Informal British bistro dining serving robust food and decent wine at reasonable prices.
For almost a decade now, Dave Ramsden’s no frills, no fuss first-floor dining room in the New Town has been ploughing its idiosyncratic furrow for proper British food, a decent bottle of wine and canine-themed décor. It’s one of just four places in town to hold a Michelin Bib Gourmand for ‘good quality, good-value cooking’, and regardless of what’s been hip and trendy over the years, The Dogs has been pretty dogged in its convictions regarding what constitutes a good meal for a good price. It’s mostly pretty robust stuff, from devilled ox liver with onions and bacon to fish pie or rabbit, sausage and bean stew, fish and chips or steak and chips. Vegetarian options, such as stilton, mushroom and walnut tart with vegetarian haggis and layered potato, are equally committed, and wines range from a bunch of quaffable bottles under £20 to some seriously punchy numbers for around double that – an expanding choice that plays to rumours of Ramsden’s designs on opening a wine bar near the art college serving small plates, charcuterie and an engagingly wide range of drinks.
- High point: Determinedly hearty British food
- Low point: Lacks the puppyish energy of old
- Notable dish: Ling, prawn and spinach pie, herby potato crust
It’s no surprise that The Dogs is the perfect refuge for diners in these austere times. Born amid the credit crunch, its no-frills, back-to-culinary-basics formula is well-honed. Dishes rarely stray above £10, even in the evening. Beyond cost, there’s ample substance to the highly seasonal cooking, making the most of humble ingredients such as offal and vegetables with crafty ways of making things go further. Have a look at the website for details of the current menu.
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- Private dining: None
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: Sun–Thu: 8; Fri/Sat: 6
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £16.75 per bottle
Reviews & features
The Dogs10 Apr 2008
There’s a little place I know – great spot for a bite to eat, glass of wine, right in the centre of town, up a staircase, not the most obvious. A little place I know... and so does the rest of Edinburgh, despite the fact that the launch party was held…