The Espy

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The Espy
62–64 Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1HF
  • Telephone 0131 669 0082
  • Seasonal times Late license at Hogmanay – and sometimes during the festival.
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri/Sat 8am–1am.
  • Food served Sun–Thu 9am–9pm; Fri/Sat 9am–10pm.
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Casual, friendly, family-oriented beachside bar/restaurant with a tiki theme.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Inside the Espy is a treasure trove of well-loved tat, thanks to a proud Australian owner with an eye for quirky bits and bobs. There's a good range of beers and real ale on offer, and special cocktails and boozy milkshakes make up for a slightly limited wine list. Breakfast includes all the classics, with rolls, eggs benny and a full fry-up, as well as the likes of huevos rancheros, for those strong enough to stomach chilli first thing. Later on, burgers sit at the menu's core and daily specials from around the world add interest, with anything from fishcakes and chicken parma to Thai curry and dahl. The welcoming atmosphere and beachside location attracts an eclectic mix of locals, tourists and dog walkers, and does well in offering a little something for everyone.

The List's rating






Cat McCabe visited The Espy on 11 February 2018
  • High point: Relaxed seaside spot with a friendly welcome
  • Low point: Risk of budgie smugglers around Australia Day
  • Notable dish: Espy nachos
  • Average price: £13.95 (lunch); £13.95 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Weekly movie night & quizzes
  • Capacity: 65
  • Largest group: 90
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £17.50 per bottle

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