breakfast pieces wonderfully. The vegetarian sausages were also great, and I found myself wolfing down the large mushroom even though it’s something I usually leave to the side.
Nobles, in my humble opinion, serves up one of the best brunches in Edinburgh. Leith is absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to great food and Nobles is yet another gem in its sparkling crown. If you’re in the area, do yourself a favour, get in here and fill your belly with lots of brunch-y goodness!
You can find Nobles at 44A Constitution Street, EH6 6RS. You can get there directly on the 16 bus, or get any Leith-bound bus and wander up from the Foot of the Walk. You can find it just up the road from Leith Chop House.