Heads and Tales, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 26 April 2017
One of my favourite things about Edinburgh is that there is no shortage of cosy, intimate bars. Huddled away on Rutland Place is Heads and Tales, an underground gin bar with an amazing cocktail menu. Charlotte was invited along and I came as her plus one. We hadn't seen each other in over 6 months so we were well in need of a catch-up. The low lighting, lit fire and comfy chairs made this bar the perfect place to chat away whilst trying out some fantastic drinks.  

Heads and Tales offer a GIY cocktail - gin it yourself cocktail.

Step 1: Pick a glass.
Step 2: Pick a gin.
Step 3: Pick a flavour.

I chose a rocks glass, Hayman Old Tom gin and cardamom flavouring. I wanted something unusual! It was a great choice as it worked so well. Charlotte opted for an orange blossom cocktail and really enjoyed hers too.

Heads and Tales offer a selection of bar snacks to nibble on over a drink. We ordered a few to share: mac and cheese bites with bloody mary ketchup, haggis bonbons with wholegrain mustard mayo and bbq ribs. We made some excellent choices. We were pretty full by the time we had finished and we left empty plates too.

The mac and cheese bites were the clear winner of the night. Creamy mac and cheese rolled in breadcrumbs and fried until crispy. They also came with a delicious bloody mary ketchup to give that extra kick. I've never had mac and cheese like this before but it was delicious and definitely very self indulgent. 

The bbq ribs were really succulent, falling straight off the bone. The portion was huge which was very appreciated as I'd came straight from a full day of class. The haggis bonbons were absolutely delicious, similar to the mac and cheese bites. We both agreed that the haggis was probably the creamiest we've ever had. The perfect addition to any Scottish menu. 

For our second round of cocktails we decided to go for cocktails off of the regular menu. Sticking with a Scottish theme I went for a whisky based cocktail. The Bury The Hatchett is made with whisky, Rhubarb and Ginger Edinburgh Gin, Antica Formula and bitters. This was delicious, very strong and similar to an Old Fashioned. Charlotte stuck with the fruit cocktails and ordered A Low Winter Sun: A rum based cocktail with orange and pineapple. The little decorative touches really finished the cocktails off. 

We really enjoyed our evening and two hours passed in the blink of an eye before Charlotte had to go and catch her train back to Glasgow. The atmosphere was lovely and the staff were really friendly too. I actually think this place would make a really impressive spot for a first date!

Heads and Tales can be found at 1a Rutland Place and you can read their full menus on their website here

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Disclaimer: This evening was provided to Charlotte in exchange for review. I was not required to blog myself. These photos were also taken by Charlotte as my camera couldn't handle the low light, and are used here with her permission. 

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