Bell's Diner

Bell's Diner
7 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AN
  • Telephone 0131 225 8116
  • Seasonal times Festival: may open for lunch
  • Food served Sun–Fri 5–11.30pm; Sat 12.30–11.30pm.
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Legendary neighbourhood diner serving great burgers since 1972.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This Stockbridge diner has been open since 1972 and proudly claims to be unspoiled by progress. It's true the décor has changed little and the concise menu has remained fairly stable during its 46 years, but these may be the very reasons for its continuing success: it’s a simple neighbourhood place serving basic but tasty homemade food. Starters range from soup to a rich chilli made with rump steak and mains are all about the burgers, which come in a variety of meat and vegetarian guises. The quality buns are stuffed with salad, the beef burger is fine and juicy, while the chicken breast is nicely charred. It’s all topped off by the famous relish tray, taken from table to table with a flourish. Puddings are old-school diner favourites such as ice-cream sundaes or freshly made pancakes stuffed with sweet, indulgent fillings.

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Yana Thandrayen visited Bell's Diner on 15 February 2018
  • High point: Ignoring all food trends and thriving
  • Low point: Ramshackle seating
  • Notable dish: Great burgers
  • Average price: £14 (lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Rock and pop
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 1972
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

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