The Queens Arms have launched a midweek offer to save you the hassle of cooking. For £20, the Wednesday Night Meat Up gets you their weekly meat platter to share (which changes each week) plus a glass of wine or a pint each.
I have visited The Queens Arms before and had a great experience so had high hopes.
As the food was so good last time we decided to try a few of their other starters first. My mum had the Octopus Salad, not your usual pub classic, it was fresh and zingy and everything you want on a summer’s eve – in fact, we thought it would also be great as a main.
I had the Tempura Tiger Prawns with sweet chilli dip and lime and coriander pancake. Everything I’d ordered this far at The Queens Arms had been close to faultless, the chef really seems to know what he’s doing and it’s much better than your standard pub grub – everything tastes like it’s been made from scratch.
Onto the main event then, the Meat Platter, don’t get this confused with the meat platter on the menu which I raved about last time. The Wednesday night meat platter will eventually change each week but has been Cumberland Sausage, Egg & Chips for the last few weeks the waitress had told us. For me, it’s the least exciting of the options that I think are coming (ribs, wings) and the sort of thing I make at home when I can’t be bothered. It was a large sausage, plenty for two, with two fried eggs and what looked and tasted like hand cut chips. I wasn’t sold on the presentation, the sausage was sat atop the chips which made them taste a bit soggy from the grease and heat of the sausage. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t that exciting and didn’t quite fit with the rest of the menu and what the chef is clearly capable of. That said, at £20 (including those drinks which would probably come to just under £10), it’s good value. I felt there was one obvious thing that could be done to jazz it up – and that would be the addition of some sauces and chutneys. I already know the chef’s homemade brown sauce and apple caramel are amazing from the meat platter on the menu – I think it would make all the difference to this particular platter to have some dips, plus it adds to that sharing experience.
Dessert was back to the usual high standard, the huge slab of Flourless Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake was plenty to share and worth adding to your Wednesday Night Meat Up deal.
The Queens Arms
Location: 49 Frederick Street
Price: Wednesday Night Meat Up £20
Good for: Traditional Scottish pub atmosphere. Good service and high quality food.