Inside Treacle


I seem to be on a bit of a cocktail-drinking binge as of late, so it’s only  inevitable that I would eventually end up in Treacle on Broughton Street. I headed there to meet with a friend for a cheeky mid-week cocktail fuelled gossip session and a wee bite to eat.

Despite it being a weeknight, the place was heaving when I first arrived and consider myself lucky that I managed to find a table. There’s no doubt that this place would fill up quickly at weekends, so be sure to book ahead if you can.

They have a playful decor, first alluded to by the monkey signs outside and continued indoors with illustrations on the walls. It looks like Treacle aim themselves at a fairly young audience, however the night we were in the place was full of people of all ages.

One of Treacle's Cocktails

What makes Treacle so popular is their mouth-watering selection of cocktails, as you can see by my concoction pictured above. They are also in the same group as Hamilton’s in Stockbridge, so my expectations were high.

The drinks were indeed absolutely delicious, and I managed to drink through three of them… oops! But I was disappointed that a couple of the drinks I asked for were unavailable as they had run out of the ingredients. Not ideal but I was happy with what I had, the Eastern High Tea in particular was absolutely delightful!

Bang Bang Chicken Salad

I had the chicken “Bang Bang” salad to eat, and it was delicious. The chicken was perfectly cooked and accompanied with lovely leafy salad and noodles. The whole thing was garnished with a lovely light peanutty sauce  – it gave the dish a bit of a kick but it was perfect for me in terms of spiciness.

Also, with it being a salad, it didn’t leave me feeling too overstuffed afterwards. Besides, it was probably the best choice to offset all the calories in those cocktails I was quaffing! 🙂

Treacle's Chicken Burger

My dining companion kept the chicken theme going with a chicken burger and chips. It looked like a mighty eat, garnished with lettuce and avocado and served with a generous helping of hand cut chips. Burgers are a stable of any decent restaurant/bar worth its salt and Treacle seem to have a solid offering on this front.

Overall Treacle is a great place to go for both cocktails and food. No matter what you order on the cocktail menu, you are bound to be in safe hands with their expert concoctions. Chances are, like me, you’ll work your way through a couple more than you originally intended!

The sign outside Treacle

Treacle can be found at 39-41 Broughton Street, EH1 3JU. It’s right beside the final tram stop on the line at York Place or you can get there easily from any bus that stops nearby on St Andrew Square – just follow the tram line around and turn left before you hit the Bank  of Scotland.

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