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Nobles has just taken my top spot for places to have brunch in Edinburgh. You need only take a look at the pictures below to see why. I’ll go into a bit of detail to back up those images anyway.
I’ve been in Nobles a fair few times before, but never to have something to eat. Usually I’ve been in for a few drinks with work colleagues. The bar is close to both my workplace and my home, I’m not sure why it’s taken me nearly a year to pop in for something to eat.
Nobles has a rather distinctive exterior. Louise described it as being ‘piratey’. Stained glass windows add a touch of character and appealing plants grow along the top of the bar front.
Inside is a cosy bar with a few different seating areas. We sat on the stage area (which is where live music acts often perform in the evenings). There’s another seating area towards the back of the bar on the right, which can be hard to see from elsewhere in the bar. The walls of the bar are decorated with a number of peculiar pieces of art work. Look out for the painting of the astronaut playing the accordion and the picture of Bjork with a polar bear. Not quite sure what the story behind those are, but I’m sure if you asked the staff they’d be happy to fill you in.
Although the bar is relatively quiet during the day, it can fill up quickly later on in the evening, and especially at weekends. The outdoor seating area is always popular when the sun’s out.
On taking our seats we were quickly handed the brunch menus (You can view the full menu on Nobles Facebook page). We were also given a refreshing jug of water without asking for it. This was welcomed as it was quite a hot day outside. The bar itself was at a comfortable temperature. As we were sat on the stage we had the added advantage of an open window available to cool us down. After a few minutes the waitress returned and we were asked if we would like anything else to drink. Two teapots of tea is what we went for.
An elderly couple sitting across from us had ordered the fish and chips. We overheard that the fishmonger hadn’t arrived yet but he was on his way. 15 minutes later they had their meals set down on their tables. You can’t get much fresher than that.
I decided to go for Nobles Full Scottish Breakfast (A Full Scottish Breakfast is usually always my first choice where brunch is concerned) and Louise ordered the Eggs Benedict. The Full Scottish Breakfast was just superb. It far exceeded my expectations. Everything was cooked to perfection. The poached eggs were runny enough for dipping. The bacon wasn’t too crispy. Perfection. I had to stop myself from digging in to capture a photo of the dish first.
Louise had no complaints with her Eggs Benedict either. She didn’t let me have a bite but it did look lovely. There was very little left on my plate by the time I had finished eating.
I usually venture further into town for my brunch fix, but with food this good on my doorstep, I can see myself having brunch in Nobles a lot more often. A fully deserved 5 star for food.
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