Six of the Best - Eating & Drinking around Leith
The King’s Wark
36 The Shore, 0131 554 9260
Few things can make a foodie as happy as a portion of homemade fishcakes and frites courtesy of this granddaddy of the Leith eating scene. Oozing olde worlde charm, the Wark’s menu boasts everything from rich seafood chowder to solid basics like a steak sandwich. Busy from lunch pretty much through to dinnertime, the Wark manages that rare thing of balancing a laidback setting with top-notch grub.
7 Commercial Street, 0131 553 0624
A local favourite, decked out with leather booths and a distinct neighbourhood feel, this cosy eatery gives you a good bang for your buck, as well as some great service. The house wine seldom disappoints, providing the perfect accompaniment to menu bursting with variety. With an open view to the kitchen, this is relaxed dining at its best. The burgers come highly recommended…
325–331 Leith Walk, 0131 554 2430
Pizza lovers brace yourself for what is arguably (in this Leither’s opinion) the finest pizza in Edinburgh. Twin log-fired ovens produce only the lightest, crispiest of bases beneath a treasure trove of potential toppings, picked from a menu lovingly split into sections, including seafood, vegetarian, carne and gluten free. Add to the mix some frisky young waiters and there’s little room for complaint.
60 Henderson Street, 0131 563 5293
Rocketing onto the scene in 2013, The Vintage almost immediately spawned copycat dishes across other menus when it became obvious how well their charcuterie and seafood grazing platters were going down. The à la carte is just as good, and, with backing from Alloa brewery Williams Bros, the beer board is among the best in town.
Victoria, 265 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, 0131 554 5706
This – alongside Joseph Pearce’s at the top of the Walk, Boda a block down, and Sofi’s on the Shore – is owned by the Boda Bar Group, and any Leither will happily tell you that each bar brings its own special brand of charm to the party. Each boasts similar hallmarks from the greens and reds of their cosy seating to the intimate candles and boho chic decor.
The Tailend Fish Restaurant & Fish Bar, 14 Albert Street, 0131 555 3577.
At this celebration of the fish supper, foodies are invited to sit down or take away from a menu that boasts everything from swordfish to haddock and calamari to prawns. Co-owned by the one-time proprietor of the Anstruther Fish Bar, this tasty venture is decked out with soft green panelling, photography and wooden chairs, only adding to its old-school tearoom feel.