The King's Wark

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The King's Wark
The King's Wark
36 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU
  • Telephone 0131 554 9260
  • Opening times Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight; Sun 11am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 11am–10pm.
  • Average price £22 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
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Historic pub serving Scottish food in generous portions.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Under new management since last spring, the King's Wark has long been one of the most atmospheric of Leith institutions. Low ceilings, thick stone walls, dark wood and the open fire lend themselves to hearty servings of pub grub. Alongside archetypal fish and chips, burgers and steaks, seafood features heavily, from east coast langoustines and west coast oysters to North Atlantic monkfish and Shetland mussels. Given the tempting seasonal Scottish ingredients, and prices edging into the upper range, some dishes don’t quite live up to expectations. But there are some good flavours here, and the friendly team of staff are happy to steer diners in the right direction with helpful recommendations.

  • High point: Fine Scottish gin menu
  • Low point: Light blue walls detract from the cosy atmosphere
  • Average price: £22 (lunch); £22 (dinner)

The award winning 15th Century King's Wark nestles in the heart of Leith's famous Shore area. Renowned for our innovative use of Scotland's larder, we use only the best seasonal produce from sea, land and air.

From our ever-changing à la carte restaurant menu, bar meals and daily specials boards; to seasonal tasting menus and adventurous celebration feasts, such as a roast pig's head banquet, we offer something for every occasion. Our bar stocks a wide selection of fine wines, malt whiskies and traditional cask ales. And, on the weekend, we serve a variety of hearty breakfasts and sumptuous Sunday Lunches.

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  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 1991
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

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Six of the Best - Eating & Drinking around Leith

11 Jun 2009

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