The Shore Bar & Restaurant

The Shore Bar & Restaurant
3 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QW
  • Telephone 0131 553 5080
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–12.30am.
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun 12.30–10.30pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.fishersbistros.co.uk
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The Shore

Atmospheric old-fashioned bar and bistro offering great food accompanied by live jazz several times a week.

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Step back in time to a jazz era of wood-panelled gin joints and waiters appearing suddenly from behind corner curtains carrying plates of oysters. A delight for lovers of music and food, the Shore Bar feels like it’s barely changed in a century. The menu though is contemporary Leith – lots of fish and good-quality meat cooked simply and well. It’s hard to see past the seafood starters such as half a dozen oysters, or a massive bowl of fat mussels in a slightly spicy Provençal sauce. The perennial fish and homemade chips is popular in the bar on a Sunday lunchtime when the live music flows. But the more refined catch of the day – pan-fried with a crispy skin atop choux gnocchi, broccoli and hot roast beetroot – is simply lovely, set off with a scatting of almonds flakes. For something a bit heartier, try a beautiful lamb shank that melts off the bone into a pool of soft polenta and rich red wine gravy. Classic desserts include a lemony treacle tart and bread and butter pudding.

The List's rating
7

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Susan Smith visited The Shore Bar & Restaurant on 11 February 2019
  • High point: Good food in a great environment
  • Low point: Your wallet will need to be as healthy as your appetite
  • Notable dish: Fish & chips
  • Average price: £15 (set lunch); £27 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 32 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Live entertainment: Jazz every Tuesday and Thursday 8.30pm, Sunday lunchtime, first Saturday of month jazz 2–5pm, plus Leith Jazz Festival
  • Capacity: 32 (+25 in the bar)
  • Largest group: 32
  • Open since: 1983
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £19.25 per bottle

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