The Compass Bar

The Compass Bar
44 Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7EX
  • Telephone 0131 554 1979
  • Bar open Sun–Wed 10am-11pm; Thu 10am–midnight; Fri/Sat 10am–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Average price £5.95 soup and sandwich deal (set lunch); £14 (evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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A couple of doors down from the Queen Charlotte Rooms, facing the police station, this pub sits on the corner of Constitution Street, making it handy for Leithers wanting to brunch, or workers needing a speedy homemade soup and sandwich on their lunch hour. Exposed brick walls, wooden tables and soaring pot plants make it a relaxing spot to linger, and it fills up from 10am with locals munching on their blueberry pancakes and maple syrup or full Scottish breakfast. By lunchtime there’s usually a steady trickle of coffee drinkers, or parents with buggies, trying to devour a vegetarian haggis burger or steak sandwich with one hand. After work, bottles of prosecco and pints from Scottish brewers keep the bar area busy. Although the pub grub staples are tempting (moules frites, beer-battered haddock and butternut squash risotto all feature on the dinner menu), the flavours can sometimes be lacklustre, and dishes are not always guaranteed to hit the spot.

  • High point: Laidback, homely Leith spot
  • Low point: Hit and miss pub grub
  • Notable dish: Spiced vegetarian haggis burger with home-made chilli mayo and chips
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 2004 (2009 under current owner)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle

Comments & ratings

4. EDR24 Jul 2011, 10:16pm4 stars The Compass Bar Report

Went back here recently and I'm afraid my previous review was plain wrong. It was even better. Went there on a Wednesday night; service was great, choice was great, food was great and the portions were more than generous. But the real clue as to how good it is is that on a Wednesday in June it was full. Book now while you can still get a table. Marvellous.

3. EDR24 Aug 2010, 3:00pm3 stars The Compass Bar Report

Superior pub grub. Fast & friendly service and between 4 of us we had 10 courses with not one negative comment. Must commend the fish cakes in particular, were really good.

Probably won't be the very best food you'll ever have but with large portions, pleasant atmosphere and good value for money you will not be disappointed when you dine here.

2. Louis Jadot26 May 2010, 11:00pm5 stars The Compass Bar Report

This is a great asset to the area, very good quality fresh cooked food, nice selection of beers and wines, very friendly staff.

Having visited Compass many times I must say that "Soul Momma's" review is not indicative of my own experiences.

1. Soul Momma8 Sep 2009, 6:50pm2 stars The Compass Bar Report

The above review was maybe done quite a while ago, or maybe we just came on an off night....?
Had 'sun blazed roasted tomatoes with goats cheese bruschetta and rocket salad' £5.95. Result - 3 small pieces of French bread, wee tiny bit of goats cheese on top with 3 cherry toms and small portion of salad pretty tasteless and I am a lover of goats cheese and veggie food! Something I would call a dull starter and a total rip off. My partner had a haggis burger which he said was "mush". Lovely spot but won't be going again unfortunately.

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 4 reviews of The Compass Bar.

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