For­get drink­ing.. the grub is so good that pun­ters just want to sit and eat

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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.

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