South Queensferry’s best-kept secret is nestled on the very edge of the River Forth. Follow a flight of stone steps down to the shore, and there you’ll find Boat House. Once primarily a fish restaurant, Boat House has been lovingly adapted for today’s casual diner. Chef-proprietor Paul Steward stays true to his vision, but has introduced classics such as homemade burgers and fish and chips. No matter what’s on the menu, the wonderful produce and talented craftmanship shines through.
The menu showcases daily fish specials and traditional favourites such as Scottish mussels, but we began with squid marinated in fresh lime, chilli, garlic and sea salt, perfectly cooked and seasoned with a light, crispy batter, and a beautiful Scotch egg, made with free-range pork and chorizo and fried in panko breadcrumbs. For the main course, it was difficult to choose between the Malaysian-style seafood curry and the rich and comforting oaksmoked haddock poached in milk and served with chive mash, a poached egg and cheese sauce. The vegetarian wild mushroom ravioli with ricotta cheese sauce was a revelation. To round things off, we found room for a sticky toffee pudding and a delicate heather honey panna cotta. With excellent service, a varied wine list and beautiful views of the Forth Bridges, Boat House is a secret well worth sharing. For more information, be sure to visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.