- Telephone 0131 669 0082
- Opening times 12:00–00:00
- Bar open Sun–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri/Sat 8–1am.
- Food served Sun–Thu 8am–9pm; Fri/Sat 8am–10pm.
- Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
Most bars in Edinburgh would give half their beer taps to occupy a spot as unique as the Espy’s, and on a summer’s day this Portobello institution is a destination of choice not just for locals but beachgoers the city over. An old-fashioned kind of a space with a wooden horseshoe bar separating the bar from the dining area, it fulfils the dual task of being local pub and versatile family eating place overlooking the sea with style. In fact, if anything it’s winningly over-enthusiastic: it opens early for coffee and starts serving breakfasts (egg dishes including Spanish, Aussie and huevos rancheros are a speciality) not long after. Then from lunchtime onwards there’s a lengthy burger list, nachos and daily specials like pork belly on mashed potato and carrot puree or baked Portobello mushrooms – of course – stuffed with onion, feta and spinach. Add these to milkshakes, cocktails, decent wines and a range of social activities including film nights and you have a local worth travelling to find.
- High point: Unique location right on the seaside, especially if you get an outside chair
- Low point: Trying not to be jealous of whoever’s at the single bay-window table
- Notable dish: The MacEspy burger, topped with haggis and cheddar, served with salad and chips
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Weekly movie night.
- Capacity: 65 (16 in winter, 32 in summer)
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £12.95 per bottle
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