The Doric Tavern

The Doric Tavern
15/16 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
  • Telephone 0131 225 1084
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am
  • Seasonal times Open until 3am during Festival and Christmas period
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 11.30am–1am; Sun noon–1am. Extended in Festival.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Average price £12 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2011 edition.

The self-proclaimed oldest gastro pub in Edinburgh is due for a refurbishment in 2011 that will hopefully see the currently rather bland décor raised to the same standard as the really rather good food. The menu mixes pub grub staples with some more ambitious, if rather retro, daily specials. From the former full marks go to a Cullen Skink that is creamy and intensely flavoured. From the specials, duck à l’orange could be served pinker but the well-reduced, intense sauce suggests there is some talent in the kitchen delivering higher standards than the lengthy menu might suggest. Being located near both Waverley station and the city centre means there is a fairly diverse mix of tourists, office parties and locals that can make it tricky to predict the atmosphere on any given night. A little attention to the wine list might help justify the 'gastro' tag but there are a couple of cask ales and a reasonable whisky selection as alternatives. The traditional, lively bar downstairs also offers pies, soups and sandwiches.

  • High point: Notably good Cullen Skink
  • Low point: Décor in need of planned refurbishment
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Music on stereo: Sinatra
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: At least since 1978
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £13.60 per bottle