The Walnut

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The Walnut
9 Croall Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4LT
  • Telephone 0131 281 1236
  • Food served Wed–Fri noon–2pm, 6–9:30pm; Sat noon–9:30pm; Sun noon–9:30pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
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Pocket-pleasing French-Scottish eatery, enticing the crowds to Leith Walk.

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This could possibly be the hardest table to get in Edinburgh. Tiny Walnut on Leith Walk has room for just 24 people and if you want to be one, you’re going to have to book in advance. When you finally arrive, you’ll understand why – this is populist food, cooked and presented beautifully at very reasonable prices. Chef and owner Ben Waumsley cut his teeth at The Grain Store, one of Edinburgh’s most enduring high-end restaurants and its influence is apparent. This is rich French-Scottish fusion food full of flavour and depth with quality ingredients. Waumsley keeps it simple with a menu of three or four dishes augmented by a specials board. Pan-fried soft and succulent scallops are a regular special, sometimes served with a neat caesar salad with shards of parmesan. Follow that with a crispy skinned confit duck leg, a delight sitting on a cassoulet topped with a crunchy crust of parmesan. The meat floats off the bone and it all tastes amazing. A ginger-rich contemporary twist on a clootie dumpling, with a light crème anglaise, is a great finale.

The List's rating
8.8

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Susan Smith visited The Walnut on 31 January 2019
  • High point: Three courses of great food for a bargain price
  • Low point: Keep ringing till you get through – booking is a bit of pain
  • Notable dish: Confit duck leg
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £20 (set dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Folk, rock & blues
  • Capacity: 24 (8 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £15 per bottle
  • BYOB: £5 wine, £10 spirits, £1 small bottles corkage

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