The Mad Hatter.

The Mad-Hatter Platter

The Mad Hatter charcuterie platter. A whole lot of eating for only ten of our threatened Scottish pounds.

It seems as if a noteworthy new eating establishment opens every week in the 60 Watt ‘hood.

Just around the corner, the wonderful Atelier on Morrison Street is already at No.2 for Edinburgh restaurants on Tripadvisor.

And the latest eaterie on the scene (less restaurant, more gastropub) is even closer. The Mad Hatter is virtually on our doorstep, right next door to the infamous Diane’s Pool Hall (although don’t let that out you off).

The new owners have transformed the former sow’s ear into something of a silk purse.

Lovely decor and ambience, a good choice of craft beers, wines and cocktails and some of the best pub grub we’ve tasted.

So far, we’ve tried the chicken club sandwich, a huge, well presented baguette, stuffed with chicken, nachos and cheese; the chilli nachos, chock full of pulled beef or pork, salsa, guacamole and sour cream and, perhaps best of all, the charcuterie platter complete with Mellis cheeses (pictured above) possibly the best ten quid you’ve ever spent.

A nice addition to the burgeoning quality pub scene in Haymarket. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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