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Peckhams Underground

Scottish and British Restaurant

3.6 out of 5 3.6/5 from 5 reviews (add your opinion)

155-159 Bruntsfield Place
EH10 4DG

Phone: 0131 228 2888

Peckhams Underground

Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

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3.5 from mdavidson (96%) on February 11th, 2008 (11 years ago)

Peckhams Underground, 155-159 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

They do a good deal with the wine here where you can buy bottles upstairs and then pay corkage to drink them with your meal. We decided to get 4 bottles between six of us. One of our group decided champange was also required. As a result of this booziness my recollections of the food are somewhat limited. I had prawns for starter which were nice and big and juicy. For main course I think I had venison sausages - tasty but not something that would require a great deal of skill to cook. I have no recollections of what followed - apparently I went missing for 30 minutes after the main course, others in my group assumed I had just gone home only for me to reappear again, from where no one knows.

While the food was well made there was nothing on the menu that had any sort of wow-factor to it. I think I paid £40 for my meal but was told afterwards that I paid too much (although my friends did not see fit to reimburse me - ho hum).

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3 from Meng (69%) on August 10th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Peckhams Underground, 155-159 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

On that threshold between Brunstfield and Morningside is this little shop right? You can buy cheese, and wines, and fancy chocolates and crackers and pastas and all sort of middle-class suburbia Desperate Housewives pot-pourraphernalia. And I was thinking to myself, 'this could be Heaven or this could be Hell'..

Negotiate your way around the shop and eventually you'll come to the exit, although take a quick left down the steel staircase and lo' behold: 'Welcome to Peckham Underground'.

Not a previously unheard of alternative universe subterranean railway service stop linking up to the impending new swishy Edinburgh tram service, but an apparent stalwart in downstairs basement cuisinery. Some eat here to remember and some eat here to forget, so with that in mind the Platinum Blonde suggested I take my family here for some lunchtime lunchables, the borderline posh nosh-priced cosmestibles favoured by the Morningsidekind.

So with mirror balls on the ceiling, plush (but worn) sofas by the side and 2.40 fresh juices on ice (and after a wait as this place can be packed. Lunchtimes are popular, so first-come-first served as well, so no bookings), and the service can be a bit slow (waitress was friendly, though possibly new) this is what we ordered.

Mains: Vegetarian platter, Italian deli platter, full Scottish breakfast, fillet steak dish, venison burger dish (mine), desserts: tarte citron, sticky toffee puddings, and creme caramel ice cream.

Results: Vegetarian platter was a substantial dish of garden salads, assorted dips, cheese (grilled halumi) and pineapple n' grilled veg kebabs. Quite a portion but you'd expect that for the price. The deli platter was assorted salamis, pepperonis, breads. Okay apparently, as these were consumed by a fellow 11-year old critic. She's had better.

Full Scottish came with haggis, but no black pudding. The fried soda bread looked nice though, and it was quite impressive-looking. I opted for Bambi in the burger. The meat patties appear home-made, served in a duo (to allow better thorough cooking) and was divine. Served in a burger bun ciabatta-a-like, salad with proper spiced wedges, surprisingly worth the 8 quid you pay for. And that surprises me.

My young cousin opted for the fillet steak sandwich. Looked and smelled nice, but when tried to stab it with his steely knife he couldn't quite kill the beast. Patchy cooking (well-done at times, and a bit rare in others) means low, low scores folks, so pay attention when cooking. It's not difficult to do, but it's pretty dumb when you don't.

And so to the sweet stuff: The lemon tarte tasted like soft lemon custardy cheese. Store-bought? Hand-made? Who-knows. Above-average it was. Sticky toffee pudding came in surprisingly a small a portion as the tarte. Toffee pudding slice it was. Next time, save your money for a canned microwave tin of Heinz sticky toffee pudding. Yum.

Creme caramel ice-cream wasn't creme caramel flavoured. Just 3 scoops of vanilla in creme caramel sauce. Ah well.

Conclusion: Nice, but for the price ultimately a let-down. But don't despair! Just a minor setback, I'm sure once the credit crunch and other slippery biscuits turnover in the next oncoming financial quarters, my salary would go up to the point where affording to eat at an establishment quaintly named after a Tube station would be a feasible prospect. That, and the fact that someone else paid for my meal means this place gets a scorecard of 'F' for 'Fair'.

Harsh it may seem, but I DID enjoy myself and would recommend that you go (you're goin, you're goin, you're goin) to Peckham Underground, when you want to splash out in this town.

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4 from SB22 (34%) on October 4th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Peckhams Underground, 155-159 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

We wandered into Peckham's one Saturday afternoon and after enjoying a prolonged look through the well stocked shop we went Underground for a late breakfast. The restaurant was busy but we found a table ourselves and sat down. Unfortunately we were in for a 10 minute wait before a waiter approached us with some menus, possible excusable since they were run off their feet. I was a little concerned as I look around at the decor, cold stainless steel tables, black painted concrete floor, awful high red upholstered booths and badly strung fairy lights hanging on black leather framed mirrors. However, we ordered and the food came approximately 20 minutes later. I had the continental breakfast, which was extremely tasty, beautifully presented and couldn't be faulted. My boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed his French toast with bacon and maple syrup. The bill was very reasonable for the quality of the food. Overall, I'd return and give dinner a try, but I wish they'd re-decorate.

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4 from paddyhr (31%) on June 27th, 2007 (11 years ago)

Peckhams Underground, 155-159 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

Proper nice nice meal in unpretentious surroundings, good wines, prompt, friendly service and I was still smiling after the bill arrived.

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3.5 from vladimpala (17%) on March 22nd, 2008 (11 years ago)

Peckhams Underground, 155-159 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

I've had mixed experiences of Peckhams Underground but I still go back - so it can't be that bad.

On the plus side the food is usually good and the menu is little more interesting than you average gastro pub. If you don't like the choices on the wine list you can pop upstairs and buy something from the deli and pay corkage.

On the minus side. The menu hasn't changed for a couple of years now and could do with a referesh to keep the locals interested. Also, service can be a bit slow at times - even when the place isn't busy.

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