The Shore Bar & Restaurant
- 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.
- Average price £15 (set lunch); £30 (evening meal)
- Website www.fishersbistros.co.uk
Leith’s classic destination with good gastro-pub food and a steady crew at the helm.
The Shore is an institution: locals and tourists rub shoulders in its dark wood interior, soaking up its well-cured atmosphere, regular jazz sessions and a menu of reliable stalwarts. Seafood is a speciality and the restaurant’s own whisky-smoked salmon is as tangy and fulsome as a single malt, its richness cut with crisp curls of sweet-cured cucumber and soothed with lemon crème-fraîche. Fish and chips is always on the menu along with seasonal fish dishes, steaks and pies. The kitchen is not a whirlpool of innovation: a generous catch of mussels comes in a traditional warm bath of white wine, cream and garlic; a pork, mushroom and bacon pie is pure comfort food; conventional vegetarian dishes are on a separate menu. But the service is adept and charming and the dining room is as lovely on a summer evening as it is cosy on a dreich winter day.
- High point: Traditional dining in a charming interior
- Low point: Food can be on the stodgy side
- Notable dish: Whisky-smoked salmon
- Private dining: Up to 32 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz, soul, reggae
- Live entertainment: Jazz every Tuesday and Thursday 8.30pm, Sunday lunchtime, first Saturday of month jazz 2–5pm, plus Leith Jazz Festival
- Capacity: 32 (+35 in the bar)
- Largest group: 32
- Open since: 1983
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle
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Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: Scotland's Year of Food and Drink2 Feb 2015
There's much more to Scotland's food culture than deep fried Mars Bars
Hopefully, these days it’s only bad Edinburgh Fringe comedians that are making those jokes about all the food in Scotland being deep-fried. Yes, Scotland still does an excellent fish and chips (particularly good when eaten next to the sea, while dodging…
The Shore Bar & Restaurant8 May 2008
Leith is one of those hologramatic places that’s both new and old at the same time, depending on which particular angle catches your eye. Weathered sandstone or flash flats, docking cranes or design studios, venerable eating spots and new Michelin…
Shake up on Edinburgh's Shore dining scene25 Feb 2008
The Shore Bar and Restaurant in Leith has been taken over by the team behind near-neighbours Fishers, who hope to revive one of the district's more venerable eating, drinking and music spots. Fishers-trained chefs Jenny Daly and Martin Laurentowicz have…