The New Bell
- Telephone 0131 668 2868
- Opening times Mon–Thu 11am––midnight; Fri/Sat 11am––1am; Sun 12:30pm–midnight
- Bar open Mon–Thu 11am-midnight; Fri/Sat 11am-1am; Sun 12:30pm–midnight
- Food served Mon–Wed 5.30–10pm; Thu–Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–10pm; Sun 12.30–2pm, 5.30–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5.30–7pm (last entry 6.45pm)
- Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £14.50
- Website www.thenewbell.com
This review is taken from the 2011 edition.
With its higgledy-piggledy chairs, wooden candelabras and a frankly ridiculous number of paintings on the walls, the New Bell has the feel of an old pub trying its hand at the antiques trade. It’s charming, but perhaps a little grubby round the edges. Still, the food is more up-to-date than the interior, and that's what keeps this place busy. The menu is a mix of the timeless and the contemporary, with Scottish produce as its driving force. A delicious dish of seared scallops with parsnip purée and pancetta ‘powder’ is all sweet, smokey flavours and contrasting textures, while maroon-rare venison haunch is succulent and intense. Not everything is as successful, however. A trio of pork – loin, belly and a cheek croquette – sounds marvellous but just ends up dry in three ways. Desserts are on firmer ground. A silky chocolate mousse and buttery shortbread show that when the kitchen pulls off simple dishes with confidence, the New Bell rings true.
- High point: Feels like dining in a curiosity shop
- Low point: The urge to give the carpets a good shampoo
The New Bell Restaurant, situated in the heart of the Southside, boasts an extensive menu catering for varied tastes in relaxed and welcoming surroundings.
The frequently changing menu provides well-balanced Modern Scottish cuisine, each dish oozing with fresh flavours and beautifully presented with style and flair.
Using as much Scottish produce as possible the menus are a blend of traditional and innovative dishes with creative flair from round the world.
The wine list has been chosen to complement and enhance the menu whilst retaining reasonable prices.
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- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Classic Rock and folk – Crosby, Stills and Nash on repeat
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 55
- Open since: 2000
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle