The King's Wark

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

The 2016/17 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

This much-loved bar – a low ceilinged, dark wooded pub on the waterfront – changed hands at the time of going to press, after Lesley Currie and Mike Greig handed over the reins to PG Taverns in March 2016. PG Taverns (the people behind the Haymarket’s busy and successful Jolly Botanist) say the Wark’s loyal customers can expect ‘business as usual’ for now. In the King’s Wark that generally means excellent pub cooking, an emphasis on Scottish produce – particularly from the sea – and a uniquely cosy, smart but not posh setting. When the snow is falling outside on The Shore, and the red wine is flowing indoors, it’s old country pub ambience is hard to beat (it’s one of Leith’s oldest buildings, built in 1438). Stone walls add romance and old world charm to their Sunday roasts, hearty hangover breakfasts and unhurried dinners – all round, big boots to fill in this Leith institution.

  • High point: One of Leith's best-loved bars
  • Low point: Everyone loves change, right?

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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