December was a wonderful month, full of parties and casual catch-ups with friends. One cold and rainy evening, a couple of my friends and I decided to seek shelter from the biting Scottish winter weather in the cosy snug that is the Rosehip – a warm and welcoming establishment on Rose Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town.
The inside of the Rosehip is beautifully welcoming, with fairy lights, nice pictures and old fashioned lamps with tassels that look oh-so inviting on a cold winter’s evening.
Even though the place is set up like a restaurant, there’s nothing to stop you for just popping in for a dram or two. From the looks of their well-stocked bar, there are plenty of gin and whisky names to be explored here.
However, my friends and I were keen on getting our bellies filled, so we promptly began proceedings with a round of starters. I went for the soup of the day, which was tomato and coriander. I was a nice flavour combination and came with your standard roll on the side. While I enjoyed the soup, I found the roll quite plain so left most of it to save room for my main course!
Meanwhile, my dining companions had a lovely looking starter of smoked salmon, served with toasted bread and capers. I’m not a huge fan of capers myself but the presentation of the salmon looked lovely and both plates were promptly scraped clean.
For their main course, both my dining chums had fish and chips, which I had heard mixed reports about here. However, they both seemed incredibly satisfied with their meal, with the only complaint being that the fish was too big (which is a perfectly wonderful issue to have, in my opinion)!
Meanwhile, I had the vegetarian haggis burger. I was really excited to try this, as I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I got was a well formed patty covered in oats in a white bread bun.
Once again, I thought the bun was a little plain in my opinion but I really enjoyed the burger itself – it wasn’t too hot or spicy and I could taste all the subtle flavours of the veggies that made up the haggis. The burger was served with a hearty serving of fries and coleslaw, which never disappoint.
Instead of having a “dessert” as such, we decided to have a round of warming alcoholic beverages to round off our meal – the perfect tonic to prepare us for going back out into the cold and rainy December night!
I had a warming mug of mulled wine, which was hot and comforting and delicious. Served with the usual orange and a cinnamon stick, this old favourite certainly did hit the spot.
Meanwhile, my friends both had cocktails – a gin fizz and a french martini. Once again, it’s hard to go wrong with these old favourites but my pals really enjoyed them. A perfect way to round off what was a lovely pleasant meal.
I am a huge fan of the Rosehip, a lovely cosy bar and restaurant nestled in Edinburgh’s Rose Street. With a varied food menu full of crowd pleasers and a wide range of cocktails, drams and other tasty drinks, it would be quite easy to lose an evening snuggled up in this warm and welcoming corner of the New Town.
You can find the Rosehip (website) at 43 Rose Street, EH2 2NH. Head up Hanover Street from Princes Street and take the first left to walk up Rose Street – you’ll find this charming wee establishment on the right hand side.