The Angels Share Hotel is situated in the West End and you could be forgiven for walking past and thinking it’s just a hotel but if you look a little deeper you will see they also have an extremely stylish bar and offer a range of food from bar snacks to their al a carte menu. Gone are the days of thinking that a hotel restaurant isn’t somewhere to consider when thinking about where to eat. We popped along one Monday evening, kid free, and we were excited to see what was on offer.
On arrival we were promptly shown to a lovely booth in the middle of the room so we could watch everything going on and had a great view of their very stylish bar. They stock a great range of whisky and gins if your just looking for somewhere to get a nice drink. They’ve just launched a new menu which takes traditional Scottish ingredients and gives them a twist taking flavours from around the world. We’d browsed the menu before we visited so had a good idea of what we wanted and before we ordered we checked with our waitress what she would recommend. We were pleased that the dishes we had opted for came highly recommended.
Braised Ayrshire Pork Belly – Stornoway black pudding bon bons and apple gel
Veggie Haggis Pakoras – Irn Bru chilli jam
Our starters arrived and we were both pleased with what we had ordered. The pakora was crispy with the veg inside still maintaining some crunchiness. The Irn Bru chilli jam was sweet and hot but not too hot. Both worked well together and the jam stopped the pakora seeming dry. Mr E enjoyed the pork belly starter. He would have preferred the dish to be a little warmer temperature wise but this didn’t take away from the flavours on the plate. The black pudding bon bon added a little spiciness to the pork belly. Both dishes we would order again.
Scottish Lamb Rump – Smoked aubergine puree, mint cucumber yogurt, roast sweet potato, pistachio spinach and harissa sauce
227g D-Rump, blue cheese sauce, fries and beer battered onion rings
The dishes we choose for our mains were not our usual choices. Normally I wouldn’t choose steak when there are several of my favourites on the menu but I figured it’s good to try a steak. If they can make a cook a steak well, then everything else should be as tasty. My steak was well cooked, I ordered it medium to well done and it was perfect. It was tender to cut and it had a nice chargrilled flavour. It was also well seasoned and with the blue cheese sauce and beer battered onion rings I was in heaven. Mr E went a little away from his usual and order the lamb rump. We thought with the list of different components on the menu there might be a little too much going on but weirdly it works. The pistachio spinach was very moreish. The lamb was cooked to order and Mr E thoroughly enjoyed all the elements. He was commented on how you could taste all the flavours without any one flavour being over powered.
Sticky Toffee Pudding – Vanilla ice cream
Raspberry & Roasted White Chocolate – Lime cheesecake
Somehow we still had enough space for dessert with Mr E going for a firm favourite of sticky toffee pudding and I had the cheesecake. The sticky toffee pudding was a substantial size and the sponge well cooked. It wasn’t too light and there was plenty of toffee sauce. He liked how the pudding was warm and the ice cream cold. Sometimes the ice cream has been left to sit on the pudding and is warm, he liked the contrast. My cheesecake was tasty, a little lacking in the lime flavour but I enjoyed the raspberry and white chocolate flavours. It wasn’t too sweet and I loved the base. I’m not a fan of the biscuit layer on a cheesecake being crumbly so this was right up my street.
We both enjoyed our evening at Angel Share and would more than likely consider it for another evening out as it is a lovely setting. The food was well presented and well cooked. The service was great, attentive and friendly with the staff happy to offer recommendations. If you find yourself in the West End and looking for somewhere to eat you won’t go wrong.
The Angels Share Hotel | 7-11 Hope Street, New Town, Edinburgh, EH2 4EL | Tel: 0131 247 7000 |