Angels with Bagpipes

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Angels with Bagpipes
343 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PW
  • Telephone 0131 220 1111
  • Opening times Daily noon–10pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.45pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.angelswithbagpipes.co.uk
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Angels With Bagpipes

Impressive modern Scottish cooking in an atmospheric restaurant that hasn’t pandered to the easy tourist custom.

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Spread through a series of subtly decorated, atmospheric rooms in a 17th century building on the Royal Mile, Angels with Bagpipes is perfectly positioned to capture the year-round tourist trade and could perhaps be forgiven for taking a simplistic approach to doing so. But, thankfully, that’s not the case. Considerable effort has gone into an engaging and quality dining experience based on well-sourced ingredients and impressive modern Scottish cooking. A starter of cauliflower, spelt, walnut, blue cheese and cider is a revelation, although there are more traditional options like haggis and smoked salmon available. Mains of cod with onion velouté, purple sprouting broccoli and bacon; and chicken supreme with barley, cavolo nero and leek are simply conceived, beautifully presented and packed with flavour. Desserts of dark chocolate, hazelnut, blackcurrant and violet, and a deconstructed apple crumble with toffee, cinnamon and walnut, are lick-the-plate good. The staff are friendly and attentive and the whole experience is a reassuring reminder that Edinburgh retains some divine food and heavenly dining experiences to offer visitors and residents alike.

The List's rating
8.8

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Stan Blackley visited Angels with Bagpipes
  • High point: Divine food and heavenly dining
  • Low point: Fighting through the crowds to get to the door
  • Notable dish: Cauliflower, spelt and walnut starter
  • Average price: £18 (set lunch); £28 (dinner)

Having opened on the Royal Mile in 2010, Angels with Bagpipes has quickly established itself as one of the best Scottish restaurants in Edinburgh.

Mixing an atmospheric Old Town setting with chic, contemporary looks, Angels with Bagpipes was designed to be the sort of romantic Edinburgh restaurant where Rabbie Burns might take Sofia Loren for a sophisticated date.

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  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: staff playlists
  • Capacity: 46 (16 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
  • House wine: £23 per bottle

Reviews & features

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