The Mitre

The Mitre
133 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
  • Telephone 0131 652 3902
  • Seasonal times April–Oct 10am–10pm
  • Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/themitrebarroyalmileedinburgh/
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.

Yes, it’s part of a chain, the food is not fully made from scratch, and the tourist-centric cheese isn’t entirely limited to the plates, but there’s a reliability here that should not be dismissed. The menu changes seasonally, and essential cooking standards are heartening: calamari, so often soggy or rubbery, is light, crisp and fresh tasting; steak is rakishly rare. Royal Mile prices, however, make value for money questionable. If you can, stick to the bar tables rather than the restaurant at the back – you can check out the fantastic ceiling, the atmosphere is more genuine, and you’re more likely to take advantage of the specialist real ales and Speyside whiskies. The drinks list is sparkier on that front than on the somewhat ersatz cocktails side, and there are several reasonably priced bottles of wine.

  • High point: An impressive range of real ales and whiskies
  • Low point: The prices, and the niggling knowledge that it’s not an independent
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Mitre FM
  • Live entertainment: Every night during the Festival; Fri–Sun nights off season, from 9.30pm. One Scottish folk band a week during the Festival, the rest is contemporary
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 63
  • Open since: 1980s
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle