Bustling bar branches out to give cus­tomers a taste of the good life

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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

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