Smart design and super food at this Edinburgh Inn
The Inn on the Mile
82 High Street, Edinburgh
On the corner of North Bridge and the Royal Mile, you’re not likely to miss finding this Pub with its outdoor tables. Formerly the Bank Hotel, it’s had a makeover to create a brash, bold new Bar-Bistro, with nine deluxe bedrooms upstairs.
The decor blends traditional architectural features with modern urban style. Designer Jim Hamilton decided to open up the space exposing bare brickwork, wood and metal girders for an industrial look. Couchettes and cosy booths offer comfy seating to relax over speciality craft and cask beers, whiskies, wines alongside hearty gastropub food.
The cool and contemporary Inn on the Mile is the perfect new name for this Pub with Rooms. This is the latest addition to the collection of restaurants and hotels in the G1 group (including Murrayfield House, Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh, as well as Glasgow and Aberdeen).
Upstairs to the bedrooms, each floor is decorated with Timorous Beasties’ iconic, handprinted wallpaper of buzzing bees and colourful thistles. Rooms are designed with individual flair, gorgeous roll top baths or power showers, luxury White Company toiletries and artistic touches. Homely essentials – tea/coffee, bar drinks, hair straighteners, Wifi, Sky TV.
No need to splash out the tartan, believed Hamilton – the décor is minimalist white and grey to create a fresh, smart modern space. Scottish heritage can be found outside around the Old Town. The aim for G1 property design is “striking the right balance between the building’s history and its modern function.”
So now down to the Bistro Bar for supper. We sat at a large booth with polished copper table top, and on this early evening the mood is warm and welcoming, busy and buzzing with locals and city visitors.
The Bar specialises in Scottish craft beers, whiskies and an ingenious selection of cockt-ales – where beer replaces the spirit in fruity alcoholic concoctions.
Not sure what to order from the extensive drinks list, I chose a Beer Flight – three small glasses from a choice of six.
I tasted Flying Scotsman, Bitter and Twisted and Schiehallion, all labelled and served on a wooden tray. What fun was this! No. 1, dark rich, hoppy, No. 2, sharp bitter at first with sweet aftertaste, No. 3, oaty, light, refreshing.
Ken selected an Innis & Gun Rum beer which was the colour of raspberries with a very distinctive flavour.
The food menu features everyone’s favourites – fish and chips, haggis (veggie haggis too) Caesar salad, burgers, steak pie, macaroni cheese, rump steak., soup and paninis. I selected 2 very fishy, softly cooked Smoked Haddock fishcakes served on a wooden board, with extra portion of fat chips. Ken very much enjoyed his Fish Supper, traditionally served in newspaper on a plate, so that you could eat with fingers or knife and fork.
Two generous portions of quality homely food, both simply delicious. No room for pudding, but those with a sweet tooth could choose apple pie, ice cream or fudge cake.
Recent reviews from international visitors staying at the Inn:
“Super friendly staff, amazing décor, funky, relaxed atmosphere, the food is hearty and filling. We would return in a heartbeat!”
“Great location to stay for exploring Edinburgh. Will definitely be returning to The Inn On The Mile”.