The World’s End pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh has it all; history, atmosphere, location, world-class fish and chips, and no shortage of beverages to wash it down with! It is even part of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander world, featured in the third book, Voyager, and in Season 3 of the Starz Outlander tv series.
Why is the pub called The World’s End? According to the World’s End Pub website,
“Back in the 16th century, Edinburgh was a walled city. The gates to the city were situated outside the pub, and the brass cobbles in the road represent their exact location. As far as the people of Edinburgh were concerned, the world outside these gates was no longer theirs: hence the name, The World’s End.”
We popped in on a busy afternoon, and while seated in the bar waiting for a table, sampled some Innis & Gunn, and Belhaven Saltire lager. The atmosphere was great and we didn’t mind the short wait at all. The pub was established in the early 1700s and is very cozy. I don’t mean cozy in a small cramped way, just comfy and snug. As soon as we were settled at our restaurant table we each ordered the fish & chips. It was phenomenal; a chunky beer-battered haddock fillet served with chips, garden peas, and tartar sauce. The haddock fillet was hanging off each end of a full-size dinner plate.
Speaking as someone who grew up in a fishing village on the east coast of Canada, I can say with some experience, this was absolutely fantastic! It was fresh and cooked to perfection. I understand there is some debate about cod versus haddock for fish & chips in the UK, but I am 100% on the haddock side of that issue.
Along with the extraordinary food and drink, the servers were excellent and even took the time to give advice about sizing when I bought a T-shirt (I love the t-shirt). The World’s End pub is at the top of my list for fish & chips on our trip next spring (2019).