Forget drinking.. the grub is so good that punters just want to sit and eat
When is a pub not a pub? When the bar is empty but every table in the restaurant is packed?
The Herringbone insist , despite a lack of drinkers, they are a pub first and foremost but one with such good food that punters just want to sit down and eat . And the menu is wonderful ly unusual and varied – and delicious.
The service was excellent with friendly, polite and helpful staff. Live acoustic music courtesy of talented singer Jack Rowberry was a nice touch.
But Pub Spy still wasn’t sure we were in a pub.
The website had boasted that Herringbone Goldenacre and its sister business Herringbone North Berwick were “two independent watering holes”.
But almost every table on this busy Sunday evening was filled with diners enjoying the food. And for two hours we didn’t see anyone come i n to t he g lassfronted pub simply for a quick drink. But was that because the Herringbone’s food was simply too tasty to resist?
“We are a pub – first and foremost – but a pub with really good food,” said the waitress.
Af ter enjoy ing a North Berwick Seadog cocktai l , I skipped the starters and went straight for a main course of tenderly cooked duck leg served with a variety of seasonal veg and a side dish of truff le and parmesan fries. It was delicious,
My sidekick went for a more traditional 21- day aged rib eye steak, with herb butter, confit mushrooms, tomato and chips.
For pudding we had pecan pie and a melt- in- the- mouth chocolate fondant. Everything tasted as good as it looked.
The Herringbone also offer a pretty large selection of wine by the glass, craft beers and more of those delicious cocktails.
So we decided to head for that empty bar, which had begun to fill up, and finished our evening with a pick from the extensive gin menu – Harris Gin served with salty lemon tonic water, sea rosemary and lemon. Perfect.