This is a friendly and welcoming inn, although hesitant about their refit about 8 years ago which removed a lot of the beams which were scrawled upon supposedly by Robert Louis Stevenson, it hasn't changed much and the back room remains where Stevenson drank, there are pictures and memorabilia relating to Stevenson and the Ferry (South Queensferry). This room can be segregated for small functions (around 20 seated).
The menu has recently changed and apart from the usual pub classics (scampi, steak, bangers and mash, prices start from 6.95) they now offer lunchtime specials where one course is 5.95 and two courses are 7.95. The choices include soup of the day, breaded mushrooms, steak sandwich and chips, other lighter bites, ice cream and apple pie. The specials board usually has at least one fish dish, locally caught. The staff are friendly and helpful and nothing is every any effort for them.
The drinks on offer are the usual bar drinks and a reasonable selection of soft drinks including mixed fruit juices (cranberry and orange is a popular favourite). Coffee is fresh not instant. The Christmas lunches and Sunday lunches are very popular (Christmas lunches 12.95 and Sunday lunch 7.95), with very ample portions. This Inn even boasts an open fire, the two tables adjacent are always busy on cold days.
Views out over the bay give you a good view of the Forth Rail Bridge. The car park (to the rear) has ample parking for around 40 cars, although if entering the car park from the Edinburgh road (not the main road adjacent to the shore), then please be careful of the potholes when driving down this single track road to the car park. This entrance road is just that, an entrance road it is not an exit. Exit is by the road adjacent to the shore (this can also be used an entrance to the car park although drive slowly as this is next to a busy car garage). In the summer, park away from the trees at the back of the car park, sap from the trees ends up on your car.
There is a small beer garden outside the Hawes both to the front and the rear although being right on the main road the garden at the front gives you an amazing backdrop to your lunch.
We booked a table on line for 5 on a Sunday evening and specified the "Robert Louis Stevenson Room" We arrived on time and there were plenty of spare tables to be had but we were placed in the middle table in a nook at the far end of the bar in fact as far away as possible from where we asked to be placed, when asked if a table could be had where requested, we were ignored then abandoned.
They were out of most of their beer and of the one I ordered only one pint was had before we ran out of it as well.
We ordered our food and since no one else came into the restaurant when we were ordering we were all assuming we would get what we ordered: wrong. The waiter came back 15 mins after the order was placed to advise 2 members of our party that they were out of their choices.
Service was slow, for a barely populated restaurant. The beer choice was almost none existent due to them running out. When interaction did occur the staff were friendly and apologetic but management need to seriously review their resourcing and training if this is normal, and, given previous reviews I think ti is.
We ended up here after doing the Shore walk from Cramond. It was a Sunday and it was very, very busy. It was very obviously the staff were flat out either because it was so busy or they were short staffed. I completely understand so I can't be too picky since having worked in customer service, I really felt bad for them. However, they did manage to come clean the table and eventually came back to take our food order.
Getting our drinks at the bar was very quick, so that was a plus to at least have drinks sorted quickly. We only ordered a few nibbles, which includes a cheese board, the Mediterranean bread board and the beef pie. The cheese board was good and we a nice thing to share. I didn't try to beef pie, but the group thought it was okay. Very big size, but very sauce filled. It was not the thick filling one would expect from a pie, and looked more like gravy. The breads were okay, but nothing special as it was just served with olive oil.
It is a very quaint pub and a nice warm place to stop after the long walk in he cold, but as far as dining goes, it is not really my cup of tea. I think it would be nicer if it wasn't as busy, so maybe on a weekday for an afternoon stop.
Over St Andrews weekend, The Man and I planned a day out that included a few hours perusing the pubs in South Queensferry. In the mood for pub grub, we planned to finish the day at the Hawes Inn for a meal.
When we arrived, it was pretty dead - just a small handful of tables in what's actually a pretty large dining room. Despite this, there were several tables that hadn't been cleared. Slow restaurant + dirty tables doesn't give the best first impression.
A sign instructed us to order at the bar, so we decided to start with drinks and sit in the "snug" where drinks and sharing platters could be had, but not full meals.
I opted for the largely advertised mulled cider (£3.50). I was given a little glass that was probably about a half pint. Quite pricey for a half pint of cider with spices and orange in it.
Not keen to eat in the empty dining room, we opted for a sharing platter in the snug. It came quickly and was ... fine. It was a bit underwhelming but I guess that fit with our whole Hawes Inn experience.
As per our first impression, our empty glasses and empty platter were never cleared while we were there.
All in all, not exactly the highlight of our day out. It's got to be pretty dire when you go somewhere expecting to have a meal and end up leaving after enough of a snack to tide you over until you can get home and make proper food.
A few weeks ago, a group of us decided to have an out of town day so went to the Deep Sea World (which I would recommend) and then back to The Hawes Inn in South Queensferry. I will admit when I was first told we were heading to the Hawes in I may have misconstrued it, so was always going to be a bit disappointed.
However the lack of exotic dancers wasn't the only thing wrong with this pub. Found (difficultly from the train station - you have to walk through a wood to get to it) right on the Firth, the pub is in a great location and is in a large building with a good sized building so should have been really good. This was not the case. The service was terrible; bless her, the girl working was on her first day and din't know what the hell was going on but the manageress just stood at the other end of the bar watching her struggle for about 10 minutes before she reluctantly came over to help. After that palaver we ordered some food, which was decidedly average. It's hard to mess up a steak sandwich, burgers, and scampi, but they gave it a good go.
On the plus side, the pub is really nice inside and is huge, so if there are a few of you, it's a good size to accommodate you all. The bar is pretty massive as well, with an extensive selection of drinks, especially wines. This is a pub that should be really good, it just seems to be let down by staff that don't really give a damn.
The Hawes Inn, at the far end of South Queensferry is one of the more well known pubs-hotels in the area. From the outside it looks quite traditional and quite small, however looks can be deceiving.
The main bar is quite large and has an extensive bar. It has a good selection of ales, including Deuchers, so I was very chuffed with that. The bar has a good amount of wooden tables, suitable for groups during lunches and dinners. The exterior is quite traditional and at times the bar, due to its size partly, does feel quite cold at times.
The food on offer is mostly your normal pub group food and is not that expensive, but not that cheap.
Defiantly worth a try if your in the area.
I agree with the previous poster in general. The food is fairly standard pub fare but is cheap enough. The service leaves a bit to be desired - you may have to prompt the staff occasionally, especially during peak periods. It is family friendly with regards to the menu and the fact there is seating in the garden area is a bonus but a bit more emphasis on things for children to do wouldn't go amiss.
Also, if you are unlucky enough to get a seat next to the staff stations you can hear a bit of gossiping and griping which, although at times amusing, can strike you as unprofessional.
Excellent pub in a great location. I had the french onion soup to start, which was among the best I've ever had. The previous champion was at the Langham in London, but this was even better. The cheese toast instead of the cheese and bread on top was a nice touch. Wife and I each had the fish & chips. Chips were nice enough but the fish, man it was amazing. And huge. We both left stuffed!!! I highly recommend trying this place. Yum!
The Hawes in (featured in Robert Louis Stevensons -Kidnapped) is sited right under the forth rail bridge and has an open fire. The eating area is made up of lots of cosy little rooms with lots of nooks and crannies. Food here alright - more of a casual dining experience. You order at the bar and are then given a wooden spoon with your order number on. Can be very busy in the summer. We used to visit fairly regular but noticed that menu didn't change that often. On the upside the staff are friendly and helpful - a great place to catch up with friends over a long lunch
I love this place! It's really the best place in Queensferry on a cold day, when you can snuggle up next to a real fire and enjoy the fantastic view. The food is excellent and reasonably priced and the drinks are cheap too. Very highly reccommended.
The Hawes Inn has recently had a bit of a makeover recently with a more foodie friendly menu that is worth a try and has been running taster evenings to try to entice regulars away from the burger menu. That said, I do come back for the burgers, and the deserts are really good. However, the interior does seem to be fitted with lights that make it darker
This is a lovely wee pub with a good pint and a nice view. On a sunny day you can sit outside with beautiful views over the Forth to North Queensferry.
The food at the Hawes is good, it has favourites like fish and chips but also has soem slightly fanicier stuff.
The prices are reasonable and the staff are always friendly.
Just make sure you sit outside or get a window seat because it tends to be a bit dark inside.
This is quite an old fashioned pub/restaurant. Food was ok, nothing spectacular but the prices for both food and drink were reasonable. Lovely views from the tables outside, right next to the two forth bridges.
love this place, been going for years, grew up in south queensferry and every birthday or special occassion we go here.
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