49–50 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EJ
  • Telephone 0131 226 2781
  • Opening times Mon–Sun noon–1am
  • Seasonal times Festival: close at 3am
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.30pm
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.

One of those versatile bars that often seems like a good idea for its perky cocktail list (a modernised one will be introduced very soon, retaining six old favourites and the same proactive attitude to decent ingredients), comfy sofas, and very convenient location. A new menu is in place, which sounds promising but can be inconsistent. Vegetable wontons are a good starter, and both a corn fritter and three-bean burger are hearty but a touch claggy from a heavy hand with the flour. Puddings fare better, but can be confusingly unpredictable: wonderfully light, silky pannacotta comes topped with vibrant passion fruit jelly, but the promised coconut is almost impossible to detect. Similarly the chocolate pot is irresistible, but infused so lightly with mint its existence is debatable.

  • High point: Even with missing flavours, puddings are top notch
  • Low point: Food glitches need ironing out
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing that's been in the charts since 1973
  • Capacity: 46
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2003
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £13.95 per bottle