Bustling bar branches out to give customers a taste of the good life
It is never easy for a pub to turn over a new leaf.
But the transformation of The Oak into the The Torfin was the right move for this bar in the heart of Edinburgh’s Corstorphine area.
What was once a traditional old man’s pub is now a stylish bar, restaurant and grill.
On the Friday night Pub Spy visited, the place was packed.
Surrounding our table in the restaurant area were girlfriends enjoying cocktails, a large party of kids and adults celebrating a birthday and lots of gatherings of friends of all ages marking the start of the weekend.
Across the bar, several groups were enjoying a few pints while watching a large screen TV that was about to start showing a Friday night football match. The atmosphere was relaxed a nd f r i end l y – although I was starting to think it was maybe a little too noisy for my liking. But then the food arrived and I saw The Torfin had something worth shouting about.
I had opted for haggis filo parcels for my starter, followed by traditional fish and chips.
My sidekick had chosen his dishes from the specials board – f ish cakes, fol lowed by a spinach and chickpea curry.
Ever y th ing f rom the presentation to the taste was divine. We could see why this popular pub was so busy.
I’d be happy to go back to find out if it’s so bustling away from the weekend. Certainly The Torf in is doing all it can to encourage punters, with a Monday Burger club, where all burgers are half price, and Tapas Tuesdays, where diners can enjoy unlimited tapas for £15.
Great choice of drinks. Delicious food. Well worth a visit any day of the week.
PACKING THEM IN The Torfin has a friendly atmosphere