What: Vegan friendly pub on the southside of Edinburgh. Serves meat, vegetarian and vegan.
Vegetarian/vegan menu sample: No Sunday roast is served, contrary to other reviews. Vegetarian Breakfas £7.25 Veggie Sausages, Mushrooms, Hash Browns, Veggie Haggis, Baked Beans and a Fried Egg, Crispy Onion rings £6.00 Served with Sour Cream, Guacamole and Sweet Chilli Dips
Chilli £7.00 Served with rice Choose between Beef or Five Bean Chilli Add Cheese, Sour cream, Vegan cheese, Guacamole, or Jalapeño for 70p each Burrito – Chicken or Vegetarian £8.25 Served with rice and salad
Mushroom, Spinach & Hazelnut Pie £9.25 Served with chips Haggis or Vegetarian Haggis £7.25 Served with neeps and tatties
Beef Chilli or Five Bean Chilli, topped with cheese, jalapeños, sour cream, and guacamole The Hoose Regular Nachos £9.00 Beef, Vegetarian or Vegan To share between two or for the really hungry! The Hoose Gigantic Nachos £15.50 Beef or Vegetarian The largest nachos in Edinburgh to share between three to five people…
Drinks: None of the ales on tap were vegan. They do have a book which indicates which of there beers are vegan. All the usual pub drinks served.
Service: Ernest and responsive. If the bar staff were unsure of whether an item was vegan or not they found out.
Comfortable? It was empty when we were there on a Sunday afternoon. No televisions, which is a relief. Gothic music.
Was the food good? We ordered the onion rings and chips. They weren’t good. The onion rings might appeal to those who are fond of onion rings that approximately doughnuts rather than batter adhering to rings of sliced onion. The dips were good and the portions of them very generous. The chips were not great.
My advice to the chef: Do proper onion rings. Consider a vegan burger that isn’t falafal as this is the offering all over Edinburgh and one quickly tires of it.
My advice to the manager: Vegan hotdogs would be a good addition to the menu. And a vegan ale. Please contemplate adding a bit more variety to the jukebox.
Overall: Skip the onions and try something else. Don’t go out of your way to get here, but if you’re in the neighbourhood it’s worth giving it a shot. It’s a reasonable place to lament the closure of Black Bo’s.