- Telephone 0131 220 1208
- Opening times Every day 12 noon to last orders 2.30pm (last orders 4pm Saturday and Sunday), then 6pm until last orders 10pm every evening
- Seasonal times Closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan.
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 6–10pm; Sat noon–4pm, 5–10pm; Sun noon–4pm, 6–10pm.
- Average price £12 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Website www.thedogsonline.co.uk
A standard bearer for good, traditional and interesting British food in the heart of the New Town.
It’s been a decade since the Dogs bounded onto Hanover Street, with all the enthusiasm and slightly chaotic fun of the many canines that decorate its walls. David Ramsden remains his buoyant self and dining is still good value for money. The menu has gone through changes over time but has remained loyal to its British cooking roots. Nothing too fancy here, but nothing too ordinary either. Vegetarians may be tempted by the big soup of the day or moist vegetable skirlie, while carnivores might relish smoked ox heart or devilled sweetbreads. Traditionalists will be happy at the sight of a leek and fish pie, a roasted chicken leg with garlic mash or haggis, tatties and neeps. For dessert, rice pudding is perked up with a bit of whisky while seasonal fruit crumble does the job for those longing for simple pleasures.
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: £17.40 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…