Celebrate Burns Night 2019 with Red Bus Bistro in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s most unique Burns Supper is back this year at Red Bus Bistro.

Join us on the 25th of January in touring the sights of Scotland’s capital city whilst enjoying a traditional Burns Supper cooked fresh aboard our vintage Routemaster restaurant.

On the menu we will have Scotland’s favourite winter warmer (after whisky!) Scotch Broth Soup, followed by the classic Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, then for dessert you will be served some delicious Scottish Cranachan.

If that isn’t patriotic enough, included in the package will be some authentic Scottish entertainment. We will have a live piper to kick off the celebration. Then after your starter, you will be treated to a reading of Address to a Haggis with a glass of whisky in hand to raise a toast with.

The tour will depart at 7pm from Stance ZF, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. The Burns on the Bus package will be on special offer of buy one get one half price with single tickets selling for £35 per person.

To reserve your place, please call our booking office on 01355 229 448.


Red Bus Bistro Launches The Wonderful Wizarding Tour of Edinburgh

Get your capes and wands ready because Red Bus Bistro will be bringing a touch of magic to our tours.

Jump aboard our vintage double-decker London bus and take in all of the most spell binding sights that the city of Edinburgh has to offer.

Our cosy bus will be dressed up suitably for any witch or wizard who wishes to put down their broomstick and travel around Edinburgh more comfortably for the afternoon.

Arrive at the bus and you will be sorted in to your house (or table) where you will be greeted with a tasty cup full of I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter-Beer made fresh from the cauldron from our onboard kitchen. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic options will be available.

To eat, you will be served our quintessentially British Afternoon Tea with some magical touches such as chocolate frogs and jelly beans (but only the nice flavours!).

Put down the spell books and listen to our guide, as they give you all of information on what makes Edinburgh so magical.

We will have Wizarding Tours going out at 3pm every Thursday and Friday from the start of December. This experience will last 90 minutes  and costs £37.50 per person (£17.50pp for children).

Book here or call our reservations team now on 01355 229 448 to place your booking.


Get Sexy in the City with Red Bus Bistro’s New Tour

Grab your best girlfriends and join us that the new hottest spot to kick off your weekend at.

Jump aboard our stylish double-decker London bus and take in all of the sights that the city has to offer. The Red Bus Bistro is one of the only spots in town where every seat has the best view and that view is always changing as the bus tours around the town.


Arrive at the bus and you will greeted at your table with a glass of bubbly to kick of the party right.

Eat like a New Yorker with our stateside inspired menu. You will get one angus beef slider and one pulled pork with coleslaw slider served with seasoned fries and pickles.

You can’t have a girl’s night out without cocktails, so we will be serving Cosmopolitans à la Carrie Bradshaw. Two rounds are included in the package with additional drinks available to purchase from our fully licensed bar.

Sexy and In the City Tours will be launching at the end of October with tours departing at 6pm every Friday and Saturday. This experience will last 90 minutes and costs £49.50 per person.

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


Red Bus Bistro’s Boozy Glasgow Tea Party

Many of us have fond memories of hosting tea parties as a child for our dolls and teddy bears when we were little. Aboard our vintage bus on our Gin Experience tour, you can invoke all of the fond memories of childhood but with a grown-up twist. Instead, of diluting juice, water or whatever your mum would let you spill all over the rug, our teapots are filled with gin.

Served in dainty glass teapots and topped with edible flowers, our gin cocktails are made with your choice of flavoured gin from Gin Bothy.

You will be welcomed aboard with a celebratory glass of prosecco and to eat, you will be served our signature Afternoon Tea. On your cake stand, you will have scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches, mini quiches, smoked salmon blinis, cream cakes and a selection of petit fours. If you wish to uphold the more traditional aspects of the tea party, we also have as much tea and coffee as you can drink included in the package.

If tea parties were not your thing as a kid, don’t worry, we can still bring out the big kid in you. Did you spent endless afternoons playing with toy cars, trucks and buses? Then you will love taking in the sights of the city from our beautifully restored 1966 Routemaster. If you’re lucky, the driver might even let you try on his hat.
The Routemaster bus is a very unusual sight in Glasgow so prepare to feel like a celebrity as people on the street watch and wave as you go by.

Fancy trying out something different? Our Gin Experience Tours depart at 12pm and 3pm Wednesday – Sunday. Book today on our website or by calling our bookings team on 01355229 448.


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 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
50ml – Gin Bothy Gunshot
Splash Demerara Syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitter
2 dashes orange bitter
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.


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.