The Cumberland Bar

The Cumberland Bar
1-3 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6RT
  • Telephone 0131 558 3134
  • Bar open Mon–Fri 11am–1am; Sat/Sun 10–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Wed noon–3pm, 6–9pm; Thu/Fri noon–9pm; Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 1pm–7pm.
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
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Traditional Victorian pub with an excellent leafy beer garden, in the city’s elegant New Town.

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One for anyone on a literary tour of Auld Reekie. This Victorian New Town pub features in Alexander McCall Smith’s Scotland Street books; its owner apparently thanked the author in Waitrose once for the boost to business. The leafy beer garden is an excellent place to be when the sun shines on the city’s elegant Georgian grid, drinking a cold gin (they have many), or pints of Scottish craft beer (Alechemy, Pilot, Fyne Ales and Campervan Brewery all make appearances on the taps, see Twitter for real ale updates). In damper, dreicher conditions, the bar’s many wood-panelled nooks and crannies are good for holing up in and enjoying a warming venison pie, haggis bonbons with whisky sauce or Crombies sausage and mash. A dog-friendly spot, popular with well-heeled students as well as locals lingering over a Sunday roast.

  • High point: Mulled wine under a blanket in the beer garden
  • Low point: Sharing your quiet nook with noisy neighbours
  • Notable dish: Creamy fish pie with smoked haddock, salmon and vegetables topped with cheesy mashed potato
  • Private dining: Up to 50 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: Circa 1960s (new owners since 2012)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £14.45 per bottle

Reviews & features

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