It,s always a bit of a lottery selecting a place to eat when you are in unfamiliar territory and surrounded by a fair selection of bistro,s and cafes but we were so pleased with our choice of The Ship on the Shore that we went back a second time! The first visit was on a cold and blustery Saturday in the late afternoon as it was going dark and we were immediately struck by the lovely cosy but spacious ambience and the warm welcome of the staff-more on that later! As others have pointed out,some items on the menu tended to be on the pricey side and if you are unwary you could soon rack up a substantial bill for lunch. Our choice was the fish, chips and mushy peas washed down with a pint of good beer . Now,that does sound ordinary in the extreme but the whole plate was excellent and i did not regret not choosing the lobster or the £260! bottle of champers. So there you have it, The Ship on the Shore can cater for all tastes and pockets in a delightful setting with attentive and friendly service. Which brings me back to the only reason i have not given it 5. The staff as i have said previously are wonderful but i
cannot get used to the idea of being asked for a tip! ie it,s there in your face on the card reader! gratuity or press clear if you don,t want to and all this is pointed out by the waitress! Call me old fashioned or just plain tight but i do not like it! After paying for the meal it,s up to the management to pay these lovely people a decent wage not ask me to pay it for them! Having got that off my chest i would go back again next time i,m in Edinburgh- Thats if they will let this tight wad through the door!
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