The Radical Road

The Radical Road
229 Willowbrae Road, Edinburgh, EH8 7ND
  • Telephone 0131 661 1116
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 4–11pm; Fri 4pm–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–11pm
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5–9pm; Sun 12.30–9pm. [Snacks: 3–5pm].
  • Average price £9.50 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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This review is taken from the 2011 edition.

Perched on a main road heading out of town towards Duddingston, Radical Road is a bit off the beaten track. This mock Tudor property has gone through a number of reincarnations, and is now billed as a traditional Scottish pub with a separate contemporary dining room. The bar has a rustic feel with a scattering of mismatched furniture, shelves of old toys, alcohol related paraphernalia and a variety of board games for their clientele of locals and tourists staying nearby. There is a limited menu of bar snacks on offer to accompany local ales, such as impressive garlic bread and Rob Roy’s Platter – succulent haggis, potato wedges and Drambuie dip. For something more substantial, head to the restaurant area for fish and chips, steak pie, burgers, Sunday roast and a small selection of more refined dishes based on seasonal ingredients. There's live music in the bar every Friday and Saturday night.

  • High point: Good intentions of owners and staff
  • Low point: Choice of dishes can be very limited as popular options run out
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eagles/ Lily Allen
  • Live entertainment: Live bands every Fri/ Sat 9pm–midnight
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: April 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £12.95 per bottle

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5. Rob Wilson5 Dec 2011, 10:53pm Report

Great to have a pub of this calibre in the area, as the Sheep Heid seems to to be now run by a plonk.
Nowhere else in the Northfield/Duddingston area is as good, as the RR.
Food - excellent, live music - great.
Lunch meals -excellent quality - good chefs - friendly and professional staff.
Small gripe - the house wine could be cheaper !

4. Jane Q3 Sep 2011, 10:21am5 stars The Radical Road Report

What a find! We enjoyed great food and live music from "The Tonkerers" on Friday night. What a great start to the weekend. Will definitely be going back again - a short walk home and no looking for taxis is always an added bonus too.

3. SHC22 Mar 2011, 9:36am5 stars The Radical Road Report

We have just been lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Edinburgh and were introduced to the Radical Road, and well all I can say is "wow" first impressions was just great, the staff, food, drinks and of course atmosphere were just fantastic. Keep up the good work and we will certainly be back next time we are in Edinburgh....
Thanks guys...........

2. SHC22 Mar 2011, 9:34am5 stars The Radical Road Report

Just spent a long weekend in Edinburgh and was lucky enough to visit the Radical Road. Well first impression was just "wow" and it did not change from that ......... staff are just wonderful, food, drink and atmosphere the best............keep up the good work we certainly will be back next time we are in Edinburgh......

1. chris patrick7 Oct 2010, 12:32am5 stars The Radical Road Report

its about time this place was noticed by a foodie magazine, I have been going in there for a few months now ...........its a total standout, not just in local terms, but in the edinburgh food scene, these folk know their stuff, the scallops are stunning, the steaks sublime, but that faux foie gras starter is to die for, wine list is original and exciting, and the staff top marks, and I just love that Scottish thing going on, its just shows what can be done to an old run down pub, with a bit of vision and expertise, you have just gotta go!!!!better than anything locally by a million miles.

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Average rating 5/5 from 4 reviews of The Radical Road.

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