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Edinburgh’s Most Unique Afternoon Tea

The majestic city of Edinburgh – there is so much to see and do that it is hard to know where to start. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of choice and how to pack it all into one visit.

Instead of spending a couple of hours out for lunch and a couple of hours on a tour of the city, why not combine both and give yourself more time to squeeze in more activities. How is that possible you may ask? Well, on the Red Bus Bistro we can make it happen.

Join us aboard our beautifully restored 1966 Routemaster bus for our quintessentially British Afternoon Tea. This is an experience like no other in Edinburgh and, for the time being, is one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

As you step on the bus you will be greeted by one of our friendly hosts and shown to your seat where your afternoon tea will be sitting waiting for you, alongside a celebratory glass of Prosecco – we believe that every tour is a special occasion aboard our bus!

As the bus takes off, get ready to tuck into the tasty treats we have prepared for you in our onboard kitchen. On your cake stand you will find traditional scones with fresh whipped cream and jam, a selection of finger sandwiches, Scottish smoked salmon blinis, mini quiches, a selection of petit fours, mini Victoria sponges and meringues all washed down with as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

As you enjoy your food and drink, the bus will tour around all the sights that make Edinburgh so iconic. The Red Bus Bistro is the only eating establishment where every table has a fantastic view that is always changing. The sights you can look forward to seeing include the Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle, The Meadows, Grassmarket, Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament.

Whilst you take in the sights our staff will be on hand to serve you anything you fancy from our fully licensed bar. We have a selection of wines, beers, spirits and our signature gin cocktails on offer as well as soft drinks and water.

The tour takes approximately 90 minutes at picks you up and drops you back off again on Waterloo Place, central Edinburgh. This package costs £35 per person (£15 for children). We currently run tours on Wednesday – Sunday.  Book today on redbusbistro.co.uk or call our bookings team on 01355 229 448.

A Christmas like no other with Red Bus Bistro

It’s getting to the time of year where we need to start thinking about office Christmas parties. It seems crazy to be talking about Christmas in July but you’ve got to be early to get booked into the perfect venue.

Why just go out for a meal like you do every year when you can have an experience? Have a Christmas party like no other aboard the Red Bus Bistro that is sure to be the talk of the office for months.

Hop aboard one our vintage double-decker buses and take a tour around all of the sights of either Glasgow or Edinburgh whilst tucking into a delicious three course Christmas dinner.

Settle down in your seat and begin to take in the views as you are served a choice of spicy parsnip soup with cream and crusty bread, chicken liver pate served with oatcakes and red onion marmalade or poached pear with stilton and walnut.

Enjoy the first of one of your two complimentary glasses of wine as your main course gets brought up the stairs by one of our onboard staff. A choice of traditional Roast Turkey Crown served with kilted sausage with all the trimmings is on offer. Alternatively, enjoy a choice of Roast Beef served with Roast potatoes caramelized roast vegetables with a red wine and shallot jus or Nut Roast With roasted honey glazed vegetables. All cooked fresh on the bus from our onboard kitchen.

Don’t forget to leave room for dessert because we have even more tasty treats on offer. Choose from a Three Chocolate Yule log or a classic Christmas pudding served with Brandy Sauce.

This experience will last 2 – 2.5hrs and costs £60 per person. If you wish to have exclusive hire of the bus for your group, it will cost £75 per person.

Call our reservations team now on 01355 229 448 to place your booking.

 

A Fun Family Day Out in Glasgow or Edinburgh

The school summer holidays – for the kids it is an exciting break from homework and freedom to play all day but for the parents, it can be a logistical nightmare. Trying to find enough play dates, activities and ideas for days out over the six-week break isn’t always easy.

Here at Red Bus Bistro, we have a deal for a fun day out for the whole family to enjoy that won’t break the bank. Over the summer holidays we are offering a table of four for the bargain price of £80 – that’s a saving of £20 off the full price for two adults and two children!

We’ve had glorious weather in the past few weeks so what better way to see Glasgow or Edinburgh in all its glory in the sunshine than in a vintage Routemaster double-decker bus?

The tour will take you around all of the sights of the city in an hour and a half. Our knowledgeable staff will be there to tell you the story behind each sight and bring refreshments to your table.
Included in the price is our full Afternoon Tea which comprises of a selection of finger sandwiches, Scottish smoked salmon blinis, tasty mini quiches, traditionally baked scones with fresh whipped cream and jam and a selection of petit fours and cakes. To drink, you can have as much tea and coffee as you can manage. We also have a selection of fruit juices in our onboard bar for the kids and a glass of prosecco is available for the adults.

If you want to book, please call our office today on 01355 229 448.

Celebrate Graduation aboard the Red Bus Bistro

It’s been four years of hard work and dedication, but you’ve finally made it. Well done graduates! You’ve got your whole life ahead of you but first of all, it’s time to celebrate!

Your family members will all be coming to town to celebrate you and your achievement, so why not make it extra special by coming aboard the Red Bus Bistro?

Show them around the sights of the city in which you’ve been studying in style! Step aboard our beautifully restored vintage Routemasters and take in the sights and delights whilst sipping on a celebratory glass of fizz.

Give them a taste of British heritage with Scottish flavour with our classic afternoon tea. Enjoy our smoked salmon bellinis followed by traditional scones with cream and jam washed down with cocktails made with gin from the Scottish small-batch gin distillery, Gin Bothy.

 

If you are after a nighttime affair, we have something for you too. Departing from 6 pm on Fridays and Saturday nights we have our Gourmet Burger and Deli Board tours.

Graduation is a big day with attending the ceremony, clapping for all of your classmates and posing for the 5 million photos your mum will want to take. At the end of it all, you’ll be starving. Our massive and moreish burgers are the perfect cure. Choose from Aberdeen Angus, Cajun Chicken, Pulled Pork or a Veggie Burger cooked freshly in our onboard galley kitchen.

Otherwise, if you want to have a taste of the Mediterranean, choose our deli boards.  There’s a sophisticated selection of mouth-watering delicacies to try: from the finest selection of cured hams, pates and locally-sourced cheeses to an enticing array of homemade chutneys and pickles, rustic herb-infused olives, and roasted peppers. Or sample our Balsamic dressed crispy salad, gorgeous sunblush tomatoes, traditional Scottish oatcakes and thick toasted small batch baked bread.

Our reservations team are ready to take your booking so give us a ring on 01355 229 448 and we will put the celebratory bubbly in the cooler ready for you.

Celebrate Father’s Day with Red Bus Bistro

Have you got an amazing Father? Show him that he means way more to you than another cheap #1 Dad mug with our Red Bus Bistro Fathers Day package.

Take him aboard one of our lovingly restored 1966 Routemaster buses for a special day out he will never forget.
As he steps on board all the best memories of yesteryear will come flooding back – the only big difference is that we’ve replaced the Clippy with a gourmet chef!

Don’t worry about racing for a good seat. Every seat on the Red Bus Bistro has a wonderful view as the bus trundles through the majestic streets of Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Soon after arrival, he will be tucking into a mouth-watering gourmet burger of his choice of Aberdeen Angus, Cajun Chicken, Pulled Pork or a Vegetarian choice.
To wash it down we have a selection of cold beers or better yet, the unforgettable Gunshot Gin by Gin Bothy.

Gin Bothy – Gunshot Gin

Gunshot Gin by our Scottish Gin supplier, Gin Bothy, is one of the most uniquely delicious gins on the market. If you are unsure of gin is your thing, tasting this infused tipple will make you think again.

The gin, which is made in small batches in a Bothy located just outside Kirriemuir, is infused with cinnamon, cloves and mixed spices.

It is fantastic neat on the rocks, with ginger ale to bring out the citrus notes or as part of the Smoking Gun cocktail which we will be serving aboard the bus.

The Smoking Gun Cocktail
Ingredients
50ml – Gin Bothy Gunshot
Splash Demerara Syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitter
2 dashes orange bitter
Method
Add ice to Boston Shaker add ingredients shake well.
Sieve through Hawthorn Strainer
Serve with cinnamon stick wrapped in orange peel
(light cinnamon stick for extra effect!)

 

On father’s day itself, we have tours running throughout the day in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. If you can’t make aboard on the 17th of June, why not purchase him a gift voucher so that he can enjoy the experience at his leisure.

To book, email [email protected] or telephone 01355 229448.

Read all about it!

 

Read all about it! We are proud to have been featured in The Herald,  The Evening Times and Glasgow Live in the past couple of months. Read what they had to say about us here:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/16192866.Touring_tearoom_provides_globe_trotter_with_recipe_for_success/

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/16127830.New_Glasgow_bus_tour_____complete_with_food_and_drink/

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/inspirational-mum-launches-autism-friendly-13433142

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/whats-on/step-board-glasgows-first-autism-13481760

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/destinations/article-5470005/top-bus-tours-edinburgh.html

Timeless Afternoon Tea Experience in Gorgeous Glasgow

Step aboard our elegantly vintage ’66 Routemaster in Glasgowand let all of the best memories of years gone by flood back. Scottish heritage blends in with the iconic Britishness of our red bus as hints of tartan and stag lamps decorate the interior. Upon arrival, a friendly member of the crew will direct you to your table – and your celebratory glass of fizz.

 

Take a seat and begin to relax and enjoy your experience aboard the Red Bus Bistro. Your cake stand will be set up ready for you laden with a sumptuous selection of sandwiches, smoked salmon blinis, mini quiches, petits fours, cream cakes and warmed freshly baked scones.

 

Plus – what is Afternoon Tea without the tea! Ours is unlimited and will be brought to your table in a bright red Red Bus Bistro travel cup that will keep your drink at the perfect temperature whilst you tuck into your treats.

 

If you prefer something a little bit stronger than tea, we have a fully licensed bar to order from. Just look for the little red bar list on your table.

 

The highlight of our bar offerings is our gin cocktails, or ‘pot-tails’ as we like to call them. Our gin is sourced locally from Scottish gin distillery, Gin Bothy, and comes in a variety of flavours. The ‘pot-tails’ are served in darling transparent teapots and are topped off with edible flowers.

 

As the tour trundles around the historic streets of Glasgow, the crew will (time permitting) point out points of interest on our onboard microphone. If you are hungry to learn more about Glasgow, they are always happy to answer any questions that may pop into your head.

 

Our tours typically operate at 12 noon, 3.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m., with each tour lasting approximately 90 minutes.

A Braw Brew Tour

 

Trying to find a gift for the man who has got everything? Or just looking for something new to do in Glasgow? Why not choose the Red Bus Bistro for a brewery tour experience like no other.

Jump aboard our beautifully restored vintage Routemaster red bus where a fridge full of cool beers will be waiting to be brought to your table as you take in the sights of Glasgow.

We will have your mouth watering as the smell of our freshly cooked gourmet burgers travels from our onboard galley to your table. You will be served from a choice of delicious Burgers of Aberdeen Angus, Cajun Chicken, Pulled Pork or a vegetarian option, all garnished with crispy lettuce, tomatoes, streaky bacon and served in a brioche burger bun, all dressed with our signature burger sauce. The burger will be served with gherkins and seasoned fries. Your first beer is free. After that, you can take your pick from our selection of drinks from our fully licensed bar.

Aboard the Red Bus Bistro, there is no need to fight for a table with a view as from every table you can look out the window and take in the delights of Glasgow from the majestic Glasgow Cathedral to the stylish West End.

After you have been suitably fed and watered we shall drop you off at Tennant’s famous  Wellpark Brewery which is home to more than 450 years of brewing tradition and award-winning beers – a must-see for any beer buff! On this exciting tour, you will be taken behind the scenes to discover how Tennent’s Beer is produced and what makes it so special. You’ll learn all about brand and production processes plus you’ll have the opportunity to view the rare collection of vintage and retro Tennent’s packaging.

The tour will take approximately 3 hours in total and will cost £35 per head. Call our reservations team on 01355 229 448 to make your booking today as this is a completely unique experience that is not to be missed! Our reservations team will talk you through your booking and the Red Bus Bistro team will work together to make everything perfect for you – all you need to do is book the babysitter and bring your comfiest shoes for walking around the brewery in.

Spotlight on Suppliers: The Gin Bothy

Here at Red Bus Bistro, a great amount of thought is given to choosing suppliers for our bus tours. We look for many things such as provenance, quality and of course price. When it came to choosing our signature Gin supplier, the decision was easy. The good people at The Gin Bothy proved they had all the attributes we were looking for and more!

 

Located in Kirriemuir in the foothills of the breathtaking Glens of Angus, owner Kim Cameron happened upon her gin business almost accidentally. Originally a jam maker and owner of Peel Farm Coffee shop & Crafts, Kim’s creative output initially won her an award for her jam making skills when she became the World Jampionship Jampion. Ever the entrepreneur, and on her mum’s suggestion, the fruits leftover from the jam-making process were soon put to good use and infused into her first batch of gin.

The Gin Bothy was born. The Old Smiddy  near Kirriemuir became home to Kim’s artisan production line where the gin batches were made by hand, using simple accoutrements like jugs and buckets.  With the ongoing success of the company, Kim has since moved to larger premises where customers are encouraged to bring back their bottles in exchange for money off their next purchase. Recycling at its best.

Following the ethos of the Slow Food Movement, Kim ensures that her gin batches are not mass produced. She follows the same fruit calendar for jam making with initial infusions of raspberry, strawberry, sloe and chili sourced from the local area.

 

Gin Foraging

One of the advantages of living in such idyllic surroundings is the opportunity to go foraging. In May when gorse is in plentiful supply, the brilliant yellow flower is transformed into gorse flower syrup, which is then used as a natural flavouring for gin. Infused with essence of coconut and butter almond, the gorse flower syrup is a wonderful addition to Kim’s gin.

Then there is Mulled Gin, often described as ‘Christmas in a Glass’, this aromatic drink infused with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg heightens the senses while warming the soul.

The Bothy Original takes you back to the hills with hints of heather, hawthorn berries, milk thistle, and the refreshing aroma of pine needles while hearty Gunshot makes an ideal accompaniment to a good book in front of a roaring fire.

  

Old-School Glamour

 

Most recently for Mother’s Day, Red Bus Bistro collaborated with The Gin Bothy and served up the delectable Rose Gin Cocktail with our eclectic afternoon tea. This cocktail was such a hit on the Glasgow and Edinburgh bus tours, that we have reproduced the recipe for you below:

 

 

 

Rose Cocktail Ingredients

50ml – Gin Bothy Rose Liqueur
15ml – Crème De Violette Liqueur
25ml – Lemon Juice
Elderflower Tonic
Method
Add ice to Boston Shaker add ingredients shake well.
Pour into a wine glass along with the ice.
Top with Elderflower Tonic
Garnish with Mint Leaves and Rose Petals

Other options to try include:

Bothy Original Gin

Mulled Infused Gin

Gunshot Infused Gin

Stirrup Cup

Speycast

Blueberry Infused Liquer

Raspberry Infused Liqueur

Amaretto Infused Liqueur

Chili Infused Liqueur

Rhubarb Infused Liqueur

Sloe Infused Liqueur

Strawberry Infused Liqueur

Gingerbread Infused Liqueur

To find out more go to www.ginbothy.co.uk

Or email [email protected]

BURNS ON THE BUS

Red Bus Bistro gets set to host its first ever Burns Supper.  Celebrating the life and times of Scotland’s National Poet: Robert “Rabbie” Burns.

This tour is perfect for tourists and natives alike, and the lads and lasssies aboard are proud to celebrate its national bard.

Oor Menu

Dram of Whisky Upon Arrival

Starter:

Cock a leekie Soup with a warm bread roll

Mains:

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, accompanied by a whisky sauce

Or:

Vegetarian Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, accompanied with a whisky sauce.

Dessert:

Cranachan

To Finish:

Coffee, tea with thistle chocolates and a wee nip fir the road

For more information please call: 01355 229448 or email [email protected]