The Regent

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The Regent
2 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5DL
  • Telephone 0131 661 8198
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 3–11pm; Sat & Stun 1–11pm.
  • Seasonal times Significant changes made due to COVID–19.
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
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Covid-19 precautions

Table service only. Customer details taken for "Test & Trace" purposes. Screens between tables. One way systems. Customers regularly reminded of the importance of social distancing. Sanitising stations at entrance & exit plus at the entrances/exits to the toilets. Reduced capacity with maximum size of 8 people per group. Increased staff handwashing. Staff have face masks. Pub constantly being wiped down with anti-viral disinfectant.
Last updated: 6 August 2020

The Regent Bar

Relaxed dog and straight-friendly gay pub with hearty, reasonably-priced food

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Traditionally a gay pub, the Regent is welcoming to all (except children under five), including dogs. Friendly and unpretentious, it’s the kind of place where you could strike up a conversation with a complete stranger or equally sit happily alone with a book and a pint. Drinks are as down-to-earth as the surroundings, with a choice of eight house wines and a couple of guest ales always on tap. The food, made fresh at sister café Nom de Plume, covers all your comfort needs with things like stovies, fish pie and macaroni cheese, all of which are done well without without deep-frying a thing. Fancy something different? There’s also a decent list of more adventurous specials. Portions are large but if you still have room the sticky toffee pud is recommended.

The List's rating






Megan Welford visited The Regent on 5 March 2018
  • High point: Covers all your pub needs without fuss
  • Low point: The back room could do with a freshen-up
  • Notable dish: Stovies
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £15 (dinner)

Well, we're finally open after four and a half months of closure. We'd love to welcome you back and see your friendly faces again. There are significant changes to the way we are operating at the moment including shorter opening hours. Severely reduced capacity and a sit-down service means that we may not be able to accommodate you when you arrive. We are not allowed to just "squeeze people in" like we did in the olden days and we really apologise for that. We are not taking bookings at present so it's first-come first-served. The kitchen is not yet open so unfortunately there is no food on offer. Until we really find our feet and feel at home in this new environment, we are not allowing anyone under 18 at any time. We are also not allowing dogs at present.

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Gentle rock and indie
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2003
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle

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