The Little Chartroom

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The Little Chartroom
30–31 Albert Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5HN
  • Telephone 0131 556 6600
  • Food served Wed–Sat noon–2.15pm, 5.30–9.15pm; Sun 10am–1.30pm, 5.30–9.15pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Email
  • Website www.thelittlechartroom.com
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The Little Chartroom

Pocket-sized bistro serving French-Scottish cuisine from former Castle Terrace alumni Roberta Hall and Shaun McCarron.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

Proving size isn’t all, this petite neighbourhood diner packs a bounty of gastronomic knowledge, creativity and talent into a café-sized space where blue wood and stone-coloured panelling set a nautical theme for the small row of tables lining the back wall. The prep counter also serves as a gleaming bar where a few diners can admire some nifty choreography as chef Roberta Hall and her skilful team weave silently around the tiny kitchen. Culinary alchemy abounds, with pickles, creams, seeds and gels lifting quality ingredients to sublime and sprightly heights. A starter of torched mackerel abounds with fresh flavour and smoky depth while a chunky portion of wood pigeon and chicken terrine surges with gamey notes, perfectly offset by the aromatic highlights of pickled rhubarb. Flat-iron steak is tender and juicy, strewn in slices across a mound of intense, slow-cooked shin meat. It's perched on a nest of zingy salad leaves laced with tiny marinated vegetables which somehow combine to bolster the meatiness of the dish. The chef’s expert touch continues in the desserts where poached pickled pears resonate on a bed of pine honey and blue cheese.

The List's rating
8

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Malcolm McGonigle visited The Little Chartroom on 21 February 2019
  • High point: Creative takes and exciting flavours
  • Low point: Only room for 18 people, so booking essential
  • Notable dish: Flat-iron steak
  • Average price: £16 (set lunch); £28 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 14 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Bob Dylan / Van Morrison
  • Capacity: 18
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £21 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best bistros and brasseries in Edinburgh

22 May 2019

Sample some of Edinburgh's best cuisine in bistros across the city

Loyal to their French roots while showcasing Scotland's larder, Edinburgh's bistros and brasseries are thriving. From fine dining in prime locations with breathtaking views to cosy local joints serving up comfort food, the high standard across the city…

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2019: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2019

The List's annual food and drink award winners in Edinburgh include The Little Chartroom, Nauticus and Stuart McCluskey

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide has announced the winners of its Eating & Drinking Awards for 2019. With the publication of the guide's 26th annual edition, ten venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow have been highlighted by the reviewers…