The Blackbird bar and restaurant in Bruntsfield has one of the best beer gardens in Edinburgh. It’s hidden away off the main road and nice and sheltered so even if the wind has decided to accompany the sunshine, it’s still warm enough to have an alfresco beverage.
I lived in this area of Edinburgh for many years when I was a student. I would walk past this pub almost every day but never gave it a second glance as it was a pretty rough looking old mans’ boozer. Now it’s a far cry from those days with its attractive food menu, prosecco and cocktails.
Before my date and I went into the restaurant for dinner, we sat outside in the beer garden for a while. He went in to get us a couple of drinks but this took quite a while as the service at the bar was very slow. I was sitting outside and was asked by a waiter if I wanted to order a drink so I wish we’d known it was table service and we both would’ve stayed put.
We then moved inside and we were seated in the very cosy restaurant area. Our waiter (same as the one I’d spoken to outside) was very friendly and helped us with out cocktails and food choices.
Starters & mains
I chose the halloumi starter followed by the superfood salad with added king prawns. Both were very tasty but I loved the salad; avocado, broccoli, Chinese kale, green tea, fresh lemon, chia seeds (GF V) all for £8.95, or you can add chicken or grilled tiger prawn for an extra £5.
My date went for the fried chicken starter which was HUGE and probably would’ve been better described as a sharer plate. For his main he had the crispy Gressingham duck with roast beetroot, za’atar, mandarin, golden squash, lemon thyme and toasted peanuts. He enjoyed it but thought it was pretty under-seasoned and needed a sauce; only the nuts and paprika powder providing any flavour.
Desserts & cocktails
Dessert was the warm chocolate brownie with pistachio ice cream which was pretty tasty. Our cocktails however, were both fantastic! I had a ‘Flo Fashion’; Grey Goose vodka, PX, passion fruit liqueur, lemon and prosecco top (£8.50). My date went for an ‘Unorthodox Behaviour’; Glenfiddich 12, Monkey Shoulder, Chateau Du Breuil Calvados, apple and brown sugar (£8.50). Deeeeelicious!
Our visit to The Blackbird was lovely, we both had a really nice evening and would recommend anyone else to go. I’m not sure if we’ll return for dinner but we’d definitely go back for cocktails in the beer garden on a sunny day in a heartbeat!
Disclaimer: This meal was mostly provided for free but this did not sway my review at all. I was 100% honest and very grateful to have been given this opportunity.