I never really thought of myself as a burger person, but flicking through all the pictures that I’ve taken for this site so far, I’ve become acutely aware that I certainly do eat my fair share. Maybe one day I will be more adventurous and order something other than a patty and fries – but today is not that day. So on we go to our next stop – the Red Squirrel on Lothian Road!
The Red Squirrel specialises in two things: craft beer (which we’ve already established I’m not a fan of – sorry!) and burgers, and they have a huge variety of both. Their food menu has other bits and bobs, like starters and salads, however their burger offering really is the star of the show and I wouldn’t see myself ordering anything else from the menu.
The Red Squirrel is actually owned by a small Scottish chain, but you wouldn’t be able to tell. Each venue in the FullerThomson group has its own unique character, and the Red Squirrel is no different.
The bar has a hipster pub / burger bar vibe about it, which works really well. Being ideally located in the West End, it’s a popular haunt for office workers clocking off for “just one” at the end of the day, or for a cheeky pre-theatre treat.
Mr Bug and I happened to pop in for a spot of lunch while we were Christmas shopping, as the place is just a hop, skip and a jump from Princes Street. It’s a nice place to pop in during a day of retail therapy, although bear in mind walking around after one of their mighty burgers might pose a slight challenge…
I decided to be boring and order the standard “two hander”, which is a simple beef patty with lettuce, tomato and mayo. All burgers also come with a side of fries, which come with this delicious, slightly smokey and spicy seasoning. It’s a bit different but made the chips all the more moreish! For an extra £1 you can upgrade to sweet potato fries, which I have also heard really good things about.
The burger itself was really tasty. A generous patty in a slightly sweet brioche bun, the burger was a really well executed classic. The beer mustard mayo also had a nice tang, but the flavour wasn’t so strong to put off a beer-o-phobic like myself!
Mr. B was a little more adventurous and ordered the chicken Italienne, which is a chicken breast with salad, pesto mayo, and mozzarella. He really enjoyed his as well, although as usual he gave his pickle to me 🙂
The Red Squirrel is a great place for lunch or dinner, although do be wary that it gets busy in the evening, so you might want to book ahead. However, with a decent burger and craft beer offering (so I’m told!), it’s no wonder its so popular.
You can find the Red Squirrel at 21 Lothian Road, EH1 2DJ. It’s just off the west end of Princes Street – turn left and walk up the street towards Wagamama’s. Or, if you’d rather bus it, the 1, 10, 11, 15, 16, 22, 24, 30, 34, 36 and 47 all stop close by.