REVIEW – The Rail Bridge Bistro

The Rail Bridge Bistro is in South Queensferry with a perfect view of both the Forth Rail and Road Bridges.

Rail Bridge Bistro

Rail Bridge Bistro

You can stop off here for any meal of the day or just have a coffee in the cosy surroundings.  On a summer’s day this place can be exceptionally busy as it’s a popular stop with tour groups, but this is helped with a large area of seating outside. 

The food prices won’t break the bank, but not the cheapest place to eat in the area.  The quality of past meals I’ve eaten here  have been good, but the service mixed.

View from first floor table

View from first floor table

The picture was taken through the glass from a first floor table and as you can see, has a very good view of the Rail Bridge !

I love how the place is decorated with history and photos of how the bridge was built and unfortunately how many men lost their lives building it.  For children there is a little train which moves forward and back over a replica rail bridge on the wall, which will keep them amused for a little while.

There is a real fire for the winter months, with comfy sofas surrounding it, all good for a relaxing afternoon with friends.

I opted for the cream meringue which has always been a favourite of mine in this cafe.

Cream meringue

Cream meringue

Don’t worry, I did manage to finish it all  :)    Other choices include sticky toffee pudding, banoffee pie and clootie dumpling !  All round the £3 mark.

After taking in the view, we exited the Rail Bridge Bistro through it’s shop (mainly for the tourists) but they sell some good quality Scottish goods along with the usual Nessies and tartan tat.

Tourist Shop

Tourist Shop

There is a large selection of framed pictures and paintings of the Forth Bridges for sale,  some of which are nothing short of  stunning.

This cafe is at it’s busiest on New Years day when the local Loony Dook takes place in the water.  Bookings are required and I would advise to make one ASAP.

Suitable for disabled ?   Yes, ramp access into the cafe, and disabled toilet.

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