Brewhemia is towards the Edinburgh old town so when we got off the train we headed that way. I was super surprised to see that the restaurant was directly outside the train station! How amazing is that for transport links. It also meant I could wear my heels for a change (which I never do anymore) and not have to walk far at all.
When we arrived it was a little busy at the front desk waiting to be served and shown to our table. I can only assume this was because it was a special night i.e. the burns supper but we were quickly directed away from the bar/pub area and through to the dining area. Through here we were seated quickly and efficiently. As I've mentioned it was a burns supper night so we opted for the set burns supper menu which was £30 per head. I thought this was excellent value for what you received. With this menu you were given 4 courses plus a glass of prosecco and a nip of whisky to toast the haggis of course. It's worth mentioning that you didn't have to have the set menu and could have ordered from their regular menu as well.
Settling down for the evening I surveyed the dining area as the other guests started to arrive. It's a gorgeous large area with high ceilings, a balcony wrapped around, an area for performers above the bar and a delightful friendly relaxed atmosphere. All the staff seemed in good spirits and our lovely waitress for the evening explained all the entertainment that would be going on whilst she served our drinks. There were promises of bagpipes, poems, Scottish dancers, piano music played live and of course a toast to the haggis. It all sounded so exciting and I couldn't wait to see for my own eyes.
Before long the first course was served which was a small appetiser to get your taste buds started. It was a lovely crispy cod ball with accompanying sauce. So delicious and I could have easily eaten a tray to myself! After this a young chap playing the bagpipes came out followed by some Scottish country dancers. It really set the night and was great to have entertainment with our meal. Soon the lovely Compare for the evening, James, arrived to have a chat and toast the haggis. He was brilliant and so lovely. By this point I was starving and thankfully the starters were literally coming out of the kitchen and being served. It was a scrumptious dish of posh haggis, neeps and tatties with a whisky sauce. Oh my it was so good!
The live duelling piano duo, Howl At The Moon, had now set up for the evening and were handing out request cards to the diners below. I requested All The Single Ladies by Beyonce but I wasn't around to see if they played it or not. I'm sure they would have though. The main course was now being served and it was a delicious Balmoral chicken. You would think you would get sick of haggis but you really can't, it's just too good. Last but not least our dessert arrived. It looked amazing and honestly tasted even better. I'd rather go for a starter than a dessert myself but this Cranachan we were served was mouth watering. To top it off it was served with Scottish shortbread. Absolutely delicious.
The hubby and I had such a fantastic night here, so much in fact that I ended up purchasing a gift voucher for my father-in-law as a birthday present! He'll love getting out for a meal with my mother-in-law especially since Brewhemia have the duelling piano guys every Thursday night. I can hand on heart say I'll definitely be back myself and probably with friends and other couples this time. I've even thought about having the works Christmas lunch here! Highly recommend booking a table and getting yourself down to Brewhemia folks.
We received a free meal in return for writing an honest review. All opinions are my own.