In September, restaurant reviewer Ron Mackenna visited the new Fault and Blame bar on West Regent Street.
During his meal, he ate a pie which moved the hard-bitten critic to poetry. It sat before him like a ‘king in its castle’ with a ‘huge rising battlement of buttery short crust pastry’.
Almost overcome by the experience, Ron did much more than say ‘Aye’ to a pie. He described his as a ‘thing of beauty’.
We are sold!
If Ron’s description of his pie has you feeling rather peckish then you should pick up this Big Deal on a two course meal for two at Fault and Blame.
Cool city centre hangout
This tucked-away basement bar opened earlier this year and has been quietly building a great reputation as a cool city centre hangout.
A refreshing change from slick style bars, Fault and Blame has its own quirky sense of design.
From the handmade lights to The Shining-shade red leather used to cover some of the seats, this is a bar that likes to do things differently.
And it likes to do them to an alternative soundtrack. Ed Sheeran’s hits are seldom aired around these parts.
Pies, chicken popcorn and more
Available seven days a week, from 4pm to 8pm, the offer is for two people to each have a starter and main course from the main menu.
Popular starters include the honey BBQ chicken popcorn, Stornoway black pudding cones with beetroot dipping sauce and haddock spears with a Bloody Mary mayo.
As well as a selection of pies – made fresh daily, have we mentioned the pies? – the main course choices might include a hearty brisket and oxtail chilli or a venison and beetroot burger. All very seasonal.
Great vegan options
Fault and Blame also has a strong vegan offering. From vegan hot wings with a Scotch Bonnet sauce to a courgette and black bean chilli, there are plenty of vegan offerings.
And yes, that includes the pies.
Mr Mackenna’s review was very welcome. As were all the glowing reviews on Fault and Blame’s Facebook page. We’ve edited these for length:
‘My new favourite pub. Never anything other than warm, friendly staff, excellent food and absolutely brilliant music. The atmosphere is chilled out, the lighting is subdued without being dull and it has a really good vibe.’
‘Seriously treated like a king by beautiful kind staff and the gantry is gorgeous. A chill and super cool atmosphere but warm and welcoming at the same time. Get your boots on and head on down to the new heart of town.’
‘Great new bar playing a really good mix of music – at a decent level for chatting! Had the roast yesterday and it was delicious and excellent value. Been in three times since discovering it last weekend – have recommended to my friends.’
Valid from early November until the end of December, this Big Deal is a fantastic introduction to this friendly new bar.
We could suggest you use it break up a shopping trip. Or for a pre-gig bite to eat. Or…
Actually, just re-read what The Herald had to say about their pies. It convinced us.