I’m not someone who does a lot of fine dining so I never know what to expect when I go to nice restaurants. Stockbridge is located a little outside the main hustle and bustle of Edinburgh which I loved as it was more of a relaxed vibe and it didn’t feel loud and crowded. We went over bank holiday weekend which meant a lot of restaurants and bars in the city were a bit too much to deal with so this was a pleasant contrast.
Descending the steps to the restaurant I was a little surprised at how small the restaurant was but it was the perfect size meaning that it had that cozy feeling and it didn’t get too loud and noisy even when full, the atmosphere was lovely.
After being shown to our seats we delved straight into the drinks menu which meant a beeline for the gin selection. Alongside the gin selection there was a description of each one and what it was garnished with which was such a godsend as sometimes it can be tough just going on the name as to the type of gin it is, especially as I’m not a huge fan of dry gins. I ordered a fruity pink gin with grapefruit and Luke went for a sharper one with lime and both went down well. One of the great things about Stockbridge is that on a Sunday you’re able to bring your own wine and just pay corkage which makes an evening out a bit more affordable.
When browsing the menu one thing which I saw and loved was the fact that it showcased some of the restaurants suppliers and what they’re used for. For example their organic meat suppliers and what they provide, things like this really show how proud a restaurant is of it’s food and where it’s come from and something you don’t see very often. On Sunday evenings there’s a really affordable set menu which is just £27.95 for 2 courses or £33.95 for 3 courses which is such great value.
For starters Luke opted for the mushroom soup which was creamy and full of strong flavours and I had the Venison terrine wrapped in bacon with pickle vegetables and sauce which isn’t something I’d usually go for but it was a great change to the norm. The terrine wasn’t too heavy and it was packed full of flavour.
For main Luke had the Aberdeen Angus rump steak with sauteed potatoes, wild mushrooms and jus and the steak itself was cooked to perfection so safe to say it didn’t last long on his plate. I was tempted by the steak because I am a huge fan but again I decided to opt for something a little different and went for the duck breast with confit leg and fondant potato, savoy cabbage, wild mushrooms and jus and it was absolutely amazing.
Duck is a dish I rarely order as I usually opt for chicken or beef but it was so succulent and cooked perfectly that I’ll definitely be choosing it again when I’m out. The potato was really soft and fluffy inside and crispy on the outside which for me is perfection. It even came with a mini sausage roll which had pastry which was so perfect I even gave up half just to let Luke experience how amazing it was.
We decided to opt for a dessert cocktail to begin with as there was a chocolate mint gin on offer and while it probably isn’t something I’d opt for again it was a really nice alternative. For our actual desserts we both went for the chocolate brulee with chocolate brownie, white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate ice cream and no prizes for guessing that it was 10/10 incredible. I’ve never had chocolate brulee but it was creamy but not too rich and everything was the perfect size to not leave me feeling stuffed afterwards.
Alongside the amazing food the service was exactly what I’d want from any restaurant. The staff were attentive and accommodating without being smothering and intrusive, a fine balance which so often isn’t met.