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I’ve popped into Jeremiah’s Taproom on Elm Row a couple times over the past few weeks. I think it’s about time I wrote up a review.
It’s an easy bar to miss being located on Elm Row, which is set back off the main road. It’s close to the Playhouse Theatre and Omni Centre so if you’re planning on visiting either of these you could maybe pop in for a drink beforehand.
On both occasions, I visited Jeremiah’s Taproom on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. The World Cup was still on when I first visited and the bar was suitably decorated with flags hanging from the wall. The bar still looks fairly new and clean on the inside. I believe the bar was rejuvenated under a new owner about a year ago. The old Elm Bar was a little rougher around the edges. It was quite quiet when I was in on the Saturday afternoon. A few locals were sitting at the bar and a few families were having a bite to eat. Jeremiah’s Taproom is a dog friendly bar which I think is great. There was one having a snooze by the bar when we were in.
We sat down at a table with two armchairs to the right of the bar. We were quickly given menus and left to decide what to have. It wasn’t an easy decision as there’s quite an extensive lunch selection. You can view the menu here. Breakfast is served right up to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. So far I’ve had the Full Scottish Breakfast (Bacon, Sausage, haggis, eggs, tomato, mushroom, baked beans, hash brown, potato scone and toast) and the Wolfpack Burger (Beef burger, haggis, fried egg and chunky hash browns).
The Scottish Breakfast was lovely. Everything was well-cooked. The eggs were fried just right with a runny yolk, perfect for dipping. I wouldn’t have minded a few more baked beans though.
The Wolfpack burger with its side of fries was pretty mammoth, so much so that the top of the bap had trouble staying on. I’d be impressed if anyone managed to eat it with just their hands. I resorted to using a knife and fork. There wasn’t a lot of haggis on the burger and would have liked a bit more (I like my haggis). It seemed to be used more-so to keep the hash brown in place. The burger meat was tasty; not too greasy but not dry enough as to fall apart. Again, the egg was perfectly fried with a slightly runny yolk. The burger was my first meal that day and it’s fair to say that I didn’t need to eat anything else until late in the evening. A very filling lunch.
I’ve not actually had an alcoholic drink in Jeremiah’s Taproom yet, although I have had a look at the drinks menu and there’s a fair selection to choose from. A blackboard in the bar shows which guest ales etc. are currently being served. Bottled beers include the likes of Black Isle Blonde, Brewdog Punk IPA and Weinenstenphan Dunkel. Prices were as expected – £3.70 for a pint of Tennents, £3.40 for a Belhaven Best. The cask ales were also quite good value.
I’ll hopefully pop into Jeremiah’s Taproom for a drink in the future. Had I lived a bit closer it’d be a spot where I’d pop in for drink before heading out. If you’re heading to the theatre, Jeremiah’s Taproom would be the perfect spot for a bite to eat or a drink beforehand.
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Address: 7-8 Elm Row Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
Telephone: 0131 556 8201