Friday, 20 July 2012

Weekend Brunch: Nobles Bar

One of the questions I am frequently asked on Twitter is where can the best brunch in Edinburgh be found? In Edinburgh we are spoilt for great brunch venues, with most places doing all day brunches over the weekends so you can enjoy a not quite breakfast, not quite lunch at any point of the day. One of my favourite places that’s always on the list is Nobles Bar, a short walk from the Shore in Leith. Their brunches run from 11am - 5pm on weekends and have a great balance between traditional breakfasts like a full Scottish brekky (£8.95), smoked salmon eggs benedict (£5.95) or eggs any way you like ‘em (from £2.95) with more interesting choices like pancakes with bacon & syrup (£6.45) or creamed tarragon mushrooms on brioche toast with pine nuts and spinach (£5.95). I must admit I do favour places that have a late brunch - not only could I happily eat breakfast food at any time of the day, I'm also disgustingly slovenly on weekends and it is highly unusual for me to venture out for a weekend brunch before 12pm.  My last visit coincided with a day that was kind of all over the place and resulted in me having pancakes at 4:30 - that's a win in any pancake lover's book. 

There are also some options of classic pub grub lunches - burgers (£8.75), fish chips (£8.50), nachos (£4.95) and a damn fine selection of sandwiches including duck pastrami, chicken caesar salad and steak & caramelised onions (£6.45), all served with salad and chips. My top picks are the eggs Benedict – the eggs are always poached to perfection. The steak sandwich is definitely a favourite too – chunky bites of steak in a crisp baguette with fries has saved many of my hangovers in the past.

Nobles is truly beautiful inside, with stained glass windows paying homage to Leith's fine seafaring tradition and tables painted with octopus tentacles, waves and other such nautical imagery. The table service has always been friendly and swift and our traditional order for coffee (very good) and orange juice (okay) is usually taken straight away. It’s a large-ish pub so booking isn’t essential but I would phone ahead if you’re arriving after 1 o’clock. 

Nobles is very much a drinkers' pub rather than a foodies' destination with Black Isle Brewery making a strong showing along with other Scottish beers on tap. It’s the type of place you can stop for brunch, have a few drinks and find that you’ve been there the past four hours – what better way to spend a lazy Sunday…?

Nobles Bar
44a Constitution Street
Tel: 0131 629 7215


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