Tue 20 Nov 2018
My parents were staying with us last week and we all went out for lunch to the Hawes Inn at South Queensferry. There were six of us in total, four adults and two children age 3 and 5. We have been to this pub a few times before. It’s family-friendly, the service is good and the food is always nice. So, it’s always a good choice, especially when we have the kids with us.
The pub is in a fantastic location, looking out over the Firth of Forth and the iconic Forth Bridges. It is over 300 years old, with the oldest part of the building dating from the late 17th century. From 1765 for nearly a hundred years, the Hawes Inn was a change house for stage coaches using the Newhalls Ferry. It became famous in 1886, when Robert Louis Stevenson featured it in his novel, Kidnapped. It is believed that Stevenson actually came up with the idea for the book while staying at the inn. Today, the Hawes Inn is a lovely family pub and restaurant, with lots of history and character.
We had a nice table with a perfect view of the bridge. Most of the adults ordered off the “Midweek Treat” lunch menu, which offers 2 courses for £11.50. I had the chicken and mushroom pie. Chicken in a white wine, mushroom and leek sauce, topped with puff pastry, and served with chunky chips and seasonal vegetables. It was a good hearty meal, very tasty and filling. Everyone else also enjoyed their choices.
The kids had lasagne and sausage and mash from the children’s menu. They both loved their food and managed to eat a lot of it.
For dessert, most of us had the chocolate brownie, which came with a delicious ice-cream that tasted like Baileys, or some sort of liqueur. The brownie was also amazing, very rich and gooey.
We had a lovely family meal at the Hawes Inn. We felt it was very good value at £11.50 per adult and £6.50 per child for two courses. The drinks were reasonably priced too.
Afterwards, we had a nice walk along the water with great views of the three Forth Bridges, plus a little wander round the shops in the village.
Hawes Inn, 7 Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9TA