The White Horse

The White Horse
266 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA
  • Telephone 0131 557 3512
  • Seasonal times Open till 3am during festival
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm.
  • Average price £7.50 (lunch); £7.50 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.thewhitehorseedinburgh.com
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2015 edition.

A pub venue on the Royal Mile finds itself in a strange position, being neither a truly local boozer in a bustling residential area nor a place which is quickly allowed to forget that its usual clientele are tourists and workers from the vicinity. Under new management since the summer of 2014, the White Horse is somewhere which appears to be trying to serve all these constituencies, with a bright bar area at the front serving a few craft beers and a range of premium Scottish spirits (including 15 gins and in the region of 40 whiskies) and a cosy, atmospheric snug room at the back. The bar snack range is modest, including macaroni cheese, chilli con carne and a couple of soups, but the pies are a definite highlight. Specially homemade, they’re large, bridie-style hunks of pastry wrapped round a hot steak or haggis filling and served with gravy and mash, a very Scottish meal to suit the location.

  • High point: Great pies
  • Low point: Service can be on the slow side
  • Notable dish: Steak pie with mashed potato and gravy
  • Private dining: Up to 50 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Comedy Doo on the first Fri of every month, occasional acoustic music, Free Fringe venue in August.
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £12.95 per bottle