As part of the legendary pub quiz team ‘Buster Hymen & The Penetrators” many a Tuesday night was spent in my university-era pub of choice, Tallys.
But a combination of leaving university and not drinking alcohol meant I’ve not been there in years, and I only recently realised that not only has Tallys closed down, but it has reopened and been refurbished as The Tinsmith.
And today I went along to try out their food.
Stuart Reviews Restaurant: The Tinsmith Review – The Restaurant
Well it’s a pub, not a restaurant, but I was taken aback by how much the interior has changed. The bar has moved to the middle of the floor, the wall has been knocked in so that it’s more open plan than before and
– in a way, sadly – the seating has all been changed, which means that ‘our’ booth by the window has gone.
But I made a point of sitting in the part of the room where our booth was.
I’m nostalgic that way.
It was all very nice though, so I have no complaints on that score.
Stuart Reviews Restaurant: The Tinsmith Review – The Food
Much like Braes – which I reviewed last week – this has a menu where almost everything on offer is something I would enjoy, so I was spoiled for choice.
Unlike Braes, what we ordered was actually really nice.
Both Mhairi and myself went for one of the homemade pies – I went for the Pulled Pork & Smokey Beans, she went for the Butternut Squash & Feta – with onion gravy and sweet potato fries and veg.
What’s good about it is that you get a choice of pie filling (Peppered Steak & Ale, Chilli & Cheese, Jamaican Chicken Curry and the two mentioned above), potato (Sweet Potato Fries, Creamy Mash or regular chips) and vegetable (fried onions, mushy peas or a variety of boiled veg) which suits most tastes.
And I’ve got to say, it was very tasty.
The pastry to filling ratio was spot on and the way the fries were drenched in the gravy meant that it was almost like ordering Poutine.
Any complaints? Well the presentation wasn’t the best – as you can see in the pictures – and I’d sooner have had my food on a plate, but you can’t have it all.
If I wasn’t so full, I’d also have tried the Deep Fried Mars Bar with Irn Bru ice-cream.
Stuart Reviews Restaurant: The Tinsmith Review – The Drink
As usual it was a pint of lemonade, and as lemonades go, this hit the spot.
Like I said last time, if anyone is reading this and thinking “All lemonade tastes the same” then I’d respectfully point out that you’re off your head.
Stuart Reviews Restaurant: The Tinsmith Review – The Vegetarian’s Viewpoint
Loads of choice for the carrot munchers among you.
They’ve even got a Halloumi Burger, which I’d love to try.
Stuart Reviews Restaurant: The Tinsmith Review – The Price
All in for two main courses and two pints of lemonade, it came to £17, which is the cheapest of any of the restaurants I’ve reviewed so far.
It’s also cheaper than any of the other places I’d regularly go for food before I started doing these reviews, including the likes of Jessie’s Kitchen, Rascals Bar in St. Andrews and Duke’s Corner.
Not too shabby at all.
Stuart Reviews Restaurant: The Tinsmith Review – Final Thoughts
I said last week that the quality of the menu at Braes meant I’d probably go back and try again. Now I’m not so sure.
The menus of both Braes and The Tinsmith are comparable in terms of food I’d like to eat, but the latter was both nicer and cheaper.
Out of the two, I know which one I’d go back to sooner.
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