The Compass Bar
- 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)
- Website www.thecompassleith.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
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
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