The fern at The Blackbird

The Blackbird

The nights are getting longer and the days are certainly getting colder  – yup, the sweet Indian summer we had has definitely fizzled out and winter is well and truly on its way! About a week or so ago, Mr Bug and I decided to spend a chilly mid-Autumn day exploring the fabulous independent shops of Bruntsfield, before stopping off for bit of lunch at The Blackbird.

Even though I hadn’t been to the Blackbird before, I knew we were on to a pretty sure thing because it is run by the same folk who have Hamilton’s and Treacle, both of which have solid food offerings. The Blackbird looks like a cosy pub with lots of little nooks and crannies to get snuggled up in – perfect for this changing weather!

Inside the Blackbird

The lunch menu had a good mix of sandwiches, lighter bites and bigger dishes, ideal for any level of appetite. They also had an appetising cocktail menu, but seen as it was still the middle of the day I decided to pass and opt for a slightly more sensible coffee instead!

Coffee from the Blackbird

I must admit that while the coffee was nice, I let it go cold before I could drink it. I recently got a new camera and I was too busy trying to figure out the damn thing, so a lot of my food went cold that day! Ach, the trials and tribulations of being an Edinburgh blogger, eh?!

Ahem. Anyway, moving on. Our food came out pretty quickly (I think – note my previous comment re: trying to get the new camera to work) and it certainly did the job as far as providing a hearty lunch was concerned.

Cream of Mushroom Soup at The Blackbird

Mr Bug ordered the soup of the day, which was cream of mushroom. It was a big generous portion, served with a couple of slices of crusty bread. The soup itself was really tasty, you could taste the flavour of the mushroom, it was seasoned well and looked very pretty with a nice touch of garnish.

Sandwich at the Blackbird

Meanwhile, I had the chicken baguette which came with a side of chips. The chicken was accompanied with bacon and avocado salsa, making for quite a rich meal that was very satisfying indeed – even though it was lukewarm by the time I actually got round to eating it!

Even though Mr Bug only had the soup, I was pleasantly surprised by the bill when we got it. The menu is very good value for money and it cost less than £20 to feed us both on this occasion, which is pretty good in my opinion!

Outside the Blackbird

Even though we went for lunch, The Blackbird is an all-day kind of place, with its bar area filling up quickly on Friday and Saturday nights. Their food is pretty good, and I am keen to go back and try out their cocktails – perhaps one to save for nearer Christmas(..!)?

You can find The Blackbird (website) at 37-39 Leven Street, EH3 9LH. You can get there from Princes Street on the 11, 16, 23 and 27 bus

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