I should start by saying this is my first negative review, and I really am loathed to do it, but the stay was just not up to scratch.
We have just come back from a two night break staying at Browns on a Saturday and Sunday night.
Firstly, some positives. The room was of a decent size and the bed was comfy. Room was quiet and good sleep was had. The dog was charming (it is old & blind) and tea and coffee facilities were fine.
i) The bathroom was, we were told by our host, "a feat of engineering". It was effectively a split level wet room where you were showing next to a toilet paper dispenser. God forbid you wanted to use the toilet after the shower, as the floor would inevitably be wet. It was an odd room, and a bizarre design. Put simply, it didn't work, and a separate bathroom would have been a better idea rather than trying to squeeze a shower, toilet & sink into a cupboard.
ii) Breakfast. We stay in B&B's in Edinburgh because of the breakfast. Breakfast is everything for a B&B! It is really their only chance to show a bit of what they stand for on a plate, and I always look forward to it while away. In truth, it was so bad, it was funny.
On the first morning I had selected the full Scottish breakfast. It was awful. The sausages were processed, had no texture, and were the cheapest of the cheap. The filling had a strange slimy texture, probably because it was mechanically reclaimed, rather than actual meat. Poached eggs were not an option, and had to be requested on the breakfast form. The hostess advised she had struggled with the poaching; the egg was fine, but hadn't been drained properly, and so there was water all over the plate. The bacon, similar to the sausages, was of a poor quality, and it was a shame. Mushrooms were odd, not a nice flavour, and way way overcooked. The Haggis though.....the haggis was really awful. The texture was very bizarre. It was 'wet', and wobbled if shook. The flavour was unpleasant, and I feel I may have been spoilt in the past having some very good Haggis from all over Scotland, but this tasted like it was from a tin.
Most of the food was left, and we had a large lunch to make up for it.
The second day we both decided to go for soft boiled eggs, as how could you mess those up? "They're a bit hit & miss my boiled eggs!". I don't see how...she had done them for at least 10mins, and they were totally solid!
Again, both breakfasts were left barely touched.
I suppose I wonder, as lovely as the couple are, whether this business is for them? If you can't boil an egg, should you really be running a B&B?
We were charged £80 per night and stayed in Room 3.
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- Browns Bed and Breakfast located on the east side of the city, ideally located to take advantage of the cities attraction and sites as well as being within walking distance to both the train and bus stations. The surrounding area has a great selection and restaurants and pubs, offering something for all tastes. Each of our bright, modern and comfortable rooms have en-suite as well as hospitality tray, hairdryer, cable TV and free wireless Internet.Breakfast Menu for your choice to make ... more less
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