A Room in the West End

A Room in the West End
26 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH
  • Telephone 0131 226 1036
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 10.30am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Wed noon–2pm, 5.30–9pm; Thu/Fri noon–2pm, 5.30–9.30pm; Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–9.30pm; Sun noon–3pm, 5.30–9pm.
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  • Website www.aroomin.co.uk
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Birra Moretti

Basement bistro in the West End serving simply prepared and tasty Scottish food, with a wonderful whisky selection to match.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Nestling below Teuchters bar, A Room in the West End blends honest and well-composed Scottish food with the best that the country’s distilleries have to offer. A bistro-style basement room of dark timber warmth reveals a colourful ‘spot the celebrity’ mural alongside a trio of quirky two-person snugs. Seafood deli boards showcasing soused herring and crayfish salsa emerge on weekdays, alongside venison and pork dogs with caramelised onions, and blue cheese-stacked buffalo steak burgers. A good-value set lunch deal features beef and whisky sausages with onion gravy, together with creamy Cullen skink and baked salmon with sautéed kale and aioli. The evening à la carte steps up a gear, matching quail and smoked bacon roulade to a roasted parsnip and apple purée, alongside seared fillet of hare, with haggis bridie and madeira jus. BYOB, dainty mini cocktails and whisky flights drawn from an extensive list of malts prove popular in a venue that continues to satisfy its fair share of tourists, office workers and returning regulars.

The List's rating






Ian Hogg visited A Room in the West End on 3 March 2019
  • High point: Strong Scottish staples and whiskies to match
  • Low point: Not your first thought for dining on a sunny day
  • Notable dish: Haggis, cullen skink and lots of whiskies
  • Average price: £14.50 (set lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Three two-seat private alcoves
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mixed bag of tunes from last 30 years
  • Capacity: 65
  • Largest group: 65
  • Open since: 2001
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
  • House wine: £18 per bottle
  • BYOB: £4.50 for wine / £5.50 for fizz corkage