The Roseleaf

The Roseleaf
23–24 Sandport Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6EW
  • Telephone 0131 476 5268
  • Opening times Mon–Thu & Sun 10am–midnight; Fri& Sat 10am–1am.
  • Seasonal times Festival and New Year: open until 3am.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 10am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
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The Roseleaf

Welcoming pub with a chintzy clutter of board games, beer, healthy juices, comfort food and cocktails.

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Like night following day, the satisfaction of a visit to the quirkily independent Roseleaf is entirely reliable; really the only question is whether you’ll have a good visit or a great one. Having recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, Roseleaf was an early adopter of the restaurant-quality food, craft beers, cocktails served in chintzy ways and revitalised-yet-classic pub interior combo, which continues to draw a loyal audience at any time of day or night. The menus – there are a number, including brunch, Sunday roast, afternoon tea, kid’s options and an attractive vegan selection – is as vintage-but-reimagined as the space itself, taking in a pork and beef belly burger on brioche with Scottish cheddar, a rich mature cheddar macaroni cheese and a fillet of hake braised in serrano ham served with lentils. Classics available throughout the day include eggs benedict with a range of toppings and a thick and creamy Cullen skink, but there is no sense of the generic or the simplified. It’s comfort food sure, but there’s nothing lazy about the way it’s prepared or served.

  • High point: Satisfying blend of versatility and quality, still going strong after a decade
  • Low point: The small space gets busy, so book ahead
  • Notable dish: Seared halloumi with roasted beetroot, butternut squash and puy lentils.
  • Average price: Add a cup of soup to any dish for £2.50 or a cup of Cullen skink for £3.50. (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 16 (12 on Fri–Sun).
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

Reviews & features

Neighbourhood Watch: Leith, Edinburgh

21 Jul 2011

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3 Jun 2010

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Roseleaf - Upbeat pub grub

15 Nov 2007

There’s no doubt that the shake-up of pubs nearly two years on from the introduction of the smoking ban is well underway. Most of us have changed our attitudes to pubs in that time – we’ll go more often, but for a shorter time, we’re more likely to eat…