The Lodge Edinburgh
A self-proclaimed gastropub offering a hearty menu, cocktails and a cracking outdoor space too.
Watching proprietor Simon Ptolomey wait on his guests with real passion and attention, it is natural to hope that Newhaven’s latest hangout will flourish. Granted, the road-side patio would benefit from a sea-view if moved a stone’s throw to the side but this unpretentious pub, offering everything from brunch to cocktails, live sports and a family-friendly attitude already seems popular with the neighbourhood. Harking back to the sixties, a sundae glass is packed with mini prawns folded generously in Thousand Island dressing. Plump, juicy and delicately spiced king prawns demonstrate fresh sourcing, alongside options of tempura squid, steamed mussels and smoked salmon. For mains, the macaroni cheese is proper, its cast-iron pot bubbling over with baked-on cheese. It joins pies, stews, fish suppers and a decent grill selection to deliver pub classics done well. While the décor is left over from the previous occupier, the logs stacked beside the burning fire, muted earthy tones and wood-style panelling justify the name and successfully inject a homely feel into the capacious room.
- Private dining: Up to 28 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chilled accoustic
- Capacity: 115 (50 outdoors)
- Largest group: 115
- Open since: August 2018
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 41
- House wine: £22 per bottle