OX184184-186 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JJ, United Kingdom | 0131 2261645 | Website
Fire, food and festivities
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Symbol Cane, Wheelchair, Powerchair
Once you pass through the wide double doors the large, almost industrial, space is very striking. Plenty of room to wheel around, to sit and dine, and to enjoy the warmth of the log basket as it fills the space with a hint of smokiness.
Transport & Parking
Great if you're arriving by car as you can pull up outside to drop off. Plenty of nearby streets to park with a Blue Badge. If you're walking, or wheeling, the Ox184 nestles below the High Street in the Cowgate area. You need to negotiate the sloped streets and pathways. A bus service does service the Grassmarket which is a level walk some ten minutes away. Optionally, you could grab a taxi (all the Black cabs are wheelchair accessible) and drive to the door.
Getting in the building through the main entrance (to the right as you face the building front) is level access with wide open doors. Inside the ground floor is level with either smooth concrete or timber floorboards. There was plenty of space to pass by the bar and along to the open accessible area by the fire basket. Here the tables and chairs can be moved to suit. Table service is provided so no having to negotiate crowded bars or do the balancing act with glasses. The area doesn't have loud over powering music; more a gentle background tune or two. The lighting was good with no dark corners or shadows. The space to move around was fabulous - we had a large group and three powerchair users who found it easy to mix and mingle amongst the group without shifting furniture or performing acrobatic stunts!
The accessible loo was good and spotlessly clean. It was let down by the absence of a door handle to pull to open the door. On first use it was locked and they key kept behind the bar. For some reason the hand dryer was on the opposite side of the room from the sink - not great wheeling with wet hands or managing your powerchair controls with wet hands. Fix this and the venue could easily become a five star venue!
Five star staff! Very helpful and happy to accommodate our large group. Attentive service and a warm welcome. We felt relaxed and would visit again.
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A wonderful find... One of those places that's so impressive you don't really want to tell people about as it might get too busy! Seriously though, a great place for something to eat in relaxing friendly and accessible surroundings. Will definitely be going back! P.S. The food was great too!
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