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19 Jul, 2009

The Rabbie Burns Café and Bar

Posted by: Wen Ching In: United Kingdom|Western Food

After a pleasant stay at Christine and Chris’s place in Glasgow, we continue our journey by taking a bus in the evening from Glasgow to Edinburgh. About an hour later, we arrived in Edinburgh.

It was approximately 9pm when we arrived but the sky was still bright. The city of Edinburgh can be seen from the photo with the Bank of Scotland visible on the right.

The next day we visited the National Museum of Scotland. From the top floor of the museum, we are able to capture photos of the Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle is where we visited after lunch. The admission fee for the castle was rather expensive, £13 per adult. This is the Crown Square located inside the castle.

The Laich Hall is located in the ground floor of the Royal Palace. It was created in the 1617 to serve as an outer reception room and dining chamber for King James VI. Today, the hall is used for government functions.

The Great Hall is the castle’s main banqueting chamber. For more information about the castle, please visit their official website here.

Back to our main theme – food. There are many restaurants, café and bars located on Royal Mile, Edinburgh Old Town’s busiest tourist street. We were thinking of having a light lunch and randomly chosen a café to have our meal. The café is named after Robert Burns aka Rabbie Burns, a famous poet and lyricist. One of his best known poem was the Auld Lang Syne.

The interior of the café was nice and cozy, very unique with various cooking utensils hanging on the ceiling.

We ordered a spicy baguette with grilled spicy sausage, mozzarella cheese and jalapeño peppers served with salad. Priced at £6.50, the baguette was definitely overpriced. We hate to admit it, but this is probably one of the worst sandwiches we’ve ever had in our life. For the high price that we paid, we were only served with a few pathetic pieces of sausages, jalapeño peppers and cheese. Worst still, the sandwich was way too spicy for us and it burnt our lips! It was unbelievable as most of you would’ve known that we love and take spicy food.

Overpriced at £2.75, the croissant with jam and butter was also a disaster. The plain croissant was too soggy. We could’ve gotten something better from a nearby shop, and at a much lower price too!

Probably the worst place we’ve dined in for food in the UK so far. Read quite a number of negative feedbacks on the internet too. Would definitely avoid this place in the future!

Café Information
Royal Mile, 103 High Street,
EH1 1SG Edinburgh,
United Kingdom.

15 Responses to "The Rabbie Burns Café and Bar"

1 | Selba

July 20th, 2009 at 2:21 am


The first pic is amazing! Scotland is place that must to visit, rite?

Interesting to learn that Auld Lang Syne used to be a poem. Just familiar as the song for New Year's eve :)

Too bad about the food…

2 | ♥-wanyi-♥

July 20th, 2009 at 3:24 am



3 | ai wei

July 20th, 2009 at 10:05 am


@.@ what a nightmare and disaster experience you guys had. but i do love their interior design and the unique name this cafe had.

weird lar. i thought westerner can't take spicy food? how come they made it so spicy???

4 | superwilson

July 20th, 2009 at 11:08 am


The first picture is outstanding!! Wow!!

5 | Alexander

July 20th, 2009 at 2:17 pm


Stunning photos. I like Edinburgh castle a lot. It's one of those fairy tale like castle.

Alex's World! –

6 | An Asian Traveler

July 21st, 2009 at 7:59 am


Love the Edinburgh castle. This is one of my wish lists.

7 | 嘉CacinG進

July 21st, 2009 at 9:16 am


ah?! the sandwich really tat bad oh!! XD

8 | jason

July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 am


Probably the jalapeno was too raw to be serve? The croissant looks eww…

9 | 孤傲的王子

July 21st, 2009 at 12:54 pm


我有一个特别的奖项送给你哦,请到我的部落格领奖哦! 谢谢

10 | 龍貓

July 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm



11 | Sugar Bean

July 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm


Selba, yeah, we would highly recommend you to visit Scotland if you happen to visit the UK. Yeah, I was quite shock to learn that Auld Lang Syne was a poem as well. Hehe, but fortunately our dinner was good. :)


ai wei, actually we decided to visit the restaurant because of its interesting name and interior. But unfortunately the food let us down. Yeah, quite surprised that the sandwich was so spicy, we have no idea why. But luckily Edinburgh is a nice place to visit and the fudge and dinner made our day up! ^^

superwilson, thanks for the compliment! The sunset view was fantastic.

Alexander, thank you! Yeah, the castle is very pretty and a very nice place to visit too! Would love to revisit Scotland. :)

An Asian Traveler, do visit this place when you have the chance. It's worth a visit! ^^

嘉CacinG進, haha, we really hate to admit it but the sandwich was horrible. Would avoid this café next time.

jason, hmm… Maybe you're right. Yeah, the croissant was way too soggy, very disappointed.



12 | ling239

July 28th, 2009 at 2:31 pm


cooking utensils hanging on the ceiling…. good decoration!
but wonder how they clean them…

13 | Brat

January 14th, 2010 at 10:09 pm


I ate at the above cafe with my work colleague recently and have to say i think the previous comment was very harsh. The food was plentyful and hot. I can honestly say it was not expensive compared to some places i have eaten.

14 | LaMoine MacLaughlin

June 17th, 2012 at 9:41 pm


At Rabbie Burns
By LaMoine MacLaughlin
Wisconsin, USA

We offer this poetic gift for Paul,
and new friends Cetin, Ilvija and all,
our little verse for everyone to see
as thanks for gracious hospitality.

For though the mist and pouring rain might try
to fill the morning, noon, and evening sky,
we trust that every tourist quickly learns
that they will find sunshine at Rabbie Burns.

15 | psykolog århus

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