Lunch at The Hawes Inn

Photograph of the Forth Bridge passing over the Hawes Inn at South Queensferry. Photograph taken with my Nokia 5140i phone camera.

Lunch today was a leisurely affair in the company of my dear friend Dave Gibbs at the highly-recommended Hawes Inn in South Queensferry.

Remarkably, today was the most quiet I’ve ever experienced the Hawes Inn for a meal. Usually the place is heaving and you have to wait half-an-hour for a table to become free. We had one room entirely to ourselves. It was really quite pleasant, sitting at a window table watching (and hearing) trains crossing the Forth Bridge above us, and the RNLI crew washing their lifeboat across the street.

S1Play has this to say about The Hawes Inn:

Not only was the inn the site of a meal between Lovel and Old Buch at the start of Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Antiquary, it also provided the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. Hotel guests can stay in Stevenson’s Room, which looks out across the River Forth, and even read Victorian graffiti.

Drinkers downstairs can enjoy a traditional pub decorated with a ship’s bell, miniature ships’ wheels and an old timetable from when a ferry crossed the Forth. But the bar is most proud of its literary connections. Not only do Stevenson quotes adorn the wall – visitors can eat in the Stevenson Restaurant, where, hopefully, they will be able to raise a more hearty appetite than that of the consumptive writer.

The Hawes isn’t just a tourist trap – there are locals aplenty too. So grab a pint and look across the Forth. Who knows what inspiration may strike you.

I once saw SNP leader Alex Salmond having a meal there. That was quite exciting.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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