Deservedly proud of their renowned steak pie, this classic pub (the oldest unaltered one in Leith, dating back to 1785) does a very fine line in simple, hearty pub grub. Alongside the steak pie, which comes with a thick and very rich Belhaven Best gravy, they also serve up a heaped plate of haggis, neeps and tatties as well as toasties, paninis and baked potatoes from a hatch in the front bar, all at very reasonable prices. For non-diners it’s also a welcoming, unpretentious drinking stop, with an unfussy front room and a cosy snug adorned with framed beer ads on bare brick walls and a wood-burning stove, and there is live music on Thursdays and Sundays.
- High point: The steak pie.
- Low point: The pies run out quickly when it’s busy.
- Private dining: Up to 35 covers
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Live music on Thu and Sun.
- Capacity: 55 seating, 120 standing
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 1785 (2006 under current owners)
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £11.15 per bottle