Since my blog is nearly a year old I thought it was only appropriate that I should re-review some of the places that I have tried in the last year. My first ever blog post review was about one of my favourite locals The Drake, it is fair to say that over the last year I have become a familiar face in this cosy little snug of a bar and often find myself in there on a week night for a bite to eat. I wanted to review the bar again because they have a new tasty summer menu plus I just love this place.
My feelings about the interior of the bar haven’t changed here are my original thoughts (with some improvements) – Located down a rickety set of stone steps The Drake is a cosy snug of a bar located in the basement of the large corner building between Lynedoch Street & Woodlands Road. The feel in the bar is very old school pub meets west end hipster hangout, which as I am sure you can imagine is completely up my street. The walls are painted exposed brick and there is a selection of mis-matched wooden chairs & booths and amazing coal fire give it a well-worn charm. The bar boasts not 1 but 2 beer gardens with an area at the front and a hidden garden at the back where they have an outdoor TV for watching sports on a lovely sunny afternoon.For me the decor is exactly what it should be for a warm and welcoming bar located in an old building.
The 2 owners of the bar Angus & John are awesome they are welcoming and always have a smile for you when you come in the door. The bar staff on the whole are fantastic, they are fast and always pleasant and helpful. Well there is one mardy member of staff but we haven’t seen them for quite a while so perhaps they have moved on.
The new summer menu at the Drake is a mixture of tasty lighter bites as well as a burger section and grill options if you are in the mood for a steak. For dinner earlier this week I opted for a starter of Slow Roasted Pork Belly Salad with black pudding puree, pea shoots & apple. It was a really lovely dish served just warm with 2 beautiful pieces of crackling. The pork was tender and really tasty. I am a huge fan of black pudding so this was always going to be a winner for me.
For my main I choose from the daily changing specials menu which today features a few very tempting dishes but I couldn’t resist the Grilled Salmon Fillet served with new potatoes, pickled fennel and rocket salad. The salmon was cook perfectly and was light and wonderfully flaky. The salad with pickled fennel was delicious and went perfectly with the fish. A really great dish for a warm June evening which I enjoyed with a large glass of wine.
If you go along and try the Drake I can also recommend both the Uig Smoked Salmon Linguin with dill & asparagus in white wine cream topped with shaved parmesan and the Lemon & Thyme Chicken Burger with a side of celeriac remoulade from the regular menu. Their Hand Cut chips are also well worth a try cause I love them.
This is one of my favourite gastro pubs in the west end and everyone I have taken there has enjoyed it – or at least they told me they did 🙂