Restaurant Review: The Queens Arms Edinburgh

This homely Edinburgh watering hole is a fine spot for romance

My visit to Edinburgh’s The Queens Arms was nothing short of outstanding, and I’ve been reminiscing about it ever since. Walking up Frederick Street from Princes Street, my date and I came across The Queens Arms, a small pub set just below street level. Upon entering we were greeted by a host of friendly staff in a gothic-like interior that set a cosy and intimate ambience. We were shown to one of the private booths, a perfect setting for keeping the conversation private and getting to know one another a bit better. 

The menu was fairly traditional for a pub so we stuck with our gut feeling (no pun intended) and opted for a roast, seemingly appropriate for a Sunday lunchtime. To my surprise and delight, both our meals came out on a huge wooden chopping board, impressive yet not overstated. 

I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of Sunday roasts, and I’m delighted to report that the meal was nothing short of amazing and at the level you would expect from your favourite home-cooked version. The chicken was faultlessly tender and the roast potatoes were lightly salted, crispy and bursting with flavour. Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, but the menu does include a sweet sharing slate – we both agreed it was a perfect idea for a date, but sadly one we could not commit to. We accompanied our meal with an ice-cold pint for myself and a large glass of rosé for my date.

I couldn’t fault the relaxed setting that this Edinburgh gem set for an unpretentious yet impressive date. The staff were lovely, the food was great and the venue was spot-on; very romantic. I will definitely be returning here next time I am in Edinburgh, hopefully with the same co-diner who shared the first experience with me.

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