The King's Wark
- 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 £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Website www.thekingswark.com
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
On an inclement night, this is an excellent place to hole up, drink red wine and eat really good pub food. In a stone-walled 15th century building down on The Shore, it feels like escaping to an old country pub. Flickering candlelight, low ceilings and well-beaten dark wood floors add to the romance of the setting, but it wouldn’t be a Leith favourite if it didn’t deliver on the food front. Seafood features strongly, with smoked mackerel pâté, hot-smoked salmon and crayfish roulade, natural smoked haddock and mash among the highlights. Burgers (double minced rump, chuck and brisket, with bacon jam and optional Dunsyre blue or Applewood cheddar) are large and delicious; breakfasts cover the seriously hearty (the Bigger Breakfast includes the works, plus fried tatties and a tattie scone, just to be sure) and the vegetarian (spinach crêpes with brie, mushrooms, poached egg and hollandaise sauce), and their Sunday roasts come highly recommended with a pint.
- High point: Classic pub food, in an excellent setting
- Low point: Gets full up on weekends
- Notable dish: Steamed Shetland musssels in white wine, garlic and cream sauce with chips and aioli
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: £15 per bottle
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