Updated: Jan 20, 2021
Here is a simple but powerful rule: always give people more than what they expect to get. ~Nelson Boswell
We wanted to give a review today over something we literally just had fall in our laps.
When we were doing research, we found The Red Bistro Bus in Edinburgh. This is a great experience you can either go by yourself or with a group, during the afternoon or evening. There are themes offered in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Check out their website for a list of schedules and prices. Also, know that there is limited seating and it sells out fast!
When we went, there was a wedding party so it was a lot of fun. We had people on the bus that were full of excitement and so we fed off their energy which influenced our experience as well.
We would definitely invite our mothers and daughters on this kind of foodie tour that takes you all around Edinburgh! We would highly recommend it, and would go again for a second and third time for sure. We'd like to see what other things they offer.
The Red Bistro Bus is a vintage double-decker bus that has now been refurbished into a cute little restaurant. The very front of the bus, is a cozy nook for the driver, right behind that is this small kitchen area, then behind that you have the booths. This "tiny" restaurant on wheels consists of a downstairs and upstairs eating extravaganza.
When on the website, make your booking, and bring this with you. (Also note if you have dietary restrictions, they will make accommodations for you!) As you wait by the side of the bus, the waiters will call your name and then direct your to your seat.
What was really fun about this, is the tour goes for about an hour and a half. You have a choice of afternoon tea, so you get your sandwiches, you get your dessert. You have sweet and savory, your scones ,and you can have tea or you can have the gin. I think it was an extra ten pounds, and you get a pot of fruit infused gin.
We actually were up in the very front top of the bus so we we had a little tiny booth. Be aware that the booths are a bit small so expect that you may share a portion of the seat, you will get to know your seat-mate very well! #sardines
When you first get on they give you, I think it was called Prosecco, kind of like a champagne sweet drink. Sip it, hold on to the stem or set it in the container/hole on the table so it won't fly or flop around. You've got music, you have two waiters. Our afternoon tea display was gorgeous. Scones, sandwiches, and sweets. Mouthwatering, at best! The gin, number one, was beautiful. They had flowers like violets, what you can eat it was just so pretty.
It was a nice clear day so we in the front we can open these little windows so we have a nice breeze on us. I believe the booths are all wooden and other than that there, it does get loud so if there's party, be prepared to yell, luckily we can sign so we we didn't have to worry about that.
The only thing that when the waiter did come to talk to us, We didn't understand a word he said. The music was a little too loud and his voice didn't carry over it, plus he had a really strong accent and spoke quietly. We just nodded. That was our only downfall.
The whole presentation of all the food and every single thing tasted fantastic. The tiered plates, the drinks. It doesn't look like much because our eyes are bigger than our stomach, but we promise you, it is plenty! We would split everything on the plates. It was spectacular and for the price, it was affordable.
You drive all over Edinburgh, I mean you went everywhere, sometimes twice it didn't matter. It takes you all throughout Edinburgh and it was so much fun. We were a little worried since it is about an hour and a half to two hours, but there is a 20-minute stop near Arthur's Seat. You can go to the bathroom and you can get up, because it's such close quarters, they let you get off the bus.
Our review: Highly recommend! This is a must so you don't want to miss it. Seats sell out quickly so make sure you reserve before you head to this magical city!
Travel Simpler! Enjoy the tour!