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This recently renovated bar just off the bottom end of the Royal Mile will be well-known to anyone who has attended Festival shows at the Pleasance. Dark and chic, with silver stags’ heads adorning
the walls, what was once a student goth hangout has been transformed into an altogether hipper establishment that has flourished accordingly. You can eat in the packed bar area, but it’s better to
head down to the tables at the far end of the place if you want to sample Holyrood’s famous ‘two-handers’ – a range of 20 stunningly good burgers with various flavours and toppings.. Alternatively,
big breakfasts, hefty steaks, sharing boards and salads are top shouts from the all-day menu. To drink, there’s an impressive roster of craft beers and real ales, including the house brew from
Williams Bros in Alloa.
I decided to lunch at Holyrood 9A, a pub with a tall reputation for fine burgers. The last time I tried a place that fitted that description was The Cambridge Bar, which proved to be rather disappointing. Holyrood 9A made a much better fist of things.The setting is a dimly lit pub, in the traditional style. The outer section has some very elegant cornice work, but they make little of it...
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