50–54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE
  • Telephone 0131 629 2525
  • Food served Wed/Thu 5.30–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–9pm; Sun noon–5pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
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Birra Moretti

A minimalist yet intimate new venture from chef Darren Murray, serving up bold European dishes using seasonal Scottish produce.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Where once stood Norn is now Borough: a clean-cut, Scandi-feeling Scottish bistro, with ex-Norn head chef Darren Murray at the helm. The warmly lit, stylish grey-white-and-wood design gives a contemporary feel, without being too stiff. Guests are greeted by equally warm staff, armed with wine lists and a four-course menu – the four courses are mere suggestions however, and you’re encouraged to choose as little or as much as you like across all the sections. Lighter bites include courgette tart (shaped like a flower and practically built for Instagram) and croquettes, which could be followed by tagliatelle and walnut pesto, or an artistic dish of chanterelle, gorgonzola and polenta. Lovers of game will almost certainly fall head over haunch for the venison in pumpkin and pepper sauce, while sirloin and pommes Anna is a fool-proof choice. Custard tart, cherry and meadowsweet duke it out with chocolate, mint and hazelnut for best dessert but (let's face it) either will do you just fine. It’s early days for Borough, which aims to be a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant; it’s undoubtedly on the right track for that, with the added bonus of first-class food and service.

The List's rating






Rebecca Monks visited Borough on 29 July 2018
  • High point: Excellent food without the pretension
  • Low point: You'll want five courses
  • Notable dish: Venison, pumpkin & pepper sauce
  • Average price: £26 (lunch); £26 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 23
  • House wine: £25 per bottle