The Royal Dick bar is not the easiest place to find. On the south-east corner of the Meadows (see the Meadows & Bruntsfield Links article) you can only get into the bar through the entrance to Summerhall, an arts hub which takes up the rest of the building.
The bar used to be the small animal hospital and vet school for Edinburgh University. The walls are decorated with bits and pieces left over from the hospital and you can even sit round the old operating table. The seating area is spread over small areas with sofas and board games scattered around, great for settling in for an evening – or an afternoon.
There is both food and drink on offer here. The menu offers either full sized dinners (which I’ve yet to try) or small tapas style bites. The bread and dips or padron peppers are a perfect snack while enjoying a drink.
There is a decent, if not extensive, wine list but I usually opt for a beer. Before the vet school moved in there used to be a brewery on the site and this has now been resurrected to supply the bar with the most local beer possible. On the last Thursday of the month they offer brewery tours and tastings for those who want to try more of the local tipple.
Although it’s a little out of the centre of town The Royal Dick is well worth the trip.